Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Kobayashi Maru: Life After Losing the No-Win Scenario

Nearly two years after the fact, I realized this blog was badly named. A better name would have been Kobayashi Maru: Life after Losing the No-Win Scenario. Only some of you get the reference. If you’ve never seen Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan, here’s the clip.

My iteration of the Kobayashi Maru started in 1998. It’s now 2008. It’s taken me a decade, but I’m up on my feet again. I’m (sort of) paying my bills on-time again. I’m not forgetting appointments (as much), I’ve designed two lower-division and two upper-division poly sci courses. I’m happily married. And I really, really want to graduate.

I think this blog has served its purpose. I wrote about brain lesions. I wrote about the Packers. I wrote about the Red Wings. I’ve written to cope with life or to indulge in the escapism of being a sports fan. I need less indulgence in escapism and I need to shift to focus to a different problem now. I’m not as lost as I have been. I need to focus on solving the problems that Susan Whiting once optimistically called “my research agenda.” I need to learn how to research again.

I’ve cleaned most of this blog up and I’ll still occasionally rant about football and hockey here. But I’d like to see if blogging about the problems in my research might help me figure out how to get my dissertation written. Anyway, if you want to check out the research blog, which probably will be even more stunningly dull than even this incoherent mess, the link is here. If not, well hey, it’s been a fun ride, tune in here occasionally if you can remember, but I need to write here less often.

It’s been fun—thanks for reading!


(awk)Word said...

No, No, NO! You can't leave. I enjoy reading your blog.

Why does everything I love go away?

I'll miss you.

Cuphound said...

Hey, RL, it's not like I'll never post here again. But try the research blog. It might be funny, in an admittedly more academic style. But, let's face it. I'm a queer. It'll have snippy, dry, smug comments about Middle Eastern studies. That could be entertaining...

Granted, it probably isn't as much fun as me cussing about hockey, but playoffs are coming. What are the odds I'll be able to resist ranting?

By the by, the Sharks look to have clinched their playoff berth just under the Red Wings. I would gloat, except it looks really likely that we'll be saddled with the President's Cup. That's bad luck I'd really rather pass on to the Sharks.

But if the Avs don't suck this next two weeks and the Oilers don't rock, it'll be a Wings-Avs first round. There's no way I won't be writing about that. Especially since Craig and I have Versus on the dish now. I can watch it in the comfort of my own living room. No sports bars pour little ole moi.

Thanks, though, for posting. It makes me feel good that someone will notice!