with my header. It was fun.
My summer grading is done. I am down to just a few referee reports. And I resubmitted a paper recently. It’s time to start a new project. But what? And with whom? Solo or with a co-author? What topic? I think that I will work with a good PhD student, if I can be convince the student to do so.
All pleasant things to ponder over a long weekend.
Also, time also to get back on track and do my GTD review.
I had a PhD student come by worried that someone else was working on a similar problem to the student’s thesis. I had trouble convincing the student that it is a good sign, not a disaster. Usually people come up with different papers, and if the student’s work is good, then there will be interest. But I could not convince the student.
was a reading group day. We are working on a graduate textbook I have long wanted to read. It’s great to learn/think about stuff not directly related to a paper I am writing. I am going to go to the library next week and just skim recent issues of journals—-in my field and related fields—-to find out what is going on. I like learning, and thinking about ideas. Now I have time, so now it is time to do it.
God knows if the reading will be useful in one of my own problems. But I don’t care. It is why I have the job.
is constructive criticism. The smiley people are often the best at it.
I would have like to learn a bit more of how to do it in grad school. Nothing worse than the whiny critics. ‘I could have done that.’ or ‘That is not a big deal.’ or ‘Obvious result.’ Whiny critics are everywhere, at every seminar and conference session.
(I have been traveling, with more to traveling to come. You would think I could figure out some interesting things to write. But noooo. Not now.)
Here is some research from USC: ‘Thirst for knowledge’ may be opium craving
The brain’s reward for getting a concept is a shot of natural opiates
Neuroscientists have proposed a simple explanation for the pleasure of grasping a new concept: The brain is getting its fix. The “click” of comprehension triggers a biochemical cascade that rewards the brain with a shot of natural opium-like substances, said Irving Biederman of the University of Southern California. He presents his theory in an invited article in the latest issue of American Scientist.
“While you’re trying to understand a difficult theorem, it’s not fun,” said Biederman, professor of neuroscience in the USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
“But once you get it, you just feel fabulous.”
The brain’s craving for a fix motivates humans to maximize the rate at which they absorb knowledge, he said.
Perhaps having a scotch after working late on research is not such a good idea. Kind of an intellectual speedball (wikipedia link).
Some useful management tips: The Company Bitch: When I Am A Manager I Will…
I would quote, but reading the entire thing is worthwhile.
I can get behind: Canada (link to their myspace page).
Found through The Hype Machine