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For whenever I start feeling sorry for myself

I know I kvetch from time to time about the currently dismal funding situation for biomedical research and worry about whether I’ll be able to keep my lab funded. However, every so often I’m reminded that cancer researchers by and large have it pretty good, at least compared to some academic disciplines:

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

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9 replies on “For whenever I start feeling sorry for myself”

Sadly, as a humanities PhD student, there are large elements of truth in this (although no one worded it this way- it’s more “it’s extremely difficult to get through, funding is tight at all levels- you may not even get teaching let alone any other financial support and at the end you may not get a job- but you’re passionate about it, you’re talented enough, and you’re willing to do the work. Go for it.”)

oh dear god, yes. Especially when trying to go into creative writing, and doubly especially when you write a genre that they don’t consider to be “literature”.

Luckily, I decided I didn’t need the piece of paper saying I can write fiction, and got out.

Now I’m going back in to study Disability Studies. sigh…

Tea parties are going after humanities as well as science then? Perhaps they need a Tea Party Theme Song…



i am an adjunct professor now. *and* i get awesome health benefits. the pay *is* crap, but the work is fun!

The one they did about the sales guy talking to his boss about getting screwed out of his commissions was too funny – and hit waaaay to close to home!

Wonderful! It cracked me up. I still love being a college instructor, though. 🙂 Hah, I’m downloading this and sharing it! I love the “get the frak out of my office!” BSG fan!

Amy, nobody warned me in any form. I was doing PhD classwork before I caught on.

rob, glad you’re amused. I currently adjunct for 1-3 unis (one online) teaching 0-9 sections of Comp at $1500/class/semester and live in my mother’s spare room. Insurance? I don’t have a desk. (Two ruptured discs in my neck that make carrying books and papers miserable, but no insurance, no desk, and no parking permit. I asked for a measly file cabinet drawer once. Nope.) I’d get an honest job, but I’ve been off the market teaching for ten years, and this doesn’t seem to impress employers.

I’m 45 years old, and I chose to go back to college in my 30s because I knew I needed to be able to support myself. The film is hilarious, but it’s pretty serious, too.

Absolutely true – even before the election next week.

When I told a theology professor I was quitting a faculty job to go back to clinical practice, he was astounded. Dumbfounded. He explained that if he quit or retired there would be 100 applicants for his job immediately. And he was chair of his department.

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