Don’s back!

(Via John Quiggin) Oh for joy! Don Arthur has finally made a comeback to blogging, presumably having finally finished his doctoral thesis. I wonder if ruminating on Don’s admirable self-discipline might help this armadillo to do likewise and get back to the PhD slog after the chaos of marital breakdown and chronic lack of enthusiasm for the topic.

For recently-arrived readers, Don is an academically-oriented blogger with a philosophy or sociology background. He combines an unashamedly post-modern gently ironic sensibility with a relatively centrist commonsense approach to most issues that made him the best Australian “essay blogger” in my judgment. Moreover, he’s got a happy knack of presenting complex ideas in an accessible, engaging and entertaining way. Take my advice and bookmark Don’s blog “A Wealth of Toil” for frequent visiting. I’ll go and add it to my blogroll right now.

About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law), civil procedure and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 20 years. Before that he ran a legal practice in Darwin for 15 years and was a Member of the NT Legislative Assembly for almost 4 years in the early 1990s.
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Don
Don
2022 years ago

Ruminating on my “admirable self discipline” won’t give you much to chew on Ken. I haven’t finished the thesis yet.

I can help you with rationalizations though. Right now I’m telling myself that the new blog will contain lots of thesis related discussion. This means that time devoted to blogging is not procrastination but is actually work.

cs
cs
2022 years ago

In my experience, a chronic lack of enthusiasm for your topic is a good sign Ken. The next stage is deep hatred, the final and decisive motivation for getting the thing finished once and for all. It’s those who love their topics who always create the most trouble.

Tim Lambert
2022 years ago

The five stages of doing a PhD are
1. Denial 2. Anger 3. Bargaining 4. Depression 5. Acceptance. Sounds like Don is on number 3.

Ken Miles
2022 years ago

I always thought that stage 5 was resignation to ones fate.

Roy
Roy
2022 years ago

Ken Miles – Yes I agree, Stage 5 for me was ‘Fatalism’. I still haven’t reached Acceptance – perhaps that’s Stage 6?

Yobbo
Yobbo
2022 years ago

Ken, when are you going to get around finishing the descriptions for the blogroll? I’ve been waiting to hear what you have to say about me for 18 excruciating months and I just can’t take it any longer…

Ken Parish
Ken Parish
2022 years ago

Sam, I did a temporary one just to reduce your stress levels. I wouldn’t want you going into an insane bout of ‘roid rage.

slatts
slatts
2022 years ago

Ken, thanks for the signpost to Don’s blog. He writes tight and clear.

Yobbo
Yobbo
2022 years ago

Arrrgghhgh…that was the whole reason I titled my site “A Yobbo’s View”, so it would appear at the top of everyone’s alphabetic listings! Not my fault you got rid of the first word!

David Tiley
2022 years ago

I thought that Stage 6 was leaving the country to teach at some miserable religous university within a day’s drive of a country town on the prairies?

Still, after all that intellectual honing, it would be easy to learn the rules of gridiron.

Mark Bahnisch
Mark Bahnisch
2022 years ago

Since I have til the 27th of August to submit my thesis, I must send this link to my supervisor for his edification – or would that indicate I’m still in stage 5?

trackback
2022 years ago

http://dox.media2.org/barista/archives/000893.html

Don Arthur is back in the blogosphere, as both Quiggin and Troppo are telling us loud and clear. Try this, on the politics of the front yard. I filched Don’s bio from Online Opinion: “Don Arthur has worked as a…