It’s not easy to get over a writer’s block, especially if it happens in October. For no particular reason, other than sheer luck, or the lack of it, the first month of Autumn is, traditionally, not very kind to me. Last Friday, we held a conference called “Communicating Science, Scientific Publication and its Audience”, the event went smoothly with little to no delays. The conference’s attendance was higher than expected, so high we even had to change to a bigger auditorium between morning and afternoon sessions.
After coming back from London, I was presented with the task to organize this conference. My responsibilities consisted of the development and design of this conference’s website, logo, brochures and certificates of participation. You can view my work by following this link.
My idea for this Conference’s website was to design a simple and ergonomic interface that could easily be viewed in a standard computer browser, as well, as in mobile devices, such as smartphones or tablets. Inspired by the layouts of current blogs and personal online journals, I sought out to build an interface that the user could easily navigate. Something that felt familiar to them. Something they could relate to on a more intimate level.
The colour scheme was based on my project’s current logo. The logo’s Orange colours and upper-case font were a perfect match with this site’s serene and sober tone.
“Communicating Science, Scientific Publication and its Audience” was associated with the International Open Access Week that took place worldwide from October 21st to October 27th 2013. It was broadcast live through our website. If you’ve missed it, not to worry, all the videos are currently available online for those of you who weren’t able to accompany the lectures live.
I’ve been working on a personal Project, involving spreadable media. Sadly it will have to be postponed for the time being. Like I said in the beginning, October is not a very good month for me.
As for my current work, I’ve recently sent an abstract for approval in a couple of conferences that will take place in the first half of 2014. As soon as I have any news concerning my future participation in these or other conferences, I’ll make sure to post them right away.
Summer Finn is not the girl of your dreams...
...could be the premise for 500 Days of Summer, but it's also the title of my latest article in Her Ideal. This month I go over the hassle of dating a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, and what you should do to move on after she crushes your heart. Trust me, it will happen eventually.
November’s edition is almost out, but until then, you can read my article on Her Ideal’s website from the comfort of your own home, or anywhere else by looking up this magazine on MagCloud, an app now available for Android and iOS.
What is there to say when you have nothing to say? I’ve used to brag about being able to write long dissertations about nothing and everything. Once, I actually wrote a post for my blog about nothing. It wasn’t one of my longest texts, but if you take into account the nature of the subject, it was impressively long.
My research project is running smoothly. I am now in the process of writing two articles, focusing on the findings of the task that is currently coming to an end. The first article is about how a scientific journal’s website can influence the citation results and popularity of its articles. While the second one is a mere comparison between two journal databases in the fields of Biochemistry, Applied Physics, Communication Sciences and Sociology.
Her Ideal is growing in popularity. This month we’ve organized a fantastic and glamorous party in Algarve. Unfortunately I was unable to attend, which might’ve been for the best, since I have nothing fancy enough to wear to such an event. Maybe I should ask for some tips from the fashion editorial of the magazine.
“Where have all the dreamers gone?” is the title of this month’s article. Have we given up on our dreams? Is money and stability a substitute for happiness? These are just some of the questions I try to answer on a brand new edition of Her Ideal.
Alas, my life has been a bit uneventful over the last couple of months. I’ll keep you updated on any relevant news as soon as they come to pass. Until next time, be sure to keep an eye out for any news and updates on my facebook page. I’m always just one like away.
“Whether it is impossible or laughable, great men open up paths of battle!”
After a long walk through the desert I finally found my promised land on the steep landscape of Serra da Estrela’s Mountain range. Unlikely as it may seem I’ve managed to find work in one of the inner districts of Portugal. Ovar will forever be my home but for the next six months Covilhã is where I’m living.
I could say I came for the view, the great food or the picturesque charm of a small college town caught between the mountains and plains of eastern Portugal. I could, and believe me, these things actually helped sway my decision, however, I owe this recent life event to a successful job interview at LabCom (Laboratory for Online Communication) where I’m currently working. I’m part of a project called Communicating science and publication cultures in the humanities. Long title, isn’t it?
I’ve been here for over a week and, for now, there isn’t much more to add about this project other than what’s already been published on its website.
Her Ideal, Your Ideal, My Ideal
Some of my facebook followers may already know, but I’ve recently started writing for a fashion magazine called Her Ideal. My first opinion article “First Impressions” was published on page 57 of this month’s edition. You can check it out right here or read it straight from the source on the magazine’s website.
I’ll be writing similar articles forHer Ideal in the near future, so don’t forget to have a look at each month’s new edition.
New job, new personal project, and a bit of a writer’s block. I’m guessing this April will not go easy on me.