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  • JackElder,

    History is awesome, there's just so much of it,

    And getting more all the time.

    Wellington • Since Mar 2008 • 708 posts Report Reply

  • Amy Gale,

    There are probably students that did the entire first year of University maths, and came out knowing less than what you've told me.

    In fairness, I don't recall that being in the first year maths curriculum (second year, yes). Then again, since a) I took the Keller method versions of the first year papers, and b) beer is yummy, I suppose it could have been there somewhere.

    tha Ith • Since May 2007 • 471 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    I've always enjoyed being able to look my thesis up in the university library though. Made me feel all brainy, like.

    If you work in the same library in which your thesis is housed, you can also check and see how many times it's been interloaned to other universities (presumably so some other poor hapless MA student can use it as a reference). Not that I did that very much or anything. Or searched Google Scholar for any citations. Ahem.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    Or searched Google Scholar for any citations

    Excuse me, I just have to pop away and do something....

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Great, thanks Danielle, I see they got my thesis in there after much dallying from Vic and its stupid repository.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Amy Gale,

    Or searched Google Scholar for any citations

    Excuse me, I just have to pop away and do something....

    "How I learned that my most significant contribution to science was being people's friend in grad school, with 'offering useful feedback' a close second", by Amy Gale aged thirty*mumble*

    tha Ith • Since May 2007 • 471 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Also, that those using it wear a scarf and a sweatshirt with a crest to every lecture.

    There's a note in the minutes of the executive of the Otago University Students Association from the 1940s "expressing concern" that not all students were wearing academic gowns when on campus.

    It would make my year if someone could get that policy followed again, even for a day.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    "How I learned that my most significant contribution to science was being people's friend in grad school, with 'offering useful feedback' a close second", by Amy Gale aged thirty*mumble*

    At least you made some impact. I appear to have made none at all.

    <sob>

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

  • James Green,

    Not that I did that very much or anything. Or searched Google Scholar for any citations.

    Or you could start worrying about the size of your h-index...

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 703 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    and b) beer is yummy

    And foamy:

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4650 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Vic and its stupid repository

    Tangentially, librarians have an uncanny knack for choosing names and acronyms which should make any normal person snort immaturely into their coffee. 'Digital repositories' - I mean honestly, does that not sound like something one would stick up one's jacksy? And then the public libraries had that mobile-capable catalogue, Airpac, which had the slogan 'your library in your hand', which just made me think of wanking. The absolute biscuit-taker was the Voyager Advisory Group: VAG, for short. People would use this abbreviation in meetings with totally straight faces, while I was dying in a corner, trying not to burst out laughing. It's dreadful to be an extrovert with the mental maturity of a twelve-year-old in libraries, really...

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    I've always enjoyed being able to look my thesis up in the university library though. Made me feel all brainy, like.

    Do you ever read your old work and have a strange feeling you are reading something written by another person?

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2212 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    Just be pleased the VAG doesn't have a group In Northern Areas.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2212 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    Do you ever read your old work and have a strange feeling you are reading something written by another person?

    Frequently. And that person can't write.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

  • JackElder,

    Do you ever read your old work and have a strange feeling you are reading something written by another person?

    I get that about stuff I wrote six months ago.

    The VAG

    My wife used to sing with the Cambridge University Musical Society. Yes, they did use an acronym. Some of them had a sense of humour about it.

    Wellington • Since Mar 2008 • 708 posts Report Reply

  • James Green,

    Do you ever read your old work and have a strange feeling you are reading something written by another person?

    I was recently revising a paper that I attempted to publish in perhaps 2002/3, and was pleasantly surprised by how much I didn't hate it...

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 703 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    'Digital repositories' - I mean honestly, does that not sound like something one would stick up one's jacksy?

    You neglected to mention that one of the things that repositories do is "ingest" information. That comes right after "harvesting". And before "defecating", I suppose.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Do you ever read your old work and have a strange feeling you are reading something written by another person?

    Frequently. And that person can't write.

    Oh yes. But they seem nice.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22749 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Oh yes. But they seem nice.

    I always think my 10 - 15 year old self seemed so innocent. But very passionate about it.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Er, 10 - 15 years ago that should be.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • webweaver,

    So I just happened to be passing Google Scholar and somehow my name got typed into the search box - and instead of finding dozens of references (yeah, right) to my final year research project The predatory behaviour of wild passerines: The adoption of a Specific Searching Image for artificial prey exhibiting both colour and shape polymorphism, I found this instead:

    [CITATION] The Gathering 2000

    A Green - Web Weaver Productions, 2007
    Cited by 1 - Related articles

    ...which leads to Sharon McIver's PhD WaveShapeConversion: The Land as Reverent in the Dance Culture and Music of Aotearoa

    How cool is that?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 331 posts Report Reply

  • 81stcolumn,

    History is awesome, there's just so much of it,

    And getting more all the time.

    History ! still growing in the recession !

    Do you ever read your old work and have a strange feeling you are reading something written by another person?

    Frequently. And that person can't write.

    Oh yes. But they seem nice.

    My thoughts on reading old work usually revolve around....

    OMFG did I say that ?

    Still can't spell/type.

    Dreading the conclusion.

    Ultimately reassuring my self that I am not that arrogant prick any more.

    (perhaps a different one now)

    Nawthshaw • Since Nov 2006 • 790 posts Report Reply

  • Caleb D'Anvers,

    This reminds me of something I wrote ages and ages ago, back in a different internet era ...

    London SE16 • Since Mar 2008 • 482 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Caleb, I totally love you.

    (I do actually know Caleb IRL, so this isn't as weird as it sounds. Or maybe it is. I don't care, because that was really hilarious reading.)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    All this talk reminded me of something I experienced at varsity. I worked in the AUSA cafe for a year fulltime - mostly on the tills (it was a very smart blue polyester smock that we wore, certainly). And most people didn't know I was a student by that stage (it was my 4th year and most of the people I'd started with had gone into the nonacademic world). So there I would be, after the lunch rush, sitting at the till, writing or reading my attempt at a thesis ( I was trying to decide whether I wanted to do a masters in SEA history so I was writing a test thesis for Andaya) for editing purposes. And someone would come along, usually a student of lesser years than myself - bear in mind, I would have only been 20 or 21 at the time which seemed really old back then - and ask what I was reading. I would tell them, and they would look shocked. You, a lowly caff worker, writing a thesis? And my claim to fame for that year, and many years after? I was the chick that worked in the Caff. I don't know why all this reminded me of that lonely year in my life, but it is what it is, I guess.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

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