Category: Towards PhD!

Get a plant to water often

I’m 3 years away of turning 40. Forty! What an absolute joke, I keep telling myself. I felt like my life skipped the whole 20s entirely and I turned 30 before I knew it. I remember about 10 years ago, talking about turning 38 in 2020 with a partner at the time, planning that we’d […]

On productive stupidity

I am feeling somewhat scared now. I just walked out of this online workshop on Social Media and Social Network Analysis conducted by social media researcher, Dr Wasim Ahmed. It was brilliantly ran and I was very grateful for the online option offered, which is useful for someone 6000 miles away from where the workshop […]

On accepting criticism

I just submitted the first two chapters of my thesis yesterday. Initially I felt quite good about it, and the meeting with the advisor went well — in fact it never went bad because my advisor is someone who is very knowledgeable and very diplomatic, and most of the time he trusts me to work […]

On editing and [redacted]

I’m currently proofing and copyediting two chapters of my thesis that I have spent writing for the past 2-3 weeks. During this stage, I could hear myself sometimes going between, “Did I really write that? That’s smart!” or “Did I really write that? What was I thinking?!” I always am slow when it comes to […]

Do artifacts have politics?

In our accustomed way of thinking technologies are seen as neutral tools that can be used well or poorly, for good, evil, or something in between. But we usually do not stop to inquire whether a given device might have been designed and built in such a way that it produces a set of consequences logically and temporally prior to any of its professed uses.