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Entries from March 2009


March 31st, 2009 1 Comment

I finally finished knitting the socks that I started at Pole. They are awesome! I’ll have to make more of these wonderfully colorful socks.


Things my dad would like

March 31st, 2009 No Comments

Berkeley (and specifically my new apartment) has a lot of things my dad would like. My new apartment is right near Berkeley Bowl, a super market with every kind of produce you could possibly imagine. Wandering through the produce section I encountered 6 varieties of avocados (one kind for only 59 cents each) and at […]

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Arcade fire!

March 25th, 2009 No Comments

One day I really am going to write about what’s been happening in the last month…but I’m still trying to get caught up on work! So I’ll leave you with this: http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/wherethewildthingsare/ Arcade Fire!!!!!! In other music news I bought tickets to see Girlyman when I’m visiting my brother, and a certain Decemberists album comes […]


One day I’ll goto SXSW

March 18th, 2009 No Comments

…but until that day I’ll have to do what I can on the internet. Tonight at 1 am eastern Decemberists are playing their new album that comes out next week. NPR is streaming it for free. So go and listen goddamn it! http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=101397853 (Listen Live) I have a lot to say about the last month, […]


Back at work

March 15th, 2009 No Comments

Well, my month-long vacation is finally over, and I’ve been back in the lab for a week now. Even though it is in fact work, it’s actually kind of nice. I completely dismantled my test cryostat this week over some protestations from other projects that had been using it in my absence, only to have […]

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Epic Climbing Adventure #231

March 8th, 2009 No Comments

After my failure to sound even remotely coherent at my Hertz interview the day after I got back from the South Pole (I blame jetlag–26 hours of flying), Dave arrived in Berkeley, CA to whisk me away on an epic climbing adventure. We started out at the crack of 10am on Tuesday morning with the […]

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Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day

March 7th, 2009 No Comments

There are many genuinely odd aspects to the University of Illinois. Probably the most characteristic of the atmosphere here is the celebration called Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day, though most simply refer to it as Unofficial. What is this celebration? Well, as with most things at UIUC, it involves people drinking excessively, dressing identically, and doing […]


Crazy Plans + Metal Concert

March 2nd, 2009 No Comments

One of my German friends is taking a physics of music class and recently told me that for his final project he would build a vacuum tube hi-fi amplifier. I thought this was an excellent plan, and as I had planned to build a set of loudspeakers las t January but was distracted by a […]