Time to Refocus

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Luke Skywalker riding a Taun-Taun

Comprehensives: Kind of like being stuck on Hoth, but instead of having a Tauntaun to crawl inside and stay warm you get followed around by Baudrillard who will constantly kill your buzz with postmodernism.

As you may or may not have heard, I recently decided to step back from my work with United Way to refocus my energies on finishing my Doctorate in Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario. I just want to note what a fantastic experience it was working with United Way–these people are the real deal and are making London a better place, one step at a time. Also, shout outs to the staff of United Way for their recent announcement of raising over $8 Million to fund agencies working to make London a city we can be proud of.

After spending two weeks running back and forth from Toronto on meetings, I’m finally getting back into the swing of “University Life” again as I begin looking forward at the mountain of work standing between me and putting the word “Doctor” in front of my name. The big hurdle quickly approaching is Comprehensive Exams, which I’m set to write in January 2012. Now you may think that’s plenty of time to prepare, but without going into the gory details I’ll just say that the Comps are a bit like being air dropped into the arctic circle with only your wits to survive. Okay, maybe that’s a bit extremely but it’s a substantial amount of work that is going to take a solid 6 to 8 months for me to adequately prepare. Note: the chance of death, however, is not exaggerated.

In the spirit of preparation, I’ve decided that beginning this week I will attempt to write at least one blog or article on Cripz every week day to get me back into the academic mode…and more specifically, to remember how to write. While this little post is a bit of a cop-out, I promise tomorrow’s offering will be far more interesting. However, if I know anything about accomplishing giant piles of work in a short amount of time, I’m going to need some sick montage music. Now where’d I leave that Bieber CD?

Also, I’m putting the last touches on a big Cripz Website Redesign which I’m hoping will drop sometime in the next few days (after some trouble shooting from Philip Hoffer, creator of the Comic Press plugin for WordPress).

So if you’re interested in the scrawled ramblings of a madman, please feel free to stop by tomorrow and check out my first of many, many blogs and articles about disability, life and everything in between.

Also, I promise this blog will remain a Charlie Sheen Free Zone. Solidarity brothers, solidarity.