Archive | July, 2011

Random Whimsy – Treating Writers Block

15 Jul

Sometimes we all suffer from a bit of writers block – and starting at a blank piece of paper gets intimidating after a while. Lots of people have written about ways to help combat writers block. The success of the different approaches differ from person to person – but I came across two absolute must read articles on writer’s block in the last couple of weeks.

The unsuccessful self-treatment of a case of “writer’s block”.

A Multisite Cross-Cultural Replication of Upper’s (1974) Unsuccessful Self-Treatment of Writer’s Block

Go ahead and read them now, I promise they won’t take long!


Random Whimsy – NCBI ROFL

8 Jul

Are you getting tired of reading heady intellectual journal articles but don’t want to be caught procrastinating? Do you want to have fun while also reading proper academic papers?

If you answered yes (and even if you didn’t), I bring you NCBI ROFL

The writers at NCBI have scoured the PubMed database to find published scientific articles that will keep you entertained for hours.

They post real scientific articles with funny subjects from the PubMed database

Some of their favourite posts include

Accidental condom inhalation.

Does garlic protect against vampires? An experimental study.

Finding the frequency of Fido’s farts.

Harry Potter and the curse of headache.

A woman’s history of vaginal orgasm is discernible from her walk.

Foolproof Research Proposal Template (via Project Graduate School)

6 Jul

I’ve been working on writing a grant application this week (between that and wandering around London looking for perfect shoes!)

It’s not a big grant, and I’m only a small part of it, but while trying to work out how to sell the research to reviewers I came across this wonderful post in Project Graduate School.

Karen's Foolproof Research Proposal Template Unveiled here:  Karen’s Famous and Foolproof Research Proposal Template. This Research Proposal Template has won hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant money for multiple graduate students and scholars in the social sciences and humanities over the past 15 year … Read More

via Project Graduate School

Have fun kids 🙂

Random Whimsy – Open Letter to my Dissertation

1 Jul

This week’s Random Whimsy is from McSweeney’s (by way of The Thesis Whisperer and Explorations of Style).

An open letter to my dissertation on the correlation between history and identity formation in colonial Massachusetts and Pennsylvania‘ from the series ‘Open letters to people or entities who are unlikely to respond’.

I’ve always been a big fan of McSweeney’s, so if you’re looking for a way to unwind over the weekend there is a nice place to start.