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on personal productivity in knowledge-intensive environments, weblog research, knowledge management, PhD, serendipity and lack of work-life balance...


  Saturday, March 31, 2007

  Rediscovering work-life balance

[has been in drafts for a while]

I knew that giving birth was about priority changing, but somehow I didn't expect how difficult it would be. I has been surprised with myself – being happy as stay-at-home-mom, being hardly energised and engaged by work-related talking, and, on the top of it, not looking forward getting back to work.

It's still about a month before that. I already took a couple of weeks extra, but I keep on thinking if it was too little. One side of me says that another few weeks will not make much difference, that it makes a lot of sense to get back to my PhD research to get faster to the finish line, that eventually I'll get all the fun of work back and will be happier… Another side wonders how it would feel to abandon those "lets see what the day will bring" days, with feeding on demand, cuddling, playing, little discoveries and, most of all, being able to see his eyes and his smile at any moment [although there is yet another side that tells to take the rose glasses off and think of all those crampy moments when I'm extremely happy to see Robert coming back from work to take over :) ].

I know that work can always wait and I wonder how I will feel about not taking those few weeks extra when I look back in ten years time. But for now – the arrangements are made and I'm getting prepared. I guess this time rediscovering work-life balance will be a serious challenge.

  Sunday, March 25, 2007

  Nabaztag’s Second Life

Ages ago I blogged about adopting a wifi bunny - Nabaztag. Since then I has been planning to write more on peripheral awareness, ambient knowledge and simple devices to support it, but somehow never did.

SecondNabazRobert makes my life easier writing about his experiments with Nabaztag’s Second Life. He programmed a Second Life version of the bunny that connects to the one in real life, notifies it about people in proximity and articulates things said to the SL bunny:

The resulting mesh-up is an example of how virtual worlds and the real world can be interconnected. Anyway, I like the idea of using the Nabaztag as an ambient display for information that you do not need on your screen, but still like to be aware of. Just having the bunny wiggle its ears when you have visitors in your Second Life store, for instance, can keep you aware without requiring you to be logged in to Second Life all the time.

The SL bunny is called SecondNabaz and available for download at SL Exchange.

More on: awareness Second Life 

  Tuesday, March 20, 2007

  Once more on languages...

It didn't take us long to realise that talking to the baby is not only about that. Often it's also about talking to others in the room. For example, something like "mama is coming to feed you" is also something for papa to know. And all of this gets on the way of our intentions to speak Russian and Dutch to Alexander: we end up speaking a lot of English, as this is the language both of us understand well.

I guess I have to find more things to read on raising multilingual child...

More on this: What Language do You Speak Around Others?

More on: language learning life 

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