Reflections

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Reaching Out

Credit: flikr / kelvin_luffs

Yesterday Sacha Chua put up a blogpost entitled "What can I help you learn? Looking for mentees". I'd been following her blog for a while now, and got out of the lurking stage and started commenting periodically, so of course I was like, "me me me!". If you don't read Sacha's blog, go and grab the ...


Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Of Snap Judgments and Sexism

Credit: Flikr / myoldpostcards

Fascinating post today in CopyBlogger - Why James Chartrand Wears Women’s Underpants. It's a female writer outing herself; she's been writing under a male pseudonym for the last three years. She'd tried under her real name, but started working under a second name because she didn't want her own name to be associated with a ...


Monday, December 14th, 2009

20% of the Time, 80% of the Value

Pareto Principle Option 2

If you look, you'll see the Pareto Principle everywhere. Last week, I saw it in grad school. I was having my 20% - and it was awesome! But it does make me sad about the 80% of my time - this is the time that I spend marking, doing assignments that seem pointless and reading ...


Monday, December 7th, 2009

Delegating

lolbat

As a student, you don't really learn how to delegate. It's one of those crucial life skills that doesn't seem to make it onto the curriculum, and when we think about it - how would it? There are opportunities, but you have to go out and find them. Volunteer to team lead on a group project. ...


Monday, December 7th, 2009

Scheduling at 80% of Capacity

Credit: flikr / kevindooley

Lately, things have been somewhat chaotic. I don't like it. It makes me stressed, overwhelmed, and unproductive. On Saturday, Treena and I headed out of town for breakfast and a chat. We caught up, and I was talking about how I had just hit this point where I was so overwhelmed I was having a hard ...


Friday, December 4th, 2009

Duck Typing Applied to People

Credit: flikr / Kevin Steele

The other day, my boyfriend and I have a conversation along the lines of the following: Boyf: Why does X keep talking about how she's a cricketer*? Me: I know, she's never even thrown a cricket ball. Boyf: Seriously? Then she's not a cricketer. Me: She self-identifies as a cricketer, I guess she is. Boyf: I self-identify as a lolcat, ...


Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Productivity for Minions

by drewdomkus / flikr

Google this, there's nothing useful. Someone needs to write a book on this! I'd buy it, would you? If not, hopefully it's because you're not a minion. Grad students are basically minions. I am the minion of my supervisor (luckily he's nice), the minion of any prof whose course I take (to a lesser extent) and the ...


Friday, November 27th, 2009

How to be Crazy-Busy Without Losing Your Mind

Fluid Painting Explosion

This post is for my friend Rachelle, who emailed me earlier this week saying, How do you stay sane with all that you do? Is the trick to carve out mini-relaxations/blow off steam whenever you can? Maybe I just haven't given myself permission to do that enough and created a bigger problem now. First off, I'm not ...


Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Homesick

BEst-Friend

There are many things that make it difficult to move to another country. Finding somewhere to live and dealing with not having a credit rating any more are two that spring to mind. Ikea is another. Then there are smaller, but still annoying things - like the fact that your DVDs won't play on your ...




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