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Busy inactivity

is what I filled with the first half of September. That does not bring me to a good mood since I will be travelling a lot starting next week and could have used this time to move towards flamming research goals and preparing the course for winter semester. Yet unfinished bisness, organizational matters, incautious promises (that result in inconvenient deadlines) and vanity (that results in unnecessary deadlines) have eaten most of the time. Some weird activities included:
– visiting twice Russian embassy in the Hauge
– making physcological portrait of one of the students
– studying open source packages that provide hierarchical menu systems in Python
– attending a talk about definition of quantum computer
– reading a chapter from a book of Abrikosov that I failed to understand thirty years ago (and still do not properly understand)
– weighting up the options to use light or heavy holes for a device that does not care about the hole weight
– writting four referee reports for journals I usually do not read.

And so on. Must confess that my attempts to avoid real work were quite sucsessful.
And they seem to become exemplary for others. Our secretary won’t be around for a couple of days: she studies how to provide first aid. In case she’d be absent for a reason, shouldn’t I learn this as well?

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