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Entries from January 2009

The finer things in life

January 31st, 2009 No Comments

I want to share a culinary discovery with you all. Picture in your mind’s eye a typical banana split. Drizzled chocolate syrup, bananas, chopped nuts, whipped cream . . . delicious. Too bad ice cream is only a sometimes food. I can’t eat ice cream every day, so I started to experiment with ice cream […]


Back from Boston

January 29th, 2009 2 Comments

Sometime late last year I was sitting in my office thinking about my friends in Boston, so I called a couple to see what their plans would be for January and immediately bought airplane tickets. You might ask why anyone in their right mind would go to Boston in January, so I will list a […]


January 29th, 2009 No Comments

I feel like I’m not getting very much work done, because I’m being pulled 3 different ways :< Well at least I still have time to appreciate the simple truths of life: the spinning top, makes sound



January 23rd, 2009 No Comments

It’s official I am now: Qualified. Not for heavy machinery (that would be cool) but to be a practictioner of the graduate student arts. My Quals turned out to be much easier than I thought they would, which was good. I spent the last 2 weeks rereading an Electricity and Magentism book and a Stat. […]



January 22nd, 2009 No Comments

Inauguration day came and went here at the South Pole without too much excitement. Mostly this was because at the time of the inauguration it was 5am here and the satellite had nowhere near enough bandwidth for us to watch. However, today we got a DVD from McMurdo with 6 hours of inauguration coverage on […]


The Switch

January 19th, 2009 No Comments

This pretty much sums up my perspective on computing four and a half years ago: Merits of the PowerBook G4 were: Shiny Ease of use Moderate Unix goodness Durable Still shiny This winter I bought a new laptop. I wanted something small with good battery life. I really liked the Lenovo x200s (it’s an x300 […]


Speeding up again?

January 18th, 2009 No Comments

My Q is in just a few days, so I really don’t have time to say much except: This website is amazing, his “annual reports” are so cool that I wish I were friends with this guy. www.feltron.com can’t abide what i see there



January 18th, 2009 2 Comments

There is a bit of downtime here at the south pole, and I happened to get all the necessary materials for a sweater in the mail for Christmas, so I knitted one. Check it out!

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Music at Work

January 11th, 2009 No Comments

In returning for another semester of reserach at UI, I have been thinking about how I could be more productive. There are plenty of things I do outside of work that make me happy and hence more productive, but what keeps me productive while I am at work? Hmm. The first things that come to […]


Nature attacks!

January 11th, 2009 No Comments

Colorado is Xtreme. It’s covered in sharp pointy rocks and there are large animals that want to eat me. The air is so dry I have to carry a water bottle with me everywhere, and there is hardly any atmosphere to shield me from the sun’s insane brightness. Also, it’s very windy. Several days of […]