To catch a cliché, you need to become a cliché

So here it is; the last post of 2013 (and the first in 6 months). A while back I put up an update post where I spoke about all the things I wanted to achieve with my time. The main motivation behind this was to set myself up for public shaming if I didn’t achieve what I had set out to do. It wasn’t a new year’s resolution or any of that sort of thing, but It did lay out some aims and I think it was pretty useful. So here it is again, if it were a movie it would be called – Update 2.0: Try Harder, With Avengeance!.. but it’s not, so I had to come up with some other pithy and utterly pointless title.

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Standing on the edge of a new beginning (Credits: Anthony Quintano)

I achieved a lot this year (finally finishing my PhD was chief amongst them), and I want to continue that (who doesn’t?). This year I have a few main aims, and here they are (the professional ones at least) laid bare and unplanned for your acerbic and pessimistic or supportive comments:

  • Start the series known to my friends as “Craig’s Questions”. A lot of my non-science friends have very curious minds and I am fortunate enough to be on the receiving end of many of their questions, often I know the answer (being old has its perks, I guess) but every so often, they ask an absolute blinder! The first in this series uses chemistry and is simply the question “Are there more atoms in one grain of sand than there are grains of sand on the Earth?” Great question, answer to follow early in 2014 (was a joy to explain face to face, no idea how I’ll make it work in writing though)
  • Next on my list is to start a YouTube channel (or any other medium that people might suggest) where I might be able to share content on science and some generally interesting facts. I will have to find an interesting and inventive way to fund this activity and I’ll put my mind to work in the New Year.
  • Finally, and this is the hardest one to achieve, I’d like to drop out of this little lull I find myself in, in terms of employment, and find myself in some professional science-based full time employment (as opposed to the bill paying non-science work I currently find myself in). I’ll keep you updated on this the moment I have anything to share.

So there we have it, my three professional aims and goals, which are not New Year’s resolutions, laid forth before you (coincidentally) on New Year’s Eve. Hope you have a great end to 2013 and I hope that you join me on what I hope is going to be an interesting 2014.

All the best,

Craig – The ScienceYourFaceIn guy.

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