Friday, January 11, 2008

The Penultimate KU Trip

I have debated for several days about even posting material like this anymore. What will follow is neither hilarious or sappy, but rather just the transmission of information about the goings on in my life. Talking about my every day life has been put on the sidelines for a while on this site and I'm not entirely sure that I want to return to the detail oriented posts. However, since I already wrote this, I may as well post it. After consulting with my creative adviser over the coming weekend, there will hopefully be a series of alternating hilarity and sappiness based postings in the near future. For now, allow your eyes and minds to feast on the mundane.

The project that takes me out to KU about once a week for the last several months is coming to a close. The intense data production phase has already been completed and the final results are going to be coming in shortly. It will also signal the transition of the project to the next phase, which will require me to stare at a computer screen for hours at a time while mindlessly adding colorless liquids to a sample tube. The main negative aspect to going out to KU is just the one hour drive each way. I enjoy the work that takes place there (probably more than the work I do in my own lab) and it should help make myself more marketable in the transition from academia to industry that will be (hopefully) be occurring the not-so-distant future. Because of this the long trips have been worthwhile.

7 comments:

kilax said...

Does staring at a computer screen for hours at a time mean watching videos and playing games? ;)

Andrew, one of the things I hate about people's blogs is when they only output "dear diary, I did this today" posts. For me, it is interesting to read what you do everyday because I know you, but other people might not find it so interesting. Not because you are a boring person, but because they don't know you. Do you know what I mean? I hope so, because I don't mean to insult you.

I think it is nice to have a "what's going on in my life" post every now and then, but not all the time :)

Andrew Skaff said...

Actually, no, it would be staring at a non-networked 10+ year old machine. If it was watching videos/playing games, it wouldn't be a big deal at all.

I don't particularly enjoy writing the "dear diary" entries because I find them to be somewhat boring. One of the reasons that I started this blog was as an outlet for creativity, not so much as a tool to report my daily activities. Even I don't find my daily life that interesting, so I don't expect many others to find it interesting either (it is possible that there are some exceptions).

You didn't insult me, it takes a lot to do that, and I would be surprised if you even have the capability of doing so.

I'm sure that there will be future posts that are just relaying information, but I would like to minimize them. There are more interesting things to talk about... or so I hope anyway.

kilax said...

You didn't insult me, it takes a lot to do that, and I would be surprised if you even have the capability of doing so.

Is that a challenge? ;)

I find myself writing those "dear diary" posts sometimes. I don't feel creative at all lately. It is hard to be creative all the time :(

Andrew Skaff said...

I'm sensing an "insult-off" joint blog challenge. Oh wait, you might still sore from the last challenge. Maybe we should hold off on that idea until you've had a chance to fully recover.

I'm sure your creativity will return... possibly with your next cycle in eating habits. When the peanut butter goes, and it's back to El Famous, all will be right with the world once again.

Gina said...

Honestly, I don't mind the Dear Diary stuff. I like reading about how people spend their days and like reading about their view points on things that go in their lives.

Either way, I've enjoyed reading your blog.

Anonymous said...

I would have liked to see you use the word/phrase pre-antipenultimate. If you can work that into a future post, I would be much abliged. Also, come to Madison sometime.

-J

Andrew Skaff said...

Justin - I thought of you when I titled that post. I'll see what I can do about working in your favorite word. I should come to Madison some time. When, I don't know, but I'll get out there.