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May 7th, 2006
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So, I'm sitting in the computer room in Schloss Dagstuhl, in western Germany. I'm here purportedly to participate in a research conference. But I find I'm growing pensive. So ...





  • Why am I posting this for the world to see? Of course, my entire LJ-world consists of, like, five people, so it's not like it's going to make a lot of difference ... or a lot of sense ...

    But, hey, it's my journal, and I can do what I want ...

  • First time abroad since spring of 2003. The post-9/11 world seems to have settled down somewhat; it didn't seem like a big hassle getting through security. Of course, that's leaving the U.S.. Coming back into the U.S. promises to be much more heartburn-causing ...

  • Speaking of which ... had a bad case of heartburn earlier. Finally getting some food in my stomach helped. I hate jet lag.

  • The flight was by far the smoothest west-to-east Atlantic crossing I've ever done. Maybe it's because I was in an Airbus A330, which as trans-Atlantic craft goes is pretty small. The law of large numbers (in reverse) says that cuts down on the number of jerks ...

  • Speaking of the Airbus A330 ... every seat has a private video monitor, with access to about 30 movies, 10 audio channels, solitare and multiplayer games. Way cool. I was disciplined and didn't watch any movies ... tried to sleep instead. On the way back, however ... hehehehe ...

  • Only problem is, I gotta pick. It's a pretty wide variety. Recent stuff (Daredevil, King Kong), animation I've never got around to seeing (A Bug's Life, Monsters Inc.), classics (The Agony and the Ecstacy, How to Marry a Millionaire, A Farewell to Arms). Not sure how I'm gonna make the call ...

  • Good news: the video monitor/game system is powered by Linux. Bad news: I figured this out 'cuz the system kept crashing and rebooting itself.

  • European mass transit is still amazing. You show up at the station, buy your ticket, and jump on the train, because there are a zillion trains coming all the time and it's not at all hard to find one for where you're going. Same with buses.

  • Being back here is weird. (I attended this conference in March 2002.) It reminds me of all the work in my research field that has happened since then that I haven't been a part of ... in fact, I'm not even aware of it. Has my own research community passed me by?

    And perhaps even more disturbing ... do I care? Or am I just trying to get enough stuff done to get promoted to Full Professor and then I can quit feeling guilty about the life choices I've made?

  • On the other hand, it's a whole lot warmer than in March 2002. (It's close to Michigan weather right now.) I'm going to have to take some time out to go for walks ... not only 'cuz it's beautiful, but because I need the exercise. (Especially with the way they're gonna feed me.)

  • Man ... I miss Jane already. I see all this beautiful stuff and I want to show it to her and I didn't bring a camera. Actually, the camera wouldn't capture the beauty of it anyways. I want here here walking alongside me. Sigh. And it's only Sunday.



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From:wildirishrose80
Date:May 8th, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
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best of luck on the full professor thing. But don't feel guilty, surely teaching has redeeming qualities, and you know your students like you...
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From:jkhuggins
Date:May 8th, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. Teaching certainly does have its rewards (and without it, I wouldn't be promotable at all). But there's no rush. I've seen people wait 20 years before applying to become a full professor ...
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