On the right hand side, you will find an increasing number of links to other research projects I’ve come across. Many of these are in the form of a weblog too. This makes it easy for me to keep track of them by adding them in a really nice RSS reader I have just found for the Mac: Vienna. And it’s open source too!
Work vs play
Make tea not war (wonderful name) in Wellington comments on our effort to make a researcher’s guild on Wow. Mostly it is a musing at how some people make their hobbies into their job.
This is interesting, because it says something about work as opposed to play, and positions itself in a discourse where certain assumptions are accepted as truth.
1) Playing because it is work can not really be fun.
2) A hobby has to become less interesting if you learn so much about it that it starts to appear to be work.
3) Work is something we do for the sake of duty, enjoying it makes it suspect unless the pleasure is tied to ambition, duty or hard-earned skill.
4) All study of something people do at their leisure is suspect, as the researcher appears to have found an excuse to spend more time with their hobbies than other people.
Luckily, there is more to work and play than this.