Month: November 2019

How to make contrails

I finished reading Doris Lessing’s book of essays Prisons We Choose to Live Inside today. It is only 76 pages long, and it contains the essays Lessing had written for the 1985 Massey Lectures. In one of the essays called Group Minds — which is an observation of how hard one would be able to […]

The worth of defeated valour

I received my thesis corrections yesterday from my supervisor, after a month long of ruminating its fate in his hands. Honestly now I that looked at it, I had no idea why I was so worried about it, seeing I knew I have done the job well. There were some disconnections between the theories and […]

Nervous & trying not to be

My thesis corrections are coming in tomorrow. I am so nervous I feel like puking, and in extension, I did not feel like writing. But fret not, thanks to my fascination in a whole myriad of niche topics, here’s a video presentation of a new technique for rendering hyper-realistic baked goods, to fill in today’s not-so-300-word-a-day. […]

On building and sustaining

Men diving. Credit: Patchwork of Narratives I woke up Sunday morning wanting to read more about Lebanon. Two of my best friends from university are from Beirut, and the uninformed, almost selfish me at the time never got around to inquire them more about their beautiful country. I know that the country at the edge […]

Wholehearted and sure

A morning wet market in Kuala Kedah From Austin Kleon’s blog, I found these words of Wendell Berry’s from his 1968 essay called A Native Hill: I had made a significant change in my relation to the place: before, it had been mine by coincidence or accident; now it was mine by choice. My return, […]

On being a researcher

I have been thinking a lot about what it entails to be a good researcher, more so than in academic context, but beyond that. I have always thought the first step to be a good researcher is to have some amount of curiosity, which I generously possess. I have been told that I am a […]

The Earth is singing

(Note: I almost did not want to publish this because it felt like it was written with less thoughts than the rest, but I decided to keep it because I wanted to see the pattern of writing I did on days when writing even at least 300 words a day did not seem to come […]

More than just data points

(Update Nov 21: I should revisit this post about the quantification of relationship below to include more critical views regarding neuroatypicality, which I sorely lack awareness of and in the process of learning more. If this hasn’t been updated yet, know if you read it, you should consider your thoughts along those lines too.) I […]