I have been doing some mus­ing recent­ly on how com­pi­la­tions of oral tra­di­tions com­mu­ni­cate time in link­ing a sto­ry togeth­er. For exam­ple if a series of sto­ries about a per­son are com­mu­ni­cat­ed, does it nec­es­sar­i­ly mat­ter the order that they are com­mu­ni­cat­ed in, and does the sig­nif­i­cance of that order change between…

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If you have been fol­low­ing this blog then you will know that I am no tech­no­log­i­cal lud­dite, with many of the most viewed posts deal­ing with Zotero, Scrivener and oth­er com­put­er based writ­ing man­age­ment soft­ware. However, recent­ly things have been chang­ing, although per­haps not for the rea­sons that first come…

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A few days ago I post­ed on Facebook an excerpt from a book high­light­ing that peak pro­duc­tiv­i­ty usu­al­ly occurs in peri­ods of task isolation–where one may focus on a sin­gle task for longer stretch­es at a time. This excerpt con­cludes that To pro­duce at your peak lev­el you need to…

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The Buyearchy of Greeds?” — Why choosing your analogy is important.

  Recently a friend shared an image that tried to visu­al­ly high­light an eth­i­cal hier­ar­chy using the now famil­iar Maslow’s hier­ar­chy of needs. This usu­al pyra­mid high­lights the broad low­er lev­els of ‘use what you have’ and ‘bor­row,’ ascend­ing to nar­row­er upper lev­els cul­mi­nat­ing in ‘Buy’ and osten­si­bly implor­ing the…

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One of the prac­tices I keep is to always have a long term read­ing project on the go, that is less direct­ly relat­ed to my active research. I find this keeps me read­ing broad­ly and more agile in the way that I process and link con­cepts togeth­er. Over the win­ter…

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Rather than doing a sum­ma­ry for each day I am writ­ing a sin­gle sum­ma­ry for the con­fer­ence, as I trav­el up to Oxford. The past day and a half of this con­fer­ence have been stim­u­lat­ing and engag­ing, with it revolv­ing around paired longer ple­nary papers and longer breaks for dis­cus­sion and…

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