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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006
1:22 pm
i've never worked so hard for two Fs in my life
Monday, July 24th, 2006
9:02 pm
FREAKING

OUT
Friday, July 7th, 2006
12:16 am
my fingertips really really hurt, it's awesome
Sunday, July 2nd, 2006
1:38 am
i don't remember what it's like not to be studying all the time. under a month until prelims, and so far this whole summer has been nothing but preparing for them.

in light of that, i can say for sure that whoever decided "keeping busy" was the best way to keep your mind off of someone was full of crap
Friday, May 19th, 2006
9:35 pm
made it through the first year without slipping below the magic 3.0. Now to worry about prelim exams.....
Thursday, March 16th, 2006
10:21 am
A tour of the most awesome place in Madison....

Let's start off with by far the creepiest thing there, brought to you by the knights of columbus!
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Ok, now that that's out of the way, let's head over to one of the newer areas of the cemetery...
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He sure loved that jean jacket
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The backs on these things are just as impressive as the fronts
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But this one...
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...says screw nature, I'm getting some venison in the great beyond
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This one is easily the best in the graveyard though. Not just because he's rocking the cowboy hat for the rest of eternity...
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...but he's flying there in a jetliner.
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This is also where the man who discovered how to measure butterfat content in milk lies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babcock

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as well as a former head coach of the UW-Madison football team
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Additionally, Chris Farley lies there too, but I missed him. We actually poked our heads into this building, but didn't go in, thinking we were already on iffy ground about the "going to hell" thing. Moral of the story- doing the right thing ALWAYS bites you in the ass.

The thing that always worried me about dying is that people wouldn't know what my hobbies were after I was gone, but I guess modern technology has solved that problem
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Some tombstones I can't even explain, they just feel.... right
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And sometimes the living can't compete with the dead for sheer coolness
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Here's your hero looking like a goof in front of a bunch of confederate dead (makes me feel like I'm back in Virginia)
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Thank you and goodnight! I love you all!
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Thursday, February 2nd, 2006
10:43 pm
ugh
-transfer between grad programs is almost impossible
-the guy who left was the one who funded the lab (via grants)

soooo there will be nobody in my field here, the one guy I might be able to talk to is on sabbatical, and it's going to be a major pain in the ass to switch to a different program. But if there's nobody in my field AND the lab is unfunded I'm not sure it's wise to stick around. I suppose I'll write to guys at UCLA, Caltech, and UVA just in case they're willing to look into my case and take me on board, but I doubt it. Probably my best bet is
a) go through the hoops of trying to get into UCSD, but even that's not a sure thing, ESPECIALLY in regards to money
or
b) go to UT Dallas (not even Austin like I thought it was) and enter a program ranked far below the one I'm in now, but at least I know they have what I want and I know the professor in charge of my field, and since it's lower ranked I should be able to get some money from them

I should have gone to UCLA =/
Tuesday, January 31st, 2006
11:17 pm
my life continues sliding downhill!
so last year, I had a choice: go to grad school in LA, or in Madison, WI. Like any sane person, I reaaaaaaaaally thought hard about LA, because it would be awesome. But in the end, I chose madison because of one professor I really respected and wanted to work with, one of the best in the field. Professors of mine who knew him said he was a perfect match for me, when I talked to him he seemed really great, etc. So I get here, and after one semester I learn HE'S MOVING TO SAN DIEGO

so now.... who knows. Since this place now no longer has a professor in the field I like, I guess I need to start looking at transfers. So far my top picks are
a)UCLA (where i almost went)
b)UCSD (where he is)
c)UT-Austin (where an old prof of mine is now and is supposedly running a quite good program)

=/
Thursday, December 29th, 2005
7:52 am
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I ended up with a GPA that was actually ABOVE 3.0

no failing out for me (this semester)!!!!!!!!

of course I think at least one of my grades was a 'gentleman's B' but I'm not going to complain.....
Friday, December 16th, 2005
11:48 pm
you know how normal people get wanderlust? they'll be sitting in the office and feel like going off to thailand or whatever? I get brainderlust.... I'll be sitting here studying for finals and in the middle I'll get a great idea for a problem I want to work on, but I can't because I need to focus. Of course I can't turn it on or off, so it's annoying.....

bill nye was on Numb3rs, I wish they'd get back to using math on that show though. I miss when he'd go into all the math crap (even if it was usually just him talking about how regressions work, they wouldn't need to bring a mathematician on board for that), now it's just "uhhh here's some numbers" and 20 minutes later he runs in shouting he knows who did it =/
Friday, November 4th, 2005
12:19 pm
at least i can say i failed out of one of the best econ grad schools in the country....
Sunday, October 16th, 2005
1:56 am
man grad school is just a lot of bullshit

hopefully after midterms it'll calm down a little

it would be nice if I had money OR free time, I'm not going to be selfish and demand both
Tuesday, August 16th, 2005
8:53 pm
wisconsin
Monday, May 30th, 2005
1:44 am
wow, madison is great. of course, compared to blacksburg, I think most parts of Iraq are considered great. It's just so..................... flat. I can't get over that, I'm used to mountains in the distance. Since you can't see any, it feels like you're always at the top of a hill, even when you're walking uphill.... for me anyway. I'll miss you moutains =(

My apartment seems cool, it's close to the center of everything and looks pretty, it's an old house split up into several apartments. the rooms are a bit smaller than I'd like, but do-able.

there's no good parking there though, everyone rides god damn mopeds. At vTech there was a guy who was THE moped guy, up there you see one every 10 feet. I'm almost temped to look into them, it's a hard city to get around in by car, but much easier on two wheels. I just don't know how it'd work in the winter.

I have 2 months of summer job work before I get to that though....
Saturday, April 16th, 2005
7:41 pm
wow, now i remember why I never go to concerts. so incredibly boring. I could only take about 10 minutes of standing around watching someone else sing a song before I started remembering all the more interesting things I could be doing, like, well, anything. It seemed very pathetic to be standing around watching someone else, but I guess that's why I've never understood why people can obsess over a band/actor/etc. I suppose it's easier to idolize than to work hard, but I just don't see the attraction to that way of thinking =/
Friday, April 15th, 2005
11:54 am
After weighing money issues, possible placement, compatability with my interests, and general quality of life issues, I accepted Wisconsin-Madison's offer and entered their Economics PhD program. I'm now a god damn badger.
Wednesday, April 13th, 2005
7:55 pm
UPDATE in light of the fact that UCLA has no money at all and does not even have money to fund student-led experiments right now I think the wiser choice is Wisconsin. BEHOLD MY OBEDIENCE TO THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR!
3:11 pm
REASON #1432 I hate new yorkers: so every grad school I got into, and almost every one in the country, wants a decision by april 15th (this friday). NYU is the only school that hasn't gotten back to me yet, so I call them up, and they refuse to release my acceptance status except via the letter I should be getting in 7-10 days, only a week after I have to decide for every other school in the country

god damn new york city
Saturday, April 9th, 2005
2:46 am
well my main reason for considering wisconsin has become a non-issue, so it looks like I'm going to UCLA for the next 5 years.
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