Jun. 1st, 2012

I have been swearing a lot today.

My adviser pointed out that I went from 4 to 1/2 in one of my drafts without explaining it. I checked my math, and suspect I grouped a couple of factors of 1/2 and 1/4 together... then forgot I did and added them in again. That bit of code was done years ago, and I've been using all this time to analyze lots of data.


This weekend will be devoted to damage control and writing out the problems so someone can check my damn math. Thankfully, this part of the draft is short and easy to fix the results. The other bit involves running a lot of code again, which means a lot of time.
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Nov. 1st, 2009


I was all set to spend today cleaning, except then I developed the headache from Hades after going to the grocery store -- the same one that kept me in on Halloween. It's gone now, but it was enough that all I got done was spending the afternoon passed out on my bed asleep*.

Well, and a drabble. Added a new fandom to 'stuff I have written' -- yay for drabbles about book fandoms. (Suddenly you see why I took to Yuletide like a duck to water -- writing for odd fandoms is one of my favorite things to do.)

I am not adapting to the early darkness at all. For an astronomer, I sure hate the dark. No, that's not quite true. I like the dark when it comes on after I eat dinner and can sip my decaffeinated tea and watch the sunset, then go out and look at the stars. Not so much when I come home from work in the dark, or have to wake up before the sun.

* My normal response to pain is OTC painkillers and sleep until they take effect.

Tomorrow work should be busy -- I got a lunch seminar and a meeting with my advisor on 'where I am going with research**', and a lot of paper-writing and stuff.

** Basically, I'm done with one major project, unsure if I should pursue the other one further or just finish and publish, and suspect that I might need a third project to get enough dissertation writing material, but I'm going to ask my advisor. Also mention something someone mentioned to me at DPS about something I brushed over in my talk, and maybe calculating a lower limit on something. (Except I don't know -- or am not sure -- how. Maybe that, plus the F-ring feature thing that I'm helping Matt with, but is low on his priority list, would be enough stuff -- 'cept the F-ring stuff is Matt's project, and I'm just giving him the data from my data set to add to the data he has.)

Jun. 26th, 2009

Unexpected Vacation

Between two days of cleaning, a mild stomach bug -- possibly aided and abetted by either chili or the stir-fry I made, general fatigue, and afternoon thunderstorms that come whenever I think catching a bus would be a good idea, I have gotten no science done this week.

I am annoyed. This needs to change, even if it's just compiling my research on Hyperion to go talk to the geologists.
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Mar. 23rd, 2009

I am... content

I had a bad case of insomnia on Saturday, which carried into sleeping in to nearly noon on Sunday. As a result, I wasn't able to get to sleep until 2 AM Monday morning.

Strangely, despite running on something like 5-6 hours of sleep, I feel really good. Work is going quickly, and I'm not slacking off on the internet, except to make this entry. I'm even feeling okay with the fact I have to stay late for government stuff.

Now, to look into 'begging people for money' and making hotel reservations. These two things are related -- I'm going to a conference in May in scenic Virginia Beach, and the university is willing to pay for one conference per year per grad student*.

* I assume because it makes them look good to get more of us, and have us all and our advisers get more money from NASA. Basically a way of saying 'We're full of smart people -- smart people should come here, and people with money should invest in these smart people'. All that for paying me to give a talk on Hyperion to a bunch of other astronomers.
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Oct. 19th, 2008

DPS: A summary

Still alive. Survived conference. )