Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

I study people, technology, and the worlds they make

Where’s that insurance comment spam?

–because I should take some life insurance, on the chance that my job kills me in the next two months.

Some of it is my own fault. I’ve got a talk at Berkeley this Wednesday, and then one in Denver at a trade association the following Wednesday, plus my usual commitments (the Red Herring column, some freelance work). But I’ve also got a giant project whose deadline is the end of the month, and another, equally important but vastly different one, that wraps up in mid-November. The future never fails to be interesting. And there’s an awful lot of it.

This is what I get for reading biographies of T. H. Huxley and Alexander the Great in my spare time. I need to find some biographies of people who weren’t workaholics, compulsive writers, megalomaniacs, or capable of existing on a couple hours’ sleep a night. Maybe that new Paris Hilton autobiography would restore some balance to my life.

This is one of the occupational hazards of studying the Victorians: you run the risk of picking up some of their work habits and attitude.


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