Today I turned 45! Phew… where did the years go? Thank you to my many friends, colleagues, students and family that congratulated me on Facebook, sent a WhatsApp message or an SMS, or dropped me a line. I really do appreciate your interest in my life and well-being, and I am humbled by the sheer volume. Read the rest of this entry »
Two weeks ago I did an educational session at my Toastmasters meeting on using presentation aids for effective presentations. I used slides that I originally prepared for a Speechcraft course and provided a handout (get it here). This is a summary of what I said with some further links on the topics.
When I am assessing student’s writing I am (unfortunately) often reminded of Schopenhauer’s Law Of Entropy…
It goes something like this:
In the holidays our family usually spent at least a bit of time building puzzles. It was great fun and I think we can learn some lessons from puzzle building experiences that we can apply to our presentations. What possibly can a puzzle and a presentation hold in common? After thinking about it I came up with nine…
I grew up in an Afrikaans house, television only came to South Africa when I was in school, and even then we had lots of Afrikaans programs. I’m sure there was English ones that were good as well, but English was something “those red-necks” spoke. Oh yes, and it was a school subject; something like a self-defense class… English was something you had to do and sometimes needed. Useful, like karate. Read the rest of this entry »
This year I had four post-graduate students crossing the stage: 1 PhD, 2 MTech’s and an MBA. Congratulations to Dr Jacques Ophoff, Gary Jurgens, Laurie Butgereit and Riekert du Preez. I thoroughly enjoyed working with you, and in the process I learned a bit myself. While some of the learning was “subject-based” the more interesting and valuable lessons are much more personal and, compared to Information Technology, long-lasting. Thank you for contributing to my life.
Today I don’t want to write my own words on writing. Instead, I want to refer you to another very useful blog that deals with issues related to the research process, including writing. Read the rest of this entry »