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So far, the dissertation is "terrific"

  • Posted on: 6 September 2015
  • By: benfell

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).

Initial draft of dissertation sent

  • Posted on: 15 August 2015
  • By: benfell

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.

A call for naïve readers

  • Posted on: 21 July 2015
  • By: benfell

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.

Microsoft strangeness

  • Posted on: 11 July 2015
  • By: benfell

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.