World Book Day

It’s World Book Day! So go and read a book!

Don’t tell anyone, but Dave’s bed-side book is not an august scientific tome at the moment, but rather a very entertaining book on the history of Mummy curses (Luckhurst 2012, OUP). Dave isn’t quite sure why he has got into Mummy stories over the last couple of years (=Rachel Weisz?), but Mummy stories and their social context is a fascinating intersection of fin-de-si├Ęcle science and superstition. A great book for curled up by the fire…

Good advice: procrastinate (now and again)

Many thanks to Jorge Cham of PhD Comics (http://phdcomics.com) for his wry, witty but wise talk here today about life in grad-school (i.e. doing a PhD) – much of which is also worryingly relevant for those us for whom our PhD days are but distant memories… (yeah, you never really become a grown-up). Here’s one cartoon for Emily, who is just about to submit…

http://phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=1678

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