December 4th, 2002

nancy fight


i am going to have to break down and buy ms word.

everyone in academia expects documents to be in word format and even if they don't say they expect it they tell you they can't read it if you send any other format.

students send you their drafts in the latest word 2010 format even if you tell them not to.

nisus writer crashes when i attempt to translate a document into word 5.1 format. the alternative is to start up my ancient pirated and attenuated version of word, open the nisus document, delete the nonsensical nisus formatting characters, rebold and reitalicize everything, and then save. it would be easier just to start in word and stay there.

i have to make up my mind very soon as to which word processing software is going to see me through my dissertation. one thing i have learned from the agony of others is never never never change or upgrade your word processing software in the middle of your diss.
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    annoyed annoyed


ok here is the statement that is supposed to make up for all that sitting and staring from 97-2000. would you give me money?

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the nice thing is that this fills up almost six pages when double spaced which means that with this statement my prospectus might be almost halfway done. on the other hand i have yet to look at the "sample prospecti" to see exactly what one is, so this could be all wrong. but if you were asked to write about what you were going to write about, how else would you do it?
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    accomplished accomplished
mutts earl


i did not leave the house yesterday. i have not yet left the house today. it is just as well i suppose since i've been shedding virus left and right. at least this way only my housemates are exposed. besides which i think i picked this up from one of them so one of them at least is probably immune.

i'm thinking though of going out for a burrito. this would be my reward for finishing my statement.

yes i know i eat a burrito almost everyday. i know a reward should be something special but those burritos are really special even in their everydayness. dinner is always a treat to which i look forward anew every 24 hours; when it is over i sometimes feel a little letdown, as though there is nothing left to stay awake for.

it's either that or beer, also not special but very special, but beer with a cold isn't that much fun. making yourself mentally fuzzy on top of feeling physically fuzzy only compounds the inertia of the sick. i might as well just go to bed early.

for sleep, while being not special, is itself very very special.
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    hungry hungry