What's happening this week (and what happened last week – 28-8-17

Last week's agenda was:

  • Upload articles to this website,
  • Finish work on a paper analysing what Lee Basham calls the 'public trust approach',
  • Revise a paper on reasonable disagreements and conspiracy theories,
  • Work on my paper for the `Trust, Expert Opinion and Policy' conference and
  • Prep for the podcast.

So, scratch the first and last off the list; podcast signed, sealed and delivered. and you can see a fledging publications page here.

I also did quite a lot of work on item 3, especially since the conference is less than a week away. Not much work on the second and third items though (admittedly, I was ill last week, which impeded things ever so slightly). I should really think of those items as 'If I have time' options. Although by this time next week I should have time aplenty to deal with them.

So, this week:

  • Work on my paper for the `Trust, Expert Opinion and Policy' conference,
  • Prep for the podcast,
  • Finish work on a paper analysing what Lee Basham calls the 'public trust approach' and
  • Revise a paper on reasonable disagreements and conspiracy theories.

Rock on with your good selves.

What’s happening this week (and what happened last week) – 23-8-17

Last week I said I'd try and update you on what I did in the last week. This post is several days late, which is no good omen (although in my defence, we had internet access issues at work on Monday which through all good plans into disarray). Still, I have news! Glorious, glorious news!

So, last week's agenda was:

  • Finish work on a paper analysing what Lee Basham calls the 'public trust approach'
  • Revise a paper on reasonable disagreements and conspiracy theories
  • Work on my paper for the `Trust, Expert Opinion and Policy' conference

However, I really only worked on the last item (it's much more time sensitive than the others) because the last week was taken up with two other items of concern: saving Hyrule from Calamity Ganon1 and revising the proof of my forthcoming article in Synthese. Both of these tasks took a lot of time (the former is not even close to being finished), and so I'm behind on self-imposed deadlines (but up to date on those deadlines imposed on me by others).

Now, the benefit of working on the proof of my Synthese article is that I can point you towards it now: behold! Yet doubtless you will find it is behind a paywall… But fear not; I can apparently archive a copy on my personal website (i.e. here) so part of this week's tasks is to put up copies of articles recently published which I am allowed to self-host.

Check this space.

The other thing which took up time this week was a job application. It's for a university in the U.K., and it was a fiddling thing to complete; there were ten short essays I had to write to explain my research, my approach to teaching, etc. It was the work of an afternoon, and given how competitive these jobs are, I'm not entirely sure it was time well spent. Still, someone has to get the job, and that person would have had to have spent around about the same amount of time as me on preparing their application… So I guess that person could be future me? We will see.

Anyway, what this all means is that my list of things to do this week looks pretty much the same as last week.

  • Upload articles to this website,
  • Finish work on a paper analysing what Lee Basham calls the 'public trust approach',
  • Revise a paper on reasonable disagreements and conspiracy theories and
  • Work on my paper for the `Trust, Expert Opinion and Policy' conference.

I should probably also add:

  • Prep for the podcast.

Which even though that is a given, it's part of the weekly workload.

Toodles.


  1. I bought a Nintendo Switch, you see, and a game to go with it. I figure I'm allowed some downtime at the moment, given how productive I've been this year when it comes to both writing and publication. 

What’s happening this week – 14-8-17

As part of my attempt to rejuvenate the blog, I plan to talk a little about the work I’m up to, in the hope that signalling what I’m working on (and thus reporting on it the next week) will spur me back into regular blog updates. So, this week in work on conspiracies…

  • Finish work on a paper analysing what Lee Basham calls the ‘public trust approach’
  • Revise a paper on reasonable disagreements and conspiracy theories
  • Work on my paper for the `Trust, Expert Opinion and Policy’ conference

Let’s see what I have to report by this time next week!

Hello world

"Hello world" is/was the default first post on a blog, and it feels very much as if I have been neglecting this blog over the last year. Prior to coming to Bucharest I ensured (for the most part) that every Monday would feature a new post. SInce arriving here… Well, I think I've written about four posts in total (I'm ignoring posting the links to the podcast; that's more cross-promotion than anything else).

Why the relative silence? Well, because I currently have a job where writing is my main endeavour, and the purpose of that writing is to get published in journals. So, when I'm writing, I'm writing for work; blogging on "company" time seems wasteful. When I get home from work the last thing I want to do is write; that was the purpose of the day, after all, and these CW shows won't watch themselves. So, the blog has taken a bit of a backseat… My, the litany of metaphors I'm trying to avoid here is legion; this is what happens when you spend the day in academic prose mode. It leads to aphorism leakage in the rest of our life.

Anyway, my silence has been productive; this year I've had three articles accepted for publication in journals, have three articles doing the rounds at journals,proposed a new book (an edited volume), worked on two book chapters, and written a host of material for the SERRC. I've been writing a lot, just not here.

But given I'm not writing here, I'm beginning to wonder what the purpose of this blog is. I either need to get back into the mode of producing novel content for it, or archive the bally thing and move on. I don't really want to do the latter, but I've yet to come up with a satisfactory plan for the former. I'm going to play around with a few ideas over the coming weeks and see what suits me best.