Space, place, and the tourist

At the moment I’m sitting under a canopy in a sidewalk café that I believe is called “ΔΙΟΔΟΣ,” but as I have no training in Greek and only a marginal familiarity with the Greek alphabet, I’m not sure at all. What I can tell you, though, is that you get a view of a curious cross-section of humanity in such a place. Tourists, locals, employees… all sort of blur together, and somehow it just works. A woman who looks like a middle school science teacher is no more or less welcome than a guy who looks like he should be hosting a weird game show on the Romanian equivalent of VH1.

I think a lot about spaces; it’s an inseparable part of what I worked on as a doctoral student. And this mélange of cultures under the same awning, all of us satisfying the same animal instincts (i.e., eating, drinking, socializing), despite otherwise significant cultural and language barriers, is fascinating.

I’m not entirely sure where this particular rabbit hole of interest will lead, but that’s my problem to solve… in the meantime, look around the next time you go out to eat or simply find yourself socializing in public. The similarities coexist with differences in a fascinating way.

Self-hacks to conquer procrastination

Let’s face it–all of us have struggled with procrastination at some point or another (I bet even Martha Stewart has had her moments). It seems difficult to combat for a variety of reasons, particularly when you have a relatively unstructured schedule, but I’ve been working for the past several weeks to figure out how to trick myself into being more efficient. Here’s what I’ve done so far, in part thanks to the suggestions that I found in the book Procrastination: Why You Do It, What to Do About It by Burka & Yuen (read it, if you haven’t done so already). Continue reading “Self-hacks to conquer procrastination”

Reading, reading, reading

Now that the spring term at UO has come to a close (finally!), we’re all getting just a tiny bit of a break before the summer session begins. I, myself, will be teaching Friday lab sessions for our Gateway I/II course along with another GTF, but I am also taking a course in the Education Studies department and will be doing some reading credits, as well as attempting to finish a couple of articles to be submitted for publication.

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Vocabulary words for social science scholars

I have now reached the end of my first term as a PhD student in the field of communication, and I would like to take just a moment to provide some inside knowledge for those who might be contemplating a jump into the same river that I’m currently tubing down. In particular, there are quite a few words that social scientists like to use, and I want to make you aware of these words and their meanings well in advance of your arrival in academia (hell, I still find myself mixing up several of these on occasion).

So, without any further ado, here we go.

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