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So, it’s 11 September, again.  Eleven years since the World Trade Center/Pentagon attacks and the aborted attack that went down in Pennsylvania.  When the world, and particularly, the U.S., changed.  Many have their memorials and commemorations for those who perished that day.  I generally observe the day simply by sharing one of my favorite and most apt quotes attributed to Benjamin Franklin (“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety”), and sometimes, something strikes me enough to noodle about it in a blog post.  Like this one.

I use the Franklin quote as a reminder of what and how we changed that day, not for the better in many respects, which I will not go into nor feel like debating here.  What I am thinking about more generally is anniversaries.  When “bad stuff” happens, I have trouble relating to the need to commemorate on the specific date.  Maybe my sense of detachment from the calendar (it’s just an agreed-upon organization of days) is why.  But where did that detachment come from?

When I was a child, holidays were never huge deals.  We didn’t do Christmas on the date, and birthdays were pretty much ignored.  Thanksgiving was the only holiday we did regularly and on the traditional day.  Also had an ex who used to shut down every February because of “bad stuff” that had happened to her in Februarys past, and I refused to be like that.  Sure, December 2008/January 2009 and October/November 2010 were probably two of the worst periods in my life, and the latter broke much of my functionality for a long time, but I don’t think about it every autumn and refuse to do things because of it.  Also, Toni and I, for various reasons, have moved celebrations of our anniversary and birthdays to more convenient times for as long as I can remember.  And we’ve long agreed we like to show how much we love each other every day and not save things for an anniversary.

N.B., I am not saying anyone who ties things to dates is wrong, merely noodling to try to understand why in general that I do not.

I’m not sure if I lack an attachment to the calendar because I haven’t generally used it for commemoration, or vice versa, though I suspect it’s the former.  And as far as 11 September is concerned, how can the effects of the events of that day not be remembered every single day of the year?

Originally published at Abnormality Locality. You can comment here or there.

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…today, no, I didn’t start this blog (it will be 3 years old at the end of next month), I made my first LiveJournal post (where this will be mirrored, too).  I won’t say it was the start of a lot of changes in my life, but it was close to the beginning of a number of big changes, and helped precipitate my opening up more socially.  I’ve met a lot of people through LJ, some with whom I no longer associate, but several who have remained good friends and even chosen family.  Since the explosion of Facebook and Twitter, I haven’t posted there as much, or, when I do, it’s like this – a mirrored post from my blog, but I still like it because it’s a more loose forum – posts can be longer than typical Facebook messages, and certainly longer than tweets.  Post and comment security is also a little more controlled and less arbitrary overall.  I’ll probably stay on LJ for the foreseeable future, too.

Originally published at Abnormality Locality. You can comment here or there.

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…I married my best friend.  Happy Anniversary, Toni!  I am very lucky.  You are the best thing ever to be part of my life, and marrying you was the best decision I’ve ever made.  I love you!!!

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Finally finished a book I originally started almost 10 years ago (15 Dec '02 - I only know this from an old LiveJournal post): Lois McMaster Bujold's "Shards of Honor." I must say the "Aftermath" chapter, a sort of epilogue, was an interesting counterpoint to the end of the book, & a bit unnerving and distressing. Having already recently read "The Warrior's Apprentice," I think that was a better place for me to start a second attempt at reading the series, and I'll probably read the rest in LMB's internal chronological order (filling in "Falling Free" at some point in there).
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So… I last posted right before the end of my days as a grad student at Purdue, leaving without a Ph.D.  I had a few projects on which I wanted to work.  Let’s see how those are going, shall we?

  • Find a job.  Still working on that.
  • Finish the modeling paper that is still in progress.  Still working on that.  Slowly.
  • Clean house, including sorting through media and other stuff. Have done a bit of media culling.  Still need to do much more.  Have started major cleaning, but it’s rather slow, thanks to allergies and general physical condition.
  • Work out.  Decided to see the orthopedist about my right knee, since it had been getting a lot worse over time since I injured it in St. Croix last July.  Got a prescription for a few weeks of physical therapy and ended up with possibly the best physical therapist I’ve ever had.  I’m done with PT appointments, but still diligently doing the exercises and stretches twice a day.  I’ve also started using our new rower every few days, and I hope soon to get back on the bike, either the stationary recumbent or our hybrid bicycle, since I did manage to change the quick-release seat post to a regular bolted one so I can ride it around outside once my knee is in better shape (and if we ever get out of this heat wave).  The knee does seem to be doing better, but I need to be patient.  I didn’t get out of shape overnight (six years of grad school was harder on me physically than I realized), and I injured my knee 10 months before I decided to go to PT, so improvement isn’t going to happen overnight, either.
  • Catch up on reading a lot of the fiction that has been piling up on my metaphorical “to-read” pile.  I’ve managed to catch up on a few of the books at the top of my list.

