Month: October 2019

Writing a behemoth

My thesis currently stands at a 304-page of a behemoth! Like many others, my journey did come with its own set of struggles. I think I was pretty lucky compared to others: I have the capacity to take a break from full-time job to pursue a PhD, I am blessed with a supportive academic supervisor […]

Know her name

I tend to be very picky with books I buy these days. I had slowly transitioned from not buying any Kindle copies — because, Amazon — but what I often do though before I pick up any paperback or ebook from other publishers (check out Haymarket, Verso, and many others) and bookstores is to download […]

No way to trade the Earth

Creative director and artist Matt Jukes makes these lovely prints of “misremembered landscapes and nearly forgotten memories”. I picked up David Wallace-Wells’ The Uninhabitable Earth — which is an extension out of his essay with the same title — this week, despite being terribly terrified of the prospect of the Earth burning us alive and sinking us […]

Design for its time

I’m loving this effort by the New York Public Library in providing bite-sized novels through the Stories feature on their Instagram account which are now already read by over 300,000 (!) people — somehow proving that it’s not that today’s generation reads less (we’ll get to this bit later too), it’s just that their reading […]

The good job

I have been thinking about work (since I will be returning to work soon, as my doctoral journey is almost over) particularly on the subject of setting boundaries. I have been practising this with my freelance clients — no, I could not send over a 2,000 word proofreading work in 2 hours; no, I could […]

For, not over

If I were being asked (not that I have ever) of books I have read more than five times, I could name these three: Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything is Illuminated, Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens. I remember reading the first two at the same time […]

The unlikeliest SEO strategist

In one of the things I did not expect to find out today: the conspiracy theory that Boris Johnson gamed Google search results around his reputation, although then quickly debunked by this Wired article: For one thing, Google search results are weighted towards behavioural factors and sentiment of those searching for terms — which would […]

To Waldenpond or not to Waldenpond

Unhacking webcams by putting up a toy camera that displays different scenes, part of a speculative design project by Dutch designer Pia-Mari Stute that produces fake data to protect the user’s privacy. There’s this bit about Waldenponding — essentially meaning to deal with overwhelming usage of technology by leaving it all behind, or in its crude definition, […]

Eats, shoots and leaves

Quartz Obsession today speaks about the hill I would gladly die on: Oxford comma. In the master stylesheet where I list down grammatical technicalities to check as I edit documents, along with ‘replace dashes with em dashes wherever possible’ is to ‘check for the possibility of Oxford comma’. Turns out, I am not alone — […]