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Post-defense blogging

December 9, 2007

Well…it’s all over.

My defense was on Friday morning and all-in-all it went smoothly. My talk went really well (I thought)…I even had a good time giving it. The closed-door session went the whole two hours and was pretty good. One committee member brought up some problems in one of my dissertation chapters. He made some good points about mis-usage of terminology…and some other comments that I don’t necessarily agree with fully. Maybe I’ll expound on those at some point in the near future. It’s not a big deal…I’m happy to make the revisions, and it won’t be that difficult.

My family and friends were all there waiting for me after the closed-door session and we celebrated with some champagne and orange juice.

It’s been a great weekend…my family came out and we’ve spent the last two days touring around San Francisco. It’s fun being a tourist in your own city sometimes.

It still hasn’t really sunk in just yet that the defense is over. It might take another couple of weeks.

I’ll be attending the AGU conference from Tuesday through Friday, so you can look forward to some posts about that in the next few days.


15 Comments leave one →
  1. December 9, 2007 10:05 pm

    Congratulations, Brian!!! I wish I were out there at AGU to buy you a drink. I guess I’ll have to give you a rain check.

  2. December 9, 2007 10:12 pm

    Way to go Brian! Have fun at AGU…

  3. December 9, 2007 11:08 pm

    Excellent! You must feel about 30 pounds lighter.

  4. December 9, 2007 11:18 pm

    Congratulations Brian! I didn’t doubt for a second that you’d pass with flying colours. (Gritting teeth) Enjoy AGU!

  5. December 9, 2007 11:44 pm

    Way to go, Brian! Now you can drink free beer tomorrow with a clear conscience!

  6. December 10, 2007 6:38 am

    Congratulations! Have a virtual beer from me, since I won’t be at AGU, either.

  7. magma permalink
    December 10, 2007 7:49 am

    Well done :)

  8. December 10, 2007 10:02 am

    Congratulations! Enjoy the beer at AGU.

  9. December 10, 2007 10:39 am

    thank you all!

    it is starting to sink in … it’s a weird feeling, obviously relieved, but kinda weird that I don’t have to think about this upcoming date anymore…

    those of you who have been through it probably went through something like that

  10. Ian permalink
    December 10, 2007 11:01 am


  11. December 10, 2007 11:57 pm

    Congratulations! Glad you enjoyed giving the talk and had friends there to celebrate.

  12. December 11, 2007 11:08 am

    Congratulations Brian! Have fun at AGU. Good luck with your talk. Knew you would pass with flying colors!


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