Sunday, May 24, 2015

Korthre Script - A Rihannsu (Romulan) Writing System

This is probably the craziest document I've ever written, but it also has been a lot of fun composing. As there is no 201x Trek-series, some fan contribution is due. Romulan writing has been much phantasized about. In this document I briefly review the factual history of Romulan writing, coming up with a solution to the common two-font problem, and elaborating on a beautiful handwriting system.

If you know additional Rihannsu writing resources I did not cover, feel free to contact me. Credits in image titles and references.

Gwiuu ir-Raal t'Aieme: Korthre Script - A Rihannsu Writing System.pdf

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Networking Social Security: The Effects of Prolonged Uncertainty in Restructuring Programs on Reconstruction of Employees’ Work Experience

Employees at Deutsche Telekom/T-Systems were undergoing prolonged periods (several months) of job insecurity after having preliminarily been selected into groups with quotas for retrenchment during annual waves of mass-layoffs. Prolonged uncertainty, owing to organizational and legal constraints, placed considerable strain on the emotional experience and mental well-being of the employees and limited their perceived options to structure, attributing primarily externally with almost no perception of agency (contingency). Hierarchies have been found as a central element that dominates the individual reconstruction of the workplace experience after being notified of the preliminary selection, limiting both cognitive experience and execution of agency. Advanced epistemological constructions of self (independent-event, homeostatic or morphogenetic thinking) have either been absent, or have been dependent on increased levels of individual social security. Networked, interdependent approaches at social security may alleviate mental well-being on the level of societies.

Mindscape Discrepancy. Structure, Agency, and Attribution in the Light of Job Loss--A Critique

Anaf, Baum, Newman, Ziersch and Jolley (2013) researched the “consequences of job loss for retrenched workers’ mental health,” (p. 1). Drawing from their discussion of mental health consequences in the light of structure and agency theory and starting with a methodological critique, this article discusses their findings in the light of attitude and attribution, developing perspectives on subsequent research.