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Entries from November 2008


November 27th, 2008 No Comments

I spent this Thanksgiving here in Boulder. My family came up to my aunt’s house and we had a feast. Here’s a picture of Blue, my aunt’s new dog, with her favorite octopus: We all spent most of Thanksgiving playing with Blue, who was adopted from a greyhound racetrack. Apparently an in-shape greyhound can get […]


Full circle

November 26th, 2008 No Comments

I’ve been doing some thinking about education lately. After all, how cool is it that I get paid to go to school right now? In many other fields, grad students have to pay their way through a PhD by waiting tables or begging their parents for financial support. I’ve got a sweet deal. One of […]


Life at the South Pole

November 25th, 2008 No Comments

Life at the Pole as a beaker (scientist) has many similarities to life in grad school. You get up, work until you are exhausted, go to bed, and then wake up way too early and start all over again. So far I’m making this sound pretty grim, but that’s not the case. It’s actually kind […]

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The Hertz Foundation

November 17th, 2008 3 Comments

As many of you who are reading this probably know, the Hertz Foundation offers generous fellowships in science and engineering. A few days ago, I received an e-mail from the Hertz foundation congratulating me on advancing to the interview portion of fellowship selection process and asking me to call the foundation today. I called the […]

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the infanta

November 16th, 2008 No Comments

This first term is kinda hard, looking for groups, writing essays for fellowships, taking classes, and teaching. So when an opportunity came around to have fun and forget about all the work I had to do, I took it. Ladies and gentlefolk, the decemberists with opening acts loch lomond and the walkmen. As you can […]


South Pole!

November 12th, 2008 No Comments

The trip to the south pole was pretty uneventful. They dragged us out of bed at 5:30 am and we got on “Ivan the Terra Bus” and drove us to Pegasus airfield, where we boarded a LC-130 Hercules (a cargo plane equipped with skis). We flew over the Transantarctic mountains, which were beautiful, and then […]

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November 9th, 2008 No Comments

mike sent me a link to a site this morning that I am now addicted to. http://ffffound.com It is a collection of cool stuff found on flickr, it’s like going to the ICA…without moving. Click a few pictures follow the related images, it’s really cool.


never tell me the odds

November 8th, 2008 1 Comment

I just spent literally days of my life applying for NSF. Every weekend for the last month and a half has been devoted to fellowships…yet they only gave out 45 fellowships to physics students last year. “never tell me the odds” Also I just saw an ad for an amazing shirt that says “Yes we […]

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Sliding and volcanoes

November 6th, 2008 No Comments

Yesterday afternoon Jeff, Yuki and I climbed up Observation Hill. to see Mt. Erebus, Scott base, and the Royal Society Range. The view was amazing, but the wind was frigid and very strong. It almost blew us off the top of the hill when we got to the top. Steaming Mt. Erebus (12,451 ft.) looms […]

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November 5th, 2008 2 Comments

I made it at last! The trip in was entertaining. First, we has a “safety briefing” which basically consisted of them telling us not to get frostbite. It was raining in NZ when they packed us all onto a bus wearing our ECW gear and drove us to the airplane. There was a guy with […]

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