Archive for November, 2008

Distractions from Physics, Part 1

My posting has been light of late, for a couple of reasons.  The first is the obvious one: grad school is a lot of work.  I just finished my third test in as many weeks, and putting regular homework and teaching duties on top of that doesn’t leave a lot of time for blogging.

The other reason is that the main things occupying my mind (other than school) of late are things outside the normal scope of this blog: the Presidential election and the start of the NBA basketball season.  However, at the risk of being self-indulgent, I’m going to talk a little about each of these topics, beginning with the election in this post.  And, to keep it somewhat in the lines of this blog, both topics will be related back to statistics and computer simulation.

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The Deal-Breaker

I just got back from getting a haircut.  The usual small talk quickly got to the fact that I am a student.

“What’s your degree?”


And that was literally the end of the conversation.  Not a change in subject.  Just silence.

I’ve had a whole range of responses from people when they learn my field of study.  Some are interested, many talk about how they hated the class or didn’t understand it, and some honestly don’t know anything about it, but usually ask about it in some way.  But this is the first time I’ve had such a reaction, and it was just really weird.