– prepare a mindblowing talk for a conference (due in – 2 days);
– make a scientific poster on a project you have no data on (due in 1 day);
– (tomorrow) do some test experiments for the poster to hide the fact that you do not really have data;
– hunt for gem quality perfect crystals (to use for deformation-reaction experiments). This includes calling people in Mexico, stealing from teaching collections and getting in touch with Latvian mafia in Australia (this and next week);
– prepare for an intelligent conversation with a great scientist who is coming to give a talk on a relevant topic by reading 5 of his papers (today);
– design an experimental apparatus (last week);
– make daily visits to the workshop which is constructing the apparatus until they can not bear the annoyment and finish it faster (following week);
– destroy some of your perfect crystals with the designed apparatus (following week);
– crush some alumina for high temperature-pressure experiments (following week);
– go back to the Stone Age [pun intended] and do hand-polishing of experimental samples, so they get finished sooner (following week);
– do geochemical and textural analysis on the polished samples (in 2 weeks);
– learn how to do chemical mass balance reactions for the paper in writing (following week);
– write a scientific paper (next 2 weeks);
– save the world.
Who needs a life if you have a PhD?
a) design for the experimental apparatus we will use for salt deformation – achieves stresses of 8 bar (idea by S. Piazolo); b) KBr single crystals for the deformation-reaction experiments