No, I have no special connection to the last Justice Scalia. No, I was not a big fan of his opinions (and, more accurately, his many dissents). However, I learned long ago to read his opinions and dissents. He was a brilliant legal scholar, a literate writer, and a debater to be feared.
Over the past couple of years in the DLP program, we studied many of Justice Scalia’s dissents and opinions. The dissents were always more fun.
Here are some links to quotes from the great mind, now silenced.
Okay, then, things are changing. Like my thesis. I have to ponder a different reality, but one thing is for sure: Neenah Estrella-Luna, Ph.D. was right. The thesis you write may not be the one you planned to write.
Yeah, I’m down with that.
Quarter grades were posted today (see below left for additional information).
I have now completed 75% of my doctoral program. I’m solidly into collecting data for my thesis project. This s#i+ is getting real.
My IRB application was approved the day before Thanksgiving. My survey is up (http://TinyURL.com/CalabasasSurvey). My adverts are going up. My invitation letters will go out on January 4, 2016.
The race is underway.
Six months to go.
My IRB application is essentially complete.
I spoke by Skype with the Professor Neenah Estrella-Luna, who is responsible for coordinating IRB applications prior to submission to the Principal Investigator, and to the IRB rep. Professor Estrella-Luna asked me to make some changes based on new rules not yet reflected in the current application form, but those change are extremely minor.
This is a great relief because I know have data collection in sight, if not yet underway.
While my own ‘pipes’ are healing, and I had my internal liner (stent) removed a few days ago, the main sewer clay pipe for my home failed. I suppose that’s not a surprise after 35 years of service.
To fix the sewer, we had an internal liner installed. One liner out; one liner in.
Just another reminder that life gets in the way of life, sometimes.
Regrettably, I’ve missed this month’s classes at the University. I have a good excuse: a kidney stone that refused to gracefully exit, and demanded the rather personal attention of my urologist in a surgical setting. The little bastard is gone, now. Good riddance vile creature.
As part of my commitment to be transparent about my grades, I have today posted the Summer 2015 quarter grades. They are below and to the left on this page.
I’m very impressed by very quiet people who do very noisy things very quietly.
Cohort 9, which just started in July, seems to be off to a good start. Last week, during the August Intensive, they started their own new tradition: Bow Tie Sundays.