Random thing you loathe right now.

This will be my last thesis loathe, I promise!

Due date is right around the corner, under a week left to go!

I've worked on my introduction, method, and results over and over. I've got the majority of this thing written with only minor edits left to go.

But my discussion, the final section which is weighted higher than all the others...Is utter dog sh*t. Because my study essentially provided no workable data, I can't link it back into previous research, I can't confirm nor deny anything, and it all just sounds like a meandering mess of me saying "well idk" for 8 pages. I honestly can't help but sound like an amateur, and it's KILLING me that I'm finishing with a fizzle and not a bang.

And yet, it will be done. In a week I can game as much as I want. Gotta breathe.

Some of the greatest, best-designed studies in the world have ended with a shoulder-shrug and a "we still don't know". Good science more often ends with equivocal conclusions than with a solid revelation. In fact, I'm far more suspicious of any study report that claims to have completely nailed something (e.g. pretty much any science-reporting done in popular magazines).

If your study provided no workable data, then say so and discuss why. Provide proposals for future studies and areas of inquiry. Discuss promising avenues. Help people to avoid the situations or mistakes that led to your lack of workable data. This, in a small way, will move the field forward.

The only bad science is that which has misleading or obfuscated conclusions. Report the facts. Make your interpretations. Move on.

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When I wrote my thesis I wanted to shake the world with new insights on the Albigensian Crusade. Not much new to discover, and now it lies for decades in some petty archive at a petty university in a petty small country - and I honestly hope no-one will ever read it: it is not my best "piece of poetry".

Then again, for companies it proved I could do a horrendeous and utterly painstaking job for months and months at a row - even if I question the whole use and purpose of it - that's discipline, that's perseverance, and that's why they will hire your: you did your job. Proven.

Back to HOMM III now.

Don't forget to celebrate your progress. A few weeks ago, you were almost sure you wouldn't make it to the finish. Now you have a week to refine your conclusions and explain why the results are inconclusive.

That's huge man. Congrats!!!

The conclusion of my Master's thesis was basically "this was a cool idea but the software isn't there yet." I felt terrible writing that up, like I somehow should have found a workaround, but I don't think there was one. Science also needs negative results and weird results and "this didn't work out but maybe if we did ABC..." Don't get too bogged down by the discussion section as a reflection of you as a person/scientist/unicycle - it's just a reflection on the project.

Definitely celebrate your progress! You've done a difficult thing that not many people do. The finish line is so close - you've got this!

I have read an awful lot of articles and studies from distinguished folks basically saying "I dunno and I'm not sure what this thing means."

It is true that you will likely not win the Nobel for that kind of a thesis. But the moment you admit that you don't know sh*t, the rest of the people who don't know sh*t will pat your back and welcome you into the fold.

Another way to look at it is it's one less thing you don't know that you don't know. Welcome to adulthood!

I don't think anybody is proud of their thesis at the moment they hand it in. The whole process might as well have been designed to make people anxious and insecure.

Finished = good.

Congrats on getting it completed!

I am 6 weeks away from completing my second Associates degree.(First one was in Business Management, this one is in Data Analysis plus an advanced career certificate in Database Specialist).

My loathe is I am burnt out from school/job/home/life after taking classes nonstop since 2014. I need to quickly decide do I a) take a semester off, b) continue my momentum and pursue additional education. If I do work on another degree, do I stay at my tech college and get an Associates in Database development, which is only 6 more classes since everything from previous degrees transfers or do I try and find a bachelor's in computer science. Also loathe how indecisive I am being about it, and my wife is pushing me to take time off/stop school after this semester.

Work is pretty much paying for it as long as I get a C or higher in the classes I take with a max compensation of $5k a year.

I always felt you had to have a Bachelor's to really Excel in most tech disciplines, so I labored and eventually got mine. And yet at my last job and current one two of my best programming teammates had associate's or incomplete Bachelor's. Glad the companies hired them anyway and they could sure do they work better than a lot of other people with more schooling.

