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Thursday, June 09, 2005

Tick, tock, time is a wastin'

Profgrrrrl had a photo, more time ago than I care to search, that showed the supplies that she was putting in for last semester. It included a bottle of gin, and, somewhere near half way through the semester she mentioned that she hadn't yet hit it very hard.

Well, alas, I cannot claim to the same discipline. Consider, today, where after a month one of our good folk is still unable to make a relatively simple experiment work. How to convince him that academia is not all gentle study, and that when you promise to deliver a result by a certain time (like last month), that involves a certain commitment on your part to get it done? He and his students plod on at a rate that is worth, surely, at least one drink tonight.

Then of course there was the Duchess, earlier this week I got a brusque note from the Duke suggesting that I was not keeping all the appropriate Admin folks aware of our new initiative. So I started to send some info, and it is, as it was before, like throwing gold bracelets into a deep dark and empty well, - no response. What's that, yes I do think that calls for a second splash.

Oh, the piece of equipment that is vital to a third group of experiments has been taken , unasked, by another group on campus to work on something that has to be done by August, and we had it here because our deadline is July. Have another splash, old son!

And four different groups want proposals, and two want presentations, all by next week. Fortunately the diligent grads have been writing papers, so the odd snip here, and the odd clip there, and gee, I only need a finger in the glass for this one.

Whaddya mean, the storm knocked out the main drafting computer - it had a surge protector on it - whaddya mean someone stole it last week - whaddya mean we lost all our design drawings - which clown didn't back up those files - Oh! Him !

Where did I put that second bottle?


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