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I think I'd be the wankiest professor ever tbh - Tactical Ninja

Mar. 15th, 2012

10:21 am - I think I'd be the wankiest professor ever tbh

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Last night I heard back from my research dude in Auckland and he's apparently "over the moon" with the analysis I did. He also confirmed that I'll be getting a writing credit as second author. Which makes me go *SQUEE* even though I don't really have any concept of what that means academically. It's unlikely to be published before I finish my degree but still, exciting!

Also yesterday, the Youth of Today came home with his school photos. We don't normally get them but this year being his last, we talked about it and decided to get one for posterity. Since he's an only child we went for the 'family' option and got one of him with his friends, which can be viewed under the cut.





Jordi (middle back) is a Star Wars geek and was most upset when one of the teachers told him he looked like Darth Vader.

Anyway, I love this picture, because it fully captures the spirit of this group of kids in the way I'd like to remember them. ;-) Also, I suspect my son may be a little transgressive. Just a bit.

Another thing that happened last night was that I realised how easy it is for me to get people to talk to me about their drug use. Seriously. I met a stranger for coffee for a completely unrelated reason and within 5 minutes without any prompting from me, they were telling me about their experiences with cactus juice. I didn't lead it at all, I just mentioned I'd been to The Forest and they were all "Have you been to X festival?" to which I said "No, what's it like?" Them: "Drugs everywhere!" Me: "ORLY?" and so on.

It's like magic, only with more entertaining stories.

So given this, and the academic stuff at the top, my mind is turning to the future again. I find it frustrating that I have to go through this business of finishing my degree and doing the arbitrary Honours year before I can get into the really interesting stuff. Even a PhD is sort of a formality.

WTF did I just say?

Well yeah. When I started this it was about getting a formal education and a qualification so that people would listen to me. And I guess that still counts, but the letters after the name really are just the trappings* that people look at as an easy way to tell if you're the real deal. Now, it's less about the letters and more about the thing that I want to research and the value I could add to the world by doing it. I know I'm the real deal and I'd like to get on with it but I'm not sorted for trappings yet. And the idea of another two years' hard work before I can make a start just leaves me cold. Yes, two years, because working full time slows everything down. By the way, Stephen Joyce can kiss my arse with his crapping on part time students. But yeah, I'd like to take time off from formal education after my degree but if I do it'll just be longer till I get to the meaty stuff. *sigh*

The meaty stuff being the bit where I'm doing my own research which will involve honing my ability to get people to talk to me about their drug use, then using the information I glean to create something new and useful to the world. And hopefully get paid while doing it because Stephen Joyce can kiss my arse with his crapping on part time students. I'm kind of wondering what sort of jobs are available to freshly-graduated but relatively bright mature students who've made a bit of a name for themselves while studying.

* I would like to acknowledge the amount I've learned through acquiring the trappings, and the amount I probably don't know through not having acquired all of them yet. I'd just like to be out there doing it, you know?


Meanwhile, a couple of days ago a box arrived that contains Tulle Of Many Colours. It isn't all the colours, but it's enough to be going on with. I have the lycra, I have the elastic, all I need now is the overlocker and I'll be able to Be Creative. Where values of Creative include all my friends gouging their own eyes out and going "What the hell were you thinking?"

*cough*

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From:pombagira
Date:March 14th, 2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
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i love teh school photo.. its awsome!! and thats Boba Fett the bounty hunters, and anayous, and a storm trooper who is tall like they should be not sure about the star beaning tho.. *ponders this* and photobom to.. I love it, so i stole from you post.. *grins*

oh the many colours of tule.. wheee..

do we have a plan for satuday yet??
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From:tatjna
Date:March 14th, 2012 10:07 pm (UTC)
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At the moment the plan for Saturday is to shear a bunch of sheep up at Horokiwi. Of course that depends on the weather.

