Just in case the National Trust would like to recreate an academic desk at some point in the far off future, here is what is on my desk today.
- IMac computer circa 2014
- HP laser printer circa 2015
- Mac keyboard on Margaret Preston mousepad
- Mac mouse on John Bellany mousepad
- Samson omni microphone with black cover, disconnected from computer
- External hard-drive, connected to computer
- Bottle of tap water, half empty
- Five pack of chewing gum, opened
- Book stand containing three different post it pads, all with lists of things to do, most with some, but not all, things crossed out. These are covered by two pages of the first draft of a new book proposal
- Box of tissues
- Flip video camera with dead battery, on tripod
- Six coloured plastic envelopes with receipts for not-yet-completed expenses claims
- Three plastic envelops with details of travel for talks/conferences in Ghent, Barcelona and Naples
- Four notebooks, one general and three for specific research research projects
- Small bottle of hand lotion nicked from a hotel
- Garber, Marjorie, Academic instincts– opened to p 58
- Childress, Herb The PhDictionary
- Hyland, Ken Academic discourse
- Livingstone, Sonia and Sefton Green, Julian, The Class. Living and learning in the digital age
- Rodale’s Synonym finder
- Macquarie Dictionary
- The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
- The Guardian stylebook
- One ream of printer paper, unopened
- Round carved container of coloured paperclips
- Roll of sticky tape, large
- Cup containing fourteen miscellaneous biros and pencils
- Envelope containing two theatre tickets for September 12, 2016 to No Man’s Land with Ian Mackellan and Patrick Stewart
- Small red case with twelve USB drives and another external hard drive
- Large box containing two digital cameras, audio recorder, two packets of new AAA batteries
- Two plastic timers used for timed writing – one tomato, one garden gnome
- Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt’s black box Oblique Strategies, closed
- Eco screen cleaner and cloth
- One purple fountain pen in a purple box, a plastic bag of twenty purple ink capsules and a blotter
- Round tin of coloured pencils
- Twelve assorted note pads and three loose postit pads
- Two bank statements
- An elderly iPad, uncharged, in tattered red leather case.
- Spare pair of glasses in grey case
- Two DVD cases, empty
- Small pile of business cards (mine, but with superseded research centre name)
- Box of assorted stationery, mainly notepads with conference and hotel names at the top
- One five pence coin used for unscrewing the end of Mac keyboard to replace batteries.
This was a fun & relaxing read. Thanks Pat!
Fun indeed, academic life 🙂
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ooh! Those tickets are enviable! Sounds like some batteries need to be recharged, but otherwise a treasure-chest for an academic 🙂
Entirely accurate I think. Surely there should be a huge coffee cup, half drunk, lukewarm but still being used?
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Glad to hear someone else rates Rodale’s weighty synonym finder, AND the Pomodoro tomato!
Cups or containers full of biros, pens and pencils, appear to be common to all academics. I have to be quite good about piles of papers and books, as there’s not much room on my desk. But I do possess a sagging tiered intray, up on a shelf. One day it’s going to give up the ghost and shed its burden all over me, the desk and computer, like the collapsing end of a glacier.
It’s a funny thing, that inbox. Leave it for long enough and its contents either solve their own problems or become redundant. There’s probably a message in this laissez-faire somewhere …
Gosh, your desk is tidy, Pat…