August 13, 2006

Distractions ahoy

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at August 13, 2006 11:41 PM

Excuses for not blogging lately:

  1. I've been occupied with a special variant of paper torture in which I redo the same calculations every day with different parameters, hoping that the results will converge on something that will be really impressive in the article we're about to submit.
  2. Salsa dancing appears to interfere with the verbal part of my brain. The evidence for this is that when I try to dance and talk at the same time, I lose not only the beat but any coherence in what I'm saying. A persistent form of this may be resulting in writer's block.
  3. I was busy developing a master strategy for Clarke Group games night (only to get demolished in Carcassonne after too many margaritas).
  4. The news has been just too jaw-droppingly stupid lately to comment on.
  5. Castlevania-related program activities.

This week should be better, assuming this paper gets wrapped up...

Tags: Life

I find that I can't walk and talk at the same time. It's a good thing that I only do this when other people are around, because then they get to save me from being run over. (This happened at one interview.)

Ah... articles that are nearing completion. Those are definitely major time sinks. I'm currently trying to figure out the timetables for upcoming articles. One of them is the archival version of something recently submitted, so that one is a little easier to predict. I've started struggling with new figures for that the past couple days. Today I also started solidifying plans for when we're submitting our next Congress article (which we hope to get into Nature, but we shall see...). Of course, I currently think this will be December, so this is still a pretty hazy timetable, especially given that other things (like a grant proposal) are definitely getting written before then. Don't you love the paper chase? All we need is a scavenger hunt (which must be uttered John Houseman-style).

Posted by: Mason | August 14, 2006 12:45 AM

2.) Gah, no kidding! By sheer brute force I've slowly been getting better--if a girl starts talking to me, I try to at least respond, even if it's just, "buh... uh, urr.... ahhh!!!" (that's an oh-shit not a oh-I-get-it noise) I guess I can actually manage now with really easy stuff, if I'm practicing with the people after beginner class.

5.) If you'd like to try Aria sometime, I can see if I can track it down... My brother might still have it, actually, which would be a good thing in that case.

Posted by: Lemming | August 14, 2006 4:05 AM
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