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Reduced throughput July 29, 2008

Posted by dorigo in personal, physics.
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Hot July, and an even hotter August is in store. Back from two weeks of virtual vacations (I worked about six hours a day), I found the regular sheetload of accumulated errands to run waiting for me and my inexistent free time. Besides the non-physics occupations I had to entertain myself with, I have currently two papers under internal review; one funding proposal to review; one funding proposal to resubmit; one paper for which to collect corrections from other members of a committee; one long document to write; three chapters of a masters’ thesis to correct. And then I have to follow the momentum scale calibration work within CMS; the meetings of the electroweak group there; the internal review process of a new important result;  the analysis work of the Ph.D. thesis I am an advisor of. Then, if I found the time, I should also keep the ttH analysis rolling; follow the checkout of the CMS tracker and participate with data-taking shifts. And I feel I am forgetting many things. One for sure: keep this blog going. Oh well. Do I love my job ? Yes, but sometimes too much of a good thing is really too much.

Tomorrow I will leave to Padola, in the eastern Alps. But I will not enjoy my stay there too much… One thing will help, though: my internet connectivity will be very bad. That should at least enable me to concentrate on those issues which require me to read documents. Reading! Who has time for reading these days ?

All the above to say that I expect a slightly reduced throughput in this blog for the next couple of weeks. BUT: I have been sitting on a pile of gold for a while now, and I will slowly but steadily distribute it here. Fresh, new results from CDF, prepared for ICHEP 2008 in Philadelphia. One example ? The updated Tevatron average for the top quark mass, which now sits at 172.xx +- 0.7%… Stay tuned!

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