Events are swirling (not entirely downward I should say gratefully) in my life thanks to a little thing called my PhD upgrade. As a consequence of these events, postings at IT have been a little thin. This chaos all ends next Tuesday, however, and life and my blog hopefully resumes back to normal after a presentation to my Department and a two hour defense to two experts on the merits, or lack thereof, of my work. It's crunch time, pass or fail, do or die.
Speaking of crunch time, I was quickly catching up on Nate Silver's blog FiveThirtyEight.com at 4 AM about discretionary spending in the U.S. and the recession, which is brilliantly written. If there was ever a real cause for panic, I take away from his post that it shouldn't be silly things like PhD exams but rather things like this. What is the world coming too, I wonder?