peace and quiet

On standing for election to the UBC Faculty Association (2)

I realised today that I could have written a very much shorter and punchier statement. This is it.

I will advocate for quiet.

Slightly longer version:

Faculty, like any other workers, ought to have decent working conditions. Our workplace should be a place of calm, comfort, and collegiality. That is in the interests of health, safety, a respectful environment, and wellbeing. Our particular kind of work and its particular primary purpose is teaching, research, and (their conjunction as interactive) learning. Work of the mind depends on a precious resource which is currently rare at UBC, without which our work is made more difficult, and in such a way as to drain and damage us. This essential resource is quiet, and I will advocate for urgent investment in it to be a University priority.

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On clarity & transparency

 

(not UBC: Clare Hall, University of Cambridge: exemplary intellectual environment)

 
Things have been happening at UBC. I am optimistic. That may of course change: I may become less hopeful, or more hopeful. I am of course hoping for the latter, because it’s better to be happy than sad. Especially when you add to your own happiness that of other people.  (more…)

It’s that time of year again

Last year I warmed up to thinking about leaf-blowers more slowly, not writing about them (and rakes) until May. Perhaps my thinking would have been faster if I’d had less leaf-blowing around. Perhaps the leaf-blowers themselves weren’t really to blame: rather, it was a lack of leaves. (more…)

More news on noise pollution

New hydrophones monitor ship noise in Salish Sea (Globalnews.ca today):

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