Christ, Another Day.

The moral of today’s fabella is that you should work early and often.  By procrastinating I’ve more or less boned myself.  Also, before getting puffed up and emailing what you thought was an excellently obscure question, be more careful to make sure your question isn’t actually a simple one.  I did that and feel like a complete knuckledragger.

Published in: on December 9, 2008 at 12:31 pm  Leave a Comment  


I haven’t done anything for two weeks on my PhD.  I did see my professor at the bus stop, which was awkward, especially as I was in my sleeping bag. Awk-ward!

Published in: on December 1, 2008 at 3:00 pm  Leave a Comment  


I just got £6,620/year in funding, and I have no real idea why.  I’m pretty sure there’s been a mistake, but I’m completely overjoyed.  My sage advice for this situation is to buy cheap champagne and drink a little too much of it.

Published in: on November 25, 2008 at 5:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

My first deadline

It sounds like a charming gift for a three-year-old, but it involves a lot more swearing.  I’m turning in a very rough kernel of a chapter, and I’m desperately unhappy with how it’s turning out.  I pull one thread and four more pop up!  I suppose that the insight I’ve gained from this particular episode is that you should work early and often, not late and lazily (like me).  However, it’s totally okay, because Prince Charles has said that the only way he can recall his 60th birthday presents was to set them to Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start The Fire”.  Then he sang it.  It was very funny, not least of all because he mixed in things like “a castle (another one)” and “Harrod’s vouchers from one’s mother” (notice the joke on ‘one’s’ there) , along with a Terry’s chocolate orange.  Good man.

Published in: on November 16, 2008 at 10:22 am  Leave a Comment  

How to prepare oneself for an imminent supervisor meeting:

I wish I really knew.  I’m always sure that she’ll know I’m a total fraud and that I spend most of my time watching Star Trek.  I guess my only advice is don’t do what I do, which is get nervous and start gabbling total nonsense.  That’s not helpful.  Also, bring a change of clothes; I’m always as sweaty as if I just ran a marathon.  I’m sure that adds to my myriad charms.

Published in: on November 8, 2008 at 1:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

And another thing…

Does anyone actually ever attempt to participate in National Novel Writing Month?  By this I mean does anyone actually try to write a novel?  All evidence points to the majority of participants being anime-obsessed fangirls looking for e-sympathy about how hard it is to be a writer.  I’m sorry (I’m not really sorry), but your bizarre Legolas/Goku fanfiction magnum opus of ten pages hardly constitutes a novel.

Published in: on November 2, 2008 at 1:03 pm  Comments (1)  


It’s a rainy, cold, and altogether crappy day.  That means one of two things: either I’ll get a lot done on the dissertation, or I won’t get anything done.  It’s a bit of a toss-up, but it’s not looking good on the productive side.  I’d rather watch Mystery Science Theater 3000 until I end up sleeping through the afternoon.  The New York Times has described my life as “a non-stop thrill ride from start to finish”. Obviously.

Published in: on November 2, 2008 at 12:59 pm  Leave a Comment  


O, delicious baked beans, whatever wouldst I do without thee?

O, delicious baked beans, whatever wouldst I do without thee?

Published in: on October 28, 2008 at 4:25 pm  Leave a Comment  


I’m pretty sure I could write my dissertation on Mystery Science Theater 3000.  Is that a good thing, or a bad thing?

Published in: on October 27, 2008 at 5:26 pm  Leave a Comment  


Have to say, these academic wine/crisp soirees are always a little weird.  I mean, you’ve got a group of people not necessarily known for their social skills, with free wine (though not much of it) and not much to talk about.  After all, we see each other pretty much every day, and the urge to ‘talk shop’ is pretty strong.  The few people I don’t know, I always feel weird about marching up to (I never said my social skills were that great) and just talking at them about my subject. Not to mention they ran out of crisps in the first half hour.  Cheapskates.

Published in: on October 24, 2008 at 9:31 pm  Comments (1)