April 3rd, 2003

Eye of the Dragon

"Let me check my notes."

I have to turn in the rough draft of my capstone report in less than 5 hours. I like what I've got so far, and I think I can get a lot done in the next few hours, but... as drafts go, this one still looks pretty drafty.

One important thing that writing this final paper has taught me is the importance of always, always, always keeping a lab notebook. Oh, yes, I kept one in those freshman and sophomore chemistry and biology classes, and my biotechnology courses drummed into me the importance of such notebooks as legal documents in an industrial-science setting, but I always associated them with the "squishy sciences". For some reason, it never occurred to me to keep one in the dry digital world of Geographic Information Systems.

Not until now.

Now, I find myself making references to stuff I did more than a year ago and wondering just what quantifiable data I have to record about it.

Ah, well. Lesson for the future.

Back to work!
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