Biking to Work (when you live 50 miles away)

I love working at the University of Michigan.  The only downside is that I'm faced with a daily 50 mile (75km) commute in my car each way.  For about a year I drove to the nearest parking garage, which was about 1 block away from my office, parked, walked the single block to my office, … Continue reading Biking to Work (when you live 50 miles away)

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Joining The Digital Innovation Greenhouse at the University of Michigan

I have been dancing between academic work and entrepreneurship for the past several years.  It has been exhilarating and exhausting.  On the one hand, I have done some of my best and innovative work as a "lone wolf", acting as an expert consultant to several world-class institutions.  On the other hand it has been a … Continue reading Joining The Digital Innovation Greenhouse at the University of Michigan

My 30-Hour Work Week

My oldest daughter started kindergarten last week, which is a huge milestone. Aside from the disbelief that she's already that old, this new normal has introduced a not altogether unanticipated constraint:  the 30-hour work week.  My work as an entrepreneur affords me more flexibility than most people have, including my spouse.  As a result, I … Continue reading My 30-Hour Work Week

Out of the Academy and Into the Enterprise

“In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.”  -- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland It's been about 40 days since I formally left academia in favour of pursuing opportunities as an entrepreneur. To be fair, about 30 of those days have been … Continue reading Out of the Academy and Into the Enterprise

A Junior Academic’s Take on Digital Scholarship

I’d like to offer my perspective as a junior academic, who is in the process of applying for early career positions, on Martin Weller’s recent and excellent talk on Digital Scholarship. (The talk starts about 20 minutes into the recording.) Deep down I believe in the open, networked, digital scholarship that Martin describes.  The question … Continue reading A Junior Academic’s Take on Digital Scholarship

France IV: A Day in the Life

Here is a typical day for me in France: Wake up, pull on jogging clothes and head out for a morning jog around le Jardin de Luxembourg. There are a lot of joggers out first thing in the morning! I typically do two or three laps (3 laps is 5km), depending on how late it … Continue reading France IV: A Day in the Life

France II: The first few days

We left Toronto for Paris on Thursday evening. Unfortunately we could not take Snug with us but we are quite confident that he will enjoy the backyard and the boys at the Reeve family residence. After a harried pack and clean, we took a cab to the airport where we arrived comfortably early for our … Continue reading France II: The first few days