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reversal of fortune

Well, that was quick. I already found another job. (A lot changes in 24-hours!) This time the money is already there. It won't be nearly as fun as the particle-astro-experiment job I almost had, but it'll work. I haven't accepted yet, but I'm pretty sure I will tomorrow. On the one hand, it's not particle physics which puts it further from my area of interest. But on the other hand, it's theory rather than experiment... and if I ever change specializations (from particle theory) it'll probably be into condensed matter theory rather than particle experiment. So in that sense, it could be more useful to me in the long run. Then again, maybe I'm just rationalizing wanting a paycheck for the summer, I don't know. It's only half-time so it should give me enogh time to relax as well.

In addition, the prrofessor agreed to let me turn in the take-home final tomorrow rather than today. (Which is good, since today is over and I haven't started yet). I did finish grading over 200 finals for two different classes. Fortunately, my hands didn't fall off from flipping pages and scribbling red ink for two-days-straight... so I should be good to go for tomorrow. One more day and I'm all done :)


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Jun. 10th, 2004 10:43 pm (UTC)
ooh, condensed matter theory job for the summer, that sounds fun! looking forward to hearing about it...
Jun. 11th, 2004 09:17 pm (UTC)
Jake is just being sarcastic. He'd rather be eaten by ZombieReagan than touch condensed matter.
Jun. 12th, 2004 01:33 am (UTC)
Hey now! No besmirching my name like that! I have the utmost respect for condensed matter stuff. Who knows, I've even considered shifting my focus more toward that subject lately... we'll see once I get back into doing research, but I *totally* dig the effective field theory that shows up in condensed matter. :P
Jun. 13th, 2004 11:41 am (UTC)
I just wanted to use "ZombieReagan" in a sentence. Nothing meaningful intended.
Jun. 12th, 2004 11:13 pm (UTC)
Monte Carlo simulations of 5-dimensional Ising models; looking for violations of "finite size scaling" which are thought to break down in a high enough dimension. Not the most interesting thing in the world, but good enough to keep my mind occupied for the summer.

Upon explaining it, the professor joked "so, you've heard of the Ising model in 2 or 3 dimensions, right? Well, what do theorists of any persuasion like to do when they can't find anything else to look at? Add a couple extra dimensions, of course."
Jun. 14th, 2004 12:10 am (UTC)
While, as you say, it most assuredly is not the most interesting thing in the world, it is above the connotation of that description. I'd probably take that work over my current stuff.

You also forgot to mention that you stole this job from someone else, at least in some respect. :)
Jun. 14th, 2004 12:58 am (UTC)
I didn't steal it... he just lost it and I found it. In approximately that order.

Speaking of which, you didn't get your job without stomping on a few hopes and dreams either, you know! George may look tough, but I'm sure he cries at night every now and then when he thinks about what was almost his.
Jun. 15th, 2004 01:10 am (UTC)
Or maybe he cries because you called him stupid :)

He was asking for that one though.
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