Speaking of reading, back when I last had time to read fiction, I used to keep track of what I’ve recently read on my LiveJournal, so (as this also posts there) I might as well start that back up here.  I try not to be spoilery.  Since late May, I’ve read:

  • “A Feast for Crows” – George R.R. Martin.  Came out too soon before I returned to school for me to have read it then.  I know a lot of people consider this the weakest in the series, as, the way GRRM structured it and the first part of the next volume, several common favorite characters are “missing.”  I liked the different POVs we were given and new places in Westeros and Essos where we had not yet been.  It also helped me stop considering each volume of “A Song of Ice and Fire” as a stand-alone novel.  To me, it’s one long story. Long being the key word.
  • “A Dance with Dragons” – George R.R. Martin.  Latest “A Song of Ice and Fire” volume.  More great stuff.  Solidified that ASOIAF is my absolute favorite fantasy book series.  And again I join the teeming millions waiting for GRRM to finish the next installment, especially considering some of the specific cliffhangers at the end of this one.  Almost all the characters are present well before the end of this one, as it follows not only “A Feast for Crows” timeline, but continues a bit farther.
  • “Redshirts” – John Scalzi.  After two GRRM doorstops, I needed something light and relatively short.  This was perfect.  A humorous send-up of the trope derived from the original “Star Trek” TV series.  The characterizations are light, intentionally, but not lacking.
  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” – J.K. Rowling.  Another book that came out too close to when I returned to school.  Having seen both parts of the films which were based on it, and not being greatly concerned with spoilers, it was still nice to read some of the details the films by necessity left out, and to see that some of the clever parts of the films were in the original.
  • “The Fire” – Katherine Neville.  The sequel to probably my favorite single book of fiction ever, Neville’s “The Eight,” I started to read this in Massachusetts a couple of years ago over spring break.  Didn’t finish it, and was never able to get back to it.  Read it this time on my Nook Color, and, while it was not as good as “The Eight,” it was nice to see some of the characters again, and to enjoy the author’s trips through history and around the world.  In my opinion, Dan Brown wishes he could write a big puzzle story as well as Katherine Neville.  “The Fire” also sort of made me feel like she may have one more novel in this story still unwritten.  And she’s alluded to just that in interviews.  One thing that did annoy me greatly, though, was the fact that the Nook version is full of typesetting errors.  Duplicated sentences and mangled paragraphs throughout, obviously not author errors.  They’re not in the hardcover edition.  I’ve already brought it up with Barnes & Noble, Random House, and Katherine herself.
  • “The Warrior’s Apprentice” – Lois McMaster Bujold.  Almost 10 years ago, I was persuaded to get into LMB’s “Vorkosigan Saga” by a now-ex and several friends.  I picked up an omnibus of the first two novels in internal chronological order (“Shards of Honor,” “Barrayar” bundled in an omnibus called “Cordelia’s Honor”) on a trip Toni and I had made to California, and I read about half of the first one on the plane ride home.  I remember enjoying it, but for some reason I cannot remember, I never picked it back up.  Since I have almost the entire series in e-pub format on my Nook Color, I decided to give it a try, and so I started with the third volume, “The Warrior’s Apprentice,” which introduced Miles Vorkosigan, the protagonist of most of the series.  I enjoyed it a lot.  In particular, aside from Miles’ cleverness on his feet, I like the universe LMB has developed.  It’s several hundred years in the future, yet society is still very much imperfect.  Full of greed, petty squabbles, and very few hard handwaving technological devices (wormhole travel is probably the biggest).  There are still parts of spacecraft in zero-g; communication takes a long time; and there are other limitations.  I liked TWA enough to go ahead and try the rest of the series again, so I’ve gone back to read…
  • “Shards of Honor” – Lois McMaster Bujold.  As I mentioned above, this was the first LMB Vorkosigan Saga novel I tried, but didn’t finish, in 2002.  Rereading it now.  I’m only a few chapters in and I can’t remember any of it from my initial read nearly 10 years ago.  I do think I’m enjoying it more this time, though.

