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How can I write a critique of something that I find to be nearly perfect? The photograph is painted with nearly every color of the spectrum, from deep blue to bright yellow, with greys of the backside of the clouds to the fuzzy white of the water spray. Look at the scale that fades to the west, of t...

by Noben

This is, unless I've missed my mark, a slight departure from your traditional style. It sure catches the eyes. Shadows and lighting are good, especially the filtered sunlight that is streaming through the hay loft above her head and dapples across the arms, tail, and hay. The foreground field of vie...

by 914four

Next time you find this car, shoot low, and either move more towards the rear , straight on from the side, or shoot into the sun from the front -right quarter. Shoot high from the front-left quarter and down with the fill flash, or stand by the left-rear tyre and shoot a frame with wide aperture and...

by kkeman

The geologist in me wants to hunt down the mystery of how this landscape was created. Is it a big stratified layer of dolomite, tipped on end through the process of crustal folding, or perhaps are those fissures the result of compressive stress from some incoming tectonic plate long ago, like when t...

The final comprehensive exams are behind me now and forced me to reflect on WHY I am at the university, and what I want to do after it's all over. My performance on the exams wasn't "bad", but wasn't stellar, either. So I'm switching to a master's degree program, and taking what I have and turning it into a Master's thesis.  To succeed at the PhD level, you really must have a good idea on what you are interested in doing, and the department must have the resources and technical expertise to support your interest. I just couldn't find it here. So I'm funded until the end of 2015, and will defend my thesis for master's degree in Geosciences in August. Then I want to find a real job again and move onto other things besides grad school.

As they say, God doesn't close doors without opening another one, and that appears to be true here as well: A potential opportunity may be developing - and I need to really start being active with my networking. In the mean time, I have an abstract to write and submit.  You might say I'm not really happy about it, but I am at least relieved to have some sort of direction and end-goal.

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Tychoaussie
Dan
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PhD student of geophysics at Michigan State University. Amateur radio operator, motorcyclist and 23 year member of the AMA; Christian family man, electrical engineer and aspiring volunteer freelance mascot for local charities.

This fine fursuit was constructed by :iconlilleahwest: of Beastcub Creations.
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The final comprehensive exams are behind me now and forced me to reflect on WHY I am at the university, and what I want to do after it's all over. My performance on the exams wasn't "bad", but wasn't stellar, either. So I'm switching to a master's degree program, and taking what I have and turning it into a Master's thesis.  To succeed at the PhD level, you really must have a good idea on what you are interested in doing, and the department must have the resources and technical expertise to support your interest. I just couldn't find it here. So I'm funded until the end of 2015, and will defend my thesis for master's degree in Geosciences in August. Then I want to find a real job again and move onto other things besides grad school.

As they say, God doesn't close doors without opening another one, and that appears to be true here as well: A potential opportunity may be developing - and I need to really start being active with my networking. In the mean time, I have an abstract to write and submit.  You might say I'm not really happy about it, but I am at least relieved to have some sort of direction and end-goal.
This is the week I've been preparing for over the past couple of months: The PhD written comprehensive examinations. I am likely never going to be totally prepared for them, but time's up. I hope God gives me the clarity of mind to get through this ! It's four or six hours a day of written examinations where I'll be shut in a room with just a barebones computer and a calculator, pencil and scratch paper. It's exams on the nature of geophysics, earth geological history, and the study of the Siberian craton. It's anything and everything that my advisors think I should know in order to succeed at my degree. Oh, and lest I fail to mention, there are no grades on these exams. You either pass them all, or you don't. 

Assuming I pass them, in about a month or so, we will then proceed into the oral comprehensive examinations, which are a "think on your feet" battery of exams. I'm told that these are NEVER fun or easy, and that they are designed to see how much you know, by asking questions and questioning your answers until you finally run out of answers. So you don't really succeed, per se - You only fail at a level that is either satisfactory for proceeding into the next phase of the program, or...you don't!

No pressure. After hearing that, who here is now willing to step up and commit two years of their life to see if they can pass their comps? In a week from now, I might just end up being a Walmart greeter for the Christmas season. Well, probably not, but maybe I'll end up being Santa's helper at the mall.... I could likely do that job . I already got the fursuit for it.

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Windicious Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Just wondering if you saw the commission I finished for you ;w;
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Tychoaussie Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Not yet! Ill go looking for it right now!
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morcyd Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist
Tycho? Is this you?  41.media.tumblr.com/e04d5db5e9…
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Tychoaussie Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
No, I didn't post that. My student did!
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Woozles-Wonders Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the watch hun! :love:
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Closetfur1 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
I am so fortunate to have met you, at MFF2013. This fortunate chain of events, has raised my confidence, and motivation. Thank You!Hug 
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Tychoaussie Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You are most welcome! Though, in the grand scheme of things, we both must continue to keep this in the proper perspective, and guard against letting it grow bigger than our every-day relationships, faith, and job. To do so means losing so much else - I love fursuiting, but if it meant losing my family or my wife, I just wouldn't be able to enjoy it with the same zeal. I'm blessed and fortunate to have had her finally come to understanding. The first eight months were very, very bittersweet. I truly didn't grow to love this hobby until my wife finally gave it her blessing. 

I hope some day you are as fortunate. It will require unswerving nobility and integrity on your part, I think. That, and meekness and patience, which it sounds like you already have. I wish you well, and perhaps we'll meet again someday soon!
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MetalWolfGemstone Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey Tycho! My friend found you on Tumblr! A student of yours took a photo
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(However some comments I think are mean and stupid. I'd be the happiest kid alive if my teacher did something like you did!)
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Tychoaussie Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That was something which happened a year ago, and yes, I simply ignore the dumb comments, and concentrate on the 100 others that are good. It's been reblogged something like 170,000 times on tumblr, it's been featured on the Chive, and on cringepics, so there's no worrying about it. People make fun of the President of the USA, they make fun of the Pope, and likely even Mother Theresa, so I'm not worried about it. There's always people like that out there. heh :)
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MetalWolfGemstone Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
True, :) And the good comments always outweigh the bad :D
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