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How long will Duke stay at my house?

(05/10/21 4:00am)

Duke has been a guest at my house for over a year, using my study as an office during the day. I upgraded my home network to support its video conferencing habit. That’s fine. We all needed to figure out how to get things done during the pandemic. Duke recently spoke about the situation, but we didn’t have a conversation. It made me wonder if they would be overstaying their welcome and whether I have a say, in my own home, about their visit.

Failure: A common friend on the path to PhD success

(05/07/21 4:00am)

Perhaps the most important thing I learned during my PhD was how to fail. Prior to the doctoral stage, academics is largely based on defined problems with known solutions. All of our previous training supports the sense that failure is unacceptable and should be avoided at all costs. But failure is an intrinsic and critical component of scientific research. Thus, to succeed in research, one must learn to fail with grace. 

I didn’t watch the Oscars, and you didn't either

(05/03/21 4:00am)

I haven’t watched a lot of movies this year. Actually, there are only three I can remember: “Miss Americana” (a documentary), “Godmothered” (a random Christmas movie) and “Up” (an animated movie from 2009). Should this make me unqualified to write a review of the Oscars, the biggest award show of the year for cinema? Well, yes. It doesn’t help that I didn’t even watch the award show myself, but that’s besides the point. Why? Because nobody watched the Oscars this year.