After that, I’m not sure what I’ll read.  I often roll lists over in my head, or even in posts online, but I defer to how I’m feeling when it is time to pick up the next book.  I may go with something by Neal Stephenson, as I’ve only so far read his “Cryptonomicon,” which I absolutely loved.  I may re-read Douglas Adams’ “Hitchhikers Guide” series, or Frank Herbert’s “Dune,” or something else new, like Gareth Roberts’ novelization of Douglas Adams “missing” “Doctor Who” story, “Shada.”

In the meantime, I’ll also still be job hunting, cleaning, and working on my knee and general fitness.

Originally published at Abnormality Locality. You can comment here or there.

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So, as of next Wednesday, I will no longer be employed by Purdue as a graduate research assistant.  I’m already done being a grad student – the semester ended last week.  I have a love-hate relationship with routine.  I get bored with them sometimes, but I acknowledge they are very helpful for keeping myself moving.  As a grad student who has been both a TA and RA over the last six years, routines were easy for me to set up every semester – external demands being good motivators.  After next Wednesday, I need to develop regular habits to do the following, more or less in order of priority, with a bit of flexibility:

  • Find a job.  I’ve already applied to a few jobs, and I need to kick this into high gear.
  • Finish the modeling paper that is still in progress.
  • Clean house (normal cleaning, but also including sorting through media and other stuff to pare down and organize before we need to move, and getting what we no longer want/need out of here).
  • Work out.  We have a nice new rower, and I need either to get back on the stationary recumbent or change the quick-release seat post on our hybrid bicycle to a regular bolted one so I can ride it around outside (preferred, both of which depending on what the orthopedist says about my right knee next Thursday).
  • Catch up on reading a lot of the fiction that has been piling up on my metaphorical “to-read” pile.

Seems easy enough.

Originally published at Abnormality Locality. You can comment here or there.

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I suppose I saw this coming.  I’ve known I’ve been making slow progress on my Ph.D. research, and it boils down to a mental energy deficit I have probably already talked about here or elsewhere to an extent – at some point in the day I just can’t think critically any longer, and I think that all really started to get bad when I was taking care of Toni after her knee surgery and everything else (including prepping for and taking my qualifying exams and all the other personal issues that came up in a very short time period) that I dealt with back in the Fall of 2010, because I’ve felt behind ever since.

When I first started this little project in 2006, my initial intent was only to get a second M.S. (my first one, in another field, was in 1991).  Shortly after I started, we talked about reclassifying my status and going straight for a Ph.D., but then decided against it because I came from outside the field.  So, after I got the M.S. in Spring 2009, I continued in the group to pursue a Ph.D.  I passed my quals in December, 2010, and have wrapped up all of my course requirements.

Life gets in the way, sometimes, though, and it can’t always be ignored.  It isn’t an intelligence, motivation, or resolve issue.  After some discussions with my advisor, she and I have agreed it is time for a new course of action.  I am going to finish the current semester, primarily since I am enrolled in what is probably the best course I’ve taken since I’ve been here, and really want it complete on my transcript, but then I am leaving the program.  I will also finish as much as I can on my current research project, that my advisor will present in my stead at the conference later this summer (though I will still get co-author credit), and I will also try to wrap up a paper she and I would like to have submitted by then as well.  Of course, this also means I’m re-entering the job market almost immediately.

Originally published at Abnormality Locality. You can comment here or there.

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OK, I haven’t made a blog post here in months, but that should be a clue to my mental state of late.  Things have been a bit rough at school, and even at home due to circumstances beyond our control.  Feeling somewhat better emotionally, but I am getting more than a little frazzled with everything I need to do.  In particular the next 8 days are going to be insane.  Making a list here so I can keep myself organized and make sure my task list and calendar are up to date.  Let’s see…

  • Monday, 27 February:  Have next reanalysis for modeling paper completed.
  • Thursday, 1 March:  Complete presentation for Midwest Cloud Forum.
  • Thursday, 1 March:  Complete Purdue Grad Student Government Travel Grant application.
  • Thursday, 1 March:  Submit semester project proposal to advisor and her husband for my Numerical Modeling of Clouds & Convective Storms class.
  • Friday, 2 March:  Present preliminary modeling paper results at Midwest Cloud Forum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Atmospheric Science Department.
  • Tuesday, 6 March:  Complete homework of writing, testing, and analyzing a 1D parcel model with entrainment for my modeling class.
  • Friday, 9 March:  Complete outline of prospectus for discussion with advisor.

