While we all digest the latest outburst of craziness from Hillary, I would like to announce some really good news for the website.
He was supposed to announce this yesterday, I waited 24 hours, and since he has not done it himself, I am doing it:
Tim F. passed his thesis defense on Thursday and is now-
DR. TIM F.
Congratulations. I passed my viva voce on 27 March – it’s a great feeling but get ready for a little post-partum depression.
Excelsior! Everybody I know who has been through the Ph.D. process says it’s an absolute ordeal. Jumping through extremely small flaming hoops, and whatnot. Congratulations, Dr. Timf. May it serve you well.
Congratulations, Dr. Tim! I know that’s not easy.
Doug H. (Fausto no more)
“Hi, Doctor Tim!”
Damned at Random
I’d ask you about my sciatica, but I take it you’re not THAT kind of doctor.
Congratulations and best wishes anyhow, young fella
I dance a happy dance for you. With the sound on!
Many happy returns.
Um, when do you start the post-doc? :)
Shit, I meant DR. Tim , of course!
Awesome news Doctor Tim!
Change his username! Change his username!
Congratulations, Dr. Tim! And by the way, I have this persistent cough, I was wondering if maybe you could prescribe something…
Congrats! Now that your a liberal Perfessor with a PH D, you must have your countertops inspected on a regular basis.
Great news :) and congratulations :)
I guess this explains why Dr. Tim hasn’t been posting, I was wondering about it.
Well done Dr. Tim!
1) What was the theme of your thesis and
2) How much spin was involved.
Not long after I obtained my “Master” of science degree did I realize that the most valuable aspect of the whole ordeal was that I “did it”.
Many who have accomplished the whole “jumping thru the hoops” thing understand that what really counts is the sheer guts to get it done.
To borrow the words of Cris upline
may it serve you well!
p.s. you are officially overeducated.
Yasher Koach! Sings happy song
We reached the end of my defense (at which I decided to present a novel theorem, rather than defend my thesis), and I went out into the hall to pace, as was traditional in my department. The requisite five minutes later, one of the members of my committee came to the door to call me in, and met me at the door with the words “We’re sorry, but…”
The rest of the committee yelled “That’s not funny!”
At which point, my advisor stood up and said “On behalf of the committee, may I offer you our congratulations, Doctor [blah].”
So, on behalf of the commentariat, may I offer you our congratulations, Dr. Tim F. Where are your post-doccing?
Congratulations Tim F., Ph.D.!
Congrats dude. That’s a monster thing you have done.
THIS IS EXCELLENT NEWS!! FOR HILLARY!!!
The Grand Panjandrum
Congratulation, Tim. Welcome to the club. The society is sending a video of the secret handshake.
Some friends held a party for me after I defended my dissertation and we had a lot of fun. (At least thats what I was told.) I’m living proof that a PhD doesn’t prevent hangovers.
Good luck in the job search if you have not yet landed a position.
I have a couple of shot for you a little later. (Tequila anejo, of course.)
b. hussein canuckistani
Hooray! Do you get a tardis?
Congrats, Tim. I start my quals in the fall. We have a 30 day take home exam, so I’m not really worried. But my university is cutting left and right (thanks, Florida Legislature!), and I can see my members just trickling away to better, safer jobs soon. yay.
Grats Dr. Tim! Woo Hoo! :)
A toast to Dr. Tim:
“Afoot and lighthearted, I take to the open road.
Healthy! Free! The world before me!…
That long brown road before me, leading wherever I choose.”
(–Walt Whitman: Song of the Open Road)
May you always have a choice.
May you always choose wisely.
Huzzah! Huzzah, I say!!
Congratulations! You must be psyched!
Well done and Cheers!
Jeez, just how many PhDs are hanging around here? Shouldn’t y’all be, like, doing elitist, over-edu-ma-cated, doctor-y stuff?
Seriously – congrats, Dr. Tim – that’s no small thing.
Congrats, Dr. Tim!
Even though this officially elevates you into the ranks of the elites, a hearty congratulations!!
Dennis - SGMM
Does being an actual doctor mean that you’ll stop Playing Doctor?
Isn’t it a dissertation, and not a thesis, for a PhD?
A thesis gets you a Master’s degree, doesn’t it?
But then I’m a lowly 4-year degree holder, so I wouldn’t know.
Congratulations, Tim! That is a seriously impressive accomplishment and one of which you should be very, very proud.
/raises beer and sadly remembers the time, decades ago, when a B.A. was impressive.
NR, I stand corrected.
Tim, what was the theme of your dissertation?
Three quarks for Dr. Tim!
You really should consider one of those discount evil lairs.
Muitos parabens, o Senor Doutor Tim.
It depends on your school and your department, actually. My father and grandfather both wrote and defended theses for their Ph.D.’s (in Physics and Astronomy, respectively). My grandmother wrote a dissertation (Psychology). My great aunt, a thesis (statistics). My wife wrote a dissertation (biology), as did I (math). My brother wrote a thesis (Psychology, again).
