Film, Phd

Thor: Ragnarok review- putting the fun back into Marvel

Image via IMDB I went to see the latest Marvel movie, Thor: Ragnorak, yesterday and it is refreshingly different from their usual offerings. Directed by Taika Waititi and written by Eric Pearson, the film sees the return of Chris Hemsworth as Thor, supported by Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston. As other… Continue reading Thor: Ragnarok review- putting the fun back into Marvel


beginning the literature review – taking notes

Another brilliant PhD post by Pat Thomson, make sure you read it!


The purpose of the literature review shapes the way that noting is done.

And the purpose is to situate your study in the field – that is, to establish a space for the work you are going to do – and to find concepts and approaches that are helpful, that you can build on. It is also important to understand key debates and differences in the field so that you can position yourself in relation to them. The literature review thus typically discusses a field of knowledge production and key concepts and lines of argument within it.

The literature review is not finished in the first year of doctoral study, and the ways in which texts are used to develop a research proposal in year one may not be the same as their use in the final thesis text when the findings and argument are known. But whether it’s early…

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Film, Phd

The Snowman film review: a snow storm in a teacup

Image via IMDB The Snowman is a Nordic-noir thriller based on the bestseller by Jo Nesbø, adapted by screenwriters Peter Straughan and Hossein Amini and directed by Tomas Alfredson. The film is set in Norway, in Oslo, Bergen and Geilo. There are absolutely beautiful shots of the Oslo-Bergen railway throughout the film, as well as… Continue reading The Snowman film review: a snow storm in a teacup

Life, Phd

The first month of the PhD: beginning to climb the mountain

So it's been almost a month since I first started university as a PhD student. It's been an incredibly busy month (by choice), with very few evenings spent at home doing nothing. I've found that there are an incredible amount of interesting events and opportunities to be involved in, if you want to. I've signed up… Continue reading The first month of the PhD: beginning to climb the mountain


Culture vs. Copyright: A Diary of a Naive Philosopher, Book Review

A very interesting read about copyright law and the creative industries!

Rhythm Prism Publishing

By Anatoly Volynets

This was the mark of the Stationer’s Company,
which had a monopoly on printing rights in England from
1557 to 1710.  The image is in the public domain.

Innovators often have a hard time convincing people to change the way things “have always been done”. History offers startling examples of how tightly people hold onto entrenched views. In the 1950’s, for example, early models of the kidney dialysis machine were considered “abominations” by some doctors at Mt. Sinai Hospital. And in the nineteenth century, Ignaz Semmelweiss was derided by medical colleagues for suggesting doctors should wash their hands before assisting at childbirth. So prepare yourself to resist the notions of Anatoly Volynets when you read his book, Culture vs. Copyright. In the book, Mr. Volynets suggests that artists, and the public, would benefit if copyright laws were eliminated.

Many readers may feel this discussion…

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Bladerunner 2049 Film Review: An Absolute Must-See

Image via Slashfilm Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will have seen the adverts for Bladerunner 2049 everywhere. As the sequel to the cult classic, Bladerunner; this was a film that people had high expectations for. But does it deliver? Absolutely. The film was directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Hampton Fancher… Continue reading Bladerunner 2049 Film Review: An Absolute Must-See

Film, Phd

BFX festival in Bournemouth – VFX, VR, films, animation and gaming

I attended the BFX festival today in Bournemouth. It runs from 2nd-8th October but unfortunately I could only go today, which is a real shame as it was fascinating! The annual festival delivers talks, workshops and film screenings from some of the industry's leading studios in VRX and VR, animation and gaming. Jordan Walsh of… Continue reading BFX festival in Bournemouth – VFX, VR, films, animation and gaming