Work and sleep


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Having returned from Ireland, I am feeling rather physically and intellectually exhausted. While I have several solid days of work lying in various piles around my room, the energy required to begin tackling them hasn’t yet come together. It is going to need to do so quickly, since I am leaving for Vancouver in less than two weeks.

The first order of business is to rebuild my sleep schedule. I haven’t had a proper night’s sleep since August 14th. Once that is done, I can stop living from coffee cup to coffee cup. I can edit the chapter I need to, read the two untouched issues of The Economist that arrived in my inbox, process the re-scanned Scotland photos and put them online, have my Ireland photos developed and printed, write two letters to groups of family members, set upon the task of shortening the eternal fish paper, finish a timeline on the genesis of the Kyoto Protocol, sort out the finances for the Irish trip, read a half-dozen books, complete my student loan application, and buy birthday gifts for family members prior to my return. Oh, and there is always the thesis to think about.

I have also been thinking about future academic choices. Emily tells me that completing a D.Phil at Oxford would only involve another two years work. I gather that doing a PhD in the states would take about five years. That said, competition to get into the D.Phil program somewhat constrains what you can do your thesis on and how. These things, as well as whether to take a break between degrees and what to do during it, continue to orbit me life dwarf planets. A more well-slept mind will be better able to sort them out.

[Update: 30 August 2006] The following are among the items I must read:

  1. Bernstein’s The Compromise of Liberal Environmentalism
  2. Karen Litfin’s Ozone Discourses: Science and Politics in Global Environmental Cooperation
  3. Mukund Rajan’s M.Phil thesis

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Milan August 25, 2006 at 11:11 pm

“process the re-scanned Scotland photos and put them online”


Milan August 26, 2006 at 11:17 am

“sort out the finances for the Irish trip”

£49.68 C$104

Lonely Planet Book
£10 C$21

Hostel pre-bookings
£9 C$18.63

UK banks expenditure (cash withdrawals in Ireland)
£114.10 C$239

Canada CC expenditure
£221 C$461.82

£403.78 C$844.45

That’s an expensive trip. The same amount of time in Tallinn cost just C$738.65, including rather more spent on restaurant meals.

Milan August 26, 2006 at 2:30 pm

“read the two untouched issues of The Economist that arrived in my inbox”

One finished, preliminary read done for the second. Perfectly acceptable for Saturday.

Milan August 26, 2006 at 2:57 pm

“complete my student loan application”

My share is done. I need to get the college to complete Appendix 3, then mail the lot of it.

R.K. August 26, 2006 at 12:39 pm

Remember, you still owe us reviews of Banville’s “The Sea” and “Sweetness in the Belly,” by Gibb.

Milan August 30, 2006 at 3:45 pm

“edit the chapter I need to”


“have my Ireland photos developed and printed”

This would take Boots more than two weeks, so I am just going to bring them with me and turn them over to the people at Lens and Shutter.

Milan September 1, 2006 at 1:53 pm

complete my student loan application

Completed, endorsed by the college, and mailed. Many thanks to Joanna Coryndon for being so helpful, once again.

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