Everything is slowly winding down here at Queen’s, as people begin leaving for Christmas, and I have nothing to do but run simulations and wonder what to get everyone back home for Christmas. In theory, an unusually large number of students should be graduating with degrees soon (not me, who is stuck here for the next few years). This Christmas is about the target for about a half dozen of the astro-grads to finish, and I now realize that none but one has actually finished a thesis.
This comes as absolutely no surprise, since the astro-grads at Queen’s are notorious for taking an eternity to finish their degrees, and in many cases staying on after they’re done (in theory, it’s four years for a PhD and two years flat for a Master’s). Most of the current crop are leaving and finishing their work over Christmas, and will come back to defend early in the new year. In theory. (Really, I’m not being snarky. This just seems to happen a lot here. Yes, it will probably happen to me too.)
On a completely unrelated note, let’s see if I know how to create links in a blog: