Aug. 19th, 2005 01:30 am
brinshannara: (charlie - what?)
Through a long, convoluted series of events and conversations, I have been informed of my final grade in Research Methods.

I got an A.

<falls down dead of shock>

Not a B. Not a B+. Not an A-.

An A.

My second A of my university career.


Went for ice cream with JB, ran into IL and her friend, whose name I have promptly forgotten, then we all went back to her place and hung out for a while.

Nice evening.

Still can't believe I got an A.



Aug. 17th, 2005 10:31 am
brinshannara: (free (syd))

53 pages.

13 tables.

Two appendices.

A billion sections.

As I was putting the printed pages together, it occurred to me how daunting I felt the task of putting together something this big would be, back in May. The thought STILL terrifies me. But... look. I did it.

It's pretty shocking, to be honest. :)

Off to go hand it in, now.
brinshannara: (wind me up (syd))
And I am not done, yet.

I think I could be finished by 9am.

That would be good. I'd still get more than 4 hours of sleep before going to work.

Why am I posting? Because, by golly, if I have to suffer through the excruciating prolongment (is that even a word?!) of this project, so must you. My friends. My pals. My buddies. Those who stand with me against all that with which life chooses to challenge me.

Of course this isn't friendslocked, because hey, spreading the evil is almost as fun as conquering it. But this is meant for my friends to read -- they're my audience. And have been very supportive over the last three months. (And, in most cases, much longer than three months.)

I have 12 tables in my Discussion of Findings section, and now I just need to discuss those findings. Then a simple conclusion and a quick summary/abstract. And then a quick read over.

Then, I print it, somehow force my stapler through more than FORTY-FOUR PAGES (I'm going to be creative. Just you watch.) and then get dressed and catch the bus to school, dropping it off well before noon.

Then coming home and SLEEPING for 3-4 hours.

Then going to work.

Then coming home and sleeping until FOREVER.

I am actually considering calling my mom to see if she has one of those black clips with the metal legs that I can use to hand in my paper and my research journal... Mmm. I'll give her another 20 minutes. ;)

Okay. On with the tea!

I am going to make a second cup of tea.


Aug. 16th, 2005 11:10 pm
brinshannara: (wind me up (syd))
I have until noon tomorrow to hand in my paper.

I've done some variable recodes.

I have run some neat crosstabs and correlations.

Gamma is lame. I like Spearman's rho.

I am going to shower, now, and let my results percolate in my head.

My plan is:

- shower
- work on paper
      - if I finish before 6am, sleep until 10am, then drop it off at school for 11.
      - if I finish after 6am, go to school, drop it off early early, then come home and sleep 'till 3:30pm, then leave for work at 4pm.

In other news, my grandmother cooked me dinner tonight and gave me $20, allowing me to go to Jean Coutu, buy toothpaste, sinus stuff and milk.

On the way to Jean Coutu, I passed the new Second Cup location. Which opens TOMORROW. OMGSOVERYCOOL. :D As soon as I have money, I'm going to go there for a hot chocolate and check the place out. Mayhap they will have free wireless like some of their downtown locations. :D

Off to shower.

(also, OMGYAY100ICONS, look, I've snagged a bunch of new ones, and <3 them so much, and I WANT TO MAKE SOME, but that has to wait 'till tomorrow, oh and BTW, we signed Saku Koivu and this makes me very happy, okay bye.)


Aug. 15th, 2005 05:09 pm
brinshannara: (sawyer - not amused)
Called in to work. Left a message saying "can't make it, terribly sorry, big research project due, I'll work extra next Tuesday." (Which is going to SUCK. I'm going to work Friday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. BLECH.)

Had a minor freakout thanks to my mother.

JB made me feel better.

Done most (all?) of my correlational analyses. Am working on overview of results, to be followed by discussion of findings, conclusion and then abstract summary.

Would be nice to have this done by 10pm or so tonight.

I hate this class.

Also, am starving.

That is all. For now.


Aug. 15th, 2005 06:35 am
brinshannara: (rm)
Have many nifty correlations.

Have a distinct lack of sleep.

Bed now, writing up of results/recreating tables in Word in early PM.

