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6Jul/0610

Master Mike

Me at my thesis defenseAs of today (4:46pm to be exact) I have completed all of the necessary steps toward earning my Masters degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Woo-hah!

There was a surprising amount of paperwork to be filed with offices all over campus, and a few minor typos that needed to be fixed in the actual thesis. I am still checking on my ability to publish my thesis online; for now (if you're curious and bored) you can view my defense presentation [5.9mb].

Some random stats on my thesis:

  • Word count: 22,600
  • Pages: 104
  • Number of tables: 12
  • Number of figures: 28
  • Most common word: "the" (1335 times)
  • Most common big word: "phenomena" (127 times)
  • Longest word: "misunderstandings" and "environmentalists" (tie)
  • Total editing time: 763 hours, 52 minutes, 51 seconds (includes time when it was just open in the background)

I'm glad that it's over. Guess it's time to return to the real world! :)

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  • alex

    Congratulations. It seems as though you feel relieved.

  • alex

    Congratulations. It seems as though you feel relieved.

  • http://mike.shannonandmike.net Mike B.

    In deed, and in spirit. Congratulations are due to you as well!

  • http://mike.shannonandmike.net Mike B.

    In deed, and in spirit. Congratulations are due to you as well!

  • Shannon

    So happy for you – yeah . . .it’s done! CONGRATS – can’t wait to see you tonight.

    BTW – you look hot in that pic ;)

  • Shannon

    So happy for you – yeah . . .it’s done! CONGRATS – can’t wait to see you tonight.

    BTW – you look hot in that pic ;)

  • fil

    Congrats dude!

    Now that you have practice defending, I could use your help in my legal battles with Chelsea Clinton.

  • fil

    Congrats dude!

    Now that you have practice defending, I could use your help in my legal battles with Chelsea Clinton.

  • Pete

    Congrats Master Mike. Where are you headed now? You could always stick around for one of those other degrees and put off the real world for a bit longer…

  • Pete

    Congrats Master Mike. Where are you headed now? You could always stick around for one of those other degrees and put off the real world for a bit longer…