Thursday May 28, 2009


OK, so I haven't posted since January.  Yes.  Fine.  But I did write a 263-page dissertation that I successfully defended today.  So I've got that going for me.

And, to answer your next question, yes, Dr. The Tensor is the proper form of address.  (Um, after I file.)

I am The Tensor, and I approve this post.
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Congratulations. "Welcome to the community of scholars," as they say.

Posted by: mph, Ph.D. at May 28, 2009 6:24:17 PM

Congratulations! But "Dr. The Tensor" sounds like a request to fudge the results.

Posted by: includedmiddle at May 28, 2009 8:22:31 PM


Posted by: pc at May 29, 2009 5:34:18 AM

Congratulations, Herr Doktor The Tensor!

Posted by: Erin at May 29, 2009 8:40:51 AM


Posted by: Trochee at May 29, 2009 12:11:58 PM

Congratulations, Dr!

Re: the "the" appended to your ... name: have you read To Live Forever by Jack Vance? It's a great short story and amusingly relevant to the whole idea constellation of academic degrees, social status of those who earn them, and how to address them. Check it out!

Posted by: dveej at May 29, 2009 1:17:37 PM

Congratulations! 263 pages! Truly Piled High and Deeper. de Broglie's was 4 pages long and got him the Nobel Prize. (

Posted by: Mertseger at May 29, 2009 3:45:27 PM


Posted by: Francis Bond at May 30, 2009 3:10:55 PM

Congratulations! (It's been so long your comment system has forgotten my personal info!)

Posted by: language hat at May 31, 2009 6:19:23 AM


- from a long-time reader who felt the urge to post only for this occasion ;)

Posted by: corey at Jun 3, 2009 2:55:17 AM

Heartiest congratulations! All is forgiven - nay, explained and washed away!

Calloo callay!

Posted by: The Ridger at Jun 9, 2009 9:51:18 AM

Congratulations! As a fellow PhD student (well, a past fellow - you are now no longer a student, thus ahead of me) who hopes to be in the same place someday. Also, I do hope as Dr. Tensor you will be able to continue/resume posting!

Posted by: Patrick Gage Kelley at Jun 9, 2009 9:03:54 PM

Congrats Dr. Tensor! Do you get any Initials of Rank after your moniker, like DSO, MC, KGB, WTF? And, um, gee, Doc, I hate to mix cocktail parties with displays of previous scars, but can you fix my dangling participles?

Posted by: Vanwall at Jun 11, 2009 10:16:29 PM

I just noticed! Congralations!

Posted by: Matt at Jun 15, 2009 4:53:33 AM

What to Bob the Builder and Vlad the Impaler have in common?

Same middle name.

Posted by: Pete Bleackley at Jun 18, 2009 3:41:22 AM

Is Mrs. Dr. The Tensor related, by any chance, to Dr. Mrs. The Monarch?

Posted by: Pious Agnostic at Jun 27, 2009 6:22:58 PM

Congrats! (Is there a link so we can all read it and be suitably impressed?)

Posted by: Lance at Jun 28, 2009 9:55:34 PM


Don't forget to fix the info in the little "about" box.

Tenser, said the Tensor is the blog of a graduate student in Doctor, yes, that's right, a Doctor of linguistics. It's about language, science fiction, computers and technology, comics, anime, and other geekery.

Posted by: Owlmirror at Jul 6, 2009 9:11:18 AM

"OK, so I haven't posted since May..."

Posted by: language hat at Jul 7, 2009 8:04:09 AM

Mazel Tov!

I hope they showed you the Secret Handshake.

Posted by: John M Lawler at Aug 16, 2009 5:46:31 PM

So, I'm totally late on this, but woo hoo! Congrats!

Posted by: Russell at Aug 21, 2009 8:34:04 AM