The writing hand, having writ, goes into spasms…

43 hours and 20 minutes before I receive my written question for my PhD qualifing exam… the question on everybody’s mind is….
“Who let the dogs out…to take PhD exams???”
The question on my mind is…
“What is the meaning of life? Does the ends of life justify the means or do they only affect standard errors and test statistics” (Duh, sorry, statistics joke…. All Ye Awake, Stats nerd in Da House!)

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Its official…

Its good to be back… the last three weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster… an intermingling of the personal, academic and social sides of this hunka cheesecake (“Who? Me?!!”)…

Some updates:

I now run three miles every morning (for the metric folks, which *sigh* still includes me – its 5 kilometres)… I wake up at 5 AM, jump out of bed (i take that back.. I limp out of bed), and start running… The average tempretures outside range from 46-56 F(7 – 12 C)… Father Winter is around the corner… By mile 0.5 the tip of my nose is frozen and by mile 0.75 i can’t feel my hands… To paraphrase Calvin’s Dad (of the Calvin and Hobbes fame/notoriety): “Its good to be alive”… by Mile 2 I am panting and sweating… by mile 3 i am dead… but i feel alive

I am the Teaching Assistant to a Data Analysis class… and I love molding young minds (Read as, messing around spreading misinformation and humour)

I take the written part of my PhD qualifying exams next Tuesday (Nov 1) and the oral exams on Nov 21 (9 AM to Noon)…

I still do not know when I get to go home (Since that hasnt changed in the last few months, I guess that does not qualify as an update)

I make a presentation on Nov 9 to the PhD seminar on some ideas that i am entertaining for my PhD…

I entertained one lone stray thought of leaving it all and coming home.. but that was a fleeting moment of weakness at the nadir of the rollercoaster, and that very thought is now banished forever…

I will not be posting as much as I wish, for reasons that are purely and wholly academic (Again, not much of an update point, is it??)

Later…

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Break

I am on a short hiatus from blogging (both the reading and the writing varieties)… this is for the information of all my readers (yes, all four of you!)
How short? Only time will tell 🙂

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