— demi “what do you mean, overeducated?” mondian
null pointer exception
Congrats Dr. Tim!
I am still trying to finish my part time masters.
Congrats! Welcome to the secret brotherhood of “Well, but you’re not a REAL doctor!”
That one never gets old.
Hey, now that you’re a doctor, I’ve got this really nasty rash in a rather unmentionable place I need someone to look at.
What? Not that kind of doctor? Ok, forget I said anything.
Thanks for all the kind wishes, guys. I have been in such a panic state that I never even got around to posting an apology. In response to to most common question, there are plans to join a postdoc lab in late June. Hopefully it will be just as much fun as the crazy shit that I did for my thesis*, but for the sake of pseudo-anonymity I’d rather not be too specific. Those who are still curious can email me and I’ll be happy to dish.
You should see me this morning…
Seriously? We had a series of four two-hour exams written by sadists. Then we had to sit in front of a committee and defend the points we got wrong along with whatever personal and professional shortcomings the committee saw fit to mention. Plus, I’d never had an undergraduate class covering biochemistry and the exam didn’t cover any material from the graduate course. Uphill both ways! Feh, kids.
(*) That doesn’t count the cell cycle experiments. I wouldn’t mind being done with those.
I’m not sure if the Gaudie is appropriate once you get past the baccalaureate, but here it is just for kicks.
Certainly, you must be aware that modern-day “education” is nothing more than indoctrination.
Therefore, my dear chap, those of us who participate must always second guess the “truth” that we are being “taught”.
Doctor Tim, congratulations!
But I bet you didn’t have to reject or denounce anyone, did ya?
Wow, major congratulations Tim!! You gonna now be Dr. Tim?
Tim is fine; if you have some unbearable need to be formal then go with Dr. F.
maxbaer (not the original)
Congrats Tim, this must mean a substantial raise from the Balloon Juice Corporation. Or have I overestimated the cash flow associated with popular blogs?
Well done, Dr. F! I finished my ordeal two years ago, and I still shudder at the memory. The best part for me was the realization that now I get to choose my own path, within reason, and that no one has the authority to do anything more than disagree (or refuse to grant tenure, I suppose, but that’s a very different issue). Hope you’re enjoying your new freedom!
Let’s put it this way: John could increase what he’s paying me ten million percent and I still would have to think twice about re-upping my subscription to Scientific American.
Dr. F says:
Congatulations, Dr. Tim!
Now, are you moving to full-time yeast & barley malt research? We have apparantly reached peak hop supply, so some genius is needed!
Can we still call you Mr. F if we do it with a dramatic female chorus?
Dr. F is way cool, a bit sinister and mysterious too.
Congratulations, Dr. Tim F. I think this means that you are now officially a member of the Intellectual Elite.
Mazel Tov! Dr. F. Fantastic news!
Congrats Dr. Tim. Great that your efforts found the reward!
You’re a doctor Tim, right?
Write me some prescriptions dammit!
Congrats there, perfesser.
Cut off his mike.
Hooray for Tim!
Way to go, Dr. Tim; as a soon-to-be licensed professional degree holder, I take heart in your overcoming all obstacles to reach your dreams. Selamat atas kesuksesan anda! (Congratulations on your success!)
Congrats! Today, you must be Dr. Feelgood.
Congratulations, Dr. Tim F.! (Would you have time to talk about my grade? I really needed to get an A in your course. . .)
Way late on this but congratulations indeed! Now get drunk for the whole weekend.
Ugh, now he’s going to go from snooty to unbearable.
Congratulations, Doctor Tim F.
Congratulations, good Doctor Tim F..
Sure, no problem. Just give me the exam give back and I’ll gladly look over the whole thing. By the way, I’m a generous grader the first time through and I often miss minor errors that stand out on a second reading.
Congratulations, Tim! I’ve been through it, so I know — and am thrilled for you! Enjoy the honorific!
Woohoo! Just filed my thesis on Wednesday. Feels very anticlimactic though, because my program doesn’t have defenses. (Good thing, since I barely survived quals.) I think this may be a school-wide policy, but the attitude towards academic requirements in my department is particularly nonchalant.
I now plan to spend the rest of the summer purging my memories of the writing process. I saved all of my draft printouts for starting campfires.
Doctor Tim, most excellent news. A lot of hard work jus paid off, congratulations!
Doctor Tim, most excellent news. A lot of hard work jus paid off, congratulations!
Congratulations Tim. Welcome to our ranks!!!
Congratulations, Doctor Tim!
Congrats- now get back to work- publish or perish, you know.
Congrats! Omedetou gozaimasu! Are you planning to get dressed up in the robe with the hood at graduation or pass on all of that?
(My own experience of defending my thesis was, um, weird. Flew back from Japan, reviewed for 3 days, defended on the 4th, and THEN got totally hit by the jet lag, before I jumped back on a plane back to Tokyo two days later. Ugh.)
Wishing you much sleep….