The week after 9 March is Purdue’s Spring Break, but we’re not going anywhere this year, partly for financial reasons, but also due to work loads.  Toni needs to make a trip for work and I have my class project and prospectus to write so that I can try to schedule my Ph.D. preliminary exam before the end of the semester (which I’m not allowed to take until the modeling paper is at least submitted).  Somewhere in there, either right before or most likely right after Spring Break, I’ll also have a midterm exam for my class, and I still need to attend at least 2 more department seminars for that required credit (and there aren’t any more scheduled at present until at least the end of March).  I also have the following research projects going on:

  • Examine ICE-T (the field campaign on which my advisor and one of my labmates went this summer and I visited for a week in St. Croix, USVI back in July, 2011) data for an abstract due 1 May for the International Conference on Clouds and Precipitation in Leipzig, Germany, at the end of July, 2012.
  • Work with the group of visualization engineering graduate students to continue development of a 3D rendering application for aircraft-mounted radar data from the same field campaign.

I’ll survive, but I may not be completely sane by the end of the semester.  Of course, that’s presuming I’m in any way partly sane right now.

Originally published at Abnormality Locality. You can comment here or there.

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Toni & I saw a church van in the strip mall parking lot where we were picking up lunch. It had "Fueled by Jesus" emblazoned on the back and sides.

Me: "Do they actually burn him in the engine? Would that be transcombustiation?"
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Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] krasota!!
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Here at The Looney Bin this morning, [livejournal.com profile] datagoddess was making some Pillsbury Crescent Rolls for breakfast, and read aloud to me part of the label, as she was amused that the tube of "triple-bleached goo" was actually called "Poppin' Fresh Dough."

"So, it's actually Poppin' Fresh, huh?" I pondered.

Then my mind went where my mind does...

I wasn't raised in an organized religion, so I've only picked up what I know about any of the ritual from being a guest at an occasional Catholic or Lutheran service, weddings, funerals, and media depictions. All I could think of was the start of Communion: "Take this..." and I sort of trailed off, asking Toni how it goes.

"Take and eat, this is my body which is given for you for the redemption of sins..."

The realization hit us that we were presuming Poppin' Fresh was Jesus then cracked us both up.

Of course, we didn't bother debating transubstantiation.

Now, what would be the blood of Poppin' Fresh?
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…to be thankful, but I still have plenty on the list.  Even now, when I’m struggling mightily with my research and other progress for school, stuck on improving my physical condition, and just generally tired of so much, I am extremely thankful for many things:

  • It could be worse.  Last year at this time things were definitely less under control.
  • Despite being in lousy shape, I still don’t have any serious, threatening physical disorders.
  • I have employment of a sort, even though it’s only grad student stipend.  Plenty of others have less than that.
  • I haven’t lost my sense of humor.  It’s been difficult, I’ll admit, but I would probably be worse off in many ways if I still couldn’t laugh at just about anything.
  • Friends and chosen family who have stuck by even when I think I haven’t exactly reciprocated very well.
  • Toni.  I have a remarkably supportive spouse, even when she is going through some issues of her own, and for her alone I am extremely thankful.

Originally published at Abnormality Locality. You can comment here or there.

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Warning:  Possible Medical TMI and/or Squick Herein. )

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Iconoclasm

Oct. 10th, 2011 04:45 pm
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I’ve been thinking about writing a post about the passing of Steve Jobs ever since he did so on my birthday last Wednesday.  All of the public outpouring of grief and remembrance started rubbing me the wrong way after a while, to the point where I even asked on Facebook when the beatification ceremony was going to happen.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  The man died way too young from a horrible form of cancer I would not wish on anyone, and I am not in any sense pleased at his passing, but he was no saint.

This post says a lot more, so I’m saved from a lengthy post of my own, but even this author doesn’t go into the early days and how Jobs’ split with Steve Wozniak happened.  I can confirm many of this author’s claims, as in my previous career I knew and worked with several people at Apple during the ’90s and early ’00s, but I haven’t kept myself directly informed since leaving that career in late 2003.  Also, in the interest of full disclosure, I have never owned an Apple product, but a friend’s Mac SE/30 helped me with my first M.S. and was my main computer for several years, and I had to know Macs inside and out in my previous career.

I guess what I’m saying is that it’s fine to be sad and to mourn the man’s death, and even to celebrate the products he helped bring to market if you enjoy those products, but don’t forget that a lot of the time he was a jerk.

Originally published at Abnormality Locality. You can comment here or there.

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(Note:  Discussion of the most recent season of “Doctor Who” – spoilers possible.)

