Looking back over the past few weeks of posts, I've been accidentally ending everything with some sort of statement that I'm going to get to work or being productive. And that is only half as useful as you'd think because I do get to work, but nothing seems to get done! I'm going to give up declarations like that for the next few posts and see how bad the withdrawal symptoms are.
Yesterday, the project I've been working on for quite a while came to a head. It was both Steve and Kieron in the same room getting on the same page. When two professors talk physics, it's the students who are in the middle! I decided to type as fast as my little fingers could go so I could reread their comments for later. The script read something like:
Steve: How are you?
Kieron: Not too bad. You?
S: Fantastic. I'm headed out of town.
K: So am I.
Dr Who: I haven't done anything.
K: Have something for us when we get back.
S: [Complicated physics that was above my head]
K: [A brilliant response]
S: [Another brilliant response]
Dr Who: [I say something]
K: Uh....so like I was saying...[more brilliance!]
I pasted that verbatim from my notes!* But we finally figured out what's been plaguing everything and some possibilities to fix it. I swear I had the final suggestion running around in my head, but I hadn't gotten an opportunity to say it. It seems like it's important to be on the same page as your bosses so you A) don't get off track and B) keep them in the loop. Kieron really liked the figures I showed him; I'll do more of that. Steve had some great test calculations for me to run that illuminated everything. I will admit that I brought this whole thing up a bit ago and it took even me to realize the full implication and fix of what was going on over the last week and a half since I first mentioned it. Now that Steve and Kieron have set me straight...err...hmm, I'll back away from that one. Close call.
On to progra-...! No! Whew, that was close.
But all that's past us now. I can---er...yikes. It has been a long time since working on this project, but I honestly feel like I'm accomplishing my goals as far as learning the material; I guess I can learn! But I have little to show for it as far as papers. So....uh....nevermind.
Ok, it's ti-....No, I won't do it! I won't make a declaration about heading back to work or progressing! Oh, shoot, there it was...
[*Editor's note: That is not actually what was said at the meeting.]