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Entries from October 2008

What am I up to?

October 27th, 2008 1 Comment

Whoops, I dropped off of the face of the earth for a while. What have I been up to? I guess I’ve been working a lot but that’s not news. Here is some news: I’m starting to notice that I live in mad scientist paradise. It’s crazy here: even my grocery store sells Make magazine. […]


Biking in Sonoma

October 27th, 2008 No Comments

Dave came to visit me this weekend! His flight got in really late on Friday, and my car wouldn’t start when I tried to leave my house to pick him up, so as a result we didn’t get to sleep until really late. We woke up way too early Saturday morning and headed out to […]

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Derailleur Hangers and Migraines

October 24th, 2008 No Comments

Two (somewhat) unfortunate things happened to me this week. On Wednesday morning, I got on my bike and started to pedal to work. I heard a loud snap, and then my rear derailleur got sucked into my back wheel and I abruptly stopped and fell over. I flipped my bike over and untangled everything, only […]

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October 23rd, 2008 No Comments

I have my plane ticket. I am leaving at 4:30 pm on Saturday Nov. 1. I’ve started to really think about packing, as opposed to the last time I posted about this, when I was only vaguely thinking about it. It’s tough. I can only bring 75 lbs., and that is for everything I will […]


Weekend in Boulder

October 21st, 2008 No Comments

As much as I enjoy living in the middle of the Corn Ocean, I decided I wanted to see mountains again. So, I skipped work for a couple of day and hopped on a plane to Boulder. I know, big surprise to everyone. We had a great time; spent a morning in the Flat Irons, […]


Things I learned

October 18th, 2008 No Comments

I learned three very important things this week. 1. If you go hiking around in the woods/wilderness, and happen to brush your pant legs up against poison oak, and then put all your clothes in the washer together, you will spend the next two months vaguely itching everywhere. 2. If you sit down with a […]

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Prototype This!

October 16th, 2008 No Comments

I got an e-mail from Zoz a few days ago informing me that I should watch the premiere of his Discovery Channel show, Prototype This on Wednesday (last night). The basic idea of the show is that the 4 hosts come up with a nifty engineering idea and then try to prototype it in 10 […]

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On the Future of Personal Computing

October 15th, 2008 2 Comments

Yesterday, Apple released a bunch of new notebooks in their usual style¬† of a told-from-on-high sermon of how awesome they are. Their main announcement was a new machining process (which is not really that new and is a solution to a problem they have had for more than half a decade), but right before the […]


always writing

October 13th, 2008 No Comments

Thankfully I do not have to rush to get things done before I go off to the South Pole, but unfortunately it still seems like I am scrambling to finish all these fellowships. In fact, all I did this weekend was to write essays…and now during my time off I am writing a blog post. […]

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Stress combat modes

October 13th, 2008 No Comments

I am simultaneously trying to do a million things right now. Here’s a brief list: 1) Trying to push through testing of our new detectors as fast as possible before I leave for Pole. 2) Trying to finish fellowship applications before I leave for Pole. 3) Trying to gather up all the things I’ll need […]

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