time reversal

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Entries from August 2008

Passed the Qual, Life is Good, Haruki Murakami

August 30th, 2008 1 Comment

So letters were placed in our mail boxes at 5 PM yesterday announcing if we had passed or failed the qual. Luckily I got one of the former letters, so now I can move on and worry about more important things like where to acquire house plants for my office. My office…I don’t know if […]


First Days of Class + Qual + First Day of Work Over

August 27th, 2008 No Comments

Well, I have gone to two days of class, taken two nights of qualifying exam, and am ready to return to a state of order and tranquility. The test went as well as could be expected, and I will have the result on Friday at 5. A bunch of us went out to celebrate at […]



August 25th, 2008 3 Comments

To travel to Antarctica, you have to “PQ,” or physically qualify. This involves a complete physical, EKG, TB and HIV tests, bloodwork requiring 6 vials of blood, urine analysis, and dental examination with full mouth x-rays, among other things. The reason for this is because Antarctica is very remote–if you get sick there in the […]


Fantastic German Book from the 1930s

August 24th, 2008 No Comments

So, I want to learn German. I like the place, a lot of my family speaks the language, we’ve got friends in Germany, and learning a new language distracts me from the staggering lack of diversity in Boulder. And Bratwurst is delicious. I’m reading this book my grandfather gave me, the Elementary German Series Graded […]


The Post-Apocalyptic Dance Party and other fun games

August 24th, 2008 1 Comment

I spent a bit too much time in lab this week, so when I got an e-mail from an EECS grad student about “The Post-Apocalyptic Dance Party” on Friday night, (even though I had no idea who this person was) I decided it was worth going for some high quality blowing-off-steam. After much failure at […]


Homer Lake

August 23rd, 2008 1 Comment

The weather has been beautiful almost the entire time I have been in Illinois, and I could no longer resist the temptation of the open roads. This morning I biked with another first-year out to Homer Lake, which I had been told was about 15 miles east of the Urbana. We got on our bikes […]


Living in Boulder

August 22nd, 2008 No Comments

What can I say about Boulder? It’s like the Austin of Colorado. It all started in the 1960’s when every young American hippy dreamed of a fresh start and a new life Out West. Some of them ran out of gas or pot before they made it to California, and so they settled in Boulder. […]


Studying for the Qualifying Exam

August 21st, 2008 1 Comment

For the past month or so I have been studying for a qualifying exam that is part of my Ph.D. program at UI. Over this period of time I been in varying states of panic and fear, and I have come to realize after talking to some of my fellow first-years that this process in […]


New [Queen] Sized Bed…

August 21st, 2008 No Comments

I decided that that old bed just had to go…I haven’t quite put it into an alley behind my apt, but it’s on its way out. Here I am in Ithaca, the city of gorges.  I’m mostly moved in and tomorrow I’ll go and fill out the mounds of paperwork that I was just informed […]


the dark physicist

August 17th, 2008 1 Comment

If there is one link you follow on this blog, it should be this one: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Also please give it a chance…watch at least through the first song, if you don’t like it after the first song then you can navigate away. It got removed for a few weeks, so I don’t […]