I just got an email from an academic superior, saying that a paper I prepared was great… what an encouragement – I always seem to have an underlying suspicion that everything I do is complete rubbish – so it’s nice to hear that sort of thing. Actually, it’s probably better than thinking everything I do is great, because then I’d just receive an email like that and think, “Pfft – yeah, I KNOW that” – and it wouldn’t put a smile on my face. Anyway, I think I’m becoming a pessimism enthusiast – but only in relation to my own work; I like stuff too much to be pessimistic in general. I don’t like fish though. Yuck.