So I have to write a summary of a conference paper to include in an application for financial support to enable me to attend the conference to present said paper. The conference is not till the end of July. We all know that this means the paper will not be written till mid-July at the earliest. The summary has to be written tonight.

Logically (I think HD’s influence is starting to show) a summary of a non-existent paper would be pretty short. Somehow I don’t think that is quite what the funders are looking for, however. Sigh.

In other news, my supervisor has said some very nice things about the chapter I submitted (at the last minute, unsurprisingly) just before we went on holiday, and which had stressed me out because I’d felt my revisions were so superficial. Though apparently there are still lots of very long sentences in it. As if I’d do a thing like that.

8 thoughts on “Nonsensical

  1. And it’s done. Phew.

    A further blog post might ensue at some point about the lofty claims we make about the significance of our research. This lot were so lofty I thought I was going to need oxygen!

  2. Hurrah! Well done on the summary.

    And wonderful news about the nice things said. And personally I think long sentences are wondrous. Of course, I just wrote a 10 line paragraph which consisted on one sentence — may need to add a full stop or two — so I am not exactly objective. 😀

  3. You two should be German. They allow long sentences. The bane of my life. Stretching for a full page, sometimes. What’s wrong with bunging in a little black dot? Then start off again. It’s not hard.
    The full-stop Queen.

  4. * flashbacks to seemingly-impossibly-long German sentences; and then the “joy” of the separable verbs where the beginning part is shoved mercilessly to the end of the sentence *

    I wonder if there are psychological profiles associated with punctuation usage. Probably best not to know.

  5. You should write it in ancient Chinese – that doesn’t have any punctuation at all so once could argue that the whole thing is just one long sentence.

    (Though there are certain clues that what we would think of as a ‘sentence’ is coming to an end – still bloody hard to make sense of – most versions printed today will pop in modern (Western?) punctuation like commas and full stops to be helpful)

    And of course the King James bible has madly long sentences as well. And if it’s good enough for the KJV surely it’s good enough for a thesis.

  6. Lawyers don’t use much punctuation either on the grounds that it might actually inform the reader what the document means. (I am a lawyer so I can say that)

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