03 October 2008

New Page

Today seems to be marking a new segment in everything around me.

The weather, for example, took a dip. Now, it suddenly became cold. The temperature now hovers around 7-12 degrees Celsius, and it is definitely sweater, and sometimes, coat weather. The leaves are now turning, and I like the scenery that they make when some trees are green, some are yellow, and some are orange.

I also have a new picture series. I am exhibiting the photos I took from Arlington National Cemetery, starting with this photo of the entrance. Wow, I took these photos about a year ago, when I visited Washington DC in December. I remember having a snowstorm here in Buffalo the day before I left, and I was hoping that my flight wouldn't be affected at all. Thankfully, it wasn't, and I was able to catch the flight and meet my Russian friend down there. I loved DC weather; it was just right, no snows, just cool windy days. I never brought my coat down there, actually, just a leather jacket.

I had to reject two people in the experiment room earlier. They were not paying attention to the subject requirements that we wanted. They thought that they were eligible, but then it turned out that they weren't, so they were sent away, hoping that they do some other experiment for their class requirement.

I finished writing my paper proposal topic for my neurolinguistics class. Too bad I am just doing a hypothetical study, since it costs a great amount of money to run neurolinguistic experiments. One should be writing an awesome kick-ass grant in order to run fMRI scans to investigate their research questions.

I need to harvest several articles from the library. I suppose I am now in the reading phase; I am done with my qualifying paper (technically, not yet, I still have one final revision to make once my readers give me their comments), and now I am reading tons of stuff in order to figure out what I would want to do research for my dissertation. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! So what I do now is read a bunch of articles, and then look at their bibliographies what other articles might be of interest and relevance, and then find and read them. Currently, I am reading articles about discourse processing, and how humans process temporal information in narratives.

I have this Reception to attend tomorrow, apparently it is held for my honor. The fact of the matter is, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences is holding it, and he invited all the fellows of the college. I am one of them, and so I get to hear people talk for an hour, and then enjoy some wine and finger food. I wonder how that would turn up.

So there, it is getting late, and I still have some preparation to do for tomorrow. I love the fact that I am busy again, it makes me energized, when I have all these things to do, and I see myself moving forward, crossing them out one by one.

(Entrance, from my Arlington Cemetery Series)


  1. Our lives are similar:

    1) It got cold here too
    2) I'm starting a new series of Canadian pictures soon (China is almost finished)
    3) I kicked a student out of my class this week!

  2. Zhu,

    Haha! I suppose we have similar stuff going on indeed!