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Entries from June 2009

Beautiful Panorama

June 22nd, 2009 No Comments

I never finished posting about the rest of my trip to Zion. It has been a while, so I will just post a picture and give a brief summary. After spending a few wonderful days in Hopp Valley, Matthias and I crashed for a night in the Southwest Desert area of the park. There wasn’t […]


Journey to the end of the night

June 21st, 2009 No Comments

I got an e-mail a few weeks ago from a friend who is spending 9 months isolated from the real world, encouraging me to spend one night running through it. Last night, there was a street game in Oakland, which was basically a giant game of tag mixed with a running race mixed with a […]


The Black Dewar

June 17th, 2009 No Comments

Almost exactly 3 months ago today I posted that I started taking apart my cryostat to refurbish it and make it bad-ass. It’s finally done, and it works really well. I can optically test 160 detectors at a time at 250mK. I presented the preliminary tests from our first optical cold run at our collaboration […]

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It’s official

June 16th, 2009 1 Comment

I’m sitting in a meeting in Chicago right now, and about 5 minutes ago I got an e-mail with the subject line “Grantee Medical/Dental Checklist Email” from the United States Antarctic Program. It looks like I’m going to pole again. Almost everyone else who knows how to run the telescope camera is graduating, so I’m […]

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To Boulder go where many have gone before

June 14th, 2009 1 Comment

Well, I’ve moved to a new place once again. In the last year I’ve lived in Switzerland, New York, and now Boulder. And overall, I have to say that Boulder is by far the best place to live. I’ve taken up residence in the basement of JILA working in Jun Ye‘s Strontium lab. The people […]


The rules of Science

June 10th, 2009 No Comments

I have an undergrad working with me, and I’ve been slowly teaching him the rules of science. So far, we have experienced the following rules in action together: 1. Nothing works on the first try. 2. Everything breaks at least once. 3. Every way it can break it will break. And today, we learned a […]

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Dave visits California (and we don’t do anything crazy)

June 9th, 2009 1 Comment

Dave came to visit me in Berkeley, but due to his injured knees, we couldn’t do anything too intense. We still went to the beach and flew kites, and had picnics in various locations, but we had much more free time for liesurely activities than we usually do. Hence, we decided to take up a […]

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Nasa rocks!

June 7th, 2009 1 Comment

This is the most brilliant thing nasa has come up with in a long time: http://spaceyourface.nasa.gov/ Go Ruth go!