"Where's the kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom?" –Marvin Martian

John, we blessedly got rid of the necktie dress code about 25 years ago. When I was a new hire in 1999, part of my orientation packet was a photocopy of the original memo sent out in the late 80s officially removing that requirement.

When our old (former military) CEO retired last year and the new guy (career engineer and good Iowa farm boy) took over, the code got updated again to permit wearing jeans on Fridays (though most engineers can get away with jeans every day if they’re otherwise competent).

What is this world coming to?

Chris: 

 - Dilbert by Scott Adams

In theory, the idea of doing a bunch of research and writing a long paper sounds like fun to me.

In practice, I’m really happy to be in a career where I get by just fine with my undergrad engineering degree.

It’s possible at some point my employer will suggest that I pursue an MBA, which at the moment sounds like the least interesting sort of graduate level degree I can think of. Maybe my impending move to management will eventually adjust my view on that.

Dissertations are funny things….

When I first started my Ph.D. program, I heard about all the ABDs out there and I laughed them to scorn. Why, I thought, would you go through all the trouble to finish your course work and then not complete the dissertation? I got through my course work quickly, and then took a year longer to finish my comps than it should have. Then when it got to the dissertation, I went for almost two years where I literally could not force myself to work on it, or even think about it. I have no idea why. Shame, guilt, and increasing anxiety finally pushed me to crack down and finish, but I have a lot more empathy for ABDs now.

I’ve been paying for the hosting since this month 2012. Someone else has been paying for the domain.

I’m months behind on my dissertation and have two classes in October that are overseas in addition to numerous other responsibilities. I’ll give the BHT some much needed love in about 10 months if I’m lucky. Blessed. Whatever.

We seem to have bursts of energy followed by weeks of torpor. Thanks for breaking the ice, Randy.

I shall renew my efforts to post here… surely we can find something interesting to discuss…

Anybody here?

It’s been over a month since anybody posted anything here. Who is footing the bill for hosting? Who is maintaining the site? Is it worth it at this point?

I’m willing to post some of the stuff that I mostly consider tweetable if anyone else is willing to make an effort.

If you signal enough about how much you’re not like those awful fundamentalists and overly pious knuckleheads, surely the militant secularists will spare you.

Bake two cakes! They surely won’t up the ante until you break.

Ah.

I went back and relistened to the details. Younger millennials are defined to be 11 years old or younger when 9/11/01 happened. So they are old enough to notice trends already. That age/event linking is important because that means they don’t really remember a pre-9/11 world.

OK, that makes more sense… people born > 1990 would be up through age 25, with their formative church experiences in the 2000s. Thanks for checking!

Age

I went back and relistened to the details. Younger millennials are defined to be 11 years old or younger when 9/11/01 happened. So they are old enough to notice trends already. That age/event linking is important because that means they don’t really remember a pre-9/11 world.