My committee chair sent me his comments on the first three chapters of my dissertation on Friday (September 4). So far, he's happy. He even called my dissertation "terrific," although it remains to be seen what he thinks of the remaining nine chapters. I didn't get to working on his comments until tonight, in part because I was working on a blog entry, and in part because I had some security issues to work through (it turns out I made an error, so I'll have to work on this some more).
Thanks to my naïve reader, I have now finished the initial draft of my dissertation and sent it to my committee chair. He has indicated he will read it after Saybrook's residential conference, which I think runs from the 22nd through the 26th. I am still expecting to basically spend the semester in back-and-forth with him on it and to defend early in spring 2016.
Inspired by what I found yesterday, I decided to burrow into the Bureau of Labor Statistics data. What I'd really like to get here is a quantitative indication of the shift to low wage employment. I haven't found this, really. The BLS establishment survey data for wages by industry sector only goes back to 2006.
I've run out of things to say and I'm turning over an initial draft of the dissertation to my naïve reader. My mother will take a while to go through it all. It is huge.
Beyond that, there won't be much in the way of news until the Fall semester begins sometime next month and my committee returns from being incommunicado.
Very early this morning, I finished writing the initial draft of the analysis chapters of my dissertation. I expect to begin writing the conclusion later today.
That means I am very near the point where I could use some naïve readers to review the manuscript. I already have my mother on board for this, and with her decades of writing experience she will no doubt have some improvements to suggest. But she can't catch everything.
Some things are just bizarre. There's no accounting for them.
The laptop I had purchased just so I'd have a Windows system to write my dissertation on proved to be insufficiently powerful as my dissertation now exceeds 300 pages. So my mom lent me some money and I now have a new, much more powerful system. I basically bought the most powerful tower I could find at Best Buy, a Dell 3847 with 12GB RAM and 2TB of disk.
I have now written eight chapters out of a planned twelve.