Getting the job you want

This post is a place to link to the audio recording and slide deck from the keynote talk I gave at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Engineering Post Graduate Research Conference on the 18th of April 2019. A few people have asked me to post it so they can share it with friends. Here it is! The recording was made by my mobile phone sitting on a seat in the front row – my voice is audible but it is not broadcast quality.

https://openpracticalwork.org/audio/pgconf.wav

Welcome to the blog

Well-bearded gentleman from the first half of the 20th Century
A chap with a rakishly angled `kerchief pocket

All good* plans start at the pub. This blog is no different. It was born at the St Andrews Brewing Co to two people cackling into their pale ales over the ridiculous fact that this URL was still available. Which was a surprise given how many male professors there are (ca. 14,000 in the UK alone; albeit the beardiness quotient of said population is unavailable at this time). But that is a subject for a different post.

If you are even slower than I am to the world of blogging, then this post from Anne-Marie will get you started in the world of wordpress. If you need coercion or convincing, she can probably provide that too. I am told that blogging will be good for me. Since I’d like some evidence to support or challenge that assertion, here we are. I’m pretty darn shiny new to this blogging thing, so bear with me while I try it on for size and figure out what sorts of things I want to write, when and how. Expect variable blogging-weather with mixed chances of precipitation.

*for values of “good” that may be surprisingly time-dependent but alluring all the same

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