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post Jul 18 2004, 11:58 PM
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A bit of explanation is probably needed. In the UK when you start a doctorate course, AKA a PhD, you start as an MPhil/PhD student. After a few years of studying you do an upgrade examination to full PhD student status.

This is a very important exam, it's the only time during the period of study for the PhD that you get any external examination. You submit around ten thousand words of thesis standard material and you have an interview that lasts about an hour (but can last a lot longer, and often the final PhD interview ends up in a restaurant, then a pub...). After this you are given a pass or a fail. No other result is given, pass or fail.

In December last year I did my MPhil upgrade exam. I submitted one chapter and did the interview. My interview must have been fantastic, because they accepted everything that I said. The problem was that they didn't think that it was truly reflected in my writing, so they took the unprecedented step (certainly it's not happened before at my university anyway) of requesting that I resubmit the chapter in six month's time.

Because of the time that was required to shape up the chapter, especially during the last few months of preparation, I needed to stop animating for that time, which is why it's been so long since an animation (the new one is looking fantastic BTW, but it'll still be at least a few week's yet I think).

Anyway, after all this effort I've now had word back that the head of the examining committee has approved my rewrite, there is still one member of the committee that has a say on the judgement of the chapter, but he will most likely follow the position of the head. This essentially means that I have, most likely, passed this section of my studies! Yay!

*does a little dance*

From here on then, there are no more hurdles to jump before I finish the whole thesis. I'm hoping to get this done by November next year but it might take longer. Phew. There's a long way to go, but this is the final slog. I'm actually making progress. For the first time in a long time it's becoming possible to believe in a time when I have actually finished my thesis and I can move on to whatever happens next. This is a really exciting moment for me.


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post Jul 19 2004, 12:06 AM
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Well, let me be the first to say... rock on.

Good job and all such sentiments.

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post Jul 19 2004, 12:41 AM
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Wow congrats to you! What's your thesis on? You've probably said it before but I'm a bit senile at times. Good luck to you on your future.


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post Jul 19 2004, 12:50 AM
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The Gendering of Cyberspace: Gender, Identity, and Sexuality in the Works of Wiliam Gibson.

The chapter I submitted was eventually 11,500ish words long. It was simultaneously great and very dull. Only another 55,000ish to go. I might skimp a bit and try to say what I mean in about another 48,000 but I'm not sure if I can cut it all down that much.

This is part of the reason that these days I have so much trouble saying anything specific without writing at least a thousand words about it!


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post Jul 19 2004, 01:09 AM
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Congrats! I want to dig and ask questions about your work so far... but I don't know what to ask blink.gif Maybe I'll start by asking what you plan to do after college?

11,500 seems a little smallish, but then again you did say the standard was 10,000. I don't know, I could be wrong on the smallish part.


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post Jul 19 2004, 01:30 AM
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For the upgrade you're not supposed to write more than 10,000. It was only because of the unusual nature of my resubmission that I was allowed to go over that. The final piece has a maximum limit of 70,000 words. 10k is enough to get a pretty good idea of what a person is like at writing.

When you really start getting specific about things it's amazing how quickly the words fly by.


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post Jul 19 2004, 01:47 AM
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*applauds* YAY MATA! biggrin.gif biggrin.gif

For this achievement you have certainly earned some pet ninjas! ph34r.gif ph34r.gif ph34r.gif

Good luck on the rest of your studies and Many Many Congrats happy.gif


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post Jul 19 2004, 02:24 AM
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Wow! Congrats. That's a lot of work, and well done as it sounds. Next year I'm off to college and I'm planing on being either a pediatric surgeon or a child physciatrist. So that's the kind of stuff I have to look forward to eh? Well, Congrats again - I'm really really really happy for you.

laugh.gif I want to die when I have to write a 10 page paper. I'm not quite sure how many words that is, but I know that it can be very time consuming.

Congrats Mata, and I can't wait until your next animation comes out smile.gif


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post Jul 19 2004, 04:41 AM
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We're all proud of you, Mata. happy.gif
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post Jul 19 2004, 07:28 AM
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Congratulations, Mata! biggrin.gif I know I have said this many many times before, but I feel I must reiterate. YOU DA MAN!!!!


