Currently reading: Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds. Mary Shelley’s 1818 story of Victor Frankenstein and his nameless monster — the creature, the wretch, the daemon, the fiend — has long served as a cautionary tale of one’s work born out of unethical practices that could turn its back against its creator. This annotated, close-reading edition of Frankenstein is filled with copious footnotes, suggestions for further reading, discussion questions, and additional essays exploring the social and ethical aspects of scientific work written by leading scholars in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Humanities, Mathematics & Medicines) — who are the intended target audience for this volume published in conjunction with the novel’s 200th anniversary. Which means, the nerdy me am happy and had been highlighting and writing in the margins myself. Possibly only about 20% in, and will possible share my thoughts later.

Just done: Thesis thing. Conducted my first draft of thematic analysis for my third research question, which revolves around the leadership styles of networked social movements. My coding frames are adapted from Marshall Ganz and Liz McKenna’s five leadership practices: relationship building, narrative, strategy, structure, and action. I will possibly devote three more days to code the themes, before moving on to revising, and writing.

Just received an email: On submitting a form for thesis submission. It’s about to happen? The submission? This year? Then viva? Then passing (hopefully?) Then what’s next? The thought itself is sending me into a combination of anxiety and excitement.

Currently thinking: the kinds of people to whom resources are not readily given, and what I can do about it.

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