the mystery of the typo solved?

Typos, typos are an evil institutionalis”z”ed colony!


The other day I made a big mistake. I looked at one of my journal articles that had recently been published. Almost immediately I spotted a typo on the first page. First thought – oh no, how could I have missed this? Second thought – my inferior proof-reading exposed for all to see… Third thought – how does this happen? It’s not as if I hadn’t looked at it enough times…

I’ve decided that there is a kind of reverse sock drawer process with typos. The problem with socks, as we all know, is that one of the pair just mysteriously and for no apparent or good reason disappears off into some kind of sock black hole, never to be found. The problem with typos is that they just mysteriously and for no apparent or good reason appear, they pop into your writing when you least expect them. You, like…

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PhD lifestyle guilt

Guilt guilt, & more PhD guilt!

The Thesis Whisperer

This post was written by Paula Hanaszwho is currently writing a thesis on the geopolitics of water security in South Asia at The ANU. She is enrolled at the Australia National University but currently spends more time on her couch than in her office or the library.

I’m going to take a moment out of my busy study schedule to interrupt yours by telling you about my experiences with PhD Lifestyle Guilt. This is, as the name might suggest, the perennial guilt about having the sort of life where ‘work’ involves sitting around on the couch reading interesting stuff, and getting grants to go to international conferences.

easy chairOf course the PhD Lifestyle is not like that for everybody. I’m fortunate enough that, in Australia at least, writing a thesis in the humanities means no coursework. And no coursework means very little reason to be on campus. Ever…

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