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Hiring academics

Hiring anyone is always a risk, and hiring a new academic especially so given the nature of our contracts. So what’s the best way to approach it?

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Why I research

I came across George Orwell’s 1946 essay Why I write. Some of his reasons for writing resonate with some of my reasons for doing research.

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Where do all the comments go?

I don’t get many comments on this blog: fortunately I do it for the opportunity to write amid the torrent of administrivia rather than for the affirmation. But I do get more than’s readily apparent, which tells us something about social media and opens up an opportunity.

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Who invented meringue?

What the invention of complicated foods tells us about discovery, innovation, and university research funding.

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Sensor and sense-ability

I’m talking at the BCS Edinburgh branch tonight about sensing and sensor-driven systems.

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Book: Tumbledown — the old houses of Co Sligo

The west of Ireland is full of old, decrepit buildings that seem to have been left behind by the Celtic Tiger years — and just crying out to be photographed.

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