I'm enjoying a relatively snow-free January, but despite the extra time I've had on my hands from not having to shovel, I've had little time for blogging. Reasons abound.
January is always busy, as we have graduate student admissions to deal with, and we're doing faculty searches this year. Lots of applications to read. As part of my Administrative position, I've had various other administration (read: promotion cases) to deal with. The paperwork buck stops with me, so I'm busy making sure all the i's get dotted, t's crossed. I've also had things to do for other Harvard-wide committees, which somehow landed on this month.
Besides that, there's been a fair amount of other writing. Another NSF proposal should be going in next week. Several new papers are coming into focus; I may have 1 (or more) submissions for ISIT and EC, both of which have early February deadlines. Hopefully when they're finished I'll have something to say about them here.
The MINE paper has actually been taking up a fair bit of time. Lots of people are contacting us about it; just getting through the e-mail is actually a noticeable chunk of the week. The response is more than I expected; the large majority of it seems positive.
Outside work has also been taking up a good deal of time while I don't have to teach. I testified at a trial recently, and was happy that the timing didn't interfere with the school semester.
Next week classes start. Things seem swamped until Feb 6. Post-EC deadline, I'll take a deep breath, and, with luck, then I'll be able to get a handle on what 2012 should look like.