Work Life Balance: What if I told you doing insane hours is not the same as doing your PhD?

And so today I am here to talk about work-life balance in your PhD. Work-life balance is one of the ‘seven deadly sins’ of academe. The PhD is the worst kind of study for work-life balance. More than any other form of study, the PhD requires hard work without direction and hard work without deadlines. …

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Writer’s Block and the Thesis

Last night I was chair of my Rostrum club’s meeting (Rostrum is a public speaking club).  As I am neck-deep in writing my phd and ARC reports, writing was top of mind. I noted that Washington Irving was a famous author – in 19th century America, and I wondered whether anyone could name one of his …

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Towards the development of a theoretical model of coffee

In developing a theory of coffee, it is necessary to consider several inalienable postulates: – Coffee contains caffeine and therefore caffeine makes you hyper. – Being Hyper makes you do stuff. – Doing stuff is a Good Thing. From the perspective of this theoretical model, therefore, it can be seen that any substance that contains …

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Scrivener – Draft academic template for academic writing

At the urging of Twitter user beautyiswhatudo, I have posted up here my academic template for writing journals and publications according to a somewhat generally accepted approach.  The reader can download the Scrivener 2.0.4 template here. I do have some notes for someone intending to use this template; these notes are included in the Academic template. …

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