Month: October 2018

Monster / intellectual

Oliver Sacks’ hand-annotated books. Credit: Bill Hayes   I need help. I have an obsession with marginalia. Though I might have been called a monster (when in fact, quite possibly an intellectual), I am a big believer in heavily highlighting, underlining and writing notes in the margins of (your very own) books. My books are […]

Keyword void

TIL, keyword void, or search void. n.: a situation where searching for answers about a keyword returns an absence of authoritative, reliable results, in favor of “content produced by a niche group with a particular agenda.” An article by Renee DiResta at Wired uses the example of Vitamin K shots, a common treatment given to newborn […]

M.O.C.

From David Eagleman’s Incognito: Secret Lives of the Brain he uses an analogy of Greeks charioteer to show the conflict between rational & emotional decision making. The theme this week for me seems to be uncertainty. Or it might have been running longer than I have noticed. At the moment, I am also currently reading Elif Shafak’s […]

5 levels of difficulty

Yesterday, I attended this STEM communication workshop, organised by FameLab winners & lead by this year’s winner, Dr. Kye. It was super useful and filled with loads of new stuff, and on top of that I get to know some new researchers and learn all about themselves and their work, all equally interesting. One of […]

Momus’ window

I am currently in the midst of writing a paper on language and its affiliation in social media, specifically as in how opinion leadership emerges out of the noise in the online public sphere. I have always been interested in how meanings are formed through textual means, having been in user experience writing field for […]

Laziness does not exist

When you see someone struggling or procrastinating with any task, resort to curiosity rather than judgment: what are the situational factors holding them back? What needs of theirs are not being met? For decades, psychological research has been able to explain procrastination as a functioning problem, not a consequence of laziness. When a person fails […]