Pray work shift is cancelled, please.

Avete un buon giorno, tutti.
brinshannara: (aw crap)
After the ecstasy that was yesterday (final project extension for the whole class 'till MONDAY(!!! :D), going out for a drink with JB after class, the pure relief after having done my presentation... Murphy had to show his ugly head today.

I'm up north. And it's raining.

Of course.

Hopefully, it'll clear up enough for me to see the Perseids tonight, tan tomorrow and see more meteors tomorrow night before I leave to come home on Sunday evening.

Cross your bits for me. And for JB, who is currently almost 2/3 of the way through her Social Theory exam.

It could be worse for me, though. I could have taken Social Theory this summer, too. I'm SO GLAD I took it last year.

And as soon as the septic tank guys leave, my dad and I are going to play Scrabble. So there is that. :)


Aug. 11th, 2005 12:42 pm
brinshannara: (rm)
iTunes Party Shuffle is an odd thing. "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" just came on.

The day just got that much more surreal.


Progress: Presentation is DONE. It may suck, but it's done.

Lit Review - still working on my last section. Once I'm done, then the Project Proposal can be assembled.

Final Project - Ouch. Things I'm missing:

- List of Tables. I have to save/print all these tables and list each of them here.
- Overview of Results (includes tables)
- Discussion of Findings
- Conclusion

I have five and a half hours.

This could be tight.


Aug. 11th, 2005 01:02 am
brinshannara: (lost time)

I have been looking for my Visine for, oh, a month and a half.

But I found it under a spindle of CDs tonight!


'course, it's not really something I use except when sitting in front of the computer for hours on end with the fan blowing on me and drying out my eyes. But such will be the case tonight! And I have Visine!


Okay. 17 hours in which to finish EVERYTHING for Research Methods.

Wish me luck.
brinshannara: (something to smile about)
How's that for a random subject?

(Actually, it's not all that random. But you had to be there.)

I'm at JBs right now, although I'm going to be leaving shortly, I believe. We've done some work while I've been here, and been very good, in that we haven't talked all THAT much.

For us, anyways. ;)

Anyways, for some reason, we were talking and neither of us could think of the word "tumbleweeds".

But then it hit me like a ton of bricks about 10 minutes later, and I am STILL feeling victorious about it, over three hours later.

Also, my grandmother foisted 20 rolls of toilet paper on me, and I gave 8 to JB, for she and her roommate were out.

Oh. And I didn't finish my thingy, and neither did she, and that's why I came to her place instead of going to class.

I'm very tired and am going to try to take a new bus route home. WooHOO. :)

Uh. I think that's it.
brinshannara: (something to smile about)
I should like to take this moment to thank my father for buying a computer when I was nine years old, and to thank my parents for sending me to a school where we learned how to use word processors at the age of seven and eight.

I'd like to thank my dad for supporting me in all aspects of interest with computers -- from him teaching me how to use a mouse to using the dialup program for the modem, from letting me take a silly BASIC class at a daycamp to getting an IBM clone 286.

Without all my interest in computers in the past, I would surely be dead of freaked-outedness at the moment.

I've been wildly guessing how to do things in programs I've rarely used or never used before (SPSS and Power Point), on a tight schedule today, and it seems I'm pretty damn intuitive, because I helped JB compute a bunch of columns into a new variable without even testing it out myself, and I made a pretty graph and copied it into my Power Point presentation, all without trouble.

And I am EXTREMELY thankful at this moment that I have this level of comfort and familiarity with programs that I'm able to fumble through without too much issue. And it's basically all thanks to my dad.

So even though he'll never see this entry... Thanks, Dad. I really appreciate your encouragement and support over the years.

Ti. Erd.

Aug. 9th, 2005 06:10 am
brinshannara: (rm)
Quite tired at the moment. It's 6am.

I'm getting through my Lit Review pretty well, though. I gotta say, it's kind of interesting, but I'm totally ready to just finish this (two sections to go!) and go to sleep for four hours before getting up, doing a preliminary data analysis and then doing my power point presentation. I'm planning on presenting third tonight (JB wanted to be first, but someone else is presenting with a video tape, so SHE's getting to go first) and then hopefully no one will notice if I PASS OUT at my desk.

