August 19, 2005

Really done

Category: Anthropology,Personal,Research — @ 6:05 pm

Today I got this email:

Dear Ms. Coleman,

We have received final copies of your dissertation entitled The Social Construction of Freedom in Free and Open Source Software: Hackers, Ethics, and the Liberal Tradition which you are submitting to fulfill the requirements for the Ph.D. in the area of Anthropology.

Our staff has reviewed your dissertation and the revisions you recently submitted. Your dissertation is now complete. Congratulations on completing the University-wide formatting requirements!

Phew. Even though I defended a couple months ago, this means I will graduate in less than a week. The dissertation formatting brought me great distress, to say the least. For example, earlier in the week since I had not heard from the office, and I knew that graduation was looming, my fears were playing out, as they usually do, in my dreams. This week’s winner was one in which I had razor sharp wooden spikes in my feet, about 15 in each one, that had to be pulled by a doctor with no anaesthesia. It was pleasant and I knew it was one grotesque metaphor of what it would feel like if I had not made the deadline for summer graduation because of some formatting mishap.

So, today I also wrote this email to the Debian project, giving them a little background on the nature of dissertations and pointing them to my chapter on ethical enculturation on Debian.


  1. Yippie! Congratulations!
    patrice & Diiiinooos!
    (I went thru the thesis formating nightmare 18 years ago…)

    Comment by patrice — August 23, 2005 @ 2:54 pm

  2. Congrats! I’m working on a proposal of a similar community. Will you put up your whole dissertation? Also, let me know when you put up HDD! :)

    Comment by Joseph Reagle — August 24, 2005 @ 8:19 am

  3. Good Job!
    Congrats! Can you send me a copy? If you want I can send you mine…

    bye, Gaby Rasters

    Comment by Gaby Rasters — August 25, 2005 @ 12:45 am

  4. Hey Joseph and Gaby

    I will for sure put up the whole dissertation. I want to eyeball it once more for typos before I put it online and since I am in the throes of moving, I will do it when I am settled out east.

    Gaby I would love to see yours too, congrats of finishing :-) It was a long time ago that we met in Holland, huh?


    Comment by sato — August 25, 2005 @ 6:16 am

  5. Yes, it was a really long time ago..
    I did send you a copy of my book, did you receive it yet???

    Comment by Gaby Rasters — September 8, 2005 @ 6:08 am

  6. Hey Gaby

    I did get it! thanks. I will hopefully get to it very soon :-) still dealing with boxes. look forward to reading it


    Comment by sato — September 11, 2005 @ 5:34 pm

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