The rule of two – Check!

I’ve talked before about some of the persistent unwritten rules in academia that are heavily outdated, but still spreading. Somehow, they are always about numbers. For instance, the ridiculous rule of four – which posits that as long as you write four papers per year, you should be fine. I think it’s a bunch ofContinue reading “The rule of two – Check!”

Well, at least I made some figures…

There’s just so many angry and frustrated thoughts I want to write about today, but my thoughts don’t take a proper form. I think it’s better for the world, for my blog, for everyone, if I just shut the fuck up today. It’s been a rough day. I scheduled a day entirely for manuscript writing,Continue reading “Well, at least I made some figures…”

Feeding time

Pre-post warning: This post contains many photographs of corn snakes feeding on (dead) prey items. Cornsnakes feed on small rodents, and due to my snakes’ young age, these are often young mice. Experience tells me that some people find this type of imagery disturbing. It is, however, an inherent part of snake-keeping. If this isContinue reading “Feeding time”

Enough with this weird week already

I was off my game today. I found out at work that I didn’t bring my laptop. That never happened to me before. I was just confused. Have been all week, maybe. Not sure how it happened, but the way this week unfolded was just weird. Maybe it was because I took Monday and TuesdayContinue reading “Enough with this weird week already”

Buckle up! It’s gonna be a rough ride…

I’m scared. There, I said it. I’m bloody scared! This whole pandemic situation freaks me out, and it’s exhausting. I try to do my job as an academic – teaching, supervision, research – while generally keeping in mind the safety of myself and those that I’m responsible for, being my team and my students. BeforeContinue reading “Buckle up! It’s gonna be a rough ride…”

Career perspectives in a pandemic…

A tweet came by today, and it made me think… Because the Twitter plugin on WordPress keeps failing on me, I’ll paraphrase here. The tweet suggested that the pandemic (hereafter: fucking pandemic) hits academics hard, and that productivity has severely decreased since fucking pandemic times. The tweet was also asking how to maintain a competitiveContinue reading “Career perspectives in a pandemic…”