Monday, 15 July 2013

Changing Places... and Names

The observant among my two readers might have noticed the name of this blog has changed. While in a sense I'm still learning and doing research, I'm no longer teaching as part of my job. So a name change seemed only appropriate.

As for teaching, that was the one aspect of my previous job that I was going to miss. However, as it turns out, I will be speaking at two conferences already in September, iOSDevUK in Aberystwyth, and BrightonSEO in, erm, Brighton. And unlike academic conferences, the organiser actually pays you to speak (in the form of accommodation/travel, or both).

One big worry when freelancing is that there won't be any work available. However, after 6 weeks I have pretty much had the opposite experience (though it might be a bit early to draw any conclusions yet). I'm currently working at a Birmingham start-up, Whisk, improving their linguistic analysis. It turns out, there is quite a demand for linguistic analysis 'in the wild' world of business. At the moment I'm doing about 8hrs a day of research, and no teaching or admin. Compared to the past years at the university, this seems like paradise. And of course, no pressure to produce publications no-one will read.

But as with the fairy-story paradise, it remains to be seen whether I will get chucked out at some point, when I have to do a boring contract to pay the bills. Or sit at home waiting for a phone call from a recruiter. At the moment though I'm optimistic that this will not happen anytime soon.

Stay tuned...


  1. As u mentioned me in the post, just thought i'd suggest 'beyond the ivory tower' - you're not excluded, you're going further...

    You're going to do great and lots of opportunities will come your way - I'm looking forward to hearing abut them!


  2. Delving into memory
    Escape into the past
    Plunge into the ocean
    Descending fast
    Sinking like a pebble
    Down among the weeds
    Into the abyss
    Deep aquamarine
    Safe inside my diving bell

    Down here I go looking for pearls
    Trawling the seabed
    Down here where the octopus lurks
    I've come to tell her some secrets

    Cutting the ties
    Take up the slack
    Sever the line
    There's no way back
    Go with the flow
    Swim with the tide
    In the undertow
    On the ocean wide
    Safe inside my diving bell