February #2013reads

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 in Everyday Life

Another good month, in no particular order: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey A story about the costs of wishes coming true. Quite beautiful. The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman A story about the consequences of love. And loneliness. Castle Waiting (Vol 1) by Linda Medley A very fun fairy tale about misfits and […]

January #2013reads

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 in Everyday Life

I’ve decided to keep track of the novels I read this year. January was a good month, and in no particular order, this is what I read: The Dog Stars by Peter Heller A story of unfathomable loss, love, hope and beauty. It shattered me. Big Ray by Michael Kimball A story about being glad […]

“Under the sun, everyday is a good day. Another good day, Fukumaru.”

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 in Animals & Plants & Stuff, Everyday Life

Misao and Fukumaru by Miyoko Ihara “‘We’ll never be apart!,’ says Misao to Fukumaru. Both of them live in a tiny world, with dignity, with mutual love. Still today, under the blue sky, Misao and Fukumaru work in the fields and in these natural surroundings, where they shine like the stars.” Beautiful.

"Under the sun, everyday is a good day. Another good day, Fukumaru."

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 in Animals & Plants & Stuff, Everyday Life

Misao and Fukumaru by Miyoko Ihara “‘We’ll never be apart!,’ says Misao to Fukumaru. Both of them live in a tiny world, with dignity, with mutual love. Still today, under the blue sky, Misao and Fukumaru work in the fields and in these natural surroundings, where they shine like the stars.” Beautiful.

"When I'm designing, I believe in ghosts."

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 in Everyday Life, Research Methodologies

A former research assistant of mine just pointed me to FJP: a weird and wonderful blog about interaction design that gets updated each week and has no archives or social media extensions, which makes it pretty ace in my books above and beyond its content. And apologies to the author, but this post is just […]

Reflections on teaching and learning

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 in Everyday Life, Ordinary Madness of Academia

Hi, my name is Anne and I am a researcher an educator. Of course, I’m both. But the reason I work at a university instead of doing research somewhere else is because I love teaching. Not every moment of it, for sure, but my best moments with students have been amongst the best moments of […]

Poem

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 in Everyday Life

A Martian Sends A Postcard Home by Craig Raine Caxtons are mechanical birds with many wings and some are treasured for their markings — they cause the eyes to melt or the body to shriek without pain. I have never seen one fly, but sometimes they perch on the hand. Mist is when the sky […]

The Bush Olympics

Everyone’s been talking about the London Olympics, but I’m pretty thrilled with Central Australia’s Bush Olympics: “More than 50 students from cattle stations and remote communities across Central Australia are currently competing in the final rounds of the Alice Springs School of the Air Bush Olympics. The students log in from computers in their schoolrooms […]

From the PLSJ archives: Anne vs. her mobile phone

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 in Everyday Life, Science, Technology & Society

Wednesday, 12 February, 2003 Anne vs. her mobile phone As someone who spends so much time addressing the theoretical aspects of wireless communications, I would do well to note my *actual* experiences. In the Spring of last year, I bought a Motorola Timeport 280. At the time, the only service provider who supported that phone […]

Remembering Dr Sally Ride (1951-2012)

Posted on Jul 25, 2012 in Everyday Life, Science, Technology & Society

When I was girl I thought I would grow up to be a scientist — and an astronaut. I built space stations out of cardboard and tinfoil, and made sure that my super awesome science lab was the biggest room. A is for Astronaut. (A is for Anne!) I can still remember watching the STS-7 […]