February 11th, 2005

me: ooh!

Reasons To Love My Former Ph.D. Advisor, #572

I was working on the last paper from my Ph.D. thesis on my flight home to London. (Please note, I graduated in September 2002 and have made repeated attempts to get the paper published by returning to San Diego and working on it in lab. Unpaid.) I ran across the following comment and had to put it down to watch episodes of Samurai Jack before I imploded.

I wrote: However, the resolution of the photoelectron spectra at higher photon energies precludes a definitive assignment for the A(2A') ← X(1A') transition.

He wrote: {last sentence particularly lame}

What I wanted to write in response: "I don't understand. How is it lame? Is it the content? Is it that I've ended the paragraph on an uncertain note? Is it the stilted sound of passive third-person academic writing? Is this sentence hurting America? Because if it is, let me know. I don't want to hurt America."

What I actually wrote: "Could you please be more specific?"