Archive for the ‘Autobiographical’ Category

Personal: The Job

When I first posted about my new job last August I wasn’t particularly positive about it. It seemed like something I’d be doing because I needed the money and because office work wasn’t easy to find, and that it would suffice while I continued looking for other work. I’ve not applied for any jobs in the year between then and now and genuinely do enjoy myself, so I thought it was time I made a more positive post about what I do for a living.

Essentially my job is all about bits of wood.

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Personal: No Gods or Kings, Only Man

August 3, 2011 1 comment

Andrew Ryan may be fictional, but that's still a fantastic quote.

People have a tendency to edit their memories, especially when we change our minds about something or receive additional information that alters our perspective. We have trouble accepting that we ever believed something that we now find almost incomprehensible, because it stands to reason that we could never be so wrong about something (this post about Hindsight Bias at You Are Not So Smart is a good read on the subject).

I’m sure that’s how it is with my atheism, because as far as I’m concerned I’ve never believed in any gods, which can’t be true.

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Personal: Unlevel

July 30, 2011 1 comment

They will do science to it!

I mentioned in the previous post how I did not do well in the three A Level courses I took: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. My results were so awful I haven’t even committed them to memory, though there are a couple of modular results that were impressive enough to stick with me. I’ll explain why I think I fared so badly in more detail here, reason by reason, to look at how certain factors can add up to derail an academic career.

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Personal: I Am Not a Molecular Biologist

July 28, 2011 1 comment

Yup, that's definitely not me.

Yes, I imagine the statement in the post’s title is true of most people, but bear with me.

When I was a very young child it was obvious what I would be when I grew up: a palaeontologist. Dinosaurs were just the greatest thing in the whole world and would naturally be what I would spend my life dedicated to. I did consider that archaeology might be the next best thing as it was a similar field, even if it was more focused on people (I wasn’t aware then how little I was interested in culture and religion, but the history elements would have still appealed).

I am not a palaeontologist or an archaeologist. As I grew a little older I gained a little understanding of what those professions entailed, and things like lying on your stomach in a desert while uncovering fossils with a toothbrush didn’t seem like something I wanted to do. Yes, there’s more to them than that, but that was how I started to view them in my youth.

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Personal: Small Scale

July 26, 2011 2 comments

Outside of general references to my employment I’ve not shared many personal things on this blog, so I’m goig to use the recently created Autobiographical category for talking about that sort of thing. Part of the reason I’ve fallen behind on the monthly reviews is because I’ve written out a bunch of these but hesitated to post them.

This first post is a fairly small step that covers something innocuous and just happened to be something I was thinking about recently, but we’ll see where things go from here.

I do not miss these days.

In 1998 (or thereabouts) I took my GCSE exams, the exams that for a lot of students mark the end of their education and the point at which they’re free to leave school and take their first steps into proper adulthood. My attempts to revise were fairly mixed, for some subjects doing little to no revision, for others working solely on what I felt were my weak spots (mathematics is one I remember taking this approach with), and others making a proper effort.

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Personal: Macho Man

June 20, 2011 1 comment

What's impressive is how quickly this picture appeared after his death.

Wrestling legend Randy “Macho Man” Savage died a month ago, and while this post isn’t timely I still felt it was worth talking about his significance to me. I actually didn’t become a fan of his directly through his wrestling in the WWF or WCW, nor his commercial endorsements (none of which reached the United Kingdom, at least to my knowledge) or his appearances in things like Spider-Man or Dial ‘M’ For Monkey*.

No, I discovered Macho through video games.

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