Writing

So much depends on style, that factor of which we are growing more and more suspicious, that although the tendency of criticism is to explain a writer either in terms of his sexual experience or his economic background, I still believe technique remains the soundest base for a diagnosis, that it should be possible to […]

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It has occurred to me that, while I am waiting to hear back on numerous job applications, and while I am waiting to graduate in absentia on March 10, I can shamelessly use the University of Toronto libraries to research absolutely anything of interest. Today, I got some guidance in digital cartography, was invited into […]

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Step #1: Learn a bit of the context and background to climate change politics I know throwing a whole PhD thesis at someone gives them a lot to handle, especially if it is written in an unfamiliar academic style. Nonetheless, I took pains all through my PhD process to come up with a product which […]

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My print publication plans for the dissertation have become derailed. Back when we made the fossil fuel divestment brief at U of T, we printed paper copies for the members of the committee considering the question and for U of T libraries and archives at the Toronto Reference Library’s Asquith Press. Years ago, I attended […]

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I am not depressed, but I definitely feel a lot of what this video from Andy Stapleton discusses: I have certainly experienced the odd stutter-step ending of the program, which never brings a single day or moment when you are really done. There is such a moment, but it is mundane, private, and undramatic — […]

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In the last week or so, I have been deluged by “calls for papers” from a variety of similar sounding so-called journals which I don’t think really exist or, if they do, which are exceptionally scammy. Keep an eye out for: International Journal on Bioinformatics & Biosciences (IJBB) Machine Learning and Applications: An International Journal […]

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Official versions are forthcoming on the University of Toronto’s TSpace thesis hosting platform and on paper from the Asquith Press at the Toronto Reference Library, but I see no reason not to make my PhD dissertation available as a free PDF to anyone who is interested: Persuasion Strategies: Canadian Campus Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaigns and […]

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Ten days post-defence, and I noticed that the habit of never being able to shower without thinking of 2-5 things I should change in the dissertation endures. It’s sensible enough in this context, since my main current task is getting the print and PDF versions done and in the hands of the masses.

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Several recent articles have described text-generating AIs like GPT3 and ChatGPT: AI bot ChatGPT stuns academics with essay-writing skills and usability The Undergraduate Essay Is About to Die: Nobody is prepared for how AI will transform academia I have been hearing for a while that the best/only way to deal with the enormous problem of […]

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One of my side diversions during the PhD has been developing a Sherlock Holmes pastiche where he crosses paths with Isambard Kingdom Brunel. In my experience, Lyndsay Faye is the best modern writer of Holmes stories. I have listened to her Dust and Shadow three times on Audible, and I enjoyed The Whole Art of […]

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