The Quantum Pontiff


is realizing that you’ve spent twenty straight hours working on a grant proposal. Fry, meet Brain. Brain, meet Fry.


  1. #1 astephens
    May 21, 2008

    This kind of talk makes me want to stay as a student for just a little longer. I don’t wanna be an academo if I have to pain my brain on a biannual basis.

  2. #2 Orac
    May 21, 2008

    Only 20 hours?



  3. #3 Dave Bacon
    May 21, 2008

    Yeah, I just don’t have the stamina I used to where I could make 36 hours working on single topic. Must have caught ADD.

  4. #4 JM Geremia
    May 21, 2008

    I know… I love this time of the year. I try to compensate for all that brain frying by going down to the shop and drilling holes in things. Being an experimentalist, you might think that means I’m being productive… but alas, they’re the wrong kind of holes.

  5. #5 Dave Bacon
    May 21, 2008

    My equivalent of drilling holes is writing nothing blog posts.

    Actually my being mean on my blog directly correlates with whether I’ve just finished writing a grant or not. Grant writing makes me a son of a…

  6. #6 Suz
    May 22, 2008

    Oh God. 20 hours straight is plenty. That sucks…

  7. #7 Ian Durham
    May 22, 2008

    That’s one advantage to being a theorist at a liberal arts college. I have no equipment and a reasonable (though not quite big enough) travel budget from the college.

  8. #8 John Sidles
    May 22, 2008

    Dave … watch this Rodney Mullen video … starring several of my heroes … it will ease the pain … I promise!

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