Thursday, April 27, 2006

akin to: i am barely making enough money to get by. for this reason, i have decided I will set fire to every other paycheck from now on

harvardreadingroom
(The reading room in Harvard's undergraduate library. Due to signs prohibiting photography, I took this surreptitiously with my camera phone. Shhh!)

On I think four different occasions in the past month, I have either read papers or heard talks--none, I should say pre-emptively, by Tina--that have somewhere made an argument that was structurally the following:
The data I have unfortnuately provide very modest information [due to weak measurement, low sample size, whatever] pertinent to the research question I am trying to address. Because of this limitation, I have made an analytic decision to throw away some of the pertinent information I do have.
BTW, I am working today from the Harvard undergraduate library, because I have a bunch of reviewing and other reading I need to get caught up on and I thought I would get more done here than either in my office or home. Diagonally across from me is a young woman who looks strikingly like Matt Damon's Harvard love interest in Good Will Hunting. She's even doing chemistry homework, just like in the movie.

Update:
The last two sentences of this post were taken by an anonymous commenter as suggesting I was itching to go over and be all creeptastic toward the woman in question. Such an interpretation was not intended by the proprietor of this weblog. Sheesh.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh Pleeze — you yourself point out you're balding and 35 — old!? Undergraduates are young and beautiful, yes. And it's spring, yep. Do go out with someone appealing — from graduate school?

jeremy said...

Um, I appreciate the advice, anon. I did not actually intend to be understood as indicating any plans or even stealthy desire to ask out the student in question.

If rational readers of the blog took the post that way, let me know and I'll use an update-ly qualification.

A+ said...

Is that was anonymous was saying? 'Cause I didn't really get it.

Just my opinion, but I wouldn't hit on anyone that looked like Minnie Driver. As always, YMMV.

Anonymous said...

does she look like she'd pass the 'half your age plus six' rule?

carly said...

I would have only assumed you were going to ask her on a date if I assumed that you were (or thought you were) Matt Damon.

Tom Volscho said...

Do you have to have a pass to get into their library?

jeremy said...

Yes, of course. I have an active Harvard ID, which is the golden ticket. I don't know if I can get into the law or business libraries, though. My Harvard ID and PIN does not give me privileges to online library resources for journals at the Harvard Business School.

jeremy said...

Oops, Tom, I misread your question. Yes, you have to have a Harvard ID to get into the Harvard library. You also have to have your bags examined to exit, in addition to the magneto-detector.

captain crab said...

Some women like balding men, you aren't THAT old, (I am), you have an exciting future, and you have been to Knierim (we pronounce the K by the way), so what's stopping you from saying hi and being charming?

Anonymous said...

God only knows what you were thinking ... but it is spring. Do you have to be rational to tune in on this daydream of a posting? Where's the creativity, man?