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Gender stereotypes start early

Agency Anomaly asked children if Santa could be a woman. Their replies are quite depressing:


It really makes me despair… no surprises, then, that women still earn a lot less than men for the same job, and are less likely to go for promotions and ask for a salary raise ūüė¶

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Birds are meant to fly

Birds are meant to fly

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If Friends were being filmed now…

If friends were being filmed now, how would Rachel and Ross search for the meaning of Emma’s first word, Gleba*?


Search on their mobile phones? Ask Siri?

* you can watch the episode of Emma’s first word, here.

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The new, old office

Three years ago, when I took up a new role, I moved into a different building. It was the custom, you see. Colleagues who had held the post previously, had offices in that building. I got a new, shinny office, close to other colleagues with similar roles.

But that office was far away from the team I need to work with on a daily basis. And,¬†over time, I noticed that I became less familiar with what was happening with that team. The day to day interactions were missing and, with that, the ability to notice changes in patterns and moods; the opportunity for serendipity, and the casual conversations. Even in today’s world of hyper connectivity,¬†physical proximity is key¬†to foster empathy and a sense of purpose, to use resources more effectively, and to solve problems quickly.

So, this week, I moved offices, again.

I have a new office, which is the same office I used to have. My old office. It is smaller. And shabbier. And has a problem with the heating (way too hot!). But it is just around the corner from the staff kitchen. And it feels great.


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Flush it down. It’s therapeutic.

Not long ago, I read an interview with somebody who was recovering from cancer. She said that she had tried to maintain a positive attitude throughout, and explained how she dealt with her dark moments:


Fortunately, I never faced moments as dark as this lady’s, but once I did flush someone’s picture down the toilet.¬†It¬†felt great!

Next time something or someone is getting to you, try this. It is very therapeutic.

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It’s a girl

I checked the news at lunch time, and ITV’s royal correspondent, Eve Pollard, was commenting on the birth of the new princess, the second child of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.¬†Very excitedly, she said that the new born would be¬†“the youngest fashion icon in the world“, right from the moment she left hospital.

What a depressing thought!

A girl is born in 2015. In a modern, developed country. And the most exciting thing this commentator found to say about her is that she will be known for her looks.

Eve Pollard

PS – At the time of writing this post, Eve Pollard’s comment is available here.


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Desert Island reading list

In a recent family car journey, I asked the family what 3 books they would take on a 1 month holiday to a desert island.


First, the 12 years old daughter named these three titles:


The 6 years old son followed with these:


Then, the husband chose these:


MirabelaAnd, finally,  I chose these:


So, these are our lists. What is yours?

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Writing when there is too much going on

I have been trying to be a routine writer: not dropping it when other things come along, and committing to it without distractions. I persevered, but it is not easy. Sometimes, there is just too much going on.

When life gets a bit too intense, it is really hard to find the practical and mental space to write. Not only there is very little time to write, but when I do sit down my mind wanders off to all the things on my too list. It feels like a no-win situation: if I don’t write, I resent whatever else is keeping me from writing; but if I do, I feel very anxious about all the other things that need my attention.¬†So, I found a compromise.

When I am overwhelmed with demands on my time (er… like now!) I manage to stay focused on writing with the following two tips:

1. I give myself a limit of 25 minutes writing time. It doesn’t matter how busy or tired I am, I can always carve 25 minutes out of my day for writing. This ensures that the project stays fresh in my mind and is progressing, even if very slowly. Not only that, but I will stop writing when the time comes to an end, not matter what. This may seems counter-productive, but it has the advantage of forcing me to focus on the task at hand because I know that I can only afford a new minutes, and because I know that I will get back to the other tasks in less than 30 minutes, it helps me feel less anxious / guilty about writing.

2. I do something that is not writing, but that is related to writing. If I am really struggling with a concept or explaining a point in the paper because, for instance, I am too tired or too preoccupied with something else, then I will work on a task that does not require much concentration but that still helps the writing project progress. For instance, I may format the document according to the requirements of the journal I am going to submit it to, or create a figure or table to display some findings, or check my references… you get the idea.

What are your tips to keep writing during very busy times?

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Do you want this domain?

I registered this domain for a personal project that I am no longer pursuing.

If you want this domain, you can have it. Free! Contact me here.

I have another inactive domain that I am willing to transfer. It is: