Friday, December 10, 2010

Interesting article on student protests

Don't know if you follow her already (I subscribe to her rss) but Laurie Penny's most recent bit in the New Statesman is very interesting:

I don't agree with the protesters about tuition fees.  I think they're sadly necessary, mainly as a legal mechanism to insist that EU students pay for their degrees - something a "graduate tax" could not achieve.  And that the effects can be mitigated with a matched student loan.  So that people like my parents, but in the next generation, can get to university.  

But I totally agree with the protesters about what (I think) these protests are becoming about.  Not student fees, but the government's turning-their-backs on young people and democracy, in favour of oligarchy, corruption and riot police.  Their unwillingness to engage with the public.  That's something I can imagine marching about.  

Grrrr.   Also, today's Daily Mail homepage is highly recommended.  I don't usually go there, but it's important to see how they portray this stuff.  

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Prioritizing, or the importance of really important stuff

It can be difficult to juggle, to prioritize, or sometimes to see the woods for the trees. This is not going to go away any time soon (and, incidentally, is the subject of a whitespace question we're tending to at the moment). But it can be enjoyable.

Making a list helps, obviously. But that's a pretty poor response to life's problems - what, list it all, then rank them? It can be a pretty helpful response, as long as you leave out the more nebulous issues. (Angst over existential things can always wait).

How to identify the important stuff? Really, only major situations with serious consequences, that are remediable, count for anything much. Irremediable ones get triaged "blue", and you move on.

Currently this means juggling 3 issues:

Finals (distant, but v v important)
Job application (up close and personal, also very important, a bit nebulous)
Mood (ongoing, needs close supervision, easily dealt with through sleep hygiene and exercise - usually a bike ride).

Good thing is, these are greatly dissimilar. which means one can chip way at them all, if not simultaneously then ~concurrently. (Does that make linguistic sense? Don't think so.)

All need attention for roundedness. Learn medicine, get a job, and adjust to clipless pedals. I'm getting there!

There's a 50% chance I'll take citalopram, for research purposes, in around a week's time. Here's hoping that doesn't knock any of this out of balance.

UPDATE - now taking the citaloplacebo, and submitted the job application last night. Prioritizing's going OK!