On Tedium and Past Lives
In my past life, I was a copy editor. This means I cringe at puns and alliteration and grammar mistakes and look down on people who don't know how to use the subjunctive (figuratively, obviously—the only people I actually look down on, height-wise, are children). This means that I look forward to being a TA and teaching (teaching might be a kind way of saying what I have in mind) all my students about how proofreading is necessary. This also means that I have an incredibly high tolerance for tedium. So, the fact that the task I am currently doing (which even involves a topic I am incredibly interested in) is one of the most tedious things I have ever had to do is saying something profound about the torture grad students go through.