And not for lack of stuff to write about! I’ve still been v tired (exercise/going out levels have been v low) and I had grading (bleah) and eye troubles (triple bleah…I’m going to need to massively adjust my setups; dark mode for me).
BUT, my promotion case to Professor was successful so as of Aug 1, 2020, I will be a Professor of Computer Science. I never again have to think about a promotion! I won’t get the customary pay rise (due to COVID belt tightening).
There are still things I can apply for (pay rises in the future where they exist again, fellowships, a higher doctorate, etc.) but…they are all nice to have, not need to have. For some reason, making it to Professor was need to have for me. At least, in the sense that it felt obligatory to go for. Each year that I failed to make my promotion case felt like a real failure and cost me. I hope I’m now free of all that.
(Part was due to the weird detour my career took and feeling “behind”. Part was the unfortunate instillation of the feeling that if you didn’t make “full professor”/Professor you somehow didn’t have a proper career. <– This is super toxic! In any case, I feel relief.)
There’s a bunch of other cools stuff including that we have a first draft of a feature complete Imperial Model…which desperately needs optimising just to ru with 50,000 agents. The ball is back in my court and I’ve already had some interesting results which I’ll write up (I hope) shortly (I hope). I’m feeling pretty good about our chances of doing a full UK run by the end of the week.
(And I’m feeling SO GOOD about my adhering to the “measure first” philosophy. It’s been winning hard for me right now and we’ve had some nice object lessons for some students.)