Exercise challenge

http://neilarey.com/challenges/ab-challenge.html

Today I started a 30 day ab challenge. I did the core challenge (http://neilarey.com/challenges/core-challenge.html) a few months ago and enjoyed the increase in strength over the month. I like the workouts and challenges on the neila ray website, they are fun and visually attractive. I also like that the website focuses on strength and fitness (and superpowers) rather than just losing weight. I don’t need to lose weight, but I do want to be fitter and stronger!

I’ve been a bit slack with my step count recently, but For the next month I want to achieve my 10,000 steps a day on my fitbit (www.fitbit.com) everyday.

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Exercise challenge

Today I started a 30 day ab challenge. I did the core challenge (http://neilarey.com/challenges/core-challenge.html) a few months ago and enjoyed the increase in strength over the month. I like the workouts and challenges on the neila ray website, they are fun and visually attractive.  I also like that the website focuses on strength and fitness (and superpowers) rather than just losing weight. I don’t need to lose weight, but I do want to be fitter and stronger!

I’ve been a bit slack with my step count recently, but For the next month I want to achieve my 10,000 steps a day on my fitbit (www.fitbit.com) everyday.

 

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The shortest day

Today is winter solstice in New Zealand, the shortest day of the year.

I remember this day as a child, helping to plant the garlic and my mother always lighting a candle and leaving it to burn overnight (not particularly fire safe now I think back on it).

We are only just at the start of winter, but from here every day gets a little lighter. Today we had 9 hours and 37 minute of daylight, it will start slowly with less than 30 seconds gained everyday, but we will gain more everyday, and by August we will be gaining over 2 minutes a day and i will be able to get home and walk the dog in daylight.

Matariki, the traditional Maori New Year starts in a week. It seems appropriate to start the year at the darkest time of the year.

Daylight hours sourced from: http://www.timeanddate.com/sun

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Academic publishing: a battle

It feels like vendor season – renewal decision time for lots of our journals and databases, lots of visits from vendors, and we are in the process of looking at new a new Library management system.

On the topic of vendors and academic publishing I came accross this from the guardian today:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/jun/16/universities-get-poor-value-academic-journal-publishing-firms

And this a couple of weeks ago (I know it’s old, but still relevant):

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/aug/29/academic-publishers-murdoch-socialist

It all makes me so mad. I wish I had more Jenica in me – more power to make those big decisions and the bravery to make them.

The only way we are going to change the system is to get keep talking about it, and all work to try and change it. We are all small players, even the largest libraries, but the academic publishers couldn’t do without us. We need to work with academics, we need government on our side.

It both riles me up and makes me feel hopelessly powerless all at the same time.

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Live like a hero: love your job?

I came across this video this evening, the description claimed it makes you want to pack your bags and run away from the drag of work. For me, the video made grateful I don’t have a job merely to get money; that I both enjoy and feel like I make a difference. That I want to work (although admittedly not as early on these winter mornings).

It made me want to work harder and better, and to keep the passion for my job alive.

It also made me want to travel.

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The World Cup of everything else

Gutted I didn’t find this before I opted out of being part of a World Cup draw.

I would have liked to pick my odds based on percentage of females in government, maybe most alternative energy, or maybe highest consumption of tree nuts.

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The outsider: liaison librarian

Today I attended a conference day for counselling education doctoral candidates at my university.  The presentations were made by counselling phd students at all stages of the phd journey – from pre-enrolment to a week away from confirmation. I attended because I am a subject/liaison librarian for the department, and it’s in my interests to both get to know the students and faculty, and to learn a bit more about what they do.

I found the day fascinating. Counselling discourse is completely foreign to me. I am comfortable in librarian, philosophy and political talks (my partner is a philosopher and I did my honors degree in pol/phil). I understand them most of the time, and even when I don’t I understand the content I at least understand the structure and goal. Today was completely different, and I really enjoyed that. Being an outsider was refreshing and interesting. Some things sounded crazy, some things went completely over my head, but they were all compelling and worthwhile (IMHO) topics of research.

It was also refreshing and satisfying to see the students in a positive and powerful setting.  I generally see students when things are going wrong – when they can’t find things, have technical problems, have created messes and need help to fix them. In these cases they are often insecure and uncertain, and I am the expert. It is clear they are all intelligent capable people, but when I see them they are not at their best. Today I had the opportunity to see them at their best, in their element, and I know it will change the dynamics of our relationship (for the better) the next time they have a crisis.

Dinner: nick cooks.

Dinner: nick cooks.

 

Also, I had this for dinner: Parmesan polenta, rare venison, garlic shoots, balsamic shallots, roast beetroot and feta.

Yum.

 

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