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.
THIS morning, a friend messaged me to ask my opinion on the issue of the removal of statues from public space. Well, he actually sent me a link to a youtube video and asked my take on it, and like any good academic I didn't watch the argument it made but formed opinions purely in response to its title.My reply to him was that I'd have to blog it, because I don't think that there's an unequivocal solution or explanation to the problem, and that my thoughts weren't suitable to the immediacy of instant messaging.I say problem, because it has increasingly become one of late. Before the violence of Charlottesville, and the subsequent mass removal of statues commemorating US Confederate leaders, there was already increasing consternation about statues in public or quasi-public spaces, in particular statues on university campuses to Old White Dude benefactors who may definitely have built their fortunes on the misery of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Bristol and other ci…
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.
A while ago I ran some tweets with pics from an old copy of F. Ritchies's Fabulae Faciles, a Latin storybook for schoolchildren illustrated by Robinson. I've lazily just embedded the tweets below--enjoy!