roasting marshmellows in phd hell

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Here’s Johnny

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Sorry for the recent radio silence, people.

I’ve been AFK, somewhere far away, not thinking about my thesis or graduate school or the internet.  It was lovely.  I was only slightly jolted out of my

Sheldor is back online.

dreamstate when people would ask, ‘what do you do?’

Then the interaction would go a little something like this:

Me: (dramatic pause while I try to remember) I’m a student.

Them: (wrinkled forehead signifies they are thinking BUT YOU ARE TOO OLD TO BE A STUDENT) ……

Me: I’m doing a phd.

Them:  (looks impressed) Oh so you’ll be a professor when you’re finished.

Me: (wrinkled forehead signifies that there is no good reply to that statement) Yep.

Ah well.  Anyways now that I’m back in the world of the living, new thoughts coming up soon.

Sheldor AFK.


Written by universityoflies

June 30, 2012 at 09:36

Academic Word of the Day!

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So I’m going to compile a list of ‘academic’ type words I think should be struck out of the lexicon.   Because it’s fun.

My excessive use of the phrase ‘bang tidy’ is quite masturbatory.

First word to be banned:

Masturbatory (adjective)

Origin: mid 19th century: from Latin masturbat- ‘masturbated’, from the verb masturbari, of unknown origin

Why I Hate It: it’s usually used by an academic who is denigrating someone else, when in fact they are engaging in pointless rhetoric thats more like a simulation of humping a wheelie bin than making a legitimate point.

Let’s blame Lacan for this one.

Written by universityoflies

June 2, 2012 at 20:08