Wednesday, December 08, 2004

The Doktah's Daily Schedule

At some point in her grad school career, I think after about two year’s worth of data gathering and analysis, The Doktah discovered that she had been analyzing the data incorrectly. She was calculating the area expansion modulus of xenopus oocyte nuclei, and you know how that can go. Apparently, she had been assuming constant volume and she shouldn’t have been. The moron.

But the thing is, she had shown her data to The P.I. on many many occasions without any comments, but when Grouchy Guy asked about it at a group meeting, The P.I. said, “Oh, yeah, you can’t assume constant volume!” as though it were a given. So The Doktah was faced with the reanalysis of two years of data. Good times.

On top of this, The Doktah was also in the process of submitting a paper to a journal, and she was having issues with the figures. She had finished making the figures, but couldn’t format them. They just wouldn’t format. They came out blurry or pixelated or the Greek symbols wouldn’t show up. At one point she was trying to resize an array of six square images. She selected all six of them, but as she dragged the mouse to scale them down, only one got smaller. If she selected them individually, they wouldn't change size at all.

So The Doktah came up with her Daily Schedule in Hell:

7:00-8:00: Data analysis
8:00-9:00: Figures
9:00-10:00: Reanalyze data
10:00-12:00: Carrot Top movie
12:00-1:00: Group meeting
1:00-2:00: Redo figures
2:00-3:00: Reanalyze data
3:00-4:00: Group meeting
4:00-6:00: Rescreening of the Carrot Top Movie
6:00-7:00: Redo figures
7:00-8:00: Reanalyze data
8:00-9:00: Redo figures
9:00-11:00: E! True Hollywood Story: Carrot Top
11:00-12:00: Redo figures
12:00-1:00: Group meeting
1:00-2:00: Redo figures
2:00-3:00: Reanalyze data
3:00-5:00: Behind the scenes of the Carrot Top Movie
5:00-6:00: Figures
6:00-7:00: Group meeting

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