time reversal

the stories of four physicists separated by the whims of fate

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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Tenderized Meat

December 26th, 2008 No Comments

I was wathcing the MythBusters a few days ago and they were trying to find an extreme method for tenderizing meat. The smarter one of the two had built a cannon from which he was firing New York strips into a steel plate; this method was not so controlled as to be useful, but it […]


Freezing Rain and Half Life

December 17th, 2008 No Comments

So, I took my one final yesterday, and as my advisor is in Vegas trying to round up some more funding, I decided to skip town. Immediately. This was probably not the wisest choice I could have made as it was snowing, but I felt like driving somewhere warmer. It was snowing, but in my […]


Discovery Channel Blog

December 12th, 2008 2 Comments

So, I really haven’t spent much time letting people know what I have been up to, but I was recently asked to contribute to a Discovery Channel guest blog about technology. I hope to write a little about quantum simulation and being a graduate student; my first post was just added to the site, so […]


What would Steve Chu Do?

December 11th, 2008 No Comments

As many of you probably know, Steve Chu has been chosed to be the next United States Secretary of Energy. This is crazy awesome for many reasons. First, Steve Chu is incredibly smart. He is a physicist and won a Nobel for his work that centered around laser cooling and trapping of atoms. Second, he […]


Fresh Bread and Habenero in the Eyes

November 2nd, 2008 No Comments

While out in Colorado, Ruth and I made pizza dough one night; inspired by how easy this was, I decided to try making some real bread. Mark Bittman, my favorite Internet person, recently posted a recipe for no-knead bread to the Times, so I figured that was the natural place to start. The recipe was […]


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, […]