So the key isn't more schooling necessarily. It's finding a good employer that will give you a chance based on what you can actually do, not on some piece of paper.

Stele wrote:

I always felt you had to have a Bachelor's to really Excel in most tech disciplines, so I labored and eventually got mine. And yet at my last job and current one two of my best programming teammates had associate's or incomplete Bachelor's. Glad the companies hired them anyway and they could sure do they work better than a lot of other people with more schooling.

So the key isn't more schooling necessarily. It's finding a good employer that will give you a chance based on what you can actually do, not on some piece of paper.

Sure, but having the piece of paper opens doors to other employers, who might be perfectly good to work for, but have a stupid recruitment process that insists on that bit of paper.

My opinion is that for a lot of professions, the degree is the on-ramp. Which is absurd that it takes years to navigate the on-ramp, but that's where we are.

I did ask HR through the recommendation of my boss and they said they find the Bachelor's more appealing when looking at applicants.

What Coldstream said. If you're sure there's nothing workable with what you had, make sure no one else spends resources repeating the exact same study. Those resources are finite. Make sure the next study isn't done until changes are in place to increase the chances of success.

Rainsmercy wrote:

I did ask HR through the recommendation of my boss and they said they find the Bachelor's more appealing when looking at applicants.

That's often because they feel they don't have to pay them as much as someone else with a higher degree.

No thesis, but I do have to pick a topic for an academic paper for a theology course I'm taking. I think deciding what to write about is the worst part of writing anything. I'm not sure I'd say it's a loathe though.

I suppose my loathe for today is all about packaging, and how practically everything these days is packaged in something plastic, that is put inside a box surrounded by packing plastic, and then that box is covered with plastic packing tape that needs an atom bomb to blast through it.

And what was actually inside that needed all of this packing and protection?

A foam mouse pad.

Had a sore throat so I went to make green tea. On my way out of the office, trying to juggle things to get my keys to lock the door (no pockets in women's work clothes), I slosh the hot water onto my hand. Luckily it's my non dominant hand but it's painful. Plus I never actually finished making the tea...

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Thankyou all, so much. You've given me so much more confidence to just keep going!

The Muppets shilling for Facebook.

Waiting in the ER. Hope I don't have to stay over night.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

Waiting in the ER. Hope I don't have to stay over night.

A lady was in so much pain. Heart my heart hearing her.

The company I work for has decided to change our electronic note writing program. I HATE the new one. Yet, it is here to stay. Hubby purchased a case with blue tooth keyboard for me as the company did not provide one. I am not told that I cannot use it as it may not be HIPPA compliant. How in Hades, can a keyboard not be HIPPA compliant? It is made by the same company as the case they provided us with. It seems the talk to text is considered a better option.

Baron Of Hell wrote:
Baron Of Hell wrote:

Waiting in the ER. Hope I don't have to stay over night.

A lady was in so much pain. Heart my heart hearing her.

The vending machines say they are .10 below retail but it is all double retail.

Kiri wrote:

The company I work for has decided to change our electronic note writing program. I HATE the new one. Yet, it is here to stay. Hubby purchased a case with blue tooth keyboard for me as the company did not provide one. I am not told that I cannot use it as it may not be HIPPA compliant. How in Hades, can a keyboard not be HIPPA compliant? It is made by the same company as the case they provided us with. It seems the talk to text is considered a better option.

I wonder if it's that it is Bluetooth? Which is not the most secure technology. Still annoying as heck though.

Baron Of Hell wrote:
Baron Of Hell wrote:
Baron Of Hell wrote:

Waiting in the ER. Hope I don't have to stay over night.

A lady was in so much pain. Heart my heart hearing her.

The vending machines say they are .10 below retail but it is all double retail.

