As blogger Michael Barton enters the last year of his PhD, he is thinking philosophically about his future. He dwells mainly on the meaning of hard work and its eventual path to disillusionment, whether he will be eating frozen dinners alone or will have no career prospects because he has a life outside the lab, and the dismal financial prospects of being a researcher. Like a true scientist, he graphs it all out. See the figures here.

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