This blog post suggests that, as current showrunner of “Doctor Who”, Steven Moffat may be intending to resurrect Andrew Cartmel’s plan from the last days of the classic run of the show.  Cartmel intended to reintroduce mystery about the Doctor’s identity and origins after some 25 seasons of bits of information coming out in various episodes.  Unfortunately, with the cancellation of the classic run, that plan was shelved.  Some came out in the last couple of seasons and in the New Adventures novels during the show’s interregnum, but otherwise much of the plan was dropped.

Upon resurrection of the show in 2005 by Russell T. Davies, he and then-contributing writer Moffat relied a lot on the Doctor’s reputation.  After 900+ years of time and space hopping in the TARDIS, surely he had a reputation now.  He’d been noticed.  For example, in Moffat’s “Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead,” Doc Ten addresses the Vashta Nerada, “We’re in the biggest library in the universe.  Look me up.”  After which, the Vashta Nerada back off and give him room to solve the episode’s conundrum in his way.  Fan wank abounded about such use of the Doctor’s reputation.  I was never bothered, personally, because I agreed with Davies and Moffat regarding our favorite Time Lord having a reputation.

Around the time of Davies handing the showrunning duties over to Moffat I saw in online interviews and stories that the two of them had engaged in several conversations about how long relying on the Doctor’s reputation could be sustained before it becomes a worn out plot device, so it was also comforting to know they were aware of the danger and of a certain amount of fan dissatisfaction.

Before Moffat’s second series as showrunner, the one which just completed airing at the beginning of this month, I saw again in online interviews (unfortunately I don’t have citations available, but they shouldn’t be too hard to find) that Moffat was using this most recent series to get the Doctor back underground.  He was going to take the reputation on which he had relied and use it to give the Doctor his anonymity back.  I loved the whole idea because I think having the Doctor show up in various places and being clever to solve the mystery or defeat the monsters can be much more fun when he literally is “just a madman with a box.”

Having now seen the series and seeing how Moffat pulled off the feat, I am very pleased.  Especially since he also used the series to explain the mystery behind the character of River Song – the two arcs were intricately intertwined, and it was fun seeing how it all worked, and now the Doctor can again be anonymous.

The above-referenced blog, looking at what Moffat also introduced when he wrapped up the season arcs, also wonders if part of Moffat’s plan will also involve part of Cartmel’s original plan.  The “oldest question in the universe, ‘Doctor Who?’” is indeed more complicated than just asking his name.  I agree with the other blog that it has more to do with his entire identity.  Only Steven Moffat can say for certain, and he’s not talking, but where I don’t agree is that addressing this is part of Moffat’s plan.  If so, I’m sure he’ll do a decent job, but in my opinion, I don’t think we need to know any more about the Doctor than we already know, and even hinting at some major role in his personal past might actually diminish his impact as a character.

Originally published at Abnormality Locality. You can comment here or there.

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Toni and I have now watched our new Blu-ray editions of the original “Star Wars” trilogy, and I have to say I don’t have much of a problem with them, changes and all.  Honestly, I remember when the Special Editions came out, and I think most of the changes then were for the better.  Most of them (Han no longer shooting first notwithstanding).  For instance:

In Episode 4:

  • Shots of the stormtroopers examining the escape pod look more like a real detachment of troopers instead of a couple of troopers looking at a metal ring.
  • The new sound made by Obi-Wan when he scares off the Sandpeople was different, but I didn’t mind it.
  • The rocks in front of R2-D2 in the same scene, however, do look like he would have had trouble getting in and out of that nook around them.
  • Activity shown around Mos Eisley makes it look more like a big city, at least by Tatooine standards.
  • Explosion of the first Death Star looks more appropriate, and the last sentry TIE Fighter explosion is no longer the biggest one in the film.

In Episode 5:

  • Emperor Palpatine via hologram replaced by Ian McDiarmid makes this more consistent with his portrayal in episode 6 (and the prequels).
  • Boba Fett’s voice dubbed to be the same as the actor who played Jango in the prequels.  Not that many lines, anyway, so who cares, IMHO.

In Episode 6:

  • The band in Jabba’s palace needed a lot of work before, and I think the Special Edition and Blu-ray version is better.
  • The central mouth-like thing in the middle of the Sarlaac is still fine.
  • Wicket’s blinking eyes don’t look bad at all.
  • Darth Vader’s “No”s near the climax on the new Death Star:  There are 2 of them. The first one, said rather simply, sounded absolutely fine, IMHO.  The second one isn’t nearly as jarring as I expected.  I had heard it was supposedly taken directly from the end of Episode 3, but it doesn’t quite sound like I remember – it’s not as long or whiny.  Doesn’t really need to be there, IMHO, but it doesn’t diminish my opinion of the film or this version.
  • I still like the new music in the celebration scene, and the shots around various planets during it.
  • Replacing old ghost Anakin with Hayden at the end didn’t really need to be done, but it doesn’t bother me.

