Anyone want to buy an 80% complete PhD dissertation (OT)?


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Gym climber
South of Heaven
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 7, 2013 - 10:00pm PT
I need an acronym for "average seasonal stream flow"

The obvious choice is "ASS flow" but I think I might have to use "ASSF"

Trad climber
Feb 7, 2013 - 10:03pm PT
stream flow, seasonal average (SFSA)

a cutesy acronym is fun until random googlers are finding it linked to your name

u sure there isn't already an acronym? i'd be really surprised if the austrians or the swiss dont already have one

Feb 7, 2013 - 10:57pm PT
. . . is clearly discipline specific. my advisor would smack any student who referred to the "dissertation." "You are writing a book," N used to say. Fortunately, wes in the natural sciences, and it sounds like you folks pretty much just mail it in

That (80%) would be 37.6 pages of mine (1971). Boiled it down further for the Transactions of the American Mathematical Society.

Hang in there.


Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Feb 7, 2013 - 11:31pm PT
Hey Mechrist, clearly you are doing good things with your time, so continue on and finish the thing up! You got this!

Big Wall climber
El Portal/Chapel Hill
Feb 7, 2013 - 11:39pm PT
I think the real questions are:

What percent of committee members actually read their students' dissertations?

Of that subset, what percent of the dissertation do they get through?

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Feb 7, 2013 - 11:49pm PT
Just skimmed this and wanted to add my encouragement to you to finish writing the damn thing.
I wrote mine in Spring of 80 in Boston. With ADD and after a hard winter all I wanted to do was go outside and play in the fresh air. I managed to write it by writing in the nude (so it would be a real conscious effort to go outside) and be setting a clock for 15 minute intervals and allowing myself to get up and run around the apartment for 2 minutes and then sitting down, setting the clock to write again.

Look it wan't pleasant but it was by far not the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life. Take heart!

Kennewick wa
Feb 7, 2013 - 11:56pm PT
I'd stick with ASS Flow.

I have to do a weekly Human Resources report. It's the T&A audit. That's right, my HR requires me to audit the T&A on a weekly basis.

Call me immature, but I chuckle every time we discuss it on a conference call.

Feb 8, 2013 - 12:06am PT
Seriously and having been there just hanker down and finish. Phd dissertation is an el cap route; sounds attractive in the abstract, hard but doable in the first few pitches, serious doubt sets in in the middle with thoughts of bailing, two thirds up you want to be anywhere else, another few pitches and it's actually more scary to go down than up, final pitches revive the spirit, topping out is a life's accomplishment. Don't bail from the changing corners pitch, only a few more to the top. As with el cap, no crowd will be there to greet you and your future pay has no correlation to the accomplishment, but the doneness - the having completed the ultimate education big wall - soothes the soul. As with wall climbing its about you and what your made of. Plenty of good people bail, but not people like you. You don't want to have to drive into that metaphorical valley and always wonder what if. You came to conquer, now do so. I imagine th bail rate on el cap and dissertations is about the same. As for ABD - it's about as meaningful as bailing from the third pitch of free blast and hauling your heavy sh#t back to your car to drive out of the valley.
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Feb 8, 2013 - 02:46am PT
Wake me up when it's over!

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 8, 2013 - 03:02am PT
phylp, that 15 min clock thing might work. I'll wait until we get curtains before I try writing in the nude.

srb, my subject is hydrology... I write about head measurements all day long!

Thanks for the encouragement. Another week or two before I summit this El Crap.
Dr. Christ

Mountain climber
State of Mine
May 30, 2013 - 01:37pm PT
Yeah, so, it was a couple months rather than a couple week. But I'm done!

Anyone want to buy a 100% complete PhD dissertation?

Bidding will start at $1 million.
Bill Mc Kirgan

Trad climber
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
May 30, 2013 - 01:42pm PT
Three cheers fer gettin' it done!




Congratulations Dr. C!

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
May 30, 2013 - 01:45pm PT
Dr Christ.. oh dear.

Big Mike

Trad climber
May 30, 2013 - 01:55pm PT
Nice work Wes. A new handle to celebrate the occasion? Lol

Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
May 30, 2013 - 02:06pm PT
The passion of the Mechrist is over!

Time for Mardi Gras?

Congrats Dr Christ!

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
May 30, 2013 - 03:24pm PT
Welcome to the wonderful world of the overeducated.

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
May 30, 2013 - 03:55pm PT
Big smile for you!

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
May 30, 2013 - 04:11pm PT
1 million?


how about a discount?

nice, grats on the hardwork


Trad climber
Santa Cruz
May 30, 2013 - 04:29pm PT
Congratulations! Now back in my day we had to do them on typewriters and always ran out of ribbon ink at the most inopportune time...

The objective always was to get it there you are!


May 30, 2013 - 04:38pm PT
Right on man - congrats!
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