Stupid Elyse

December 30, 2006 at 10:28 pm (Dissertation)

Dammit, she called my bluff. After I wrote that last post and spent about half an hour bemoaning my fate and looking for entry-level archaeology and museum jobs online, Elyse called up and pointed out to me that, once I finish my dissertation, my career will probably take care of itself and that all of this worrying I’m doing is probably just procrastinating. Of course, she’s right, being something of an expert on it herself. :o) So, now I’m committed to working on the dissertation this evening, picking up some of these cuneiform texts. Perhaps I’ll see if I can tease some meaning out of that text with the boat sizes…

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Some Personal Observations

December 30, 2006 at 9:50 pm (Dissertation, Writing)

When I started this blog (as I’m sure I mentioned somewhere below), I had grand visions of my literary prowess, and saw artful sentences and observations spilling from my eager fingers onto the blank page, as I imagined other authors (such as my favorite, Tycho at Penny Arcade) must do. However, the reality of my writing has been… bleaker. At first, this discouraged me, until I read a comment about another famous writer in the book that I mention below, How to Write Your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day, namely that this particular writer went through 10 to 20 drafts, if not more, on every piece of work! It probably sounds silly to any writers out there, but I’d forgotten that most writers have to labor over their prose, instead of creating amazing, tight content the very first time. So, I feel slightly less intimidated now to write in my blog. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hawaii Pt. 1

December 16, 2006 at 4:18 pm (Diving, Travel)

Well, after trumpeting my resolve to write for 15 minutes a day, Heather and I prompty took off on a so-called jet plane for the fabulous Big Island of Hawaii, without any regular internet access. So sue me. I did manage to get a certain bit of reading done while there, however, and I’ve been reading quite a bit of cuneiform since I got back, so I don’t feel too guilty about it. But I’m back to the grindstone now, so expect to see more writing in the near future. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rude Customers meet history

December 14, 2006 at 10:53 am (General)

Anath over at Applegeeks linked to this blog posting about rude customers. While I agree with almost everything that the author says, I just want to disagree on one point: this phenomenon did not start with the American slogan ‘the customer is always right,’ it’s been around pretty much since the beginning of time. It’s called ‘bullying,’ and it will be around as long as there are power differentials in unsupervised environments such as the one that exists between a server and a customer in a restaurant, or between kids on a playground at school. Or at least until we find a way to ‘educate/train people out of it,’ if that’s even a good idea (there are a lot of good, natural reasons for such behavior in a species). Read the rest of this entry »

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More Christmas list ideas

December 13, 2006 at 12:55 pm (Comics)

Ahhh, the bitter pangs of greed. In the first version of my list, I put only a very few books, in part because I left out any/all comic books that I might want. Let’s face it, my love of comics (or graphic novels, as people trying to get them taken seriously these days insist on calling them), especially the “horror” and “fantasy” genres, is a guilty pleasure that I’m semi-ashamed to admit. After some reflection, however (plus Heather telling me that she wasn’t going to buy me any comic books for Christmas), I decided that I should make that wish list public knowledge. Read the rest of this entry »

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