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post Jul 19 2004, 08:50 AM
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Ooh! Well done!

All that Uni work sounds scary and difficult, so it's really impressive that you have/will put/be putting so much hard work into it.

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post Jul 19 2004, 10:05 AM
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QUOTE (spiffilicious05 @ Jul 19 2004, 03:24 AM)
laugh.gif I want to die when I have to write a 10 page paper. I'm not quite sure how many words that is, but I know that it can be very time consuming.

This chapter came out at being 43 pages, not including the bibliography and a couple iof other bits and bobs, but the chapter is double spaced, so it's about half that without the correct academic formatting.

Thanks everyone. Now I've got to get my head around doing the rest of it, but like I say, this was the last hurdle to get over.

EDIT: I've just had confirmation from the other deciding committee member that he agrees that I have passed the upgrade. It's official now. Yay!


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post Jul 19 2004, 12:06 PM
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Your an English PhD student aswell? You can get into Tate Modern Exhibitions for a special price if you show you NUS card you know. That's about all it's good for. But Hopper was good.
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post Jul 19 2004, 12:26 PM
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QUOTE (Mutilation @ Jul 19 2004, 01:06 PM)
But Hopper was good.

Ooooo was it? I'm trying to persuade my friend to swing by and check it out when we go to London to see the Lempicka exhibit but she isn't convinced yet sad.gif

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Well done Mata old bean. So do we have to refer to you as Dr Mata soon?? blink.gif


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post Jul 19 2004, 12:29 PM
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I think it should be Laird Mata Something. It seems a scottish name.

And the real Hopper pictures are alot better than the replicates. They just show walls as black or white, not tens of shades of blues, purples, grey and creams.
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post Jul 19 2004, 02:52 PM
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QUOTE (Mutilation @ Jul 19 2004, 01:29 PM)
And the real Hopper pictures are alot better than the replicates. They just show walls as black or white, not tens of shades of blues, purples, grey and creams.

OK I'm gonna have to work harder to get my friend to go see then biggrin.gif

Perhaps it should be Lord Mata? unsure.gif


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post Jul 19 2004, 03:04 PM
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Well, I'm a Rev, so I could be the Reverend Doctor Mata. Actually, I've encouraged enough people to get ordained now that I'm pretty sure that I'm allowed to take the title 'Saint'.


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post Jul 19 2004, 03:07 PM
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QUOTE (Mata @ Jul 19 2004, 04:04 PM)
Well, I'm a Rev, so I could be the Reverend Doctor Mata. Actually, I've encouraged enough people to get ordained now that I'm pretty sure that I'm allowed to take the title 'Saint'.

Reverend? Am I missing something unsure.gif


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post Jul 19 2004, 03:19 PM
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Since when were you a Reverend?

I woudn't mind calling you Dr. Mata *giggle* (teehee- "doctor")


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post Jul 19 2004, 03:23 PM
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I'm actually Reverand Laird Matthew. You can easily become a reverand and the Universal Life Church in about five minutes and get someone married.
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post Jul 19 2004, 03:35 PM
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QUOTE (Mutilation @ Jul 19 2004, 04:23 PM)
ou can easily become a reverand and the Universal Life Church in about five minutes and get someone married.

That's only going to be legal in America though surely?


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post Jul 19 2004, 04:06 PM
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Congratulations Mata, Well you earned a pint at the Manchester bash for that wink.gif
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To cut down the number of words used, define a number of shorthand words at the start of your thesis. For instance, every time you want to use the phrase "Gibsonian representation of the human perception of cyberspace", you can save 6 words by defining your own word, 'spangleflooj' to mean just that.

For instance,

"It's clear to see from the spangleflooj that the human condition is far more than an agamungjabba*"

*where agamungjabba is another defined phrase meaning "the eternal sturggle between soul and underpants."


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post Jul 19 2004, 07:37 PM
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GO MATA GO

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post Jul 19 2004, 07:43 PM
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QUOTE
For instance,

"It's clear to see from the spangleflooj that the human condition is far more than an agamungjabba*"

*where agamungjabba is another defined phrase meaning "the eternal sturggle between soul and underpants."


Out of curiosity, can you do that? Like say, "[Insert smart sounding phrase here] will be referred to as spangleflooj." And then go on with your paper?


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