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The week I reviewed

We are the watcher on the walls. We are the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men…for this night and all the nights to come. 853 more words


First week of doing a PhD.

So I’ve finished the first full week of my PhD, and luckily the experience has been a good one. Problems arranging my first supervision meeting means these first few days I’ve been really without any direction. 724 more words

Touchy Professors and Institutional Disinterest

Whilst we’ll never know the full story, the recent BuzzFeed article outlining complaints against well-known planet-hunting Astronomer Geoff Marcy by several former UC Berkeley students is representative of a much larger problem. 427 more words


Indulging our intellect.

I love academic conferences. They’re kind of the place where all the best and brightest and nerdiest meet. We’re brought together in one place once a year, simultaneously sharing all the awesome and original ideas swimming through our heads. 449 more words

"This isn’t even a slap on the wrist"

What happens if someone is found responsible for multiple violations of a university’s harassment policies after multiple individuals allege they have “repeatedly engaged in inappropriate physical behavior with students, including unwanted massages, kisses, and groping”? 210 more words


Writing Exercises #2 - Timed Writing about an object.

This type of writing exercise is based around picking a particular object that you find lying around and talking about it for five minutes without pausing, correcting etc. 268 more words


The fallacy of teaching by derivation

A large chunk of my research time this week was spent trying to teach myself a couple of relevant background concepts.  Whenever I find myself in this situation, the first thing that happens is that I feel really dense.  644 more words