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Sep. 12th, 2006

Praise, after a fashion, for my fall-back career!


Also, a PhD related poll.

I keep finding out that bunches of you have done or are currently doing a PhD. We're all just a big back of brainy nerds, from what I can understand. So, I'm curious....

Poll #818812 PhD Poll

Have you ever entered into the study of some kind of PhD?

Yes, and I have completed it!
Yes, but I did not complete it (leave of absence, murdered supervisor, was expelled, etc.).
Yes, and I am currently trying to complete it. Oh Gods, make the suffering stop.
No, but I intend to enroll in one.

If you have been involved in a PhD of some description, how long did it take you to complete, until you left it, or how long has it been thus far?

Do you have an approximate thesis title? Even if you've never had anything to do with a PhD? Because I'm stuck for mine, and could really use some ideas...



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Sep. 12th, 2006 03:23 am (UTC)
In case you're curious - in a space where it fits:

The Mammalian Microvertebrate Fauna of Bullock Creek and Kangaroo Well NT: Biochronologic Markers for Australia's Mid-Cenozoic.

Don't be cute - you'll just hate it later.
Sep. 12th, 2006 03:31 am (UTC)
I know I can't actually be cute with my title, but it stops me from going mad while I'm doing the rest of the write up. Something like "the role of T. denticola in periodontal disease".

And by mammalian microvertebrates, do you mean tiny mammals? It's been ages since I did much zoology...
Sep. 12th, 2006 02:33 pm (UTC)
Mm, mostly just 'you need a microscope to look at these teeth, so most people don't bother' - although it would apply to postcranial remains as well. Just a way to say 'no, I'm not looking at diprotondons, palorchestids, thylacoleonids, or anything else large - kangaroos, possums, bandicoots, thylacinids and daysurids all the way'. The latter of which would have been a mouthful even for thesis title-land.

An ex once rewrote one of my conference abstracts in his 'fiction-style' which helped with the stopping from going mad. It was quite amusing - think I still have it around here...

"the diversity of the various cute small mammals at this site, which are found alongside the bones of giant fantastic flightless dromornithid birds, crafty marsupial tapirs, ferocious horned turtles, terrifying land crocodiles and other dead things. "
"...We then match up similar fossils in a deathmatch arena and the loser is probably the one that is older, hence dead first."
"..Research has discovered a strange crystal in the shape of an orb that glows with an unearthly light and that fossils deposited near the location of the crystal seem to have mutated or are at least of a different type"
"..Also the poster will have cool pictures of mutated animals in crazy fights with lots of blood. In color!"
Sep. 12th, 2006 06:36 am (UTC)
We had Peter's honours thesis title up on our fridge for months before I worked out what it meant:

"Classiscope: Using metadata analysis to build better magnets for the web haystack."

Then, when I finally found out what metadata was, I realised he was being cute and had to tell him off.

Sep. 12th, 2006 02:27 pm (UTC)
I guess I should have added the caveat: unless you're in the humanities, where witty wordplay is absolutely required :).

Sep. 12th, 2006 11:35 pm (UTC)
Comp Sci. No excuse :) But you're right, in the humanities, the wordplay is almost part of the assessment. The highest honour is if you can make a really bad pun and get away with it.
Sep. 12th, 2006 05:25 am (UTC)
Hmm can you access the australa wide electronic thesis resource?? Maybe browsing through theses from your general science area can help you pick a title...At least by critically analysing the titles others have used!

Its called Libraries Australia Kinetica, the Bailleau should have the link tucked away somewhere on their webpage...
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