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December 31, 2008

2008: a year in review

Here's a look back at 2008, by the numbers.

Papers published (or accepted) on which I was first author or a major contributor: 6
Papers currently under review: 1
Manuscripts near completion: 2
Projects in-the-works: 10
Half-baked projects unlikely to be completed: 3
Papers read: >240

Research talks given: 10
Invited talks: 6
Conferences / workshops / summer schools attended: 6
Number of those at which I delivered a research talk: 5
Number of times other people have written about my research: 11
Number of times featured on slashdot.org: 1 (and a longtime dream was fulfilled!)
Number of computers purchased: 1

Students advised: 2
Summer schools taught at: 2
Manuscripts reviewed for various journals / conferences: >17
Program committees: 2

Conferences / workshops organized: 2
Visitors hosted: 22
Grants awarded: 1
Grants pending: 1

Emails sent: >3572
Emails received (non-spam): >6831
Number of those about work-related topics: >5197

Blog entries written: 36 (this number is much more depressing than last year)
Movies via Netflix: 22
Books purchased online: 20
Pictures posted on Flickr: 406
TVs replaced: 1
Elections voted in: 2
Races (running or cycling) completed: 3
Major life / career decisions: 1

Fun trips with friends / family: >12
Trips to Las Vegas, NV: 1
Trips to New York, NY: 1
States visited (in the US): 9
Foreign countries visited: 4 (China, Switzerland, France, Peru)
Continents visited: 3 (including my first trip to South America)
Airplane flights: 53

And, I published papers in both Nature and Science.

Here's to a great year, and hoping that 2009 is just as good!

posted December 31, 2008 11:21 AM in Self Referential | permalink


Congrats Aaron. Thanks for the interesting reading. Happy new year.

Posted by: DanF at December 31, 2008 12:49 PM

You forgot:

Marathon papers read on short notice: >=1

(Thanks!!!!! And Happy New Year!)

Also: You can expect the e-mail counts to keep rising.... I sometimes send more than 1000 a month now...

Posted by: Mason at January 3, 2009 06:47 PM

Regarding the emails... oh man, that's depressing. Of course, I already delete some fraction of my sent mail, so I might already be up at 500/month.

Happy new year to you, too!

Posted by: Aaron at January 4, 2009 08:29 PM