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02 July 2009 @ 12:39 pm
I got my degree certificate in the mail today.

It should feel like old news by now, but actually getting the certificate was a surprisingly big deal. To summarise for those who don't know: In early May, I had the public defence of my doctoral dissertation -- this is a biggish affair in Sweden, we do it the German way with an external examiner coming from some other university (in my case it was professor Geoffrey Leech from Lancaster University in the UK), who asks questions about the thesis for about two hours. And it's public, so anybody can come and listen. After the examination, a review board confers behind closed doors for a bit, and then come out to proclaim that the candidate has passed (or not.) By the time a thesis has come as far as the doctoral defence, it is *extremely* uncommon for it to fail, but it's of course perfectly possible to black out, forget everything and/or make a fool of yourself at the examination. As far as I know that's not taken into account when they decide whether you pass or not, but it's an ordeal all the same.

Except that mine wasn't that much of an ordeal. I was an utter bundle of nerves beforehand, but once we got started it turned out to be rather a fun occasion -- getting to talk for almost two hours about your own research, where nobody can stop you -- how cool is that! Not to mention that Geoffrey Leech was the best faculty opponent imaginable, and he made it into a really rewarding discussion.

So I did that in May, and if I'd been a diligent doctoral student that would have been it; unfortunately I had one of my reading courses left before I got the degree. A bit of an anti-climax, really, because the defence is such a large occasion, and a piddling five-credit course is such a minor thing, but obviously all the courses have to be done. So I spent the rest of May studying Old English (and loving it!) and in early June I took that exam and passed. And after that I could finally submit the paperwork for the degree.

And now I am a PhD. I've been wearing the ring since I passed the doctoral defence almost two months ago, but it hasn't really been real until today. I guess it has something to do with the fact that it took some time for it to sink in, too. That I'm really done, that is. Sure, I am going to revise my thesis for publication, but even if I never get it published anywhere I still finished the programme and got the degree, and I have doubted my own ability to do that so frequently that today, I'm going to revel in it.
Current Mood: jubilantjubilant
11 June 2009 @ 07:54 pm
Unexpected but very nice meme result -- cut for length.

Which fantasy writer are you?Collapse )

Their characteristic of her is partly misleading, but never mind. I admit that I'm not sure I want to believe my "also a lot like", but don't mind being far removed from my "exact opposite" ;-)
Current Mood: amusedamused
03 December 2008 @ 05:37 pm
12 Days of Christmas memememememeCollapse )


new year's resolutions meeeemeeeeCollapse )

I really don't resolve to cut down on my reading.
Current Mood: busybusy
27 June 2008 @ 10:06 am
From about five different people on my friends list.

Rules: Post 3 things you've done that you believe nobody else on your F-list has done.

1. Hitch-hiked in the cockpit of a passenger jet plane. (I was about 16, going from Skellefteå to Arlanda on a stand-by ticket, and when the plane was full and I hadn't got on it I walked up to the gate and said "I fly gliders, can I travel in the cockpit?" The logic of why my glider pilot licence should make me more suitable for travelling in the cockpit escapes me now, but the staff at the gate were mesmerised by the force of my direct gaze, or else they just thought I was cute.)

2. Been on the stage in two different operas before I was 12. (Dido & Aeneas, when I was 6 - I played an extraordinarily clumsy Cupid - and Hansel & Gretel, when I was 10 or 11, when I was in the chorus of children being rescued from the witch's cauldron.)

3. Sung - in a choir with about 30 people, mind you - to the King and Queen of Sweden, and the Emperor and Empress of Japan. (My choir performed in Uppsala cathedral on the 300th anniversary of Linnaeus' birth, last year. Though the Swedish royals have been around several times when we have performed, generally in connection with installing new bishops. When the new Archbishop was installed a few years ago, one of the procession leaders in the choir wore only underwear under the chorister robe, which is long, heavy and warm, and afterwards said quite happily "I have walked one metre in front of the Queen of Sweden wearing no trousers!" That would have been something to put in a list like this, but sadly, I can't.)
Current Mood: workingworking
27 September 2007 @ 10:16 pm
Just for your information, my real actual weblog since 2002, Néablog, is alive again. Over the last couple of years it's been a sort of on-again-off-again thing, mostly because I have been closely reading and analysing blogs for my thesis; this, on the one hand, made me less interested in producing that kind of drivel myself, and on the other hand it made me see how uninspiring my writings are compared to the good blogs out there.

So I'm not making a long-term commitment, but at the moment I am more interested in keeping Néablog alive than I've been for some time.
Current Mood: tiredtired
06 June 2007 @ 12:23 pm
Povel Ramel is dead.

[added: Finally an English-language news report: http://www.thelocal.se/7520/20070606/ ]
Current Mood: melancholymelancholy
Current Music: Alla har vi varit små
14 May 2007 @ 01:56 pm
I have seen the Pacific Ocean, and have sung En Vänlig Grönska in a church which overlooked the Golden Gate bridge - an experience which can only be referred to as "really, really cool". And here I am in Palo Alto, in a fairly nice hotel room (but I'm very disappointed in the fact that the bathtub won't hold water - are you supposed to BYO plug for the drain when staying at hotels in the US?).

Our first concert did not, as a whole, go very well (the abovementioned church singing did, but that was Sunday service, not a concert). People made all kinds of weird mistakes, such as the tenors coming in half a bar too early in the des Prez Gloria and throwing us all into confustion - and since we hadn't actually been told until half an hour before the concert which songs were to be in it, I don't think most of us had realised how long and wearying it would be. The Bach motet which was the final number suffered a lot from our general fatigue. To be fair, though, some of the pieces went really really well, the audience applauded frenetically, and I think we'll be better prepared for the next concert.

And since most of you won't have any idea what I'm doing in California, here's a link to an explanatory image: http://nea.pp.se/ccontour.jpg . (I think they could have used a more recent picture for the poster. Hmph.)
Current Mood: goodgood
11 March 2007 @ 06:13 pm
Happy Birthday to jophan!
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
12 January 2007 @ 05:22 pm
I have posted the book meme I found in greeniezona's LJ over at Néablog, which is where I write things. (Where I intend to write things more frequently than I've been doing this last year, certainly.)
Current Mood: tiredtired
15 December 2006 @ 04:24 pm
From jophan:
On the twelfth day of Christmas, jlms sent to me...
Twelve moomins drumming
Eleven cats piping
Ten bookstores a-leaping
Nine languages dancing
Eight words a-milking
Seven books a-travelling
Six libraries a-reading
Five bo-o-o-oard games
Four used bookstores
Three collecting books
Two used books
...and a beer in a fantasy.
Get your own Twelve Days:

A beer in a fantasy, yay!!
Current Mood: amusedamused