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littlefish
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Icon 1 posted March 27, 2007 10:07      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Xanthine wrote:
Welcome to grad school. Have a nice stay.

And when you finish, good luck finding a job. I submitted my thesis in Dec 05. I've been looking for a job since before then.

So I'm not particularly happy either. I will say that the middle stages of my PhD were the happiest days of my life, and submitting the thesis was probably the best day ever.

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I've always heard that ignorance was bliss, not the other way around.

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quote:
Originally posted by littlefish:
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Xanthine wrote:
Welcome to grad school. Have a nice stay.

And when you finish, good luck finding a job. I submitted my thesis in Dec 05. I've been looking for a job since before then.

So I'm not particularly happy either. I will say that the middle stages of my PhD were the happiest days of my life, and submitting the thesis was probably the best day ever.

From what I understand (which, granted, is all second-hand), you can still find a lot of jobs easily, just not the sorts you got the Ph. D. for.

Anyway, I'm a bit happier now than I was earlier. The nice weather, writing a nice piece of music, and generally having a good day have put me in a better mood despite the overall tone of the year.

In any case, I'm toying with the idea of giving up on the Ph. D. once I get my MS this summer. I'm still very miffed about being put in the wrong field, and unless Cornell takes me, it doesn't look like I'll end up in a school that actually focuses on algorithms, at least without having to travel across the country.

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I'm considering a carreer in bioremediation 'cuz there'll always be toxic waste that needs cleaning up.

Then I can be happy about all this environmental irresponsibility that's happening all over the world: Job security.

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quote:
Originally posted by littlefish:
quote:

quote:
Originally posted by WinterSolstice:
What kind of experiments would inspire such loathing?

The kind that take two or three days to perform and five seconds to utterly ruin. The kind that has to be run about five times to get one good data point, and I need 26 - in triplicate. The kind that produces results I need about a week in front of Excel to analyze, and then another week because I spent the previous week with my head up my ass and did the analysis wrong. That kind.

Are there any other types of experiment?
The ones that were done hundreds of years ago and is done by every school class in grade 6?
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I'd sum it up this way:
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So, with a Blackbird in the garage (bike, not plane or songbird) and the sun out I'm good to go.

And, you know, having a really bad memory is so freeing: no commitments (that I know about); no regrets (that last longer than an hour or so); no idea what I'm doing later on . . .

But happy. Yes, definitely. I'd say it's a gift, in fact.
Edit:
And, I note that Scott Adams is discussing this at the moment - apparently he has a formula. . .
http://dilbertblog.typepad.com/the_dilbert_blog/2007/03/happiness_formu_1.html

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I think I am, finally. Have I succeeded in all my goals? No. Am I happy? Yes.

I learned I control my life. Life had kicked me in the balls because I asked it to for many years, so I learned to start asking for something else instead.

That's "The Secret" of life.

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quote:
Originally posted by Nitrozac: Are you happy? Why? or, why not?
Overall, I'm a happy guy. Tonight I'm especially happy because my wife make tempura and I took the left over batter to make a deep fried snicker's bar and a deep fried peppermint pattie. These little tidbits of Scottish cuisine are right up there with sex in the top 10 list of things that once you've had you can't understand how people live without them. OTOH, about 4 am tonight I really won't be happy when my digestive system tries to reject me. Such is the price of indulgence.
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quote:
Originally posted by WinterSolstice:
Happiness is an inbox full of bills that run out before the money does.......

Charles Shulz said it best.....  -
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Icon 1 posted March 29, 2007 01:19      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I thought it was a warm gun?
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quote:
Originally posted by littlefish:
I thought it was a warm gun?

Only if you are an angry sociopath.

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I've never heard the beatles described that way before...
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I'm miserable but I'm also too lazy to do anything about it...
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quote:
Originally posted by mistersaxon:
I'd sum it up this way:
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So, with a Blackbird in the garage (bike, not plane or songbird) and the sun out I'm good to go.

And, you know, having a really bad memory is so freeing: no commitments (that I know about); no regrets (that last longer than an hour or so); no idea what I'm doing later on . . .

But happy. Yes, definitely. I'd say it's a gift, in fact.
Edit:
And, I note that Scott Adams is discussing this at the moment - apparently he has a formula. . .
http://dilbertblog.typepad.com/the_dilbert_blog/2007/03/happiness_formu_1.html

http://www.geekculture.com/ultimatebb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=9;t=002639

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quote:
Originally posted by WinterSolstice:
My youngest kid survived cancer, and is doing well in school.

[Happytears]
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Good Goddess, no.

*laugh*

Well, yes sometimes. But mostly no. Not as most seem to define happiness, anyways. *shrug*

But it's easy to be a happier person on the net.

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Icon 1 posted April 03, 2007 09:13      Profile for eng_geek     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
no, life sucks.
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I've been very depressed lately. One reason that I haven't posted as often. However my boss is moving on to greener pastures and our lives will get better.
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Yes, I am. No need to explain why though. [evil]

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Happy? Hmmm...yes I think I am. Thought even in my (young) life I've had ups and downs just like everyone else, things always seem to end up right side up. The pieces eventually fall into place.

For some with the doubting disease, other wise known as OCD (I have it, though thankfully a more mild case then I used to have) life can seem more traumatic then it usually is. It's very easy to become stressed out, worried, and depressed when you have OCD and happiness is a luxury you crave like a starving man on the streets.

Generally speaking though, I'm happy, people always comment on how up beat I am and I believe that to be true. But sometimes...sometimes I'm not. Sometimes the worries get to me and life seems to fill like a heavy blanket lying across my shoulders.

This is were cognitive therapy comes in handy.

...Eh this post of mine is pretty long isn't it? [Embarrassed]

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quote:
Originally posted by LemonSmuggler:
For some with the doubting disease, other wise known as OCD (I have it, though thankfully a more mild case then I used to have) life can seem more traumatic then it usually is. It's very easy to become stressed out, worried, and depressed when you have OCD and happiness is a luxury you crave like a starving man on the streets.
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This is were cognitive therapy comes in handy.

Necroposting but....

CBT works for OCD? I have door OCD (I have to go back to every door - or lock for that matter - to check that I have closed it properly). Odd but true.

I started a course of CBT for BP - until the place I went to was shut down (damn you Patrica Hewitt, biggest fuckup to hit the NHS for a long long time) despite protests from the streets all the way into the House of Commons.

I'd hate to know how many people have died in this city due to that closure [Frown]

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