time reversal

the stories of four physicists separated by the whims of fate

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Alex visits California

September 28th, 2009 No Comments

My brother came out to Berkeley this past weekend, so I determined it was my duty to show him some of the awesome things about California. Day 1: Alex showed up around 2pm, looking completely exhausted and really sick of traveling. Clearly the only solution to this was beer-lunch, so we went to Jupiter for […]

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New house!

August 4th, 2009 1 Comment

I moved into my new house this weekend. So far we’ve built a wall, hung 2 doors, replaced the hot water pipe to the bathroom sink (yay for blow-torches in tiny crawl spaces!), weed-whacked the entire yard, pruned all of the plants, pick-axed out a garden plot, acquired furniture for ourselves and the common spaces, […]

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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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Dave visits California (again)

April 14th, 2009 2 Comments

Dave came out to California this weekend to give a talk at Berkeley (and visit me). He flew in really late Friday night, so we had a rather late start on adventures Saturday morning. First on the agenda (after a breakfast of blueberry pancakes and smoothies) was to fix up a bike that Martin had […]

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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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