In general I was hoping for some consistency for replacing black R2-D2 in Luke’s X-Wing with his true blue self, but it still seems inconsistent in the three Blu-ray versions.  I also wish they had cleaned up even more of the compositing in the rancor cage scene and the background matte paintings of the Millenium Falcon on the rebel cruiser.

Granted, before the Blu-ray discs were released and I had first heard of the changes, I was rather annoyed initially, but, unlike some have claimed, I have never thought Lucas had no right to make such changes.  He absolutely does.  I was just lamenting the lack of an original version.  But, considering most of the changes as I have above, I think they do improve things overall.  Your mileage may vary.  And despite what I or anyone may think of Lucas’ product, especially the prequel films, I still like the man.  He has always seemed to be able to laugh at himself, and he’s been very receptive to parodies of his work, such as “Troops” or the “Family Guy” and “Robot Chicken” episodes.  All the way to the bank, of course, but he does still seem to have a sense of humor.

Originally published at Abnormality Locality. You can comment here or there.

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Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] supergee and [livejournal.com profile] cjsmith!!

Time

Sep. 29th, 2011 03:54 pm
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On the way back from the dentist this morning (it’s almost a 90-minute drive, so plenty of thinky time) I was thinking about turning 46 next Wednesday while still being in school.  I wondered if I had been in school for half of all that.  So I did a little arithmetic:

  • 12 years primary & secondary school at Warren Township Schools in Indianapolis, first through twelfth grades, 1972 – 1984.
  • 5 years at Purdue in West Lafayette and IUPUI in Indy resulting in a B.A. in Liberal Arts (Communication) from IU, 1984 – 1989.
  • 1 year at Ball State in Muncie for an M.S. in Information and Communication Science, 1990 – 1991.
  • 0.5 years at IUPUI as make-up/prep for returning to Purdue in 2006.
  • 3 years at Purdue for an M.S. in Atmospheric Science, 2006 – 2009.
  • 2.5 years and counting at Purdue for a Ph.D. in progress, 2009 – ? (targeting a finish date of December 2012).

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24 years of school.  Yep.  Just over half my life.  Is it any wonder I’m getting antsy to be finished?

Originally published at Abnormality Locality. You can comment here or there.

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…Life became a blur overall for the next three months and then some.  Toni went into the hospital for her total left knee replacement.  She writes about it in her blog here.  I think it’s cute she said I was prepping for quals.  I was supposed to be prepping for them, but, uh… yeah.  At least I did pass them.  And I’m not critical of Toni’s timing for getting her knee replacement when she did – I certainly don’t think I’d have been able to put up with the pain she was in for as long as she was in it.  I’m also very glad she’s doing better as time passes as well.

Originally published at Abnormality Locality. You can comment here or there.

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It’s been a long week, and I have a couple more long days ahead.

Toni’s been in southern California since Saturday visiting friends and her other partner.  She gets back late this evening (yay!) – I’m going to IND to pick her up.

Tomorrow I have an advisor meeting to go over a presentation.  I finished a draft of said presentation today.  I’m confident in the part covering what I’ve done so far, but the “Future Work” section about what I want to do next gave me some fits, and that’s what she wanted me to focus on for the conference Friday.  So, after our meeting in the morning, I’m sure I’ll have plenty of revisions.  Tomorrow night, Toni and I are going to a concert in Indy – They Might Be Giants and Jonathan Coulton are playing at the Vogue.  So that will be another late one and other trip to Indy and back.

Friday, I have to teach my lab from 9:30 until 11:30am, and then I have to head over to Urbana, IL, for the Midwest Cloud Forum.  The rest of my lab will already be there, and several faculty and students from the department at the University of Illinois are also participating.  I’m giving my presentation and hopefully getting some good feedback on the future research part from 1:30 until 2:00pm.  The Forum goes until 5:00pm, and then we’re staying in Champaign-Urbana for dinner, so that’s another likely late evening with a round trip even a little farther than Indy.

Saturday, Toni and I have to pick up our weekly CSA order from the Lafayette Farmers’ Market in the morning, but I think after that I’m not going anywhere the rest of the weekend.

Originally published at Abnormality Locality. You can comment here or there.

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