Over the pass few weeks I’ve had two separate sets of experiences that have many similar elements. One set was the preparation of slide presentations for my dissertation defense and later the Midwest Conference for Andean and Amazonian Archaeology and Ethnohistory (MCAAAE). The second set was the drawing and coloring… Read more“Of Slides and Panels”
The Tale of My Dissertation Defense
Where to begin? The night before my dissertation defense, I posted on Twitter and Facebook that trying to sleep would be interesting. The outpouring of support I got on Facebook in response to my message was very heartwarming. I’m so glad that the department subculture is mostly one of community… Read more“The Tale of My Dissertation Defense”
The Event of the Season!
You are cordially invited to attend Keith Chanâ€™s defense of his dissertation entitled â€œLife in the Late Intermediate Period at Armatambo, Peruâ€ on Wednesday, January 19th at 9:30 am in 109 Swallow Hall. Public presentation of the dissertation will take place from 9:30 to 10:00 am. Committee members: Robert Benfer;… Read more“The Event of the Season!”
Dissertation By the Numbers
The following data don’t mean anything but I thought they were fun to calculate and look over. Entire Document (Source: Me Counting) Pages: 393 Chapters: 11 Appendices: 4 Figures: 79 Tables: 105 References: Did I say 615? I meant 642. People Mentioned by Name in the Acknowledgements: 41 Entire Document… Read more“Dissertation By the Numbers”
Predicting the Past
Last May I tweeted that I should tweet during my dissertation defense. Little did I know that two months prior, Danielle Lee from UMSL had her defense streamed live on the internet, and took questions via Twitter! Danielle’s dissertation is on vole behavior, which is far more adorable than my… Read more“Predicting the Past”
So How is My Dissertation Going Now?
It’s been a while since one of my updates on my dissertation. Though my blog is mostly about games and fish sauce, in between these diversions is some hardcore writing! My page count actually shrank in the past few weeks. I broke 300 a month ago, but I dropped back… Read more“So How is My Dissertation Going Now?”
One of my favorite part of dissertation writing is going through the articles I’ve collected and finding little tidbits relevant to my own work. In the past twenty minutes I’ve found something interesting from a review of Inca child sacrifice (they sacrificed the children of elites, probably to cement political… Read more“Small Joys”
Notes to Myself
It was nice of me in the past to leave me a giant 36pt. note in my spreadsheet about what analysis not to run. It would’ve been nicer if I saw my own note before running the exact analysis I warned myself against! Oh well at least I remembered and… Read more“Notes to Myself”
Sometimes I have streaming shows on my laptop as I work on my desktop. I could be watching anything from anime, to Community, to Modern Marvels. This time I chose something popcorn-light: Fight Science, the most recent in a long series of shows explaining the physics of martial arts. It… Read more“”