Tag Archives: Academics

The Wasted Year

Tomorrow, I’m going to Montreal for the first time in eleven years. It seems that the staff of the International Space University were sufficiently impressed by my work last year in Strasbourg that they are inviting me back, with food, … Continue reading

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Things to Repress about Grad School

One of the most unfortunate things about my current living situation is how few of my old friends still live in this city, so as you might imagine, I was absolutely delighted when my best friend from High School returned … Continue reading

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You Probably Need My Services

I’m pleased to announce that I have now exited the ranks of the unemployed and joined the burgeoning ranks of the under-employed! More particularly, I now have a job editing academic papers; my educational background allows me to edit both natural … Continue reading

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The Dark Side of Jargon

A while ago, I did a series of posts on the uses and misuses of academic jargon; I established that all disciplines eventually develop hazes of impenetrable terminology, that some jargon came across as more authoritative than others, and, finally, … Continue reading

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2013 Year-End Meme

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before? Earned a Master’s Degree, lived in Europe, went on a series of terrifying rollercoasters and was decorated by the European Space Agency, figured-out, in broad terms, what I … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Physics Faculties

I have been intimately connected with two physics faculties during the course of my academic life: the one where I did my Honours degree (which we shall call “Faculty A), and the one where I did my Master’s degree (which … Continue reading

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Have I Got My Head On Backwards?

This is a bit complicated and tentative, but I’m going to try to work this out in writing, so with or without your permission, I am going to try to do so here on my blog. So: As you know, … Continue reading

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