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Planet of the Apes
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Oh! Rats! [UPDATED]
Thursday, October 21, 2010

Rethinking Education
Monday, October 18, 2010

Elephant man, rabies and leprosy
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Over-priced mochas and syphilis
Sunday, October 10, 2010

DonorsChoose - give early and give often. [UPDATED]
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Question
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Time spent reviewing
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Dear PI's who wrote the NSF proposals I am now reviewing...
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Funding Illusions
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

FIve years ago today
Wednesday, September 22, 2010

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Things that make Odyssey grumpy
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Flying 101
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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Monday, August 23, 2010

One to Rule Them All
Friday, August 20, 2010

The NSF review panel process
Thursday, August 19, 2010

Peer review, schmeer review
Friday, August 13, 2010

Hypotheses: The most disposable of lab supplies
Thursday, August 12, 2010

How much do you need to want it?
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Bugger
Sunday, August 8, 2010

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There are many, many topics I could choose from regarding things I wish I knew, or knew more about, before joining the faculty here at Big State U. Managing lab personnel and lab finances. Grant writing. Writing manuscripts. Teaching. Committee work. How bad the departmental coffee is. When not to speak up at a faculty meeting. Managing my department chair. And so on. But that's not what today's post is about.

Today I'm wishing I knew before I started my faculty position that

The Freakin' Data Fairy Has
The.
Worst.
Sense.
Of.
Timing.

Ever.



Summer? No teaching. Almost no committee work. Very, very few commitments outside of the lab.

No Data Fairy.


Now it's Fall and I'm being tag-teamed by the Grant Review and Preparing New Lectures Goblins and the Committee Meeting Boogie Monster. I have a month in which to review thirteen (13!) proposals and put together twelve new lectures.* I'm being constantly pummeled.

Now the Data Fairy decides to dump on me.

I mean really dump on me.

And not just data, but awesome, earth-shattering** data. From multiple fronts.

I'm drowning in the good stuff.

And I don't have the time to process it.

Damn Data Fairy.










* Okay, okay, I know. I should have started earlier on those. Bite me.
** Maybe "earth-shattering" is overstating it a little. Still, it's pretty damn cool data.

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Tideliar
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:) just LOL. Sorry...

have you tried blood sacrifice?

Brian Krueger, PhD
Duke University
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Kill off a couple of graduate students. That should lighten the data and committee meeting load, right?

Dr. O
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I thought I was in bad shape finally getting data a couple of months before maternity leave...I'll now stop my bitching.

Odyssey
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Actually I want the data. Maybe I'll kill off other people's grad students. That'll lighten the committee load, but not stop the flow of data to me...

Professor in Training
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Damn that stupid Data Fairy. She was supposed to drop by my lab over the summer, too, but didn't. I'm going to wring her scrawny little neck when she eventually saunters in.
JollyRoger

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Even though her timing is bad (or his.....it's a free world, so to speak!!) at least she brings great data....that's a good thing...:-)
Namnezia

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You're complaining about too much good data!?! Oy!
Don't worry - the data will still be there after your hellish month, and you have something good to look forward to.

Odyssey
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I know, I know. I shouldn't complain about having good data, even if I can't look at it. The frustration though is killing me...

@PiT:
When she left the Data Fairy was muttering something about you and GlamorMag-level data...

Odyssey
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@Tideliar:
Blood sacrifices occur daily at 2pm weekdays, 3pm on weekends. No exceptions made for holidays.

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Odyssey said:
When she left the Data Fairy was muttering something about you and GlamorMag-level data...


I suspect it was something along the lines of: "she's wanting GlamourMag data but she's getting NOTHING." And that's what I got.
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