Elucubration Today

To work late into the night. Originally this was by the light of an oil lamp or candle. More recently, the phrase is used figuratively, alluding back its use before electric lighting.

No matter the archaic form of the word. For me, burning the midnight oil has the same context as that of France Quarle, who penned these words:

“Wee spend our mid-day sweat, or mid-night oyle;
Wee tyre the night in thought; the day in toyle.”

This semester is no leisurely walk through the ivy-covered halls of the humanities. This is the time for mathematics, computer science, and statistics. No time for thought, barely enough time to write, read, study, and do homework. Too frequently included are quizzes with near daily regularity, and homework turned in for a grade. Every step in the process must be explained, learned, measured, and reported.

Time is flying because time has disappeared. I am caught in a timeless void of data seeking patterns, just beyond the reach of my consciousness. The oil flickers, the professor’s demands do not.

It’s grand, I tell you.

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