I've been working on little hardware/electronics projects, making miniature versions of industrial equipment for student projects. 

Meagre progress so far but I am only now truly appreciating the usefulness of motors. Those things are everywhere.

The main problem is that I am always missing an important component. Today it's bearings and some piping.

I've been spoiled by working with concepts and software.

I would read a collected set of accounts of failed academic collaborations.

Trying to relearn how to write mid-academic-career.

Somewhere there was a Jetsons gif, then a Snowpiercer gif then a Soylent Green gif, and a comment to myself saying:

"Link with science stuff"

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In one of my slides today I made five meat-based emojis rotate continuously under some title like "Ontology of Food".

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One year I converted all the .ppt to .md, the next the .md to .html and now the .html to .qmd just to ensure I'll be nice and sleepy when I go back teaching.

Nothing more exhausting then writing a careful, nuanced email that's only gonna cause more trouble.

Went for my first proper eye test today (33 y.o.) and they were like "How have you been living your life without glasses?" 

I never had eye issues growing up, but during my PhD faces started getting a little blurry and after teaching online for a while I would occasionally close one eye to read.

Turns out, one eye is short-sighted and the other is far-sighted, which made my issue subtly bothersome but non-obvious.

I'm curious to see what life with glasses looks like.

It is wild just how many academics I've met in Political Science who openly dislike and don't value theory
To the extent where someone was proud to tell me they don't read theory or history and dissuade their doctoral advisees from doing so

Very anti-intellectual in my opinion and emblematic of how neoliberalism and the movement away from learning to learn is turning academia away from a space of cultivating thought

"The persistence of poor methods results partly from incentives that favour them, leading to the natural selection of bad science. This dynamic requires no conscious strategizing—no deliberate cheating nor loafing—by scientists, only that publication is a principal factor for career advancement."



After working on a brain-melting technical paper this week writing a short blog about something science-y was relatively pleasant:


Trying very hard to suppress my tendency to hit 7,000 words and 12 drafts every time I write about anything.

The fucked up thing about interacting with tech people is that they'll say things like they have twigs, acorns, pebbles, pinecones, and a mint box and I'll be like, oh haha me too, because I'm a little gremlin who's covered in plant matter. But they're actually talking about some code thing or an operating system and meanwhile I literally just have a bunch of acorns

I once cited some of John Dewey's ideas in education in a funding application for a grant aiming to support new initiatives in teaching and a senior professor/advisor said to me:

"Who is he? You sound soooo pretentious. Take it out. Seriously?!"

Prodigiously first-drafting multiple articles after investing far too much time and energy into one doomed solo-authored paper.

Might turn out to be a good thing.

I requested x funding to accomplish task B, and was awarded x/5, along with a message anticipating my fast progress with B.

Some of my best interactions with academics start with cold-emails about work of theirs that I admire.

In comparison, I have had many transactional/pragmatic conversations with closer academics about funding, etc., that have gone nowhere and been somewhat unpleasant.

I would like to do more of the former.

On my holiday from Doing Science I made ~30 minutes of varied music from innumerable sample sources and *superficially* version-controlled the project.

It doesn't cost anything.


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