Workout: 4 miles, 11:00 average, Pace Gloves
Warning to my blog friends: we're venturing into non-jogging territory today. Feel free to move right along if you're looking for my usual inane chatter (Hansons, Alaska photos, trashy music recommendations-speaking of which, Blood on the Leaves. Listen twelve times before judging too harshly. Also, Youtube's only got a higher-pitched version. Lame).
There was the mildest of smackdowns on the blog yesterday. I whined about the humidity and was promptly put in my place by Prof and Coach for my blatant hypocrisy. To which I say, "To err is human; to be annoying, Jeano." Or something like that. Does anyone even know the second half of that phrase?
Anyway, I don't tolerate weather whining from others (although I should qualify that statement by saying that I don't tolerate cold weather whining. If it's hot as hell where you are, whine on! Hot weather sucks), so it's silly of me to tolerate the same from myself. Smacked. Down. We're like the extremely tame and extremely inconsequential version of all the smackdowns that go on in the econ blogworld. What, you think I only read running blogs?
Speaking of econ blogs, one of my favorites is Noahpinion. That doesn't really matter for the purpose of this post, but if you're into that kind of thing, the blog's hilarious and a great read even for people with a limited knowledge of economics. Suggested reads include an amazing post on some of the freaks that troll the econ interblogs, and another on the definition of "derp." The post I really want to share with you, though, is about PhDs (title: "If you get a PhD, get an economics PhD").
[To the uninitiated, I'm heading to grad school this fall]
Now, as an economist, Noah is obviously biased. I don't know enough about the PhD business to make an informed decision. Regardless, his thoughts on lab science PhDs made me laugh:
"Lab science PhDs. These include biology, chemistry, neuroscience, electrical engineering, etc. These are PhDs you do because you're either a suicidal fool or an incomprehensible sociopath. They mainly involve utterly brutal hours slaving away in a laboratory on someone else's project for your entire late 20s, followed by years of postdoc hell for your early 30s, with a low percentage chance of a tenure-track position. To find out what these PhD programs are like, read this blog post. If you are considering getting a lab science PhD, please immediately hit yourself in the face with a brick. Now you know what it's like."
To be clear, he's not insulting lab scientists. Not at all. He's just saying that it's a soul-crushing field to go into.
Anyway, I know I've got a few smarty pants reading this blog (see: Prof & Coach) so I thought I'd share.
I'd be remiss not to mention running on this here running blog of mine. I ran today.
Oh, here's a picture:
- Lab scientists: is Noah right? The scientists at the place I used to work sure looked depressed.
- Other grad schoolers: make a case for your field, if you'd like.
- What non-running/fitness blogs do you read?