March 22nd, 2006


Cup of Tea Quotes

"Tea, the Cure-All", William Gladstone
If you are cold, tea will warm you;
if you are too heated, it will cool you;
if you depressed, it will cheer you;
if you are exhausted, it will calm you

"The Philosopher's Brew", Thomas de Quincey (Confessions of an English Opium-Eater)
... For tea, though ridiculed by those who are naturally coarse in their nervous sensibilities, or are become so form wine-drinking, and are not susceptible of influence from so refined a stimulant, will always be the favoured beverage of the intellectual...

"The Tea Hour", Henry James(The Portrait of a Lady)
There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.

The Reverend Sidney Smith
Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea?
How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea.

You learn something new every day....

I saw op cit quoted in an academic paper, so I googled :-) This is what I found. Wish I'd know about this little gem BEFORE writing my thesis!
short for the Latin "Ibidem", meaning "The same".
Refers to the same author and source (e.g. book, journal) as the immediately preceding reference.

Short for the latin "opus citatum", meaning "the work cited".
Used in footnotes to refer the reader to an earlier citation.
(ibid refers readers to the immediately preceding citation.)


4. R. Poirer, "Learning physics," (Academic, New York, 1993), p. 4.
5. Ibid, p. 9.
6. T. Eliot, "Astrophysics," (Springer, Berlin, 1989), p. 141.
7. R. Builder J Phys Chem 20(3) 1654-57 1991.
8. Eliot, op. cit., p.148.

If you see Ibid look at the reference right before it to identify the source.
For No. 5, the source is listed in No 4. (Poirer, "Learning Physics")

If you see op. cit. look at the ALL of the previous footnotes to find the author. The source you want is listed there.
For No. 8 we see that No. 6 is by Eliot so the source is "Astrophysics"


Another common abbreviation seen in reference lists only is 'op cit', which means 'in the work cited'. This is used when referring back to a work cited earlier in the paper, where this is not the most recently used citation.

" noted by (Hedley, 1978, p.29). A more theoretical view is offered by Scwartz (1993), however it could be argued that this view is influenced by the bias of the researcher (Hedley, op cit)..."

In the reference list, op cit is used to avoid repeating the same details:

Harris, P. (1997). The fear of dying. In D. Forster (Ed.). Beareavement and loss (2nd edition, pp.94-100). London: Macmillan.
Dollar, G. (1988). Pyscho-social perspectives of ageing. California: Sage.
Sullivan, C. (1997) The role of the child. In D. Forster, op cit (pp.131-154).

Lent (21)

1. Focus on completing dissertation
Several hours this afternooon trying to complete Elias papers. Will try and do another hour before bed

2. Watch less television
none so far!

3. Spend less time online
About normal

4. Take exercise each day

5. Reflect on 5 positive things per day
1. Having our new Dell server delivered - say hello to "timmy"! (said in South Park Style!)
2. seeing my article in the BC newsletter
3. Getting lots of nice compliments and feedback about my newsletter
4. Feeling pleased about still working on the dissertation
5. Hearing the kids playing outside in the courtyard in the spring sun