So, I could either grab you and said overlocker when finished (which would be mid to late afternoon) and trouble those nice Cliff people for a shower before we fiddle - or we could do it on Sunday.
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From:pombagira
Date:March 14th, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
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hmm.. i am good either day.. so i suspect that sunday would be better for you?? *ponders this*
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From:tatjna
Date:March 14th, 2012 10:13 pm (UTC)
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I dunno. Maybe wait to see what the weather does?
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From:tieke
Date:March 14th, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
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Saturday late-afternoon would work best for me.
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From:tatjna
Date:March 14th, 2012 10:20 pm (UTC)
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Right then, Saturday it is.

I can't predict how late it will be because one of my clients isn't sure how many sheep he has, but I think it'll total about 50 for the day and 15 to belly crutch. If I get a decent start at 8 it shouldn't be too much later than 3 or 4 depending on whether I end up chasing them round the paddock or not.
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From:pombagira
Date:March 14th, 2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
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sweet.. i will prepaid the overlocker for saturday afternoon..

*beams*
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From:vernacularity
Date:March 15th, 2012 12:06 am (UTC)
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I dunno. Professor of Wank would be a pretty cool business card.
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From:tatjna
Date:March 15th, 2012 12:31 am (UTC)
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IMAGINE THE LOGO
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From:vernacularity
Date:March 15th, 2012 02:28 am (UTC)
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I am! It has a little hat!
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From:dragonvyxn
Date:March 15th, 2012 01:10 am (UTC)
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i understand about wanting to get on with the work of what you've learned rather than continue the education bit. i just got my ma in psychology/creativity studies and after the whole thesis hassle, i'm done for now. also, i'm pregnant and can't see myself working, babyhaving *and* phd-ing. although there was this one woman in my school pregnant getting her phd and jd at the same time... but not working, so that's a bit different.

anyway.... i totally just wanted to say i understand wanting to do the work! i felt as though during school i'd been not doing the work i'm meant to do as well as i could, despite the learnings etc.... so, even though my profs want me to get the phd and all, and really judged my thesis a dissertation in and of itself due to length and quality of research, i am just not interested right now.

and i do love the school picture - it's representative of the community that the yot has made for himself, and that's truly lovely. :-D
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From:tatjna
Date:March 15th, 2012 01:21 am (UTC)
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Wait, you are pregnant? *blinkblink* I totally missed that announcement..

But yes. Sprogs tend to invade your educational opportunities a fair bit - at least for the first 6 months.

I suspect I'll end up taking half a year off and then making a start on the next stage - which will begin with a conversation with the dean about how to fast-track it.
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From:dragonvyxn
Date:March 15th, 2012 05:48 am (UTC)
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heh, i suspect that's because i didn't announce it anywhere. i can't decide whether to tell fb so i haven't. instead, i've just been telling whoever i come into contact with... *shrug* :-) 23 weeks today... i can email you ultrasound pics/video if you're curious to check her out. we had them done because matthias's family is all in germany and mine is on the east coast so they can't very well come with us to see these things...

that is cool if you can get it sped up... my profs both estimated my completion at 3 years, and that's with my slow speed taken into consideration :-P
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From:helianthas
Date:March 15th, 2012 02:46 pm (UTC)
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Are there funded PhD positions in NZ so you can be paid to be a student, teach, and do research full-time?

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From:tatjna
Date:March 15th, 2012 07:14 pm (UTC)
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There are, but from what I understand they don't pay anywhere near what my job does and I'd probably have to research what I was told to (which definitely wouldn't be the thing I want to).
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From:adam_0oo
Date:March 15th, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
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Bluh, WANT MORE HELMETS. I am not sure what my plan is for the exactly, I have an Iron Man one and want an old school Stormtrooper and Boba Fett.
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From:tatjna
Date:March 15th, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
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From:adam_0oo
Date:March 15th, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
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Oh man, I have SUCH a boner for these, I looked into what it would take to make these a few years back and the answer is, lots and lots of technical skill and money. So.
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From:heartofawarrior
Date:March 16th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
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Hehe! That pic is awesome - I've always thought those awkward, formally posed school pics didn't accurately represent people, and that one is far more likely to recall memories years down the line. :-)
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