The 12 Days of Christmas

So, as it’s now finally starting to look like winter here (and I have actual work piling up like snow), I felt it was appropriate to get a little festive, and thus you get,

The 12 Days of Christmas Research.

On the first day of Christmas,
My PI gave to me:
A pile of papers to read.

On the second day of Christmas,
My PI gave to me:
2 data sets,
And a pile of papers to read.

On the third day of Christmas,
My PI gave to me:
3 rejected drafts,
2 data sets,
And a pile of papers to read.

On the fourth day of Christmas,
My PI gave to me:
4 re-vi-sions,
3 rejected drafts,
2 data sets,
And a pile of papers to read.

On the fifth day of Christmas,
My PI gave to me:
Five Ci-ta-tions…
4 revisions,
3 rejected drafts,
2 data sets,
And a pile of papers to read.

On the sixth day of Christmas,
My PI gave to me:
6 cups of coffee,
Five  Citations…
4 revisions,
3 rejected drafts,
2 data sets,
And a pile of papers to read.

On the seventh day of Christmas,
My PI gave to me:
7 courses to mark,
6 cups of coffee,
Five  Citations…
4 revisions,
3 rejected drafts,
2 data sets,
And a pile of papers to read.

On the eight day of Christmas,
My PI gave to me:
8 grant proposals,
7 courses to mark,
6 cups of coffee,
Five  Citations…
4 revisions,
3 rejected drafts,
2 data sets,
And a pile of papers to read.

On the ninth day of Christmas,
My PI gave to me:
9 hours of coding,
8 grant proposals,
7 courses to mark,
6 cups of coffee,
Five  Citations…
4 revisions,
3 rejected drafts,
2 data sets,
And a pile of papers to read.

On the tenth day of Christmas,
My PI gave to me:
10 syntax errors,
9 hours of coding,
8 grant proposals,
7 courses to mark,
6 cups of coffee,
Five  Citations…
4 revisions,
3 rejected drafts,
2 data sets,
And a pile of papers to read.

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
My PI gave to me:
11 infinite loops,
10 syntax errors,
9 hours of coding,
8 grant proposals,
7 courses to mark,
6 cups of coffee,
Five  Citations…
4 revisions,
3 rejected drafts,
2 data sets,
And a pile of papers to read.

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
My PI gave to me:
12 reference letters,
11 infinite loops,
10 syntax errors,
9 hours of coding,
8 grant proposals,
7 courses to mark,
6 cups of coffee,
Five  Citations…
4 revisions,
3 rejected drafts,
2 data sets,
And a pile of papers to read.

My owner is sure embarrassing...

I strongly encourage people to actually sing this; especially if they record it and send it to me.

UPDATE: Keeping the holiday things together, I link to Christmas Newton’s Birthday Suggestions for a Relativist.

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6 Responses to The 12 Days of Christmas

  1. Luboš Motl says:

    Good idea and I wanted to record but I think that you’re missing many syllables in most verses, Sarah. Check the original song

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owK5tHjL0aE
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmPSUMBrJoI
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8Jbi-BBp3c

    Best wishes
    Lubos

  2. Hmm, you’re right, I should have put my intended spacing in, because I was definitely playing a little loosely with the syllables in my head. Hmm… perhaps an edit is in order.

  3. Amanda says:

    I love the cat picture. I have a tortoiseshell that gets mad when people sing.

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