Managing e-mail

While in Genova for the last couple weeks, I only had limited time to read and write e-mails, and now that I am back in my office I am slowly trying to get through everything that was left behind.

I have found it inspiring to read some of the blog entries on e-mail handling over at 43Folders. I am now trying to be a bit harder on how much time I spend in my inbox, by following these advice:

  • Turn down the e-mail check frequency (and turn off Mail as often as possible!)
  • Write quick and short replies
  • Delete or move stuff that I know I will be never able to reply to

In addition to being stricter on my own inbox, I am also thinking about how I can be more cautious about writing more sensible messages myself, by always asking the questions:

  • Why am I writing this?
  • What exactly do I want the result of this message to be?

We’ll see how it goes. At least I feel a much better about all my unread e-mails now…

OLPC Sound Samples

I am doing some “house-cleaning” on my computer, and came across the link to the OLPC Sound Samples which were announced last month. This collection covers a lot of different sounds, ranging from the Berklee samples to sets created by people in the CSound community. Obviously, not all the 10GB is equally interesting, but the initiative is excellent, and along with the Freesound project, it makes a great resource for various projects.

Harvard adopts Open Access

The Chronicle reports that Harvard University enforces an Open Access policy for all publications made by the faculty. This is great, and a drastic step towards making research more publicly available.

We have an Open Access system at UiO (called DUO), but so far this is mainly used to publish master theses. I have tried to push for the option to upload other types of publications there too, and this is supposed to be possible now from the FRIDA system which we use to document all research activities. It would be great if UiO could adopt a similar strategy as Harvard, but this will probably take some time…

Press coverage

There has been quite a lot of media interest concerning my PhD disputation last week. A Norwegian news search engine reports some 80 appearances, and this is not counting all the radio interviews I have done… Here are some examples:



“Dr. air guitar” they call me! Strange how this air guitar thing has become the main issue. We did do an air guitar study, but this was only one of several observation studies. I have tried to talk about music and movement, but the titles have ended up with air guitar… Anyway, here is actually a real soon-to-be doctor of air guitar.