You avoid the question

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“It’s on something called wavelets, it’s way too much to explain,” you blow off the question. This might be your one break from thinking about research the last thing you want to do is try and explain it to your parents who don’t have a strong enough math background to understand, you’d probably end up just confusing them. However, this doesn’t stop them from asking any questions.

Your uncle Robert who once upon a time worked in tech thinks he would understand, “oh yeah, I’ve heard a lot about wavelets, that’s like how our radios work. I saw a documentary on it once, they multiply signals with waves and then it ends up in your phone as a text message, it’s crazy how technology works like that.”

He totally thinks it’s something else, what do you do?

Continue ignoring the misunderstanding

Correct Robert and explain your research

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B McGraw has lived a long and successful professional life as a software developer and researcher. After completing his BS in spaghetti coding at the department of the dark arts at Cranberry Lemon in 2005 he wasted no time in getting a masters in debugging by print statement in 2008 and obtaining his PhD with research in screwing up repos on Github in 2014. That's when he could finally get paid. In 2018 B McGraw finally made the big step of defaulting on his student loans and began advancing his career by adding his name on other people's research papers after finding one grammatical mistake in the Peer Review process.

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