January 18, 2011

Why you might be ‘stuck’

In which I share an experience of ‘threshold crossing’ as a way to understand being ‘stuck’

January 13, 2011

Is your computer domesticating you?

In which I wonder what Foucault would have to say about word processing software.

January 3, 2011

An open letter to social media

The following is a book review in the style of the McSweeney Open Letters to entities that are unlikely to respond. If you are not really a Twitter devotee you could insert Facebook or email – any digital application which connects you to the crowd and sometimes gets in the way of your work. Hicontinue reading.

November 11, 2010

5 ways to detox your desk (and mind)

Recently I grabbed a book from the RMIT library called “Detox your desk: declutter your life and mind” by Theo Theobald and Cary Cooper. Have a look at this picture and you’ll see why: This is my at home desk – not my at work desk (which is in such embarrassing condition I am notcontinue reading.

October 28, 2010

Parenting through a PhD (or 5 ways not to go completely insane)

PhD students are an interesting cohort. At our university the average age of a PhD student is 36, which means you can safely bet that most students have some family responsibilities – either to a spouse, elderly parents, animals or children. Parenting is challenging for PhD students because, in addition to the caring work thatcontinue reading.

October 26, 2010

The loneliness of the long distance thesis writer

A friend of mine tells the story of her first day as a PhD student with equal parts amusement and horror. One day she had a busy life as an academic, working with a wide range of students and colleagues, the next she was a PhD student who just had to hand in a thesiscontinue reading.

October 18, 2010

A visit from the Procrastination Fairy

The procrastination fairy has sprinkled you with her can’t be bothered dust – what to do?

October 13, 2010

5 ways to know you have the right thesis topic

The incredible hulk complex – too much thesis, too little shirt. Here’s some ways to tell when your topic is not too green and muscly for comfort

October 12, 2010

So you want to get some money to do research…

Want to write a winning grant application? The Whisperer rethinks the problem in a non listy kind of way.

October 7, 2010

Top five ways to avoid death by email

Addicted to email? You need a system darling.

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