Hip-Hop Friday (02.06.2017)
‘I shine and rhyme at the same time / The mastermind of the sport called the rhyme’: Main Source – Fakin’ the Funk.
Doing a PhD: Keeping it Simple (29.05.2017)
The final post in the series, with tips relating to seeking simple solutions, avoiding SEM (unless you meet key criteria), focusing on your main analyses, and clearing the decks at the end.
Track of the Week (29.05.2017)
I bloody love big beat, and this thumper from its heyday is an excellent example of the form: Lionrock – Rude Boy Rock.
Hip-Hop Friday (posted on 25.05.2017)
The only hip-hop track that samples Big Ben? Great beat, superb mixing, ace lyrics, and a spot on message: De La Soul – Say No Go (Say No Dope Mix).
Doing a PhD: Time, Money, and Location (25.05.2017)
The penultimate post in this series focuses on contextual factors, and particularly being critical about external work, reserving time for research, saving money, and living near your institution.
Doing a PhD: Organising Yourself (24.05.2017)
With a plan at the outset, academic engagement, and reading and writing done, the next step is getting organised. Specifically, setting realistic goals, working the hours (not nine-to-five), and not being a Soviet bureaucrat.
Doing a PhD: Reading and Writing (23.05.2017)
My third set of tips for completing a PhD relates to a pretty obvious area, and the post advises on the type of PhD you could do, the frequency of reading and writing, being critical about the former, and writing for lots of outlets.
Doing a PhD: Engaging with Academia (posted on 22.05.2017)
Second up, after preparing at the outset, is tips on getting a taste of the acacemic world; namely, deciding on your career, going to conferences, seeking criticism, and getting teaching experience.
Doing a PhD: At the Outset (posted on 21.05.2017)
First in a series of posts offering the tips that I’d give myself if I could go back to the beginning of my PhD research: this post covers knowing your motivation, not being complacent, and having an end date.
Track of the Week (posted on 21.05.2017)
Starting a series of tracks that got me through my thesis, starting with my favourite artist: Nina Simone – Gimme a Pigfoot (and a Bottle of Beer).
Why D.C. and J.C. Should Remain Party Leaders (posted on 28.06.2016)
In light of the problems stemming from the Brexit vote, here I provide three reasons each why David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn should stay.
Positive Principle, Destructive Discourse (posted on 23.06.2016)
Here’s what I thought about the EU Referendum a month ago; let’s see whether it stands the test of the results.