I’ve been meaning to post a blog entry for a while but I just didn’t have enough time and energy to do it during the weekend. On top of that, my darned Netgear modem was just getting plain useless – it would connect me to the Internet for five minutes, and then would drop the connection for the next two hours. I thought it was the service provider that was hopeless – and after I finally called their excellent support team, I thought perhaps the issue was with the modem or with the router all this time. So I purchased a new modem/router – a Billion 7800N – it looks ugly but it does its job really well so far – the connection is steady and the speed feels much better compared to my old Netgear modem + Linksys router. So now I can do a lot more work from home and update J/BLØG. 🙂
On the work and study front, I am entering a busy period as well. I received the full stack of data for my analysis a couple of weeks ago – they need to be coded, matched with some television viewing data from the UK, and then analysed. The whole process is quite intimidating at the moment, especially since some of the tasks are really labour intensive. I don’t know how to automate the process with my Excel macro skills as I still need to be extra careful when I look at the data. I am also involved in co-authoring several conference papers, and still teaching four classes this Study Period. So life is definitely very busy! It is true that I much prefer being busy than being bored – but this is bordering being hectic! I stometimes feel like a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest. Very frantic indeed!
If you’re wondering about Burt, he’s doing well – I still haven’t done anything about the other parts that need fixing. Based on the advice from other PT Cruiser owners in a forum that I’ve joined, I can now look at the situation more wisely. I’m now trying to source the parts from the Internet and then ask the mechanics to install them – by doing so, I will save hundreds of dollars! I know that businesses need to mark-up the costs for profits and what-not, but since I am trying to be a money-wise consumer, I will do everything that I can to save money! 🙂
There are so many other things that I would love to write – but I’ll stop here while my brain still functions well before I ramble too much. Haha. I will need to get up extra early tomorrow for a breakfast meeting at 8.00am. After that, I will rush to the university to teach my 10.00am class – do some more work – and then teach another class at 3.00pm. A busy day indeed!
Time to have my evening shower and head to bed. Good night, world! 🙂 :zzz: