- I've been working on the railroad all the live long day. (err, I mean the dissertation). Actually, I feel like I am making progress. If you ignore a few places where I have notes to myself to "write a few more sentences here" then I have a mostly complete draft of my third paper.
- Re: someone's comment when I last posted on my (lack of) progress. At this university, you can turn in your thesis in "manuscript document format." Basically you have 3+ manuscripts on a common theme, bracketed by an intro and conclusion to tie them together. Manuscripts do not already have to be published or submitted, although they can be. They merely have to be deemed ~ready for submission by your committee. So, I refer to my major chapters as "papers" because, in the end, that's what they will be. The intro and conclusions only have to be a few pages each and I haven't started writing them yet.
- I'm thinking about getting a co-sleeper. Anybody got any reccs? Or a used one for cheap in the PNW?
- We have to have huge margins on all of our pages - resulting in a useable space of <6>
- Latest sign of a growing belly: Endangered Species chocolate ending up on my lap, not my chair. This might be a good thing for overall cleanliness of my office, but it's still a shame that it smeared.
- I'm in love with EndNote 9. I upgraded from 6 just before starting on this paper, and its making me have faith in the program once again, in terms of its utility for actually formatting your refs correctly. It's reference styles are much more complete and up-to-date, more easily editable (at least on my network), and it lets you edit in-text citations easily to take out the author name or add e.g., e.g,. I hope my good feelings about it last, because this paper has a doozy of a ref list.
- I got a haircut. It's wonderful. Probably lost about 4". Absolutely nobody has noticed (or at least commented).
- S and my advisor are still gone. Bigwig funding guy for a project they've been working on (or rather advoiding working on) just came by to find them, threatening not to pay them because he hasn't seen a product yet (months overdue). It's $ on the order of 10^5, and we're already having a money crunch around here, but there's nothing I can (or should do). It's just another reminder to me on how I don't want to run my lab.
- My advisor will be here for all of 2 days before my thesis is due to my committee. How the hell is he supposed to give me helpful feedback before then. Why does he have to be gone the entire month?
- Very few people comment on my women in science updates. Are they read? Are they interesting? Are they worth my time? Would it help if they were on a regular schedule, sort of like birds in the news?
- Like how I worked a bit of pregnancy info into an otherwise academic post? That's what pregnancy brain will do for you.
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
RBOC: T - 28 days
Posted by ScienceWoman at 6:04 PM