Stand Back… I’m going to try some science!

Stand Back… I’m going to try some science!

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I just had a very good meeting.

It’s scary, how much work I have ahead of me, but my supervisors seem to agree with the decisions about direction I have been getting to….

I feel like I know where this is going, what to focus on.

– Geochemistry is in…(hence the lab coat 😉 )

-Processing routines and scary 3D stuff seems to be on the back burner…

– Statistical integration is still an option…

– Full steam ahead!

Now I just have to go and learn chemistry!

(and do my weekly swim, which I’m looking forward to. all this exercise seems to be turning me into a healthy person!) Neko out

Oh, and this made me laugh, lots (xkcd again :D)

I think I need to learn me some Python (it’s a scripting/ coding language)…

Lost voice(s)?

I was re-reading my MSc Dissertation yesterday, trying to get a handle on a paper I’m meant to be writing about the project I was involved in.

What follows is an extract from the final thesis explaining why I chose to write in the first person. I’ve hidden it under the ‘more’ below as it is a bit long…

I got a bit of a lump in my throat reading it, and I’m not sure why. I think I’m missing this side of academic research- a lot of what I’m doing is ‘hard science’, stuck firmly in the objective mould. I’m not sure how to find room for that very personal, highly theoretical and philosophical voice in my PhD. I’m not actively interpreting any archaeology, I’m not making inferences about people in the past from what they have left behind. There may be a tiny bit of room for that in the interpretation of the case study data, or the ground truthing work, but at the end of the day it isn’t my main aim.

I miss it! I feel at the moment that the work I’m doing does not have my voice, my identity within it. I know I need to fit the established paradigms to be accepted, and that I could take far more risks with my MSc than with my PhD, but it does not stop a creeping resentment building to this positivist world I have to inhabit…

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Breaking resolutions…

The only one I have broken is the one about blogging regularly!

It’s all a bit hectic for at the moment folks, got a lot of work to do.

brief notes:

Dartmoor was much better 2nd time around and the data still looks good. We do need to go back though. Volunteers?

CAA was great, I think my paper went well and I caught up with some old friends and made some very useful contacts.

My Initial Review seems to have been OK….

I’m now in a bit of a panic about the Transfer process and everything I need to get done. In fact, I’d quite like the world to stop for three months while I get caught up…. anyone got a plan?

The biking, exercise etc seem to be working, and the weather has been really great this last week or so and I have been outside playing with Poi lots and climbing trees!

I’m feeling very very pressured at the moment and the not-spouse-creature is being fantastic. I have issues with planning and I can freeze up a bit if a job feels insurmountable. He is doing sterling work keeping me on track and helping me figure out priorities etc… I have also been brave and asked to see my supervisors today for their input. I’m sure it is all going to be fine and this is just the ‘start of second year’ mountain I have read about….

Neko out