I've been away for quite a while. The main reason is that my RSI has been pretty bad, and I am going through some physiotherapy that I need to complete before I dare pick up the usual load of computer time, and the blog is just part of the workload that is easiest to give low priority.
Anyway, I just have a quick announcement before I go back to hiding again: I was just offered tenure! I'm meeting the dean to negotiate on Friday (but I'm probably taking any offer I can get, so there isn't that much negotiation after all).
Speaking of tenure, here's some interesting blog posts, mostly critical of tenure:
- Tenure: An idea whose time has gone
- What if universities get rid of tenure?
- Let's just get rid of tenure
I can't really say that I disagree with these, but as long as the tenure system is in place, I'm just happy to have it. I've managed to get funding for my own research and my own salary for the last five years, and maybe I could continue with that, but it is nice to know that the day when I hit a dry spell of grants being granted, I'm not immediately thrown out of the uni, which has been the case until now...