Sunday, May 30, 2010

Trust: People don't have any in me

As I am writing my proposal, I realize that a lot of it is based on trust.

You write so that the people above you will trust you. Since they don't trust you at all, any statements you make should be backed up by saying "well, that guy (reference journal paper) says what I was going to say, so your beef is with him, not me."

I am learning very quickly that any reasonable (and some unreasonable) statements that you want to back up with a reference can be readily backed up. Its more a question on if you can find that guy's (or gal's) statement quickly.

Once you get to "expert" status, then you can say whatever you want[ok, within reason], people will publish it, then someone else can use you as the person that everyone trusts.

Can't we all just go out and get a beer together to build trust instead?

(I suppose that's whats conferences are for)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Even my cat

Hates me for spending less time with him.

Well, one way or the other, the proposal will be over in 13 days.

Chapter VII

I have a chapter in my proposal entitled "Research Plan"

The epigraph for the chapter is below:

No campaign plan survives first contact with the enemy
[Simplified English translation]
-Generalfeldmarschall Helmuth Graf von Moltke

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

not the good idea, but an observation

I noticed that I don't type with the ring finger and pinky of my right hand (I used them on my left).

The reason I noticed is that my hand was hurting at those two fingers.

Turns out that I hold them up and out of the way when I type so that my pointer and middle finger on the right hand can type all of their keys.

I have been typing alot, so the muscles are sore.

When I get this damned proposal done, I am going to work on putting those fingers to work.

crap I forgot

I had a quick idea to post about.

and I did something and forgot it.

It feels like it was really wise or something.

so its bugging me.

So this one will have to do instead.

Don't worry, I will eventually document the lake trip, the shuttle trip, a range outing and the soon to occur Warrior Dash.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

In a van... outside my window

There is this weird older (45-55?) man that sits in his van right outside my window.
Its past midnight and he is sitting in there with a beer and talking on the phone.

Doesn't always move, sometimes you think he is dead.

So, what is he doing?


Calling his long distance woman?

Listening to soccer games and talking smack with his buddy?

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Boxing match two weekends ago

One of my friends was in a boxing class and for the last class they all spared.

About half of the class promptly forgot all of the training and just randomly swung at each other in a whirlwind fashion. You could see the instructor's disappointment from across the room.

My friend and his sparing partner actually boxed. The other guy looked like he was a bit scared of my friend, which I think made him make poor decisions. His stance was also pretty bad comparatively, which ended up being his downfall.

The first round was exciting, but we did not get a video of that. Both sides got in some good hits. The second round was more boring in the beginning, as they had sort of figured each other out and were just looking for an opportunity. My friend got in a good hit once, which slightly fazed the guy. A bit later, the other guy tried for a good punch, but it was mostly blocked. He was off balance due to his stance and had to move back. In that opening, my friend got in a really good punch with ended the fight. (not a knockout). The other guy was hit in the nose which promptly started gushing out blood. In the other fights there were some nose bleeds, maybe nose 'dripping' but not like this.

Anyway, so it ended up with a very bloody nose for the other guy. My friend didn't want to hurt him, it just ended up that way (they were boxing).

Boxing is pretty intense, both athletes were profusely sweating after the fight which was only about maybe 3 minutes 30 seconds? I doubt I will watch boxing on tv or anything, but it was exciting to watch a friend box. It was also weird watching a friend get punched and not being able to help out.

Friday, May 07, 2010

OK so I lied

Posts didn't follow.

Its going to be busy busy busy for a while.

I do have some neat lake pictures and a story about a boxing match coming up.

for now, I ran into this on yahoo


Skepticism after Russia says pirates freed

Russia's claim that a legal glitch forced it to release pirates seized near Somalia is met with doubts. Darker fate feared


Darker fate?


I mean, they are PIRATES... !

Its pretty hard to be like "woah woah, what evidence do you have?"... What exactly do you do in the trial?
They are found at sea, on the boat that is not doing what they normally do, and the crew is detained in some way. You pretty much know they are guilty.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Sick last week

I was sick last week with a cough, it sucked.

Also had allergies, which I don't think helped.

Posts to follow.