Social media and academia – podcast

This is a very interesting interview / chat between Mark Carrigan and Inger Mewburn about the significance of social media for academics, and some of the associated challenges. Mark Carrigan is a social theorist at Cambridge University, and he is also the author of the book “Social Media for Academics”. [Side note: I am organising … Continue reading Social media and academia – podcast

July 2020 round-up

Last month, I wrote that “all going well, we will be moving at the end of July (please keep your fingers crossed for me – I really need things to not go pear shaped, this time)”. One month later, I am happy, delighted, ecstatic to let you know that we did move! Hooray. I am … Continue reading July 2020 round-up

Someone else’s reflections on my use of technology

Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post sharing some thoughts I had had (largely, of disappointment) related to my own use of technology. In that post, I noted how the iWatch had become more and more a part of my daily life; how I had mistrusted a human being for trying to bypass the … Continue reading Someone else’s reflections on my use of technology

June 2020 round-up

I hope you continue to do OK during these strange times. I am healthy and content, though I am struggling with the passage of time. On the one hand, I can’t believe that just over 4 months ago I was doing X or believing in Y completely different from today – it feels like many … Continue reading June 2020 round-up

I’d rather not be anti-racist. But I have to. And you do, too.

[Note: this is why I am capitalising the words “Black” and “White” in this blog post]   There is a very big difference between not being racist, and actually being anti-racist.   Not being racist comes naturally to most people. Usually, you don’t really have to do much. You just need to not judge someone’s … Continue reading I’d rather not be anti-racist. But I have to. And you do, too.

May 2020 round-up

Earlier this month, during one of my runs, I spotted a beautiful mirror, in a skip, outside the flower shop. I took a photo for my “Today’s run” series. But, then, I remembered Denise Agosto’s beautiful post about an abandoned coin on the pavement. In the post, she reflects on how the fear of the … Continue reading May 2020 round-up

April 2020 round-up

To be honest, I was a little bit nervous about doing my monthly review. On the one hand, I really wasn’t looking forward to re-read daily-entry after daily-entry about being in lockdown, like when I was wondering how to do an Easter egg hunt in the flat. On the other hand, I felt that whatever … Continue reading April 2020 round-up

Day in the Life of an Academic #10: In lock-down

A peak into a day that was anything but ordinary: April 1st, a Wednesday, halfway through the second week of lockdown in the UK.   I got up just before 8 am, which is very late for me. Normally, by now, I would be getting ready to leave the house to drop the kiddo in … Continue reading Day in the Life of an Academic #10: In lock-down

March 2020 round-up

At the beginning of the month, I wrote in my journal that March would be a month in two halves. And it was. But not at all as I had imagined it would be. To be fair, my months rarely pan out as planned. But, boy, has this month been unexpected?!   The first half … Continue reading March 2020 round-up

The new normal. How can I help you?

Today, is the first day of Spring. It is also the first day of what will be our new normal for a long time to come. The kiddo is starting home schooling today, and has a streamed class later on (though, right now, we are both on the sofa, not feeling our best). The teen … Continue reading The new normal. How can I help you?