under something so light and feathery as to be the starlight off of dust

As you can see, I am well on my way to getting things done. Today I have no classes, and so I feel pretty sure that I can be very productive. Today’s goal: Be Very Productive.

The chemistry exam was simple–I either knew it or I didn’t. There are a few I may have gotten wrong, or may have gotten right, but overall I either knew the answer without thinking, or had never seen the information presented in the question (sometimes, there were new words to me!). This made the exam short (only a little math) but dicey. That’s all I am going to say right now. I do, however, feel much better than I did on Tuesday night (as the GirlFriend will attest).

I received consensus on my idea for how to do PCA on Fourier coefficients from the man who should know, since he did this for his (Doctoral? Masters?) Thesis. The method, if you are curious, is to set up your table thus:

Sample 1 a2 b2 a3 b3 a4 b4 . . . an bn
Sample 2 a2 b2 a3 b3 a4 b4 . . . an bn
Sample 3 a2 b2 a3 b3 a4 b4 . . . an bn
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Sample n a2 b2 a3 b3 a4 b4 . . . an bn

Use the a and b coefficients as individual variables when running principle component analysis.

On to the Things I Need To Do Today:
Finish arranging all my specimen images on the computer, make sure I have all the outlines I can get (the conservative ones, at least), do the computer thing with the outlines, and run PCA. Since my advisor was so kind as to give me his interpretations of my outlines as well, I figure that adding a comparison between my outline and his outlines would fit nicely in my paper.

Make sure all my specimen numbers are up to date and make a copy of the identity sheets to give to my advisor.

Do the paleontology lab that was due yesterday.

Work on my statistics exam.

And the Things That Would Be Fun But To Which I Will Not Get Around: