Problems with “stupid”

Stupid. A word I have used so many times for many years. It's easy, simple, versatile and vitriolic if you want it to be. Dismissive and gratifying. But these are also things that can be wrong with it. It's a hard habit to shake, but I think it's worth trying, or at the very least …

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Offended by swearing? Get better priorities

Swearing, cursing, profanity, whatever you want to call it. [Post contains swearing, obviously] Understatement: there's a lot of bad stuff here on planet Earth. Enough for a lifetime of sadness, worry, anger, fear and all the negative feelings. So many inhumane things that people do to each other and this bit of shared space. So …

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On gender-neutral language

Despite being a relatively small issue, this one's important to me. Hopefully I'll explain why and what you can do to address it too. An (imperfect) example that fellow nerds will be very familiar with is: To boldly go where no-one has gone before You'll recognise that as part of the Star Trek: The Next Generation opening …

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Animated Science

One of the best aspects of the the science communication-type roles I've had can be the variety. Depending on where you are and how established the team is (the team 'me' was the best!); one day writing articles, the next editing photos/doing some graphic design, web editing, interviews, filming prep, answering questions - or something …

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