It’s already Thursday again. At least I made it to my office at a decent hour this morning. I had Jaga wondering what was going on because I was in at 9am, and she was justifiably surprised to see me in my office at that hour of the morning! So what will I be doing today? I have a paper to review, and I’ll continue working on my latest paper, or papers. Ted McFadden from the DSTC is working with me on a journal type lit survey, and RW has approached me to work with him on a paper about trust in pervasive computing environments, and service discovery protocols in particular. We’ll see how that goes.
Earlier in the week, I had a meeting with Ted where we discussed the aforementioned paper, and he gave me some feedback on my previous papers. He like the complex systems paper, so hopefully that’s a sign it might be accepted. I believe this is called "wishful thinking".
Stayed with Mum and Dad last weekend. I needed some recuperation time for various reasons. We checked out the newish botanical gardens in Buderim. It’s complete with a Contemplation Garden where you can, um, contemplate stuff, I guess. Anyway, very peaceful place in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
Speaking of recuperation, I was contemplating ;) taking a few days or weeks off, since I’ve used hardly any of my annual leave so far. But I’m not sure if I want to, because Ph.D work is going pretty well at the moment, and my reasons for needing to recuperate have been finally removed (I think), after months of being miserable. At least I managed not to cause other people to be miserable too, until the last few weeks (sorry folks!). There’s a lot more I could say on this matter, and I understand some of you would like to know what the heck has been going on with me, but I’m afraid you’ll all just have to guess. I can’t promise, but hopefully I’m back to my good old pre-2003 self again! This should be cause for celebration in itself, so maybe I will take a few days off afterall! We’ll see. I just hope that my relatively good Ph.D productivity of late was not as a result of my being pained, because that would suck big time! As I understand it, Ph.D work should cause pain, not benefit from an orthogonal source of pain! I also hope that people aren’t weirded out by my sudden lift in spirits. Screw them if they are! I don’t think I’ve written a paragraph with so many exclamation marks in it for a very long time. According to some, exclamation marks should be unnecessary. These people hold the exclamation should be implicit in the context and clever wording of the sentence. But I think exclamation marks are great! Thomas Hardy, being my new god of English literature, uses exclamation marks, so I can use them too. Here’s an extra one!
Hmm, it seems I’ve been writing this blog entry for over three hours. It was interrupted by a seminar on the Go! language for multi-threaded deliberative agents, given by Professor Keith Clark from Imperial College in London. Interesting, but not altogether relevant for my work. Speaking of which, I’d better actually do some.