There are some thoughts and musings that just don’t fit either on my business blog or in a magazine or book. At least, not for now. Here’s one that doesn’t belong in those places but is still worth thinking about. Pick any simple question about interpreting, like “What is good interpreting?” or “Which is better: … More In Interpreting, the simplest questions are the hardest to answer
I will never forget the shock of realising what overuse of the internet was doing to me. It was about 6.30am and my kids were both up and playing loudly around me. I was supposed to be doing something, changing nappies, getting cups of milk or something. I wasn’t doing any of that, I was … More Do You Need an Internet Free Day?
(with the help of cows) 1) Positivism You have two cows. That is too small for a true statistical sample. You go off to find someone with 1,000 normally distributed, randomly sampled bovines. 2) Interpretivism You have two cows. Their reality is as valid as yours, so you decide to call them “chickens”. 3) Post-colonialism … More Research Philosophies Explained
I have discovered a secret weapon for when my little girl cries and is hard to comfort. Rather than fretting, worrying or shushing, I simply dance with her. It might look strange to outsiders but I look right into her eyes, even when they are screwed shut and covered in tears and we begin to … More The Dance and the Manger
If there were a limit to God’s grace, no one would be saved. Let’s face it, when the Bible says that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” it has us all bang to rights. Not one person on this planet could stand up and honestly say that they deserve the … More You Can Always Come Back
It’s a descriptive analysis. It’s just an exploratory study. It fails to confirm my initial hypothesis. I’m using a deconstructivist approach (*ducks*). My case lies outside the bounds of established theory (… way outside the bounds). Statistics/Replicability/Rigour/Testing is/are irrelevant for this kind of data. The relationship between this study and previous work on similar questions … More Euphemisms for “My Data are Rubbish”
So, it is now about a week since I found out that I have been elected to the ITI Board for a second term. Before I go any further, I would like to say that I would have been happy with either result. Valeria Aliperta is a true professional who has really contributed to the … More Being the Best
Irony alert: this post will do exactly what it says not to do. It’s even more fashionable than tweed jackets with natty leather patches, academics are jumping on the blogging train. Wherever you go, another university is jumping on the back carriage and hoping that they can say something interesting to the passing crowds. In … More Academics, Blogging and The Real Meaning of Impact
This is a question that came to me in the shower today. In a world full of podcasts, viral videos, personalised advertising and self-help guides, what good does preaching do? Faced with the truth that the majority of Christians hear at least 52 sermons per year but probably forget most of them within a few … More What’s the Point of Preaching?
Malachi 1: 6-14 In the last month, much of my working time has gone into one thing: yesterday at 12.10, I spoke for 15 minutes to a room full of PhD students, supervisors and senior professors. There is no way this will lead to a new job or a promotion. It is basically just a … More Is God Getting Your Best?