It’s in their hands…
My committee has my dissertation.
I spent the last two days printing and putting on the finishing touches. I needed to get 4 copies of the thing reproduced. For this ‘draft’ version, it doesn’t have to be on super fancy paper or any of that, but I wanted it to look good. Why put in all that effort into making figures and illustrations if they are then reproduced on crappy paper out of a crappy printer. So, although I didn’t go too crazy, I did spend time fiddling with print settings and paper types to get things to look the way I wanted. The chapter that is based on field work is chock full of photographs. These photos are my data…they need to look good. The other chapters have line drawing, graphs, and tables…those are, in my opinion, relatively easy (or at least easier) to get to “look” good. I’ve spent more time than I care to share trying to get field photographs to reproduce nicely (and, if preparing for a journal, in grayscale no less). Maybe I’ll post about the steps I take in Photoshop to do that…i’m sure a lot of you (like Ron, for example) have experience in that and tips to share as well.
I’ve been waiting to post about the results of my first chapter, which is a detailed outcrop study in Patagonia, until it is “in press”. I submitted the thing in June for pete’s sake! The online status thinga-ma-jig now says it’s awaiting final decision. So hopefully I’ll know something soon. Wouldn’t that be a boost of confidence if I got a big fact “rejected” a couple of days before my defense?
I’ll worry about that later…now it’s time to actually get a restful sleep for a change.