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Out of the comfort zone

I love to feel competent, like I know what I'm doing and that I'm succeeding. Trying something new, on the other hand, is uncomfortable.

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Disruption during a PhD

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I am very lucky to have such supportive supervisors but also to have such encouraging peers amongst my cohort.

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Combating uncertainty about the future

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Review: LegoMasters

So this is very far from an insightful commentary on an obscure piece of cultured television, but it does go well with my last review of competitive reality TV.

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Every now and then, things feel really bad. In general it goes something like this. There’s something I’ve put a lot into. A person, an activity, a job, an investment, it could be anything. Whatever it is, I’ve put a lot of time, emotion or energy into it. I have this idea of how things are going to go. Except that’s not how things go at all.

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In the room

There’s a song by Flight of the Concords called “the most beautiful girl in the room”. The song is aimed at love songs lyrics which constantly refer to a hypothetical partner as the most attractive person in the whole wide world. Probably the most memorable line of the song is, “If you were on the street, depending on the street, you’d definitely be in the top three.”

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Of birthdays in 2020

Happy birthday.

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Review: Wind River

As a result of COVID-19, various television film and television productions have come to a sudden halt, and the world is experiencing a rare lack of new content. As a result, I've been revisiting older films, including Taylor Sheridan's 2017 neo-Western Wind River. 

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The five-year anniversary of Mad Men: reflections and recommendations

It's been five years since the 2015 finale of Mad Men. In honour of the acclaimed series, here's 7 episodes, one from each season, to revisit.

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How does the media we consume influence the way we think?

Have you wondered at the effect of media – be it a film, a TV show, the local newspaper, a podcast, or a book – on our internal states? On our ideas and behaviours? On the deep-seated decisions we make? 

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