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What do I want to learn in 2017?

This is the final of three related blog posts to start the year, all reflecting on where I am professionally and what lies ahead. The first post, How did I end up here?, talks about how I became an archivist; the second, What have I learned?, tries to sum up some of the things I’ve worked out […]

What have I learned?

This is the second of three related blog posts to start the year, all reflecting on where I am professionally and what lies ahead. The first post, How did I end up here?, talks about how I became an archivist; this post tries to sum up some of the things I’ve worked out getting to this point; […]

How did I end up here?

This is the first of three related blog posts to start the year, all reflecting on where I am professionally and what lies ahead. It talks about how I became an archivist. The second post, What have I learned?, tries to sum up some of the things I’ve worked out getting to this point; and the […]

On Bowie

This will be one more in the thousands of blog posts, thinkpieces, columns and articles written about David Bowie over the coming days, one which tries to explain why the news affected me as much as it did. I bought Bowie’s new album, Blackstar, on Friday and had listened to it a number of times. […]

Seven years scratching an itch

I have little interest in numerology and related fabrications, but there seem to be a lot of social and cultural concepts involving the number seven. Heavens, saumurai, sins, dwarfs, seals, seas, signs, wonders, pillars of wisdom, hills of Rome and years in Tibet – all magnificent sevens. Seven (or, if you’re David Fincher, Se7en) years ago I […]

Ch-Ch-Changes

A new WordPress theme, and a new start. After a frantic #blogjune I stepped away from blogging (again). In the intervening months a lot has happened. Mostly I’ve been travelling – since getting back from Canada, I’ve been to London, Rome, Florence and Italy on holiday; and to Christchurch for the joint Archives and Records New […]

Reflections on #blogjune [#blogjune 30]

We made it! Though I feel a little like I ran out of puff on the home stretch – overseas in Canada at the Association of Canadian Archivists conference my time filled up with sessions and related social happenings, plus a few urgent issues which arose back in Melbourne – the #blogjune experience has still […]

Warning: contains traces of nuts [#blogjune 18]

This is my inaugural #blogjune rant. You have been warned. Tonight I visited my parents for my Dad’s 71st birthday. By the end of the evening it had become a rant against the state of Australian politics, capitalism, corporations, and university job cuts. Here’s the abbreviated version. I have always been a lefty, and think I […]

On procrastination [#blogjune 17]

Hello, my name’s Mike and I’m a procrastinator. For as long as I remember I’ve been a fairly serious procrastinator. I fiddle and faff about on anything I can find until the last minute – until a deadline is looming threateningly over me – before I am urged into action. This mostly applies (as with […]

Photography [#blogjune 14]

I need to get my photographic mojo back. For a while there I was practising a lot, and though I was never completely happy with the results I think I was gradually getting better. But in the last year or more I’ve rarely picked up a camera. Below I’m going to share some of the […]

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