On Monday I will be leaving for the US again, where - at the University of Chicago - there is a workshop where I have to give a talk on the use of Z->bb decays for the reduction of b-jet Energy scale systematics for the top mass measurement in CDF.
On the Tuesday of the following week, I will then be in Corfù, Greece, at a conference, where I have been invited to give a review talk on high-Pt Physics. This is a long talk, more like a seminar, and I will be talking for ninety minutes!
So, you'd think I'm giving the final touches to the talk slides of both talks at this point. Change color to this sentence, highlight that, put an arrow to show what plot I'm referring to in that sentence. Nope.
I have not started to put together the slides of the first talk yet. And, for the 90' seminar, I have only a vague idea of what I am going to say, and a seminar I gave in march from which to steal material, which however has to be at the very least reinforced, integrated with new results, etcetera.
Is that cool ? I mean, shrugging shoulders in front of the approaching danger, and keeping a cool head, not worrying about deadlines approaching which cannot be sidestepped ?
I once thought it was cool, when I was a student and I saw this being done by others, while I was usually... well, not terrified, but a bit scared every time I had to give a talk about something somewhere.
No, I don't think it's cool. I think it is a bit of a lack of respect to the people that gave you the occasion to present your work, or give an overview of anything. It does not matter how much you think you are good, and how fast you think you are in preparing your slides, and how smart you think you are, you moron. Get your ass on a chair and start doing your homework, damnit!