I took a bit of a break from my BLOG, as my readers probably have noticed.There wasn't just one reason. Partly, I was tired of all the attacks theirritating little GNAA kids were doing here, and the angry comments fromthe people who were attacked under my name (impersonation). Partly, I'vejust been a lot more busy recently, with work and with being in love.Partly, I wanted to know what life would be like without it. Partly, I justdidn't feel like sharing with the world, for awhile. I think I'll be sharingmore often again.
So, what has happened in the time period since my last post? Well, workhas been busy -- I'm really starting to understand the details of fMRIanalysis at this point, and for the first time am really feeling comfortableand competent in the researcher aspects of my new job. I think that I candesign, conduct, and get good results from fMRI research, and this makesme very happy. I have not yet written a paper outside of a research methodsclass, so I am not yet comfortable in that aspect of things, but I'm not sureif I'll be called to do that in this job. Some aspects of my personal life arethings I will not yet comment on, apart from noting that there is now a decentchance that I will not be in Pittsburgh in two or fewer years time. My friendDubin visited last weekend, and it was fun for him, N, and me. I have alsolearned some more things about keeping my apartment clean -- I think as timegoes on, and as I get older, the value of keeping things clean and orderlyis growing in my mind.
Right now, I'm relaxing on my couch, drinking some wonderful imported Plum wine,and listening to some very early TMBG music. Earlier, I went running, and foundthat music from Aqua is really great for that.Unfortunately, it looks like they've broken up, so you'd better pack atime machine to find their website.
I've been spending a lot of time on Wikipedia recently, and havebeen frustrated by how people keep wanting to include articles on incrediblynon-notable topics, such as elementary schools and television show episodes.The Votes for Deletion page is filled with conflict between inclusionists --people who find almost everything anyone might write an article on to beworth keeping, and deletionists, people like me who want to keep the topicsof articles within certain bounds -- standards of notability.
The air is cold. I'm still airing out my home with it.