Tuesday, September 18, 2012

To-have-been-done list

Here's my past-week's to-do list:
  • Guest lecture The Nervous System to the largest gen-ed course in the department
  • Prepare poster for conference
  • Do one-page homework assignment



I'm selling myself short, here.  Because in reality that looked more like:
  • Finally have enough data!  Let's visualize that.
  • What is that?  I mean, it doesn't yet look statistically significant, but it's reliable enough across participants... and I've never seen anything like that.
  • HOLY CRAP I DISCOVERED SOMETHING NEW
[And the evening and the morning were the first day.]
  • Hello advisor!  Take a look at my data!
  • YES IT IS NEW AND SHINY ISN'T IT? VERY EXCITING!
  • What do you mean, you don't know what it means either?  YOU'RE MY ADVISOR ISN'T THAT YOUR JOB?!
  • Okay yes I need to do statistics, and re-visualize the data in these million different ways, and also interpret the data enough to present a poster... /checks conference dates... BY NEXT WEEK SHIT.
  • Lab meeting wherein I laugh at my advisor's feigned O-face
  • Yes, I work in the kind of lab where an O-face is appropriate in lab meetings
  • Do some serious reading for the rest of the night, end up not knowing anything more than I already did
[And the evening and the morning were the second day.]
  • Class, woo class, goin' to class, WHOOPS DIDN'T DO THE HOMEWORK
  • We have homework every week?  Really?
  • Well at least we get to drop two of them...
  • Let me check my calendar to see what else I forgot in the new-data excitement
  • WHEN DID I AGREE TO GUEST LECTURE
  • I mean I guess I did agree to guest lecture, and it's my favorite topic, so let's see how I can shoehorn this into my schedule...
  • GOD DAMN IT WE'RE MEETING TOMORROW??
  • Okay, alright, guest lecturing Monday, meeting tomorrow, you can do this
  • Spend all evening working on lecture slides and narrative
  • Email slides to professor I'm guest-lecturing for
  • Fall asleep worrying about data
  • Dream about data
[And the evening and the morning were the third day.]
  • Stare at data.
  • Visualize data a different way.
  • Stare at data.
  • Run statistics
  • YES I KNOW I'M UNDERPOWERED
  • Stare at statistics
  • Reorganize excel file with data
  • Re-run statistics
  • GOD DAMN IT, POWER ANALYSIS, WHAT DID I EVER DO TO YOU
  • Go to meeting about guest-lecturing
  • Get feedback on slides
  • OH THANKS FOR EMAILING ME THE SLIDES THAT CAME WITH THE BOOK, YOU MEAN YOU HAD THESE THE WHOLE TIME?
  • No, I mean, that's fine, thanks for sending those to me, I'll have revisions to you as soon as possible
  • Stare at data
  • Chart data in a slightly different way
  • Stare at data
  • Read a few papers
  • Stare at data
  • Fall asleep worrying about data
  • Dream about data
[And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.]
  • Go to departmental meeting
  • Think about data
  • Go to lab meeting wherein I recruit the rest of the lab to help me visualize the data in different ways
  • Proctor exam
  • Get giant stack of papers to sort and grade
  • When do these grades need to be in?
  • LAST priority, you say?  Well that's good.  Look forward to seeing these in 2+ weeks.
  • Stare at data
  • Open poster template
  • Put some charts in there
  • Make a very brief bullet-point outline for intro/discussion
  • Stare at data
  • Stare at papers
  • Stare at poster
  • Close everything, go out drinking
[And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.]
  • SLEEP-IN SATURDAY!
  • Catch up on the internets
  • Clean my place a little bit
  • DOCTOR WHOOOOOOOOOOOOO
  • Alright, slides.  Slides, slides, slides.  Sliiiiiiides.
  • Email completed slides to professor
  • A TOWN CALLED MERCY WATCH IT AGAIN OMG

  • DOCTOR YOU SO SEXY WHEN YOU ANGRY
  • Stare at poster
  • Stare at data
  • Give up, fall asleep
[And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.]
  • SLEEP-IN SUNDAY!
  • I guess I should clean my apartment, huh?
  • THANK YOU UFYH!
  • Stare at data
  • Stare at poster
  • Stare at papers
  • Look for more papers
  • Stare at data
  • Make a few more charts
  • Put one of those charts in the poster
  • Reorganize the poster
  • Stare at poster
  • Stare at data
  • Give up, go out drinking
[And the evening and the morning were the seventh day.]
  • Make notecards to remind me what to say in class
  • Teach the class!
  • Perseverate over my mistakes even when getting positive feedback from the professor
  • Go to class
  • YES OKAY HOMEWORK IS DUE WEDNESDAY, I need to do that, don't I?
  • Work on homework during class
  • Stare at data
  • Stare at poster
  • Stare at papers
  • Flesh out intro
  • Stare at poster
  • Add a chart
  • Stare at poster
  • Insert methods section from last year's poster, adjusting as appropriate
  • Stare at poster
  • Call up a friend
  • End up talking about my data
  • Have a realization about my data, take a break from the phone call to frantically edit my poster
  • Realize I have nothing to add to the poster and adjust font sizes to compensate for blank space
  • Email poster to advisor
[And the evening and the morning were yesterday.]

Today, I need to:
  • Make any poster revisions my advisor throws my way, considering his name's on it too
  • Clean my apartment well enough that my cat-sitter won't be grossed out
  • Pack for my conference
  • Charge and pack my electronics
  • OH YEAH AND DO THAT HOMEWORK
So.  If you're wondering where my weekly Doctor Who review is?  There's your answer.

Science > Doctor Who

Deal with that!

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