Here in bike-thief-dom, I started today (having gotten up late), as I roused myself gently with Nicaraguan stimulant, listening to Melvyn Bragg’s In Our Time, which included discussion of Einstein’s thinking on how, if you were travelling at the speed of light, and looked in a mirror, what would you see? Nothing! And, in effect, time would stop. Well, I took this into work with me. But, my smart-arse attempt to liven up a dull day backfired when I posed the question to a couple of colleagues. “Nothing,” they answered, wondering what the point was.
I think I need to draw a line under (more than just) this week. The manuscript that is supposed to buy me time, is taking up too much of it, and that bicephalic problem rears again, and I ask myself the question when I look inwards through the looking glass.
And in a few minutes, I will finish the day watching the re-make of Wells’s The Time Machine. Because I remember I enjoyed the original – but I was young then.
Anyway, go on, ask yourself.
Have you been correct and balanced in describing the implications and importance of your research in the RAE, in grant requests, and in job or promotions applications?
That’s a tough one. Even if you are being honest it’s not always easy to prevent yourself from being deluded. It’s easy to get caught up in your own work and imagine that it has the potential to revolutionize the field. Otherwise, I think I’m seven for seven (so far). :)