Yesterday I spent $2.99 on a notebook to be used solely for my current Big Research Project (BRP). As I type that, it seems absurd that I spent so much money for what is essentially 80 sheets of recycled paper sewn together between two recycled cardboard covers (I suspect the recycling upped the price a fair bit). I can only say that I felt a strong urge to have a notebook to hand yesterday, as if I were about to erupt with words that urgently needed recording.

The notebook sits in my handbag, blank–but waiting.

After reading Scott McLemee’s piece on The Notebook, I feel a bit more at ease with both this notebook and the growing collection I have of such receptacles, including this blog.

Now to prepare for some oral examinations. Comps are done tomorrow.


How Not to Conduct Research on the Web

I’m wondering if The Chronicle of Higher Ed or Inside Higher Ed will pick up on this little gem. Two researchers (cognitive neuroscientists) at Boston University thought it would be a good idea to sell a book based on what I can only characterize as a fairly lurid and provacative set of premises about the people who write fan fiction. They proceeded to survey the community they were “studying” without any sensitivity to or sensibility of the ethical obligations they entered into when they undertook human subjects research.

Hijinks, naturally, ensue. There are many folks in fandom who are also academics.

Wearing the Juice: A Case Study in Research Implosion from Roughtheory.org gives a good overview with relevant links.