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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Knights of the Order of Hello Kitty

(image from removed to avoid google-bombing)
The NY Times let us know that to authorities have decided to expose to public humiliation thai police officers who disobey the rules themselves by awarding them a compulsory Hello Kitty arm band. they hope that the threat of shame in front of others will work better than more formal warnings.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

P - h - D

It's done. Now I am legally a Doctor of Philosophy (edit: no, I am not - still a PreDoc). Not much to say about the viva, I did not really prepare for it and there was no need, at the end. It was just an informal chat on my work, mostly detailing small corrections to apport to the thesis.

Next step is? Who knows? Relax in Sardinia, celebrate, then... may be start to look for an alternative position. I have some idea in mind, I'll share them in here very soon, as I get some more details fleshed out.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

-2 to the Ph-Day

Only two days left before I face the panel, defend my thesis and hopefully get back home (via Brussel->Frankfurt) with three more letters in my business card.

To say the truth, i just want to get this over, I am not particularly tense for this, I just hope that the discussion will be interesting and science based, and I'll get back home with not too many corrections, so to improve the final version before sending it to the printer.

Today, though, is a day busy with other things. Have to get to brussel's midi market to get traditional sardinian sausages and cheese for my hosts in soton, then off to the station to grab my Euro* ticket. May be I'll pay visit to some friends having a picnic in Tervuren, if I don't feel to guitly. Otherwise, i'#ll read the final chapter of my thesis once more to preempt questions.

Failure to prepare is prepare to fail, said Gerry Halliwell.