I have been away for a while… a good LONG while. However, I am still going to try and keep this blog running. Truth is, I like this blog. I find it is a good way for me to express my ideas about various topics that interest me and get feedback on those selfsame topics. I also find it good practice to keep writing about technical concepts in a less than technical manner. Or, to paraphrase Albert Einstein (who was paraphrasing Ernest Rutherford), you don't truly understand your [sed/strat] unless you can explain it to your [friends in a bar].
That said, sometimes the real world just gets too busy for me to make regular updates to ITV, let alone pay attention to it at all. I had some grand plans for when I finished my thesis such as: move over to Wordpress, start semi-weekly updates, break down the infernal tome of archaic knowledge over a series of posts, etc. What I didn't expect was how complex my schedule could become. I had to move, find work (of a sort), research PhD programs, attend conferences (which included helping prepare presentations for conferences), write applications to graduate programs, retake the GRE (prior scores expired. Good news, both scores went up [still waiting on the essay score]), and work on condensing my Masters into a journal article for submission (got a rough draft done, but it isn't ready for "showtime" yet)…. And my schedule doesn't look like it will be easing up anytime soon with campus visits, grant writing, helping to get a lecture series organized and developing a "training manual" about local sed/strat for docents at the museum I am currently working with. I have developed a greater respect for all the geobloggers out there who have been able to balance the real world and blogging.
So, with that in mind, I have decided to set more realistic expectations of what I hope to accomplish regarding ITV. I will no longer be moving from blogger (it's got problems, but I can endure them for the time being). Semi-weekly updates might be a bit optimistic. I will try and post monthly updates at the very least. I am also scrapping the idea of talking about my thesis, since I am trying to get it into a journal. Once it's in a journal, I probably will just let someone else in the geoblogosphere eviscerate it.
With that said, I am currently working on December's update. Watch this space.