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Here we are: Canada removes all COVID-19 border requirements, ending vaccine, mask mandates for travellers Canada to end COVID vaccine travel requirements,make ArriveCan app optional And where we have been: The coronavirus pandemic COVID in winter From our computers to your ribosomes This uncivil city Now in hard isolation Day 5 In some ways, I […]

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Sometime around late elementary school or early high school I got my first razor as a gift: a Gillette Mach 3 using cartridge blades. I used those more or less exclusively until I began using Harry’s catridge razors in Ottawa or maybe early in my Toronto time around 2012. One lesson I did learn in […]

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I know I will feel differently when teaching and research deadlines start to overlap and the stress compounds, but the experience of the last few days makes me think I had so little energy lately because I had too little to do. There is something very different between having a solitary (but supervised) project where […]

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With my dissertation largely done and PhD funds much depleted, I am taking a final TA job in POL106 “Contemporary Challenges to Democracy: Democracy in the Social Media Age” (Professor Ronald Deibert). The subject matter is obviously at an introductory level, and it relates to courses where I have been a TA before: POL211 “Intelligence, […]

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A complete dissertation manuscript in LaTeX format is done and in the hands of my committee. Now, I should get comments from a professor within the department but outside my committee (internal external) and a political scientist from a different university (external external). Once I address their comments, we can move to the dissertation defence, […]

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Summer storm

2022-08-25

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A summer storm graces all of me Highway warm sing silent poetry

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Despite still not being at 100% physically or mentally, I am working through a four-step process for getting through all dissertation-related to-do lists, including emails to self, project tracking spreadsheets, and tasks written on physical notecards: Is there anything essential to successfully defending the dissertation still unfinished? Create final MS Word version for the LaTeX […]

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This weekend I have been working through a complete draft of my dissertation, with two tasks in mind. Now that the big pieces are in place, I can work on making sure the whole thing is as well-written as possible and flows smoothly. Also, I am incorporating comments from my third committee member on chapters […]

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I haven’t done much of anything lately, aside from the bare necessities of life, other than work toward a version of my dissertation that will be ready for the external examiners. It has been very hard for me not to have final control over the document, which I have had in every other context since […]

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I am still fighting toward a complete draft of my dissertation, to go to the external examiners by the end of the month. The three central chapters — political opportunity, mobilizing structures, and repertoires — have gone to my 3rd committee member, but the other two don’t want to share his comments until we have […]

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