Doctor of ancient history. Specialist in Middle Republic Rome, and Roman genocide. I research how the Romans destroyed, enslaved and annihilated other communities as their power grew. Into widening access to universities. This is my neglected blog of inchoate thoughts.
This month is #AcWriMo -- Academic Writing Month. the idea is to set goals and "write like there's no December!" More info about #AcWriMo at PhD to Published, who host the event, including a map of participants, a registration and tracking sign up and a public accountability.
To make things a bit easier for myself, and because I just about barely remember my former job where productivity tracking was a way of life, I put together a little #AcWriMo Personal productivity tracker.
It's pretty simple. You record in cells D:U your writing increments for each day. Cells in C sum up these to give a daily total, which is matched against a target (here 500 words). Cells in B sum the days to give a weekly target, which is matched against the sum of the daily target (here 2,000 words). Cell A1:A30 sum, you can see where this is going, the weekly targets, and match against the sum of the weekly targets (so, here 8,000 words).
The targets can be changed by viewing and editing the Conditional Formatting rules (Home>Styles on the ribbon).
EDIT: I've updated the tracker download to be even more self-explanatory and much easier to set your own daily, weekly and monthly goals.
See what I did there? Yes this is indeed a little post about the recent Doctor Who episode 'The Eaters of Light' (S36e10). It's not a review, I'll leave that to others.1 Nor is this supposed to be a crotchety list of complaints about the things they didn't get historically accurate, though it might be superficially similar. Instead, I just want to pick out a couple of things that I think interesting and representative of how the ancient Roman world is used in contemporary texts.2
Next month I'm presenting the first of this academic year's Exploring the Past free lecture series hosted by Cardiff University's Continuing and Professional Education in conjunction with the Historical Association. I'm very excited by the opportunity; they get a great mix of people in the audience: professionals, well-informed amateurs, and those who have never learnt about a subject but are always engaged.
I've pasted some details are pasted below, but the full listing can be seen on the CPE's portal.
This is a photo that I took of a sherd in the handling collection of the SHARE with Schools outreach project, Cardiff University, for which I was an Outreach Coordinator. It is a fragment of Samian ware (the most typical type of Roman pottery), found in South Wales. Sometimes putting the images into black and white helps to make them out, but now I wish I took a rubbing too or even made a 3D model through the magic that it is photogrammetry. Maybe I'll go back and do that sometime.
I think it shows Hercules, as it looks like the muscled, male figure is holding a club to me. Or an athlete maybe?But I'm not very good at this sort of interpretation. Any suggestions? What do you think?