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Stupid thesis, need help [Apr. 22nd, 2008|07:51 pm]
usedmonk
So, I need some help from my editor type friends out there, I submitted my complete and finally signed-off on (Woohoo!) thesis for formatting, and I got three pages of corrections, only half of which I understand.
I didn't ask them to understand how lysine K9 methylation coils DNA more tightly around nucleoprotein cores based on space filling/electron repulsion, so I think it unfair that they expect me to know what the hell a "rolling paragraph" is and why it is different then the rest of my text.
UGH!
So if any has a thought, please give me help on:
1. . . . only double space between rolling paragraphs
2. How I divide long subheading titles into 4" blocks. Do I indent the next line, left justify, move two spaces in?
3. If a reference is issued by an organization, and I am using an reference program (end note) that automatically puts them at the beginning of the list, but they want them alphabetized by organization, can I list the organization twice?
4. Boxing of tables with beginning and end lines. WTF? Doesn't a table by definition have a box around it?

My personal favorite thing that they do is state "you have done X incorrectly as exampled by pg 2. Please adjust throughout thesis." Because I will obviously understand not only what they want, be will be able to identify it every instance that they were to lazy to point out, or possibly it occurred just once. Grrrrrrrrrr.
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Matched to Baylor [Mar. 20th, 2008|06:42 pm]
usedmonk
It is official, to Houston I go.
More later.
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Houston [Mar. 19th, 2008|06:26 pm]
usedmonk
Thanks to all who offered comments on the housing prospects in Houston. For those who didn't, or said they would get back to me later, any new thoughts?

Match day is tomorrow, so if it is not Houston I will be very shocked for about an hour, and then will let you all know.
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Update [Mar. 6th, 2008|03:53 pm]
usedmonk
The big guy is doing better. No longer vomiting, and keeping down fluids. Will probably make full recovery, though his post-hibernation weight is abysmal, even calculating for fluid deficit.
Will bury the little guy tonight.

In other news, my thesis is almost completely signed off on by the PhDs. Now, I just have to get it past the University editors, and I know they are going to roast me for fonts and figure alignment. In other words, I know that my margins are off by like 1/8 an inch. Normally, with text, no problems, but with immunofluorescence figures with labels and embedded Excel charts, I assume it will raise all kinds of hell I am either not equipped to handle and/or have no time to handle. Don't suppose anyone out there would be willing to convert ~180 and ~40 pages of figures to "acceptable" levels for me for $100 (sorry, all I can afford with the move coming up)?

Well, didn't think so. Plus, I have no idea how I would transmit 30MB documents quickly from computer to computer and retain all of the fine detail needed for the figures to look right. Hell, I can't even do that on a flash drive from my PC to my boss' Mac and have it not glitch half the figures.

I will also soon post an update on where I will be for the next 4-6 years, but match day occurs next thursday, so I might as well wait for the official word.
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(no subject) [Feb. 12th, 2008|05:23 am]
usedmonk
Happy Birthday Juli!
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New User Pics [Nov. 11th, 2007|11:31 am]
usedmonk
Realized I have had only the one for years. As much as I love St. Francis, variety is good. From monk kids to the monk protesting vietnam by lighting himself on fire, feel the love.
That is all.
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Let's hear it for the monks! [Sep. 19th, 2007|08:28 am]
usedmonk
Monks in Myanmar head protests against military junta.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070919/ap_on_re_as/myanmar
Important because while the military used abuse and tear gas to break up lay protests, doing so against the well-respected monks would pose huge public support risks.
I don't know if Buddhist monks using their popularity for political change is a good thing or a bad thing. Consider Tibet.
Thoughts?
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Zombies for a good cause [Aug. 30th, 2007|10:33 pm]
usedmonk
Undead, marching and hungry for Iowa City. With a headline like that, how can you resist?
http://media.www.dailyiowan.com/media/storage/paper599/news/2007/08/30/80Hours/Undead.Marching.And.Hungry.For.Ic-2943216.shtml
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Updates [May. 12th, 2007|07:12 pm]
usedmonk
[mood |blankblank]

So, it looks like it has been quite some time since my last post, but it feels like yesterday things have been going so fast. I still have NOT done any thesis revisions, but that is my goal for this weekend. Instead, I had a 2 week EKG course, passed advanced CPR and have done one week of GI and Oncology surgery. Surgery has not been as bad as I have heard, and hopefully it will stay that way. I have only had to be in at 5:30 am and in the OR or clinic til about 7 pm. So, not as bad as I had heard. I also like my team and am learning a lot. so far, I have assisted with a breast cancer lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy, a rectal cancer bowel resection and anastamosis, and yesterday was an eight hour partial stomach removal and bowel replacement. Good times.

In more somber news, yesterday I also found out that my father had a minor heart attack. They are keeping him in the hospital over the weekend and he is scheduled for the cath lab tomorrow morning. Every please say a prayer for the cantankerous old man. They also finally put him on insulin as he has been abysmal at controlling his diabetes. Needless to say my mother is freaked out as she now has him and the baby to take care of. My sister has been scheduled for oral surgery on the 21st, so I don't yet know how that is going to play out. It all depends on whether they can stent my dad or if he has to have a coronary artery bypass. The really crappy part is that it had to happen while I am on surgery and can take almost no time off to help out.
Grrrrrrrr.
The reason I have the weekend off to do my revisions is that my team decided I would be useless to them.
And they were right. I couldn't even drive for groceries today without making three wrong turns to a place I go every week. Could you imagine me with a scalpel?

I'll update when I get a chance.
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PhD defense and other short stories [Apr. 29th, 2007|02:18 pm]
usedmonk
[Current Location |Home at work]
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

So, I successfully defended my thesis. Yea! Thanks to everyone who helped, especially purplejuli and loopygirl for editing prowess on the 300-some page document. I realize the writing sucked and I hope you can forgive based on the short time frame I had to write the stupid thing.

I spent a long time getting the hour talk down, and I finally got it the day before. Unfortunately, that left me little time to study for the closed door defense. Also, my father decided this would be a great time for a family reunion. Even though I told him usually only the immediate family comes to the defense, he invited two of his brothers and one sister down for it. Great.

The talk went very well, and I got a lot of questions at the end from the faculty who showed up. The best part was they asked questions that I knew the answers to! In fact, it went so well that after my committee met behind closed doors for about 15 minutes, they brought me in and said the Q and A afterward was so good that they were going to hold an abbreviated defense. So, after 15 minutes of questions I was done! My boss said it was the shortest defense she has ever been a part of.

so, that means that I have to do revisions, and boy, are there a lot of those. As I only had about two weeks to write the thing, I knew there were going to be a lot. What I did not expect was that my committee only gave me until June 1 to get them all done and have the members sign off on them. Previous MSTP grads have had a year to get them done if they were going back to the clinic immediately. So, I defended on Friday, and started EKG/Lab Medicine classes on Monday, with the weekend spent entertaining my family. As I start my surgery rotation in a week, during which I will have no spare time, that means I have to get the revisions done this week, and study for the EKG test.
Good times.
Even So, I am thrilled to be back in med school. Even though I remember nothing. (FYI, if you are having chest pains do NOT ask me to help as evidently I can't tell a heart attack q wave from a fine calligraphy letter).
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