Daily updates

My central aim for this summer was to focus on developing my PhD research project. To that end I didn’t seek a teaching assistant position or other paid work, like commercial photography or the time I helped run the Summer Residence Program at Massey College. Mostly that has gone well. I’ve gone from seeking ethical […]

{ 0 comments }

The whole medium of blogs seems to have largely died, certainly when compared with the heyday of dozens of my friends having LiveJournal- or Blogger-hosted sites. This page has also lost some of its drama since the Oxford and even the Ottawa days ended. The late years of a PhD tend to be a time […]

{ 3 comments }

{ 0 comments }

{ 0 comments }

{ 0 comments }

Moleskine

2018-06-19

in Daily updates

A lot of people make fun of Moleskine products as overpriced and pretentious. I can’t really speak meaningfully about their aesthetics, but having used Moleskine calendars from as long as 11 years ago as records I can commend them on the stability of their paper (in terms of colour, warping, etc) and the resilience of […]

{ 0 comments }

Lately I have been getting a lot of writing done. I have a few thousands words each in my first three thesis chapters, providing context on campus fossil fuel divestment, going through the relevant literature, and discussing the repertoires from which activists draw their tactics. A non-academic book project is also developing, with almost 23,000 […]

{ 0 comments }

A great deal has changed in my life since this site got broken in February. Back then I was dealing with work as a teaching assistant for two courses, as well as a great many difficult personal issues and situations. Now I am in the luxurious position of having the summer to work on my […]

{ 4 comments }

All holidays have limited importance for graduate students. Or, rather, holidays are the best opportunity to work on the independent research which is meant to be the reason for being in grad school, as teaching and other duties tend to somewhat abate. An ambitious aim would be to complete all the parts of the survey […]

{ 1 comment }

Life since October has been a potpourri of different kinds of intense stress. I thought that the uncertainty of finding a new supervisor over the summer was intense, but it turns out the stakes of a PhD (succeed or fail) are pretty low and the risks involved are mostly ego- and finance-related. By contrast, uncertainty […]

{ 0 comments }