Ironing out final wrinkles


in Daily updates, M.Phil thesis, Oxford

The thesis is made of coffee

Turns out it’s a good thing I printed off a draft thesis to scrutinize: a significant number of little typographical and grammatical errors were there to be found. Many of them, it seems, were actually introduced during the previous round of revision, especially in places where I was converting passive sentences into active ones. Somehow, I seem to have lost dozens of connector words like ‘the’ and ‘for.’ They are being systematically re-introduced.

Tomorrow morning, I am joining a convoy of fellow M.Phil in IR students cycling to Headington where – it is promised – there is a printer who can produce hardbound copies of our theses for less than £30 a copy, ready in time to be submitted on Monday. I wanted to have it done for tomorrow, but I found out today that having a copy prepared for tomorrow would be absurdly expensive: more than £50 a copy. Even £30 seems pretty steep. After all, we are talking about two pieces of cardboard, some plastic, and a few minutes of labour. I suppose the print shops here have a captive audience to exploit.

[Update: 1:00am] The thing is now in its final digital format. In eight hours, I am cycling over to Headington to have it printed and bound. I would print it myself, but I have no access to a printer that is (a) not broken and (b) stocked with paper.

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Lee April 19, 2007 at 10:09 pm

Hearty congrats on finally finishing the marathon. Although I do find it scary – it seems like only yesterday I was handing my MPhil thesis in. I’m hoping to meet up with you guys for a drink sometime tomorrow to offer my congratulations in person :)

Milan April 19, 2007 at 10:34 pm


There is a celebratory barbecue tomorrow night. You should swing by.

Ben April 19, 2007 at 10:59 pm

It’s so easy to make mistakes when re-writing bits. I’m worried actually that I won’t be consistent over bits of my thesis written and re-written over so long. The last thing I did with my MPhil though was to print it out and read the whole thing out loud to myself – that really makes you notice mistakes…

Anyway, good luck with the binding and congratulations for surviving.

Anon April 20, 2007 at 2:21 am
Anonymous April 20, 2007 at 5:24 pm

The Robert Pinsky section on yesterday’s Colbert Report was brilliant. Meta-Free-Phor-All indeed.

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