Week in Summary
I was sick this week, the international presence in Oxford is wonderful for diversity of both ideas and rhinoviruses. I continue to take (Latin) dance classes, at the novice level it still feels (and no doubt looks) a little silly, but there is fun to be had in silliness. On Saturday I saw the Oxford Imps perform Improvised Cabaret at Modern Art Oxford. It was also a little silly, and it was certainly fun in its silliness. Life can sometimes be a little too serious, particularly in rigorous research, and they say laughter is good for the soul. On Sunday over brunch I learnt about container ships and efforts to commodify them.
Further inspiration to keep on blogging came recently from Nature, and highlighted a couple of great blogs: DoctorAl (a biologist at Wilfrid Laurier University) and Scientist Sees Squirrel (an ecologist at University of New Brunswick). Another scientist to cross my news feed is the incredibly inspirational Dr Emma Pooley.
One of my goals for 2018 is to read 24 books. At that rate I ought to have finished four by now, however I have yet to finish even one. Instead I’ve been consuming: Instant Messages, Reddit, Forums, Academic Papers, Wikipedia, The Economist, and occasionally The New York Times (thanks to a free subscription courtesy of the google local guides program).
Currently the books on my desk are:
- Clark, D. (2016). Alibaba: the house that Jack Ma built. HarperCollins.
- Sasaki, F. (2015) Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism Penguin
- Thiel, P. A. & Masters, B. (2014). Zero to one: notes on startups, or how to build the future. Crown Pub.
- Vance, A. (2017). Elon Musk. Editions Eyrolles.
- Stone, B. (2013). The everything store: Jeff Bezos and the age of Amazon. Random House.
Writing from the office.