Archive for January, 2009

A very good friend of mine send me this. Enjoy, or… cry!

Just an aside: So I’m not the only one… šŸ™‚

PhD resolutions

Before joining PhD:

* I didn’t get a seat in medical entrance, so I wanna show every one that I can cure cancer!.. huh!…..
* I want to win the Nobel Prize.
* I want to win the Turing Award.

First year of PhD:

* I want to finish my PhD in two years.
* I want to publish papers only in cell, nature and science and present them in international conferences.
* I want to make ground-breaking research.
* I want to win the best PhD Thesis award.

Second year of PhD:

* I want to finish my PhD in 5 years.
* I want a problem to start with, something exciting for me…..
* Shall I change my advisor ??
* Why don’t my lab mates smile at me ?

Third year of PhD:

* I just want a paper; I don’t care in which journal.
* Shall I change my topic?
* I want to be known as Dr. XYZ, that’s all !

Fourth year of PhD:

* I want to finish my PhD!
* My industry-friends have two children by now. When will I get married?
* My friends earn lots of money, I still borrow money from my parents and my room-mate for paying my bills….

Fifth year of PhD:

* Why did I come here?
* Why did I choose this advisor?
* Why did I choose this topic?
* Why did I choose to do a PhD???

Sixth year of PhD:

* Someone give me a degree!!…. I beg you, please…..
* I want to leave this place ā€” for ever.
* Let me leave…… I will never return in my life time…

Seventh year of PhD:

* People call me uncle.
* She waited and finally married someone else.
* I don’t want any degree. I just want to live peacefully.. .


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Adrian Ciubotaru vrea sa promoveze filozofie.ro. Si bine face. Cum ideea este excelenta, iata popularizez si eu teaser-ul:

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I received from my Azerbaidjani colleagues the following mail:

“Dear All,

Today January 20th, is the solemn Inauguration day in one part of the worldā€¦ But on the other side of our little blue planet, Azerbaijani nation is commemorating the tragic day of its history. This January is the 19th anniversary from the Soviet’s intervention in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku on January 20th, 1990, massacring innocent people for nothing. We send you a little piece of a tragic history on the background of our three-colored flag. We want to share this grief and sorrow with you, dear to us community of CEU, with strong hope and belief that horror of the past will never repeat itself in the future. With kindest regards, Azerbaijani students of CEU.”

They created a .pdf file but it is too large tu be uploaded here. Anyway, you can read more about this event here and here.

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This class was held by Irving Singer at MIT (2004). There are four sessions. I didn’t find session two (I don’t now why). You can also watch session three and session four. You can watch the whole course here. Enjoy! (via Gramo)

Session one:

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