Month: September 2014

So I have been hanging out down by the train’s depot. No, I don’t ride. I just sit and watch the people there. And they remind me of wind up cars in motion. The way they spin and turn and jockey for positions. And I want to scream out that it all is nonsense. All […]

I dreamt of a fever, One that would cure me of this cold, winter set heart. With heat to melt these frozen tears Burned with reasons as to carry on. Into these twisted months I plunge without a light to follow But I swear that I would follow anything Just get me out of here. […]

How do norms emerge ‘online’ and is this different from how they emerge ‘offline’? What does this tell us about the ‘online’/’offline’ distinction? Is “all science becoming data science” and, if so, why is this happening? Is it possible to visualise theory in a manner akin to how we visualise data? Should theory visualisation be a […]

It occurred to me earlier that it’s been five years since I started my research on asexuality. After a year, I wrote this article reflecting on my experiences. When I read it back, I’m struck by how little my thinking has changed since then. I’ve felt for ages that I’m just repeating myself whenever I talk or […]

When I was younger, I used to feel plagued by boredom. It’s only in recent years that I recognised that it was boredom. I was aware of the experience but it had never occurred to me at the time to use that word to describe it. Part of the reason it seems so clear to me in […]

Earlier this week I read Solo by William Boyd. The idea of a new James Bond novel wouldn’t have appealed to me if it had been written by anyone other than Boyd and it lived up to my expectations. One curious aspect of it which I wasn’t expecting was the prominence of James Bond’s internal […]

I usually tend towards the view that there’s no right or wrong way to use social media. These evaluations only make sense relative to some prior purpose and so I’m sceptical when blog posts pronounce on the right way to use Twitter or parallel claims with other platforms. However I realise there are a few things which I do see as intrinsically negative […]

Recording particularly powerful extracts of texts to which I might wish to refer later. This can serve a practical purpose, constituting a form of reference management which both indexes a source amongst a heterogeneous range of other materials and foregrounds a particular extract of the text. This transforms the status of the archived source and, […]

I have no idea why but I woke up with this stuck in my head. Posted here in an attempt to externalise it and get on with my day: I’m broke and I’m hungry, I’m hard up and I’m lonely I’ve been dancing on this killing floor for years And of the few things I […]

I’ve written in the past about my dislike for Evernote and near continuous search for an alternative to it. I won’t rehearse my issues with it here but the one that really matters is that I simply can’t stand the interface. I find it hard to pin down precisely what my problem with it is […]

Cambridge Sociology Conference Crisis and Social Change: Towards Alternative Horizons Friday Sep 26 – Saturday Sep 27 2014 Department of Sociology, Free School Lane Hi everyone, You are all hereby invited to attend the Crisis and Social Change conference next week at the Department of Sociology. With 36 presenters from the UK and abroad, two […]

My initial impressions of Bernard Stiegler were far from positive, largely ensuing from the sheer incomprehensibility of his writing. However this essay by Mark Featherstone (HT Emma Head) has reminded me why I bought Stiegler’s books in the first place after a few people explained the themes he addresses in his work. Featherstone is concerned with Stiegler’s […]

The Quantified Self at Work Special Issue Call for contributions The quantified self movement (QSM) refers to an emerging trend identified by a range of technological devices used for self-tracking.  Examples include Microsoft’s wearable camera, the SenseCam, which provides the possibility to record autobiographical data and is worn on clothes. The Narrative Clip, formerly known […]

See below for information about an event on research careers, identities and methods- email dave.obrien.1@city.ac.uk to register. More information on the project is here http://earlycareerresearchers.wordpress.com/   Connecting Epistemologies: Methods and Early Career Researchers in the Connected Communities Programme FREE EVENT 28/10/2014 City University London Early Career Researchers (ECRs) face a variety of issues in the […]

Earlier this week, NatCen Social Research hosted a meeting between myself, Chris Gilson (USApp), Cristina Costa and Mark Murphy (Social Theory Applied), Donna Peach (PhD Forum) and Kelsey Beninger (NSMNSS) to discuss possible collaborations between social science bloggers in the UK and share experiences about developing and sustaining social science blogs over time. We didn’t do […]