Sunday, September 6, 2009

Research assistant = no free time

Sorry for the complete lack of updates recently. I've honestly just been too busy to do much that's interesting. My adviser was invited to submit an article for an upcoming issue of Chaos magazine and that task falls to me. We got a slight extension to the submission deadline, but it has to be in on Tuesday so I've been working super hard all month to try and get some good results and bang out a journal quality article.

For those of you who have research experience, you probably know that good results don't come on a fixed schedule so that means my schedule has just had to adjust to make enough time to get everything done. I've been working up to 15 hours a day for the past couple weeks so this has meant I've had no time for climbing, hiking or anything else I usually like to do. The most I've managed is a quick work out every couple days and I've come to realize that running inside on a treadmill is horrible. The only thing worse is being completely sedentary.

On the bright side, I have gotten some pretty decent results over the past month and the article we're submitting is just about done. The 3800 lines of code I wrote is (mostly) working and there's not much left to do. I feel pretty good about it, but as always, an extra week or so to finalize some things wouldn't hurt either. Hopefully once this is done with I'll be back to a normal work schedule and have some time to enjoy the cooling weather.

1 comment:

  1. 15 hours a day! don't kill yourself douglas! good luck :)