Confessions of an open access editor

Ideogram, my favourite SCRIPTed cover

Since 2004 I have been the technical editor of SCRIPTed, the open access journal of Law and Technology published by the SCRIPT Centre in Edinburgh. This involvement has survived all other Edinburgh-related commitments, and has become one of the most rewarding aspects of my academic life. Every four months [...]

New beginnings

I'm leaving on a jetplane…

Regular readers may have noticed that I have been rather quiet for the last month or so. Besides taking a bit of a well-deserved break after a hard semester of teaching, this has been a rather busy time. Back in August 2010 I presented my resignation for the post [...]

Why do academics write?

(via Ernesto Priego) Just finished reading a delightful post by Mary Churchill entitled “Why Do Academics Write?” Highly recommended if you are an academic or interested in academia generally. While the article tells the story of academic writing from an American tenure perspective, it still resonates this side of the Atlantic, as [...]

Long Tail or Tall Tales?

Here is my presentation for this year’s BILETA Conference. I have a soft spot for BILETA, it was one of my first academic conferences, it is where I met some of my mentors and IT luminaries, and it is to blame in great part for me being in Edinburgh.

In a very unusual move for [...]

PowerPoint and kittens

Every time you make a PowerPoint, Tufte kills a kitten

Brilliant background from Mark Goetz. Given the fact that today I’m working on 4 presentations for the next couple of weeks, I am afraid I might have feline blood on my hands.


In Costa Rica

I’m in Costa Rica for the rest of the month. Why am I away? As the always excellent PhD comic accurately comments, nobody in academia works in December:

Now, where did I put the suntan lotion?

Academia v Business

And while we are talking about academic life, here is the latest xkcd:

Nano postmodern Feminist carbon sustainable robots micro blogging cold-fusion

(Via Mathias Klang) Excellent PhD comic:

Starcraft 101

What would be the best way to study war? Academics at the University of California at Berkley believe that the answer is through Real-time strategy game Starcraft. The course description reads: “UC Berkeley students with an interest in real-time strategy games and the competitive gaming landscape are encouraged to participate in this class.This course will [...]

Mathias Klang has introduced me to the social network site, and I liked it so much that I thought I would share it here. This website brings together academics and classifies them by university, department and research interest. I found the interface both pleasing to the eye and functional, although the fact that the [...]