succumbing to peer pressure

Friday, March 28, 2003

It's alive. IT'S ALIVE!!!!!!! Yep, got the computer up and running again. 2.5 days from laptop to paperweight to laptop again. Not all bad. Even if it is something of a barren wasteland, at least the new hard drive works. Loaded a few things back onto it, including the most recent back-up of my MS stuff. Back to writing tomorrow. For now, time to consume more alcohol.

Thursday, March 27, 2003

Whew. So I survived my defense this morning. (I think it went well...thanks to my boss Eric) Despite a total technology breakdown yesterday. That's right - approximately 20 hours before my Master's defense I discovered that I had a very expensive paperweight rather than a laptop. A laptop containing my presentation, several week's worth of simulated data, and the 26-page rough draft of my paper. Thank God for back-up copies. Let this be a lesson to you - BACK UP YOUR WORK!!!! Yesterday was still incredibly stressful, and I spent more than a few minutes curled up in the fetal position weeping, but after that passed I realized that I had saved a copy of my entire rough draft, and that I had backed up my presentation just two days earlier, meaning that I needed to spend the afternoon re-creating about 5 graphs, not the entire presentation. So, that crisis was averted, but it looks like I'll be spending the weekend installing a new hard drive on my laptop. After 2 hours on the phone with Dell tech. help it was determined that the thing was kaput. That's a technical term. Which reminds me, bless you Jennings, once again, for knowing exactly what I needed to hear, before I could even ask. That's all my news for now, I'm off to an anti-war teach-in, then Ahalya's poetry reading, an appearance at opening night of Grand Hotel, and then it's time to consume mass quanitites of alcohol. I do believe I've earned it.

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Hmmm...we'll just have to see about that whole "I'll be more fun next week" thing. Turns out even after I finish my presentation on Thursday that I'll have a moderate amount of work to do on my paper before April 11. Not to mention my midterm on Monday. Sounds like I might be spending most of this weekend reading entrepreneurial bullshit. Blarg. Ah well, one thing at a time. Gotta get through Thursday morning first. 53 slides in 36 minutes = TOO FAST!

Sunday, March 23, 2003

Ah, the many ways we find to procrastinate. Anyway, just wanted to let people know that I haven't gone completely insane (at least not yet) but this week is going to be a little rough. Friday night I was up writing until around 3 am, I spent most of yesterday at my office working on my presentation (hanging out in Yost on a Saturday night until 10:30 should certainly earn me a new level of nerd-status) and that's pretty much what life will be like until this Thursday around 10 am. Anyway, this is just my little disclaimer if I'm a little rude to you this week, or don't return your phone calls, or ignore you completely...just be patient and I promise I'll be more fun next week.