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Survived another Christmas [Dec. 26th, 2009|12:13 pm]
[Current Location |Invercargill]
[mood |blahblah]

Managed to get through the Christmas season without feeling the need to exterminate anyone, which is a big enough bonus this year.

Saw snippets of a few of the Christmas movies being played, although not enough to make any sense of most of them. Did get to see the whole of the Family Guy Star Wars parody, which worked even though I've never actually watched Family Guy (although the Younger Generation are probably still wondering why I found the dot matrix printer (a Spaceballs reference) and "Shaddap You Face" (a Joe Dolce Music Theatre reference) the funniest in-jokes...)

Ate too much yesterday, drank too much the day before, slept about 24 hours in the last 48 and now, instead of the week off I was supposed to be having, am now going to start on a huge proof-reading job. (What is it with people doing master's degrees that makes them think someone who's last actually sat exam was School Certificate in 1983 would be an appropriate person to proof-read their thesis or dissertation or whatever they call it this year?)

[User Picture]From: drealkulit
2009-12-26 09:50 pm (UTC)

Happy holidays!!!!!!! *POUNCE HUGGLES!*

Ate too much as well, and been drinking too much also. LOL Aren't yah proud? ;)
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2009-12-27 02:07 am (UTC)
Good to see you're still on the actual Internet.

And I'll get my cards written one of these days. Weeks. Months, maybe. Possibly in time for Easter...
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[User Picture]From: drealkulit
2009-12-27 07:05 am (UTC)
I missed out sending cards this year. :( I don't even remember if I got to send out last year! >.
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[User Picture]From: mthomas3
2009-12-27 12:52 am (UTC)
Ummm... in defense of the poor soul you're proofing for, if you truly are unfamiliar with the material you will have Fresh Eyes. (Unlike everyone else in that student's immediate vicinity.) And you might be less likely to get distracted by the student's thesis material, so you'll actually *see* all those "the the"s and "two instead of too"s which others would miss.

I thought my thesis was well-proofed until my father read a draft. He found a really embarrassing number of "the the"s that I just hadn't seen at all.
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2009-12-27 02:06 am (UTC)
There was a "the" instead of a "their" in. the. actual. title.

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[User Picture]From: mthomas3
2009-12-27 04:32 am (UTC)
Ohhhh, deeeeearrr... Gonna be a looooong read.
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[User Picture]From: drealkulit
2009-12-27 07:04 am (UTC)

(sorry, I'm far from being a grammar natzi, but that's too funny. :P)
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From: cajetan65
2010-01-04 04:18 am (UTC)
Have proof-read a few theses: including three of me own.

It's true: fresh eyes are critical when getting something "assessed" before final submission...

Be afraid, VERY afraid. Thesis #4 may begin this year (hideous cackle)
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