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My current status is studying for finals:

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I've on a down hill slide into the grave, wanna trade places?:doh:

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My current status is studying for finals:

It'll be the same for me in a few days. For the moment, finishing up class. Agh.

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Currently I've put on hold all the certifications I was working toward, my car recently became unusable and so I gotta save up to get a new one! However, I'll be on vacation starting next saturday for 9 days...mmmm....so who cares about a car til then

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Trying to figure out a decent way to code a control concept that my students have been working on for an FPS shooter for the iPhone. They want to try something different from the console-like two-button approach (left button for move, right button for aim) that's rapidly becoming the defacto standard, but which everyone hates because it requires an inconsistent, poorly-sampled thumb-drag that also frequently blocks the player's view.

 

They've got a pretty good concept, but they've run into a couple of snags so I'm perusing various games and tutorials looking for ideas.

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Getting ready for a job interview. Mathematics lecturer in a local college.

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Studying for third year exams, but I still have another year left as I'm on a masters degree.

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Trying to push through some grants to build a research group, and trying to get job interviews in parallel.

ajb, good luck.

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procrastinating at work. I'm gonna quit soon, just gotta get my shit together and figure out how to tell my boss

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I'm currently bogged down with three assignments (two on extreme environment astrophysics, the other is more basic astronomy), I need to cram two weeks work into one, as I'm off on holiday next week.

 

Incidentally, the comic strip in the OP seems particularly apt. I went to vote today (election day in the UK) and after cramming my brain with the physics of accretion discs, I found great difficulty putting some paper into a slot. I was told to fold it twice :D

 

EDIT: Good luck ajb

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I'm learning to program in C#/XNA. Right now I'm about to learn how to use sprite sheets, and hopefully find out why my collision detection of two list objects is all wonky :doh:.

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I'm considering taking my savings and living in another country for a while.

 

I'm also considering which stocks to buy seeing is how most are low today.

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My current status is wondering if there is a correlation between length of journal article and the proportion of useful research in it. i.e the longer the paper is to print out, the less amount of useful research there is in it. :)

I am also using displacement activity to avoid revising for exams. I should have degree in procrastination.

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I'm currently working as a design engineer at cable factory. Hates this job and really want to further my studies.. but have to support my familiy. :-(

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My current status is wondering if there is a correlation between length of journal article and the proportion of useful research in it. i.e the longer the paper is to print out, the less amount of useful research there is in it. :)

 

I have been told that "impact/usefulness etc." is proportional to the inverse of the length of the title and/or abstract :D.

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I have been told that "impact/usefulness etc." is proportional to the inverse of the length of the title and/or abstract :D.

 

:D

I think you maybe onto something there!!

I'm amazed at how scientists can hide a tiny amount of information on 1 page of writing, figures and graphs. Maybe that is the secret to getting published, if your research is lacking, hide it amongst wordage and hyperbole so that no one understands it, especially not UGs :)

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i have to give a presentation on wednesday that needs to be security checked. the person who does this is in the states and non-responsive to emails. also my laptop is shafted. stress levels are medium-high.

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Looking for how to prove my two samples are naftol-1 and glicerol... I'm so sure abt that...

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I'm amazed at how scientists can hide a tiny amount of information on 1 page of writing, figures and graphs. Maybe that is the secret to getting published, if your research is lacking, hide it amongst wordage and hyperbole so that no one understands it, especially not UGs :)

I can assure that wordy writing will get you a bad paper review (I get enormously fed up when I review one). And it is far worse for grant reviews. If anything, the trick to getting published or funded is doing the inverse. Well, that and being well-known and connected in your field ;)

 

Edit: I am talking about natural sciences, though.

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I am currently annoying US Citizens on behalf of the government (double checking Census stuff -- has to be done, I guess).

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Currently celebrating Independence Day by contemplating that I am forbidden by the government to launch fireworks for fear that I might hurt myself.

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You must live in Yankee land, they've been setting off fire works here for the last week the last three day has been intense with rockets and big booms. Tonight has been unbelievable, i have a dog who is terrified of the whole commotion. a 60 pound basset hound who thinks he should be in my back pocket the last several days due to the fireworks :doh:

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