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Message 508752 - Posted: 26 Jan 2007, 2:35:13 UTC


My name is Eric and I'm a workaholic.

I'm not complaining and I'm certainly not bragging. I'm not looking for pity. I just want some you to know why I don't answer my email for days on end, or keep up with what's going on in the forums.

It sucks sometimes, but its what I am. I've become what I, as a child, vowed never to become. My father, in other words. I guess it happens to us all.

How do I know I'm a workaholic? I know the warning signs. My vacation pot is full at 384 hours. If I don't use vacation days, I don't earn any more. (But my grants still get charged for them). I would like to use them, but when I dream about vacation, I usually dream about using the time to do the work I don't have time to do when I'm at work (i.e. the parts of work I enjoy).

And my cats don't remember who I am.

I could have picked a better substance to become addicted to. Maybe if I added in amphetamines... Then I'd really get some work done. No? I guess caffeine will have to do.

That's not to say I don't enjoy my job. I do... Some of the time. Not really this week. I spent the entire week pounding the keyboard trying to get a proposal done in hope that I can convince a committee of my peers (read: people who don't want to see me get any money if what I'm doing might compete with their work) that I'm worthy of getting enough money to pay a bit less half my salary for the next three years. It goes with the turf, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.

A fortunate part of aging is that you can't put in the hours like you used to. As a grad student I used to sleep at the lab 2 hours a night for weeks on end. Now that would kill me, and if it didn't my wife would.

The unfortunate part of aging is that after a 16 hour work day you can't do much of anything. My desk is so comfortable that I can barely turn my head. Does it look to you like I'm developing a shoulder hump? I think I can sleep face down without my chest touching the mattress.

The proposal is due on tuesday, so there are only 4 more 16 hour work days before I can get back to work.

But I can't. My parents are coming into town on Wednesday night and won't be leaving until Tuesday morning. Looks like I'll get to use 20 hours of that vacation time after all. Unless I count my actual work hours that is. Think there's any chance I won't have put in 40 hours by the time I leave work on Tuesday?

Sorry for the downer. I'll try to be a bit more upbeat next week, after a decent night's sleep.

Well, back to work... It's not quitting time yet.

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Eric


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Message 508793 - Posted: 26 Jan 2007, 4:22:24 UTC - in response to Message 508752.


My name is Eric and I'm a workaholic.

(group responds) Hi Eric....
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Message 508841 - Posted: 26 Jan 2007, 6:49:01 UTC


@ Eric - from this Cruncher's Perspective, You're doing a Fine Job

ps - get the rest when you can - Health is a Priority Sir . . .

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Message 508971 - Posted: 26 Jan 2007, 17:42:49 UTC

Hi Eric,

As indicated by Ned, certainly there are a lot of us (workaholics) here :)

I just saw a post on the Beta forum noting that there is Astropulse app version in the applications page of that project. I though we still had some way to go testing the Multibeam WUs. Is that what you're working on lately? (or maybe just one of them!)

Regards,
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Message 508979 - Posted: 26 Jan 2007, 18:00:54 UTC

wow..I was just thinking about how tired I was from work before I read that. I think I need a nap.
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Message 509019 - Posted: 26 Jan 2007, 20:33:59 UTC - in response to Message 508971.


I just saw a post on the Beta forum noting that there is Astropulse app version in the applications page of that project. I though we still had some way to go testing the Multibeam WUs. Is that what you're working on lately? (or maybe just one of them!)


Josh is mostly doing that. I need to get him to come here, (and on the beta forums) to explain what he's up to.

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Message 510942 - Posted: 30 Jan 2007, 21:42:09 UTC

For Dr. Eric Korpela,

Will the Allen Telescope Array project and Dr. Seth Shostak make our efforts here meaningless in the near future?

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