So I will chat/respond tomorrow. This time of semester is frantically busy for lecturers, and students (but they don’t realise just how much it is for lecturers!!!)

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October 25th, 2014 by Romana Challans

In the meantime, back to writing the practice exams. I try to help my students by giving them a feel for the types of questions and what will be expected, without giving the whole game away. Takes even more work than writing the damn exams!!! Oh well. Last weekend I will be doing the writing. Then marking all the assignments with tutors over next two weeks, THEN marking the exams. Thank heavens for magic tutors. Then into writing the new topic for next year, and hitting my thesis again. Oh and packing my office ready for the move!! Academia. All the glamour…

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October 25th, 2014 by Romana Challans

This time 22 years ago I was cuddling my very newly born daughter. She was a source of joy and wonder then, and her magic has only increased. Cannot wait to hang out tomorrow for family party!

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October 25th, 2014 by Romana Challans

Tim Berners-Lee: hateful people on the web are ‘staggering’

“Tim Berners-Lee has expressed sadness that the web has mirrored the dark side of humanity, as well as enabling its “wonderful side” to flourish.” from Facebook http://ift.tt/1wnUidf via IFTTT

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October 25th, 2014 by Romana Challans

Report Reveals How Badly Government Lawyers Treated Monica Lewinsky

About time history started reexamining the vitriol against Monica Lewinsky. Clinton got whitewashed, she became the villain. A 24yo woman was treated appallingly. And finally, the evidence is emerging to show this is indeed the case. from Facebook http://ift.tt/1yvvVII via IFTTT

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October 25th, 2014 by Romana Challans

Twitter Teaching the Homeless to Code In Exchange for Tax Break

Sorry, Twitter, I have to go with a commenter who mentioned Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Training the homeless, great – but they need homes and food and showers and a decent set of interview clothes (not to mention some others). And given the less than stellar outcomes of the other tax avoiding attempts at ‘charity’ […]

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October 25th, 2014 by Romana Challans

Felicia Day Says She’s Afraid of Gamergate, Immediately Gets Doxxed

Felicia Day writes (in it’s entirety is actually a sweet and kind) post but also says she is somewhat scared of (what I am calling the vile trolling misogynistic pathetic) participants of #gamergate. Immediately, doxed. from Facebook http://ift.tt/1tx1NMC via IFTTT

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October 25th, 2014 by Romana Challans

Iranian Fathers and the Diverse Daughters They’ve Raised

Oh, sweet heartbreaking special and sad. I would have said some of those things about my dad at various times, when he was working so hard as a single dad to raise my brother and I, I didn’t know what to say, and I wanted him to be happy too…But there it is. The world […]

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October 24th, 2014 by Romana Challans

The highs and lows of Pride And Prejudice on the screen

I actually love all of the versions of Pride and Perejudice (but the best is of course the BBC one), AND I love the Bollywood one, which works amazingly well. Despite a sadly uncharismatic but tries hard Darcy figure. from Facebook http://ift.tt/1vX5wnC via IFTTT

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October 24th, 2014 by Romana Challans

No Love for Lovelace: A Closer Read of Walter Isaacson’s Innovators

I am so concerned that one of the few books to mention Ada Lovelace in any meaningful way seems to be mentioning her as some sort of odd, weird, woman, almost in a Victorian sense of ‘unnaturalness’ implied in his descriptions. And it sucks. from Facebook http://ift.tt/1uM73Zk via IFTTT

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October 24th, 2014 by Romana Challans