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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...



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!"