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I started working on this project 14 months ago... October 2007. I started writing the skeleton for the paper about 9 or 10 months ago I think. From April through June I did nothing on it due to having to use 100% of my time for TA'ing in April and May, and then being away at TASI in June. July I thought I was about a month away from being done with it. August, I thought I was 3 weeks away. September, I thought I was 2 weeks away, but I spent some of my time on a different project making progress on that. October I thought I was a week or two away, but I spent some of my time putting together my postdoc application materials. November, I spent nearly all of my time applying to postdocs (I sent 130 applications total in the end!), after realizing that if I waited till my paper was done I wouldn't get the applications in. Finally, the whole first week of December I thought I was a day or two away from being done. And now, finally, last night at 2am I AM DONE!!! I think in the future maybe I should learn to be more realistic about my personal deadlines. Then again, if I had any idea how long this was going to take when I started out, and how much work I'd have to put into it... I very likely would have given up and worked on something else. Maybe sometimes, you need the horizon to seem just beyond where you are?

I have about 50 pages of personal notes, from all of the simulations I've run in the past year, most entries dated and documented well, and others very poorly documented. I had to somehow put all of this together into a coherent, presentable, readable picture (that turned out to be 28 pages long).

So here it is, my latest work... and the first publication of mine (assuming it makes it through peer review, which will take a few months) where I am sole author (even though I chose to stick with the traditional "royal we" in tense:


I think it also contains more plots and equations than any of my previous papers. It definitely contains more of my own sweat, blood, and tears than any of my other publications:


I am way way far behind on livejournal... I promise I will start to read some of those neglected entries, and start to post about all of the things I haven't had time to post about soon.



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Dec. 12th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
YAY! I know what a relief and a moment of celebration this is. The blood, sweat and tears are going to make it all the more satisfying. Do spend some time relaxing and enjoying the experience of not having this hanging over your head, if you can. :)
Dec. 12th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
Thanks, and I will!
Dec. 12th, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
Congratulations on your accomplishment!
Dec. 12th, 2008 04:17 am (UTC)
You should do a thesis party, in which you try to explain your thesis to us non-physics folk, and then we all celebrate.
Dec. 12th, 2008 08:41 am (UTC)
I will definitely have some kind of celebration after I defend my dissertation (currently looking like June). Not sure yet whether it will take the form of a party, but that does sound like a good idea.

The real question is... how many shots do I take before I am supposed to explain it? :)
Dec. 12th, 2008 08:48 am (UTC)
You take a shot every time I ask you to define something.
Dec. 17th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
You explained it to me stone-cold sober, and not only did I enjoy your explanation, I even understood bits of it, kind of. :)

However, don't let me get in the way of shots and stuff. :)
Dec. 12th, 2008 08:21 am (UTC)
Dec. 12th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
Although you did break one of my cardinal rules of scientific paper writing: In the third paragraph on page 2, you might want to change "which" to "that" in the final version. :)

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