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I’m pretty much focused now on spinning up preparations to go to Power Shift next week. That means preparing for my Wednesday morning tutorials on Quebec and Language Politics, and my Wednesday contentious politics seminar on framing and identity. I also have office hours with students who want to discuss essay drafts on Monday. This […]

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It’s the first Tuesday in February.

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I am preparing to present a preliminary version of my research results at the Power Shift conference in Ottawa, which takes place from February 14th to 18th. It’s an unusual venue for presenting academic research. The website says that it will “convene hundreds of young people from across this land to build a powerful and […]

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mucinex

2019-01-26

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I’m still sick to the point of having no difficulty in sleeping 20 hours a day. On medical advice I discontinued all the sough suppressants I was taking and began taking extended release guafenesin bi-layer tablets to encourage the removal of fluid from my lungs as opposed to its accumulation. I’m re-listening to an audiobook […]

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I’ve been knocked out by a cold for the last couple of days which is unfortunate as I have tutorials on an unfamiliar topic (“political culture”) to prepare for, along with readings for my contentious politics course, and a great many thesis tasks and a fellowship application. I’m operating on the logic that resting as […]

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Our house hasn’t had a functional furnace for three days now (amid cold Toronto weather). The most annoying part has been the electrical problems and blown circuits from other people in the house running space heaters. Perhaps when this is resolved it will create an opportunity to address some of the other pressing maintenance issues.

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I didn’t go anywhere over the break, aside from a one night Christmas bus trip to Hamilton, because I wanted to use the time to advance my dissertation project. Important progress has been made on that front, with my committee now in agreement about what the chapters should be, which questions each should seek to […]

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Embers 3/3

2018-12-27

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Lots on the go — I’ve had a sudden flurry of late year photo bookings, including a three day Canada-UK artificial intelligence conference at the Munk School. I’m still working on the dissertation of course, continuing with interviews and the literature review while working with my committee to structure the final document. I’ll be doing […]

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There’s a lot of cumulative stuff that’s stressing me out right now, from the burdens of grading to stress about my dissertation to the constant intrusive noise from the renovations beside where I work. A lot of life lately has been about dealing with stuff that’s unpleasant and which I don’t want to do, without […]