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Ovvldc dropping cycles
 
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ovvldc
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 3:28 pm    Post subject: Ovvldc dropping cycles Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

I am in the final year of my Ph.D. and the workload and stress levels are slowly increasing. My contract has six months left and there is a ton of work to do. In fact, it is now pretty certain that the thesis will not be finished by May. In short, it's crunch time.

Because of this, I will not be as able to help out as much as I used to, or as much I would like to. I have to ensure that I spend enough time away from a computer to keep up my physical health, and also that the number of things I feel responsible for is within manageable levels so as to retain my ability to focus.

I keep up with the forum as best I can, but bug reporting and other behind-the-scenes work will drop off until summer. I can still translate the occasional neoffice.org page to Dutch, but that is about as far as my commitment stretches for now. I may occasionally have time, but I cannot really plan on it. I'd appreciate being kept in the loop on stuff, but I can't promise to act on anything coming my way.

I hope you understand, and I hope to get back soon.

best wishes,
Oscar

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Makes sense to me. I am constantly prioritizing like this and IMHO it really is necessary to focus your energies on the top one, two, or three things that need attending to. It is so easy to get pulled in fifty different directions and when that has happened to me, it can be overwhelming. FWIW, I have found that being up front and not committing to things I know won't do anyone any favors. I would just get worn out juggling too many tasks and complete none of them.

Take care and I hope you'll stop by the Trinity site when time allows,

Patrick
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck, Oscar. We'll certainly miss you, but I definitely understand Smile

We'll keep the lights on for you.

Smokey

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narf
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 6:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Ovvldc dropping cycles Reply with quote

ovvldc wrote:
I have to ensure that I spend enough time away from a computer to keep up my physical health.

This is a good point. Congratulations on nearing the end of your Ph.D.

--fran
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ovvldc
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys! And I am not gone, I will just be more quiet than usual Smile.

Best wishes,
Oscar

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yoxi
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 1:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lurk at will, sir... enjoy your studies.
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Samwise
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 2:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And when you're back, we all go to the Netherlands and throw a big NeoOffice Party! Very Happy

Good luck Smile
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aussie149
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:37 am    Post subject: best Wishes Reply with quote

Good luck with the PhD Oscar - and season's greetings!
Peter
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K-9
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahhh! Ph.D. In what? Good luck! It is a bear indeed! I wrote my Ph.D. dissertation in 1 year of hell. 25 years of research! Argh!!!!

best wishes to you Oscar.

p.s. I stayed up 3 days at a time and lived on pots of coffee. struggling with cogent thoughts are tough and when you get thinks clicking you have to get that old diarrhea of the mind and let it flow, flow, flow...

Have a great Holidays!!!
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ovvldc
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 2:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ehm, your descriptions are evocative, to say the least. I don't drink coffee, so I don't think I will be awake for 3 days straight, though I spent some 12 hours at the office yesterday. I have personally found it is important that I keep doing sports and such to avoid getting mentally stuck in the way that Patrick described.

My Ph.D. is on alternatives to diesel and petrol (that's gasoline for Americans). I am looking at Fischer-Tropsch fuels (GTL, CTl, BTL), hybrid cars and some of the effects and conditions of their uptake on a large scale.

Thanks everyone and best (season's) wishes,
Oscar

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 5:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The key is to find your own path on your way to completion of the task! Interesting topic!!!! I would have never thought from knowing you from these forums.

Find your own groove. We all work in so many different ways! Best wishes to you.

Norman
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, I think you'd be surprised at the myriad walks of life and skills that lurk in this community..

-Oz

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