technicolor Wokling by thecleric007

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Guess I might as well catch everyone up on what's been going on since my defense. I submitted my corrections, which almost got interesting because it turned out the defense chair had forgotten to sign my certificate of examination. Got that all straightened out, so for the first time in my brother's lifetime, I am not a student.

Spent Christmas baking and reorganizing my house.

As for now, we have a grant for an industry collaboration. We're working with a company that makes roof tiles from recycled plastic as an alternative to shakes made from old growth cedar. They're trying to improve their composite material and want to do that in a directed way, so my job is to characterize the material they have right now. I'll be working on that until November. I joke that this is the academic equivalent of living in my mother's basement, but this is actually a really awesome opportunity since it gives me experience that is (obviously) very industry relevant as well as contacts in industry. So it should be helpful in finding a real job so I can be a real person. (Seriously, as a post-doctoral fellow I am even less of a person than as a grad student. I now work at the university but not for the university :p)
technicolor Wokling by thecleric007

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Kim says "I think it's a thesis!" and that she doesn't want to see it again until I give her a copy for my defense. Here exact words were "GET THIS OFF MY DESK!"

So I spent today watching the Muppet Show while making her final revisions. Tomorrow I'm going to trade theses with my labmate to proofread. He's only doing a Master's... one of us is getting the shit end of this deal. :p Unfortunately, all our other labmates (in both my labs) are ESL, so we were really each other's best option.

Five more days.
technicolor Wokling by thecleric007

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So crossposting between LJ and Dreamwidth has been wonky (ps, if anyone would rather read me on Dreamwidth, I'm also yubsie there), so I guess you guys over on this side never heard about this one:

We've set a date for my thesis defense. Kinda, anyway. We have a week, since we've selected the external examiner. The actual date will be narrowed down after we work out the extradepartmental, but it's going to be the week of December 17th. Which means I have to submit on November 5th. Which is soon, eep.

So yeah... exciting, but also terrifying, since this means this is really happening. Defenses were always things that happened to other people! :p
technicolor Wokling by thecleric007

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So, Mount A people, remember what an adventure it always was navigating Hart Hall? Today I found Western's equivalent. Sommerville House. It took me ages to find the TA union office to drop off my dental claim form. And then I couldn't figure out how to get back out.

Brought back memories. :p

The past month or two has largely been an adventure in writing things and then camping outside my supervisor's office. The chapter I just gave her refused to print until I made all the figures into terrible, terrible JPEGs.