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It’s in their hands…

November 20, 2007


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.


8 Comments leave one →
  1. November 21, 2007 12:44 am

    Hurray! Well done on laying the beast to rest.

  2. November 21, 2007 5:26 am

    B – Nice work man, that is a huge boulder to roll. It is always easier to edit something that is already written than write from scratch. Enjoy the snoozes, perfectly timed to coincide with a turkey coma I might add.

  3. November 21, 2007 5:35 am

    I would very much like to read about detailed steps for making field photos look good in Photoshop.

    And congratulations!

    (As for the status of the submitted article… it sounds like the digital age can’t speed the slowest steps in the process – reviewing it. People still have to read and comment on the paper… and that still takes time. Six months sounds about right to me for getting reviews back.)

  4. November 21, 2007 7:37 am


  5. November 21, 2007 9:31 am

    thanks all…

    Kim, I will put a photoshop tips post on my things-to-blog list … maybe over the christmas/new year’s break.

  6. dmonte permalink
    November 22, 2007 8:35 am

    Congrats on submitting you dissertation to your committee. I have been following your progress and rooting for you. That is the biggest step in my mind.
    I know the stress all too well as I just defended my PhD on Tuesday, only editing and a few new graphics remain.

    Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday after removing this albatross from your neck.

  7. November 24, 2007 8:49 am

    Congratulations. The hardest part is over.

  8. November 25, 2007 3:38 pm

    dmonte…congrats on defending…i’m only a few weeks behind ya

    thanks again all for the kind words

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