Evaluate My Work, Not My Body Art

Originally posted on Ambika Kamath:

When I was an undergrad, one of my reasons for wanting to continue in academia was my aversion to Western formal clothing. If I became a Ph.D. student and then a professor, I thought, I would hardly ever need to wear suits or dress shirts, and such a life appealed to me. I had seen academics of all stripes dress in all sorts of ways, and I naively believed that this signalled something very progressive about academia’s stance towards appearance: wear what you want, because you’ll be evaluated based upon your ideas and work, not how you choose to present yourself.

But a recent article in a column called Ask Alice (published on the website of Science, one of the most high profile scientific journals out there) confirms my naivete. In this piece, an anonymous academic who finds themselves in a “conservative place” for their postdoc, asks Dr. Alice Huang, “Am I crazy…

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Friday Night Music

I hope everyone is kicking off the first weekend of the summer whilst doing something they love! Relaxing with friends or family, having a night out–smiles to you wherever you are :) 

A throwback to one of my favourite songs from two summers ago. Enjoy!

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Happy Summer Solstice

 Today has been a day of magic. Channelling an abundance of light into positive energy to accompany our days as they begin to grow dark. 
 Celebrate the beauty that is living, the beauty of light overpowering darkness and most important—celebrate yourself, and all that you dream to become.

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Poetry: Memories


Memories are timeless

The mind can easily

Drift in and out of the past

Weaving between what was and now is

Moments pull you in

Painting a kaleidoscope of colours

A new vision unfolding before your eyes

Time changes your original perception

Some of what you now believe is a memory

Was never really there

The past has a haunting shimmer

Capability of being everywhere

And nowhere all at once

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Poetry: True Beauty

poetryTrue Beauty

There are nights

When the cruelty of disease

Is stronger than my courage

These nights

In my dreams I journey

Into the land of the shades

I see you


Beckoning me to come

It’s just for a moment

You tell me

That I can’t stay

That this feeling won’t last

I realize

There is no beauty left in the world

My world

The true beauty

Is in all those that lie beyond

My beloved dead

Lifting me back to life

As the dream

Meets its end

The new morning begins

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Book Review: Empire of Night (Age of Legends #2) by Kelley Armstrong

BookReviewEmpire of Night (Age of Legends #2) by Kelley Armstrong


Published: April 7th 2015 by Harper Collins


Sisters Moria and Ashyn are the Keeper and Seeker of Edgewood. Or at least, they were.

Their village is gone. Their friends have betrayed them. And now, the emperor has sent them on a mission to rescue the children of Edgewood—accompanied by Prince Tyrus and a small band of imperial warriors. But the journey proves more perilous than they could have imagined. With treachery and unrest mounting in the empire, Moria and Ashyn will have to draw on all their influence and power to overcome deadly enemies—not all of them human—and even avert an all-out war.


Kelley Armstrong is a master in the world of storyteller. From Ya targeted stories to adult fiction, she is a master wordsmith. She has an ability unlike any author I’ve ever read, to bring characters and worlds to life. To truly make us, the reader emotionally connect with the characters world and how they navigate through the storyline.

Every time I finish a new Armstrong book, I make the bold statement, now this, this is my favourite. Every single time. She is an author who grows with her readers, and goes above and beyond expectations every time.

The Age of Legends series is a phenomenal storyline fueled by powerful young characters that readers simply adore. The comraderie between sisters and their animal protectors marginalizes the audience and appeals to not only girls, this high fantasy lures teenage boys in to the series and the end result–happy readers around the world.

I love the bond of the animals. Risking anything to save their girls. Existing, solely because of the two sisters. It is such high fantasy that as the story unfolds in the readers mind, it becomes a great paradox the unbelievable nature of the story makes it seem real.

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Kittenish Release!


A book of selfies that everyone must buy. Amazing animal activist and one of my own personal heroes, the lovely Gwen Cooper has crafted her own spin on Kim Kardashian’s Selfie book, entitled Kittenish. With you guessed it…photos of cat selfies! Selfies with owners! Cats caught off guard being silly–Kittenish has it all.



Behold Kittenish—a send-up of Kim Kardashian’s bestselling selfies book, Selfish—featuring hundreds of photos of cats, by cats. The cats in Kittenish have captured themselves at their most playful, affectionate, and haphazard moments, and the result is an unforgettable collection that’s equal parts hilarious and heart-tugging. There’s even a black-page section for the “sexy selfies.” (Warning: Very few cats consented to wear costumes for Kittenish, so most of these selfies are nudes.)

Check it out at: http://www.hihomer.com

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