Hi all, it's been awhile since I've been to PF. I just got an automated email from this place imploring me to come back, and I remembered all the good times I've had here in the past. A lot has happened in the past couple years (or however long it's been since I was gone). I've done a lot of research in particle astro, read a lot of PhD comics, and the week before Thanksgiving I defended. But my greatest claim to fame is that I wrote over a third of my PhD dissertation in a bar; this is a feat which I'm certain improved the quality of my work. So, what's been going on around these parts while I was holed up in my office? Any other new graduates, by chance?