Back from the ER, hate American healthcare system. Long wait times, seeing people sleeping on the floor, knowing some people are going to get crippling bills. F you healthcare system. On the bright side I'm still alive.

I tipped my uber driver through the app. I'm not sure if uber steal tips like some companies. Didn't think about it at the time. Guess I'll look that up for next time.

I have an update on my latest loathe. The police called last night becasue they found my wife's car!

So it was stolen Sunday night, but last night, they apparently crashed into a building and just crushed it. The detective told me every air bag deployed. The front air bags and the side air bags. They do have witnesses that saw the suspects flee from the wreckage.

Today I went down to City Tow to get some things and see the damage. No keys and no garage door remote. Grabbed my plates so I can transfer them to a new car. The amount of trash and crap in it was pretty astounding.

I was sad to see the backpack of small child. I didn't think of it then, but I'm kinda bummed I did grab it. I'd like to get it back to the kid. It had books and homework in there, and it seemed like elementary school stuff. Not their fault that the people that hold be watching out for them wrecked the car and forced him to tun without their stuff. Not sure what will happen to it.

I am hoping to get another chance to look through it. I only had 10 minutes, and it was cold as hell. Plus, the backdoors were stuck shut and the air bags made it hard to get in and look around. The detective told me the keys were in it, so I'm hoping they are floating around somewhere.

So we started the process of shopping for a new car tonight. So. Much. Fun.

Jayhawker wrote:

I have an update on my latest loathe. The police called last night becasue they found my wife's car!

So it was stolen Sunday night, but last night, they apparently crashed into a building and just crushed it. The detective told me every air bag deployed. The front air bags and the side air bags. They do have witnesses that saw the suspects flee from the wreckage.

Today I went down to City Tow to get some things and see the damage. No keys and no garage door remote. Grabbed my plates so I can transfer them to a new car. The amount of trash and crap in it was pretty astounding.

I was sad to see the backpack of small child. I didn't think of it then, but I'm kinda bummed I did grab it. I'd like to get it back to the kid. It had books and homework in there, and it seemed like elementary school stuff. Not their fault that the people that hold be watching out for them wrecked the car and forced him to tun without their stuff. Not sure what will happen to it.

I am hoping to get another chance to look through it. I only had 10 minutes, and it was cold as hell. Plus, the backdoors were stuck shut and the air bags made it hard to get in and look around. The detective told me the keys were in it, so I'm hoping they are floating around somewhere.

So we started the process of shopping for a new car tonight. So. Much. Fun.

Sorry to hear that man. And once again this just reinforces my hatred of low life scumbags. Maybe - and that's a big maybe - I could forgive someone for jacking my car if say they had to sell it to keep their home from being repossessed or to help their mom pay for a vital surgery. But just to crash it while high and/or drunk, and put their kid's life at risk to boot? Yeah, they should be thrown in prison for decades.

And then of course the car dealership knows they have you over a barrel which always sucks.

On the plus side, will insurance help you pay for an upgrade?

Very close friend of my has been diagnosed with Leukaemia. He’s had a transfusion, is starting chemo this weekend and his various siblings are currently all heading back to the UK (one from New Zealand, another from South Africa) to be checked for Bone Marrow transplant compatibility.

He found out on Wednesday - been feeling run down for a while, went to see his doctor who had the foresight to take a blood test, next thing he knows he’s in the oncology care unit at the local hospital. We found out yesterday.

Still a bit shocked. Thank God his doctor did the right thing and (sorry all American GWJers) thank god that the NHS really comes through when it needs to.

Don Cherry.

Ron Maclean for being a complacent tool.

CBC and Sportsnet for enabling a racist on a national broadcast under the guise of Canadiana.

Vector wrote:

Don Cherry.

I've noticed an ever-growing chorus of people stating in no uncertain terms that his television career needs to be over. Every time I see him in the news, it seems that something else stupid has come out of his mouth. Hopefully the criticism reaches a critical mass that he is encouraged to retire.

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