I'm a first-year PhD student. The things I love most are reading, coding, analyzing data, writing, and everything else that goes into doing science :).
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Thanks for the pep talk, I slept on it and feel much better this morning :). Failure is inevitable, and even good sometimes! I've learned a lot from my failed experiments over the last couple of months and am ready to tackle the problems with them.
My main goal was to get back down to my early high school weight which entails losing 9 pounds. I've been surprised at just how easy it is!!!! I've already lost ~3.5.
I have some more nebulous goals that I haven't put on the sheet and I'm really struggling with those. In particular, I'd like my research/experiments to affect my self-worth less. My experiments haven't been going well, and it's easy to feel like it's because I'm stupid or incompetent or whatever, even though I know that's not the case. I'm just not sure how to tackle this problem...
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I'm listening to The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Murakami on audiobook. I never listen to audiobooks, but the narrator for this one is really great and I love me some Murakami! The one annoying thing is that it's taking forever for me to get through since I read so much faster than speaking rate.
I'm also reading The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. I love the story and the execution for the most part, but his writing is just slightly too pretentious for me.
Not to mention the utter shittiness of the analysis. You can't interpret the numerical score on a Likert scale literally -- a score of 3 doesn't mean "profound" unless you have more context. This is why researchers using scale judgments convert them to z-scores so you can say whether they were rated more or less profound than the overall average rating. This all required you to have both unambiguously un-profound and profound statements as well as those in the middle. And as you said, there's no objective way to quantify the profundity!
This is why social psychology studies never replicate, they're all ridiculous crap like this.....
I actually just did this a couple months ago! I usually would have one cup of coffee a day, in the morning. When I quit I just powered through the withdrawal headaches -- they were only bad for the first week or so. I actually haven't noticed much of a significant drop in energy since then! I drink herbal tea in the morning now, maybe I'm just getting a placebo effect from any hot drink...