Monday, August 09, 2010

Meh. And you.

I am grouchy. This is not news to anyone who knows me here or IRL. But I don't have a lot of fresh ideas for blog posts right now. The new Scientiae topic for September looks good, so I might write something for that. But otherwise...

In the meantime, my other writing projects are progressing in fits and stalls, which is contributing to the big pot of grouchy.

If I had to pick two of the five to put in a tattoo, I'd pick "When?" and "Why?"

As in, "When will this feel better?" and "Why am I doing this again?" Which seem to be the two questions around which I have framed all my major life decisions.

What about you? Would you pick "what?" "where?" or "who?"?

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14 Comments:

At 8:05 PM, Blogger Unbalanced Reaction said...

I'd definitely pick why. As is why the eff am I doing this again?

On certain days, at least. So maybe it should be a temporary tattoo for me.

 
At 9:44 PM, Anonymous Heather said...

I would pick when and where. When will my biotech company finally run out of money, and where will I end up working after it happens? At this point I am pretty sure the company is going under, I am just hoping I can find a new job before I get laid off. As for more major life decisions, the question is when will I quit this industry entirely and open a drive-thru coffee stand like I've been contemplating lately.

 
At 10:41 PM, Anonymous Thinkerbell said...

'What' and 'Where'. Because there are still a ton of things I want to be when I grown up and there are still a couple of cities I'd like to live in for a while. In a perfect world I wouldn't have to pick yet...

 
At 1:50 AM, Blogger Bee said...

Why don't you write about what's important to you in life? Wisdom? Serenity? Integrity? Popularity?

 
At 5:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definitely "what?", as in "what type of position am I best suited for?". I'm a postdoc trying to decide between a tenure-track PI position at a PUI or an academic professional-type position. I change my mind hourly.

 
At 6:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why... definantly why.

 
At 7:20 AM, Anonymous Female post-doc said...

When? and Where? because I would like to know when I'll have a tenure track job and where that will be. :-)

 
At 8:24 AM, Blogger Dr.Girlfriend said...

WHAT as in "what the fuck?" "what is going on?" "what am I doing again?" and "what have I gotten my self into this time?" because I go through life in a sort of perpetual bewilderment.

 
At 9:54 AM, Blogger Ms.PhD said...

I was very amused by these answers! Thanks for sharing! I might have guessed that most scientists would pick "why" or even "how", although technically that's a sixth one...

and then I remembered what it was like to be a postdoc.

If you asked me this last year it would have been "what am I going to present?" and "where will I end up?"

Bee, thanks for the suggestion. I think I could write a post about that.

 
At 2:03 PM, OpenID missphd said...

I almost always wonder "Where am I going to end up?" but sometimes I also have a creeping 'who'. As in, "Who am I doing this for?"

 
At 1:31 PM, Blogger a physicist said...

Since nobody else took it, I'll say "who". Who made this mess over here? Who would be best for this new project I'm thinking about? Who should we hire in our faculty search? And sometimes I want to ask certain senior faculty "Who do you think you are?"

 
At 2:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

YFS:

Seen this?

http://www.boston.com/news/education/higher/articles/2010/08/10/author_on_leave_after_harvard_inquiry/

 
At 4:24 AM, Blogger jon said...

well, i go for how. that is: how do i change enough to fit the new ?
it gets tougher and tougher as i age ( 72 now ).
between 17 and 35 i could manage real personality changes on a small scale. no more.
but useful.

 
At 12:48 PM, Blogger Februa said...

Im totally with jon - I like how.

From How did I get here(how did I let things get this far?), How can I macguyver what I have into what I need?

Thanks for asking this, I really like the comments on this one. I think you should expand this post...Id be interested in what you had to say about all 5

 

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