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  1. Mar 20, 2007 #1

    JasonRox

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    I'm currently testing a program I made for my professor. It's just a simple test, but it will probably take like 15-20 minutes!

    So, I'm killing time. The nice thing about our small department is that I can take off and leave my laptop behind without worries.

    I'm going to do a more extensive test after this and probably just go out and eat lunch and hopefully by the time I'm back it's done. (I won't leave my laptop behind during lunch though! I'll have to put it my profs. office or something.

    Hopefully I come back with good news. :biggrin:

    So, what are the other PFers up to today?

    I noticed that no one goes on the PF facebook. I joined awhile ago but there was no activity!
     
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  3. Mar 20, 2007 #2

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    Wow, it must be great to live in an environment of trust like that. I couldn't leave a pen around here without expecting it to go missing (Ok, slight exaggeration, but you get what I mean). Good luck with your program anyway.

    Today, I'm doing exactly the same as every other day for the past few weeks; namely sitting at the computer writing my dissertation, interspersed with attending a few lectures. Ahh well, only 8 weeks of uni left!

    I never even knew PF had a group on facebook, so it musn't be used that much!
     
  4. Mar 20, 2007 #3

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    8 weeks? That's great, I envy you. I have a year and a half more to go through. And the last year is the toughest. Although, I can't say I don't enjoy it.

    I'm up to standard things today. Went to the faculty in the morning (we have a great schedule - I hate it when I have to go in the afternoon), and right now I'm eating cookies, doing homework and browsing around PF.
     
  5. Mar 20, 2007 #4

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    It'd be cool if some of us did use it.

    Yeah, school's almost over. I can't wait.

    I hope everything goes swell with your work. My program seems to be failing the simple test. :frown:
     
  6. Mar 20, 2007 #5

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    I love the afternoons!

    One time I had a 11:00-3:00 schedule everday. That rocked. Stay up late and you can still sleep in. I'm most efficient at night when it's dark and quiet. I'm practicing and trying to work earlier so I can get more done. I hope the habit catches on soon.
     
  7. Mar 20, 2007 #6

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    11:00 - 3:00 can pass. Actually, what I meant was late afternoon. I hate when I get into the classroom during daylight and get out when it's already dark.

    So, you're nocturnal, too? :tongue: Well, I managed to change that habit in the recent few weeks - I go to sleep around 1am. In the past, I used to stay awake until 4 or 5. It's all about getting used to things. You can get used to a 3-4 hour long night's sleep and function almost perfectly well (as I did), at least during the most important part of the day, but medical aspects of doing so are another cup of tea.
     
  8. Mar 20, 2007 #7

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    Oh, I only stay up until like 2am tops, so that when I wake up at 9 or so I get minimum 7 hours of sleep.

    I can't function with 3-4 hours of sleep!!!
     
  9. Mar 20, 2007 #8

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    I spent most of the day submitting a paper -- you think you've finally got the preprint done, then you have to make separate eps files of the final print size, doublespace, rename stuff, go through lengthy online submission, check the genrated pdf...

    It's satisfying when done tho' :smile:
     
  10. Mar 20, 2007 #9

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    So, how long would it take to write out a preprint? Just the writing aspect. Not the work behind it.
     
  11. Mar 20, 2007 #10

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    This one had about 7 drafts -- it's been going on a while. However, I can write out an initial draft quite fast -- in a week (of course, not counting the work behind it) -- it's all the small changes which take a lot of time.

    e2a: of course, it really depends on the size of the paper -- physics papers are usually quite short (less than 10 pages), applied math papers tend to be longer, there again, this isn't a sign of how long they take either -- sometimes it's harder to condense work into a 4 page paper suitable for say prl... I'm starting to ramble now so I'll be off home.

    Bottom line is -- for me -- I can quite happily knock out sections of a paper. However, the time-scale really depends on how long the final paper will be; commitments of coauthors; your own commitments... It's hard to say a paper wil take X days to write :smile:
     
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  12. Mar 20, 2007 #11

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    On second thoughts, I think I've probably got about 10 weeks left (I do deserve my maths degree, honest! :smile: ). Still though, it's a bit scary to think that I'm that close to graduation!

    I'm the complete opposite; I prefer afternoons as I find it really hard getting up in the mornings. It's amazing how many 9am lectures I missed last semester!

    Neither can I; I need at least 7/8 hrs, else I fall asleep at my desk!
     
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  13. Mar 20, 2007 #12

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    I was just writing a micro practical exam....that kind of sucked. But now i am writing a lab report and doing some reading to catch up. Fun fun fun!
     
  15. Mar 20, 2007 #14

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    I wish I could get that many hours of sleep..... I get most of mine on Friday and Saturday nights, maybe 12 hours each, but during the week only 3 or so.
     
  16. Mar 20, 2007 #15
    What do you do? I want to know so I never make the same mistake. :)
     
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    :rofl:

    I got 5-6 hours of sleep two nights ago (usually I get 7-8); I ended up taking a 2-3 hour nap later that day :smile:
     
  18. Mar 20, 2007 #17
    Wouldn't it be nice to only need 3 hours of sleep? I often find myself wishing that were the case. I need 7-8 as well, its not a matter of functioning, its a matter of being able to wake up. I'll sleep through anything if I don't have enough sleep. :)
     
  19. Mar 20, 2007 #18

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    Man, tell me about it.

    I get nightmares about missing exams all the time. I can't sleep before early exams. I get 5 hours tops even though I reserve 8 hours of sleep!
     
  20. Mar 21, 2007 #19

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    My job is stressful and I am constantly thinking about it. The doctor tried to reset my clock last year by giving me sleeping tablets for a week or so, they did nothing but make me stupid and grogy after sleeping 6 or 7 hours. One of these days I need to calculate my biorythms and check how my circadian rythms are in comparision to my schedule and work on getting in sync.

    Mostly when I don't sleep, I work on the computer. this all started while I was working on my degree, I'd come home and sleep for a few hours then work thru the night and get an amazing amount done. While I was overseas for the war I'd do the same thing, work during the day then go back in about midnight to finish up and catch up.
     
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