Thursday, September 17, 2009


I managed to escape the 90's without owning a Dave Matthews Band album. Did you?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Graduate life.

As of today, I have officially advanced to PhD candidacy. Which means I'm officially an old grad student. Starting my fifth and last year, my thesis is looming. If I were a guy, I would be planning to if not already sporting a beard.

PhD Comics always gets it so right. I totally did this to a younger grad student this week:

Right now I'm in the midst of a post-qualifier exam, pre-thesis slump. I had some great results early this summer, but the past few weeks I've been sitting on my hands waiting for some of our machines to go back online. In the meantime I've been really lazy, organizing my desk, halfheartedly putting Powerpoint slides together for a conference in Korea next month.

Random semi-work related randomness: I decided a few weeks ago that I should learn Japanese.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

What I learned this week

1. Sometimes it's better to just stop talking and enjoy an uncomfortable silence.

2. I'm no longer allowed to get down on my life under any of the following conditions: I'm tired, hungry, hungover, it's Monday, I'm possibly PMSing, and/or I don't feel like going into work. In those situations, I always feel bad about myself, but they are all temporary.

3. There's not much a good weekend can't fix.