2013 MPSA Paper Submissions

The call for proposals issued by the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) for the 71st MPSA Conference has been answered. I’m sure you heard me ring the gong earlier this morning after submitting two abstracts. The conference is always hosted by the good people of Chicago.

Lindahl, N., & Armenta, J.  (2013). “Modeling campaign contact center performance: The AUP model.” Midwest Political Science Association 71st Annual Conference, Proposed Paper, Chicago, Illinois.

Lindahl, N. (2013). “Network analysis of social media engagement and linkages within e-government implementations using automated data mining techniques: A study of local government social media linkages.” Midwest Political Science Association 71st Annual Conference, Proposed Paper, Chicago, Illinois.

The significance of planning

I’m more awake today than I have been for quite some time. It’s good to be focused.

Last Monday during the three and half hours I spent taking the Project Management Professional (PMP) test I started to ponder life, the universe, and everything. The exam took so long that my mind literally wondered.

Throughout my academic career (I’m going to include credentials) I have faced various types of adversity. Passing the PMP exam has become a real challenge. It has become a challenge I am willing to accept. I have not faced a challenge like this in about a decade.

One of my graduate advisors at the University of Kansas once set me down and told me that the journey ahead of me would be too hard for me to overcome. John was wrong — and that is ok. I did not overcome the challenges in front of me to prove him wrong. We never talk anymore. Life is about the journey. For some an honest passion fuels that journey. My passion for the search for knowledge drove me to earn a Ph.D. and to strive for continued academic excellence. I’m a lifelong learner and that is not going to change.

I’m going to have to take the PMP exam again this year.

I am still adjusting to that reality.

Sunday PMP Exam Preparation

Joni declared today to be a leftover day. I guess that means that getting a large order of cheese fries would be frowned upon in this establishment.

The good folks over at the Rotten Tomato’s website generally dislike the 2005 movie Sahara starring Matthew McConaughey and Penélope Cruz. Honestly, I was hoping that McConaughey would be able to bring Dirk Pitt to life in several movies. Clive Cussler has never really been able to transition from novels to screenplays. At some point, I expect that the Cussler family will allow Fox to produce a serialized television show with a decent production budget called Dirk Pitt.

PMP study session number one involved two hours of uninterrupted review. At the end of the review, I was able to get the 4th edition of the “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge” (AKA the PMBOK) downloaded to my Google Nexus 7.

Joni and I went to Kohl’s to purchase some dress pants. I found some on the clearance rack that were pretty decent. Lunch involved three homemade tacos (leftover from yesterday’s nachos).

The New England Patriots vs. the Arizona Cardinals football game was pretty watchable.

Saturday PMP Exam Preparation

Joni made pancakes with dark chocolate M&Ms for breakfast.

PMP study session number one involved a one hour countdown timer running on my Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE phone.

Lunch happened after a trip to Costco. Joni and I picked up some food from the Arharn Thai restaurant. The drunken noodles and curry were very good.

The Alabama vs. Arkansas football game was not very competitive.

PMP study session number two involved another countdown hour of reading and flash card work.

Dinner involved making nachos in preparation for the Stanford vs. USC football game. Hopefully, this game will be more competitive than the game this afternoon. It turned out that the game was extremely competitive. Stanford successfully defeated USC 21 to 14 and the students stormed the field. The student body knows that storming a football stadium gets people hurt.