Monday, September 7, 2015
THE JANE DIARIES, #53
10:28 am: Back to the ms; double checking some aspects of the palatine before moving on to the pterygoid.
1:10 am: Time to break for lunch.
1:55 pm: Resuming the pterygoid.
4:43 pm: It looks like the pterygoid is pretty much done! I haven’t been working on it constantly; there’s been numerous interruptions. Regardless, it’s been a worthwhile exercise, which included bringing aspects of Gilmore (1946) up to data as well as the discovery of some new ontogenetic characters!
769 pages written; revising page 352.
~5:00 pm: Starting the dentaries.
5:12 pm: Stop.
August 29, 2015
12:11 pm: Done with a sauropod project; now back to Jane’s dentary!
1:05 pm: Break for lunch.
1:55 pm: Lunch over; time to resume the dentary!
3:04 pm: Bad headache coming on; I need to take a rest.
4:55 pm: Rested, just took two extra strength Tylenols; hopefully the headache will abate. Back to the neurovascular foramina of the dentary!
5:49 pm: The headache is persistent; I need to take a break for a little while.
10:14 pm: Even after tylenol, dinner, and time away from the keyboard, I am still stuck with the headache; I’ll try to pen a few more sentences before I go to bed.
10:40 pm: Dammit, the headache…wins.
774 pages reached; revising page 359.
August 30, 2015
10:02 am: I took the last two extra strength Tylenols, which hopefully will tamp this headache down for a while. Back to the dentary!
11:30 am: Brief break.
9:27 pm: The headache never went away and became worse, to the point where I’ve felt dizzy and nauseous. About an hour or so ago, I took an acetaminophen and caffeine extra strength migraine pill, but no effect. Back in pain and feeling sick. OK – I’ll try to keep going for a little while.
10:17 pm: Not quite an hour, but I got past the lingual bar and made some good progress on expanding the section on the Meckelian groove.
August 31, 2015
3:16 pm: A late start, but several things have demanded my attention today. One important discovery: Advil migraine capsules have tamped down my headache so that I barely notice it’s there. However, I’m still nauseous; my head still feels like a rocking waterbed. Resuming the dentary, specifically the Meckelian groove.
3:48 pm: Done with the Meckelian groove; now to add the adult conditions!
5:06 pm: Break
780 pages written; revising page 361.
September 1, 2015
10:20: Back to the dentary; a couple of things to double check for the Meckelian groove.
11:34 am: Hunger gnaws; brief break.
12:10 pm: A snack and a few things to take care of; enough fooling around – back to the joint surface for the splenial!
12:59 pm: Reached the dentary alveoli; time for lunch.
2:10 pm: Back to the alveoli!
3:27 pm: Interdental plates are now in progress; time for a brief break.
9:08 pm: Not so brief after all; back to the interdental plates.
9:35 pm: Now, on to the caudal plate!
9:49 pm: 785 pages written, revising page 373.
September 2, 2015
8:45: Resuming the dentary; a very topographically- and structurally complex bone.
10:14 pm: A good run of it, but hunger gnaws; time for a break.
On the plate: salame vereno, garlic-stuffed olives; in citrus-skin bottle: Sanpellegrino chinotto. Time for spiced rum…
787 pages reached, revising page 374.
September 3, 2015
3:28 pm: Back to the dentary!
4:11 pm: The tyrant hunger strikes again; the remedy: tortilla rounds, sumpremely spicy Sabra hummus, Sanpellegrino araciata rossa. Also, the opening minutes of the Berlinski-Hitchens debate.
4:25 pm: Back to the manuscript.
5:15 pm: Phone call from colleague.
5:45 pm: Back to work!
6:30 pm: Stop.
9:50 pm: Back to the dentary!
10:26 pm: Hunger, again.
September 4, 2015
10:45 am: Back to the dentary.
12:00 pm: Lunch.
12:22 pm: Back to the dentary; seeking to more fully incorporate AMNH FARB 5050 and CMNH 7541.
1:45 pm: Break time (nap).
September 5, 2015
1:53 pm: Back to the dentary!
3:55 p.m.: Brief break. “Knowledge for its own sake” is a disingenuous strike at scientific inquiry; every new fact of Nature is a piece of the great mosaic of the history of life, which is brought infinitesimally closer and closer to completion & comprehension by their continued discovery no matter how distant in connection from each other they at first might appear.
4:20 pm: Resuming the dentary description.
5:25 pm: Another break.
5:39 pm: Back to it!
7:10 pm: Time for dinner; reached the Meckelian fossa.
~10:25 pm: Back to the dentary; done with the Meckelian fossa; now, on to the joint surface for the surangular.
11.37 pm: Almost done with the dentary; I’ll wrap it up tomorrow!
787 pages reached; revising page 388; I find it hard to believe that I haven’t even added a full page over the past couple of days.
Night thoughts among tyrannosaurs
When death arrives
The living light from there to here
Curl, pleat, & frond
Cindering the loom
September 6, 2015
10:15 pm: A late start; last sections for the dentary – immature bone grain and lesions.
10:27 pm: Reached the splenial!
11:30 pm: Enough.
Hm – it’s not giving me the total pages reached automatically, but scrolling down tells me I’ve reached 799 pages; revising page 391.
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