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Par Lance

Par Lance is where I come to talk with my friends, mainly to discuss books. 

Par can mean at face value,and Lance is just me.


From the Oxford English Dictionary:

Parlance /'pa:l(Ə)ns/

noun [mass noun] a particular way of speaking or using words, especially a way common to those with a particular job or interest: dated terms that were once in common parlance | medical parlance.

origin late 16th cent. (denoting speech or debate): from Old French, from parler 'speak', from Latin parabola 'comparison' (in late Latin 'speech').

Currently reading

Secrets of Mental Math: The Mathemagician's Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks
Arthur Benjamin
Stephens' C# Programming with Visual Studio 2010 24-Hour Trainer
Rod Stephens
The Stonor Eagles
Research Methods for Postgraduates - Tony Greenfield A book full of the blindingly obvious - to those who have already completed some research!

This book contains everything that a postgraduate has learned about research methods by the time that they have finished their research and wish they'd known in the first place! That is why I would advise you to read it before you start your research and keep it as a useful reference throughout. The chapters are easy to understand and cover everything from how to plan the research, gather and organise data, process modelling and simulation, presentation of results and how to look for suitable career moves following the successful completion of the postgraduate degree.

There is even a chapter on tips an hint in using MS Excel. This can save the researcher hours of fiddling around to get the spreadsheet to behave properly and produce the desired results.

The second version includes chapters on using the web to find additional data for the study and advice on how to write for ease of understanding.
If you are about to embark on some postgraduate research and you don't read this book right now, in four years' time, you'll wish that you had!