I was away, but now I’m back. Report on trip later, after I’ve been a bit more productive. And there’s the problem.
I have spent all
day afternoon evening fidgeting with stupid graphs. The graphs are in Excel, because that is the only program I have on my computer that makes graphs, and because the raw data were in Excel anyway, so I’m not changing that. Deal with it.
Just slapping the Excel graphs in my thesis won’t do, because they’re ugly, so I’m passing them through Illustrator, where I rewrite the labels (they say the same things, of course, but they look prettier) and remove all the nothingness. If you’ve ever pasted a graph from Excel into Illustrator you’ll know what I mean by “nothingness”, but I’ll try to explain for everyone else: about 50% of the image consists of just white boxes in the background of every single word or other piece of the graph. I don’t know why, it just does. You can’t even see that they’re gone because they were white (or even transparent) and behind everything else, but I’m taking them out because I’m an Illustrator purist.
Then the pretty gradient colours I used when I showed these graphs in a presentation are really ugly once they’re in Illustrator, and also not worth spending money on for the colour prints, so I’m replacing all the colours of the bars with just black.
And then WHOA, I noticed that the graphs are not the same size, so I had to go back to Excel to fix that part, and start all over.
The cat was sitting on my desk while I was doing this, and literally got sick. Not on the desk, which would have been easy to clean (minute mark 8:20 if you’re in a hurry, or 7:30 if you’ve got another minute, or why not watch the whole thing?)(by the way, I went to a Craig Ferguson taping while on vacation in LA. Harry Shearer was guest. Anyway…), but under the far end of the bed, near the wall, which is where the cat goes to puke. So there’s that to deal with.I have about 15 graphs, or maybe a million, I don’t know. I just did two, but they were just some _other_ graphs that aren’t even meant for my thesis. I don’t even know why I spent all that work on them. Clearly I’m going crazy!
I have about 15 graphs, or maybe a million, I don’t know. I just did two, but they were just some other graphs that aren’t even meant for my thesis. I don’t even know why I spent all that work on them. Clearly I’m going crazy!
Now I’m considering just saving the numbers and making new graphs from said numbers in lovely GraphPad at the lab tomorrow. Which means I can do something else now. Although I guess I already spent that time writing this.
And this is the first somewhat useful thing I’ve done since I’m back from vacation. I came back on Wednesday. Well, Tuesday night at midnight, so technically it really was Wednesday.
I was planning on handing this chapter in last Friday. It’s really almost done: it only needs the last few figures (consisting of a million graphs), the abstract, one paragraph in the intro, and some references looked up and cited. Why is this taking so long? Why is it so hard to get back on track?
update: I managed to prettify all my million (fourteen) graphs by just copying the data to GraphPad. I thought maybe I couldn’t use it because I already had the standard deviations, but there was an option to manually enter them. Yay!