This is largely an update post. My grandmother's funeral has been set for this Saturday, so I leave on Friday and come back on Monday. Another whirlwind trip home. And I just finished the first of the two presentations this week. It was the third of the day, so everyone was a little a burned out when it came to questions. The professor talked a fair bit, but I'm still hard pressed as to say whether it was the good kind (he was really into my topic) or the bad kind (he was trying to cover all the stuff he thought I should have said). I've got more to say about both subjects, but I'm cutting it off here; otherwise, I'd just be procrastinating on presentation 2's work.