PhD Progress & Thoughts

Student Budget

I'm facing an interstate move in order to complete my PhD (temporarily - I have a deep fondness for Western Australia that grows by the week) and with such a move comes the financial uncertainty associated with unpaid education. Sure, Australia does pretty well internationally when it comes to student support, but it's no Sweden.… Continue reading Student Budget

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Culture Studies

Ballad of the Ancient Cypress (poem)

A poem by Chinese poet Du Fu. Before Kongming's shrine stands an ancient cypress, Its branches are like green bronze, its roots just like stone. The frosted bark, slippery with rain, is forty spans around, Its blackness blends into the sky two thousand feet above. Master and servant have each already reached their time's end,… Continue reading Ballad of the Ancient Cypress (poem)

PhD Progress & Thoughts

The Importance of a Sense of Humour

The last two weeks have been...difficult. Ruminating, pacing, scream-into-a-pillow difficult. Not because of any hardship per se, but because of a total stoppage of communication, and the sensation that I'm peripheral to the goals of other people. You know the times when a borderline passive-aggressive email chain could be quickly solved by a relaxed phone… Continue reading The Importance of a Sense of Humour

Life & General

Matriarchy – Opinion

I'm going to write along the thread of this post by Jennifer Berdahl; https://www.straight.com/news/937181/jennifer-berdahl-crazybitch-narrative-about-senior-academic-women Berdahl is a senior academic, who rose through the ranks witnessing the harmful stereotypes 'given' to women as they gained power. She started out hoping to change the narrative of senior academics being called 'bitch' or 'crazy'. Then, after more than… Continue reading Matriarchy – Opinion