Thoughts on Anzac Day

I spent today mostly with my daughter and in doing so could not have felt any more far removed from war, despite being surrounded and bombarded by its imagery for a number of weeks. I've seen ANZAC Day conflated with everything from supermarkets to fitness regimes. It's gone beyond something I can ever relate to … Continue reading Thoughts on Anzac Day

Innovation and the Novelty Factory

My ears and eyes seem to have been bombarded by one word so often over the last couple of weeks that I'm now developing something akin to shell shock. A nervous tick here, a Tourette-esque outburst there, a cringe and a cry, a bewildered look in my eyes and a wanton desire to disconnect and … Continue reading Innovation and the Novelty Factory

Abstraction

Abstraction is changing the way something is represented in order to move it beyond its constraints. This is perhaps best represented by the abstraction of oral language into written form. This abstraction frees language from the constraints of the spoken word - in particular the physical and temporal. It's why we can read the words … Continue reading Abstraction

The “Older Academic” Trope

I was asked today about the wording I used in a tweet last night https://twitter.com/timklapdor/status/509695311028031489 Firstly I agree with Kate’s article 100% - older academics are not the problem. The zombie question of whether unproductive older academics are refusing to make way for the next generation being asked in this post frustratingly masks fundamental problems … Continue reading The “Older Academic” Trope