a journal of personal fieldwork experiences and impressions
May already! My first month here in San Francisco has gone so quickly, as I've been lucky enough to get to spend it speaking and working with so many amazing people, on so many amazing projects, from virtual space exploration, to analogue simulations, to science communication and citizen science using new media. Everyday I find myself so inspired by the projects people imagine, the things they make real. And I've just had an abstract accepted for a presentation on my research at the IAC 2017 this September, so stay tuned for more in-depth academic, theoretical, methodological, and project-specific content to come in the next few months! I look forward to hunkering down, working, and sharing useful things I find with you!
In the meantime, I thought I'd share some personal highlights with you, some of the little snippets of day-to-day life and fun off-the-clock adventures I've been having. I hope this will be a little like a journal for me, and a way to get to know me a little, for you.
So what fits around a month of fieldwork and jetlag? Lots of sleeping, and lots of walking! I've walked through the city, up and down Golden Gate bridge, and from Embarcadero to the Civic Center for the recent March for Science. I've boosted back and forth between here and San Jose to catch the Silicon Valley Comic Con and also to conduct fieldwork, travelled up to the beautiful Chabot Space Science Center for Yuri's Night (a belated happy День космонавтики!), and went to my very first cherry blossom festival.
I got the chance to be Captain of the USS Aegis (defeating the Klingons and unfortunately only saving half the survivors of a wrecked ship) at the launch of the Star Trek: Bridge Crew virtual reality game at Ubisoft, and oh my gosh it was so much fun! I can't wait to get it oneday and live out all my nerdy Starfleet dreams!
I was also lucky enough to make it to an incredible lecture on staying with the trouble by Donna Haraway (which I think I will write more about next) at the San Francisco Art Institute. It was beautiful, and packed, and gave me so much to think about and think with - I feel very grateful to have gone - it was, in itself a refugia, to borrow the term.
I was also able to see one of my favourite bands in person for the first time last night (it turns out hipsters are the same no matter where you go) and have been having some serious quality time meeting and missing beautiful dogs. One of my housemates is a lovely Corgi-Chihuahua, and we've just added someone new to the household - a sweet little old boy, a rescue senior dog named Neptune, who we are fostering until he can get adopted and find his forever home. It's so incredible getting to watch him become strong and healthy again, and learn to feel safe and enjoy his days! But it's also tough, being away from my home in Australia, and I've been really missing the animals I live with there. So they get a special mention and photo feature too!
Okay, that's enough spamming from me. Thanks for spending some time hanging out here on my journal, I hope you feel you've gotten to know me a bit better!
And I've been a bit lax, and haven't been photo-documenting as many things as I could be - I'll do my best to stay on top of things this month so I have more to share on other platforms. See you next time!