I have a conference presentation to make a week from today. I have written two pages of said paper. I have an outline of my points for the rest of the paper. And I keep thinking, "Is there anyone who really ENJOYS listening to someone read their papers at conferences? Really??? Wouldn't I be doing them a favor if I just read the two pages I've written and then tell them the rest of my argument?" And it is this attitude which contributes to the overall main problem:
I am in student mode. This means that instead of writing my paper, I'm going to go home to play games for a few hours, write for 20 minutes, go out to eat, talk on the phone for two more hours, sleep my way through my first class, and then rinse and repeat all the way until next week.
I will whine to the conference participants that I worked REALLY hard on the paper, and I'll get a copy of what I would have presented to them later for half the experience (like half credit, right?).
And I will sit back while they all applaud my efforts because hey... I showed up to the conference, didn't I? I tried, man! I tried! Really hard!
I also hate myself right now for even cynically contemplating the option to stoop to snowflake levels.
(I am also labeling 'stooping,' for the label hounds.)