Ahh, you’re wondering where we have been. Here we are! The chillins and I have been staying at our vacation home. Ha. My parents in law have been so graciously allowing us to take over their home for a week and a half, giving Derek some space (and full-nights’ sleep) to finish his dissertation without distraction or scheduled meals. And now behold, it came to pass that when Derek arose in the morning, he wrote all the day long, even into the night. And behold, he slept. And he arose in the morning, and began to write. And behold, he wrote for the space of 10 days without ceasing, only resting on the seventh day. And behold! His work is finished.

For those of you who are just too curious, here is an excerpt of the dissertation:

With the recent development of reliable autonomous technologies for small unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), the algorithms utilizing teams of these vehicles are becoming an increasingly important research area. In many cases, a team of small UAVs can accomplish tasks in a more efficient manner than a larger, more capable single vehicle. Of course, methods for cooperative control are used by a variety of autonomous robotic agents with a myriad of potential applications including: chemical spill monitoring [1]; forest fire fighting [2]; search and rescue; exploration (planet mapping); surveillance [3]; perimeter approximation [4]; manufacturing [5]; maintenance; inferometery [6]; cooperative manipulation/transportation [7]; power systems [8]; sensor networks [9]; cooperative target engagement [10]; radar spoofing [11]; and automated highway systems [12]. It is our intent to investigate the key elements of cooperative control systems and design algorithms that allow teams of UAVs to perform surveillance tasks.

I realize he used “myriad” incorrectly, and I’m going to talk to him about that. I have to have something to feel superior about, since there are some words in there that are not even in my lexicon. Inferometry? Radar spoofing? I married a smart man with super-powers that I am not likely to ever understand.

But he’s DONE! He’s not even 29, and he has done 3 degrees, gotten married and propagated the species by another 3, and he even took 2 years off school to learn Russian and go to Russia to tell people the Good News (Old English godspel “good news,” from god “good” + spel “story, message,” translation of Latin bona adnuntiatio, itself a translation of Greek euangelion “reward for bringing good news” ).

And today, instead of sleeping in, he took the boys to Lagoon.

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