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Pi Day

Today is Pi Day. You might have come across π at school—π is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, or 3.14159265359… and so on until infinity. Maths hurt my brain—I couldn’t understand numbers at the best of times. And I stopped being able to cope when I encountered equations that had only letters [...]

By |2017-05-19T08:20:27+10:00March 15th, 2016|Uncategorised|Comments Off on Pi Day

What Harper Lee teaches us about talent

Nelle Harper Lee died last month at 89. Among the countless obituaries printed for her in the last few days is a tweet by Congressman John Lewis: One of the greatest writers of all time, Harper Lee laid bare the soul of America and her work will continue to educate for generations.  She has won [...]

By |2017-05-19T08:20:28+10:00March 7th, 2016|Personal, Uncategorised|Comments Off on What Harper Lee teaches us about talent

Word of the Day: Sabbatical

Definition: A period of paid leave granted to a university teacher for study or travel, traditionally 1 year for every 7 years worked. Of or pertaining to the Sabbath (archaic). So we’ve been pretty quiet lately. It’s because we were on sabbatical. Yep, I’ve used more sick leave this month than I have used in 7 years. (Sabbaticals [...]

By |2016-12-27T16:59:06+10:00August 26th, 2015|Uncategorised, WOTD|Comments Off on Word of the Day: Sabbatical

A call to action—aka a Facebook confessional

Did you know that East Edit is on Facebook as well as Twitter? If not, you should. Please like us on Facebook (and in general, really)! I used to hate social media. I shut down my Facebook at least once a quarter. My LinkedIn still lives in 2007 and I thought Twitter was what birds did [...]

By |2017-05-19T08:20:31+10:00July 16th, 2015|Personal, Uncategorised|Comments Off on A call to action—aka a Facebook confessional

Word of the Day: Procrastinate

Definition: Delay or postpone action. Put off doing something. This word came from the Latin words ‘pro’, meaning ‘forward’ and ‘crastinus’ meaning ‘tomorrow’. Those words fused into the ‘procrastinat-’ prefix—putting off until tomorrow, or until the next day, or sometime. Not now. Celebrated by uni students the world over. And the whole reason I didn’t post [...]

By |2015-07-15T21:24:28+10:00July 15th, 2015|Uncategorised|Comments Off on Word of the Day: Procrastinate

Phew—Disqus comments enabled

After a short period where previous comments were obliterated, we now return to service with our new commenting system, Disqus, enabled, with all previous comments reinstated.

By |2015-05-14T21:04:24+10:00May 14th, 2015|Uncategorised|Comments Off on Phew—Disqus comments enabled

Word of the Day: Bathos

Definition: In a literary work—an abrupt descent from the sublime or high-minded to the ridiculous. Not to be confused with 'pathos'. Pathos is a rhetorical technique that appeals to an audience's emotions—such as sympathy or sorrow. Bathos is most often used as comic relief. Monty Python and the Holy Grail has some good examples, including:

By |2017-05-19T08:20:33+10:00May 10th, 2015|Uncategorised, WOTD|Comments Off on Word of the Day: Bathos

Word of the Day: Tintinnabulate

Definition: Make a light, clear ringing sound; tinkle It was Christmas Eve and Santa was grumpy. People carried on about him going down chimneys as though they didn't know he was claustrophobic. When he'd told Mrs Claus, she told him to stop complaining and get into the Christmas spirit. So he did. Lots of different Christmas spirits. Very [...]

By |2015-04-21T05:49:41+10:00April 21st, 2015|Uncategorised, WOTD|Comments Off on Word of the Day: Tintinnabulate

Word of the Day: Fritinancy

Definition: The sound—particularly chirping—that insects make. Hot summer days are filled with the fritinancy of cicadas in chorus. This word is a rare beast. An edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in 1898 spelled it 'fritiniency'—but when spotted in the wild these days, it is more often spelled as 'fritinancy'.

By |2015-04-15T08:04:08+10:00April 15th, 2015|Uncategorised, WOTD|Comments Off on Word of the Day: Fritinancy

Homeopathy: A recent case

You’d think it’d be pretty easy to spot what it is that a website is trying to tell you and separate the fact from the opinion. But sometimes, the point might be harder to spot than you realise. Rory’s post about exponential numbers included an aside in square brackets that used to say: Some quick [...]

By |2017-05-19T08:20:35+10:00April 11th, 2015|Legal writing, Uncategorised|Comments Off on Homeopathy: A recent case