And maybe JB can take me home and ravish me or something.

Or just take me home and make sure I'm awake enough to get off the bus. ;)

That said, I am moderately freaked out by the fact that I constantly interact online with people (even now, this is a form of interaction) and I DO form different personas to use (well, this name, for instance, as opposed to my real name) and OMG, I'm a textbook case of someone playing around with multiplicity, identity and and and OMG, I HAVE FRAGMENTED SELVES.

You'd think I had dissociative identity disorder from that paragraph, but I swear I don't. I just use online to explore different facets of my personality, basically.

Also, I'm madly in love with Sherry Turkle.

I need another Coke.

That is all!
brinshannara: (lost time)
I cannot believe I'm still working on something for Research Methods that was due on June 16th. (I did hand it in, partly done, but I seem to have mostly avoided it for the last two months.)

Probably not sleeping tonight. Would be nice to nap from 11am-4pm or so, though.

As my last official act of procrastination for the night:

A 5 Things Meme )

Back to work. (Had a regular shift at the job tonight. 51 minutes on the phone with an 83 year old retired nurse does NOT a fun evening make. Stupid shingles.)
brinshannara: (rm)
And so, with a million respondents, I have officially declared my survey a success.

Okay, so it's up over 200, not a million, but still. I'm letting it run until Sunday night, then closing it up. I'm pretty sure it'll drop in popularity as soon as it's off everyone's friendslists, so I'm thinking... 230-250 respondents, which is PRETTY DAMN AWESOME. I <3 the Internet.

That said, there's NO WAY I'm going to be able to put in all that data for my class, which ends in less than two weeks, so I'm probably going to use the first 75 for this class and come back and use ALL of it for my honours thesis (which will be based on this work I'm doing for this class) in a year's time. Or, I may do systematic sampling and use every third respondent or something. I'm not sure. I've started entering some data (just one person so far) and OMG, the agony of data entry! Seriously. It's painful. Yay!respondents, yay!data, boo!dataentry.

It's 2005. Surely they've come up with a way for data to magically be transferred from one format to another, from email to a database format. Right? Right?


Anyways, I just wanted you all to know that this is ALL I'm going to talk about for the next several days.

Well, and JB. Of course. ;)
brinshannara: (rm)
Handed in my second methodology assignment and am looking forward to getting it back tomorrow night so I can work on putting it up online and getting a random sample of people actually doing it, so I have data to analyze!

I like the methodological parts of RM, but not the researchy parts. I wonder what the hell use methodology is without research, though. Hm.

Anyways, I've got to leave for work in just a few, but I wanted to inform you all that I slept for something like THIRTEEN HOURS and oh my GOD did that feel good. (I now have a sinus headache, but that's just 'cause it's raining.)

Class tomorrow night, working on Friday, Shakespeare in the Park on Saturday and working on Sunday. My life is non-stop excitement, I tell ya.
brinshannara: (rm)
I'm working on Research Methods, since I got my first methodology assignment back and got an 87%, thankyouverymuch, and am now working on the second methodology assignment. This includes the following sections:

Research Question
Study Population
Sampling Unit
Sampling Frame
Sample Size
Sampling Approach
Justification (for approach to data collection)
Draft of Data Collection System (Questionnaire/survey)

In the first part, which is where I am, I have to discuss how my independent and dependent variables causally relate. And you know what I'm discovering? That it can be argued that people could lie to others online for ANY REASON. People can either be more or less honest in the hopes of community acceptance, for instance, whereas, when I drew up my schematic of interrelation of variables, I figured they'd be more dishonest to try to gain community acceptance, but that isn't necessarily the case. I'm more honest when meeting new people online, for instance, because what if I lie and I get to know them and OMG, they find out I lied?

I hope my data collection proves that people aren't as huge liars as I'm thinking they could be.

(This post brought to you in part by the fact that JB is visiting her parents and I can't call her to gripe about this, procrastination and the letters R, M and A+, along with a healthy dose of delusion.)

(Dammit, I need an RM icon.)

(ETA: There. That's better.)


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