These are two of my favorite cookies: thumbprints (foreground) and iced sugar cookies. Grandma made them both this year. I commented to Dad (or Mom, I forget who now) on the relative paucity of thumbprints on the platter. True to form, Grandma had sent some home with earlier visitors because “something was wrong with them.” What was wrong, I’ll never know…they tasted good to me!
Archive for December, 2008
A few months ago, I wrote up my own RSS feed generators that scraped the AGU in-press pages. Today, one of my papers appeared in the feed. Surreal. And, gratifying. In other news, my advisor discovered this week that AGU now has their own RSS feeds. Geophysics gone Web 2.0.
When does a hobby become a passion? When does a passion become and obsession? I missed the bus the other day taking long-exposure shots at the bus stop (none of which came out good enough for the web—need a tripod). I sprinted two blocks and caught the bus at a stop light.
I just missed the bus home this afternoon. Then, I remembered that I had a book that I needed to return to the library. Before I returned it, I wanted to transcribe a quote. The easiest way, I reasoned, was to take a picture of the page and transcribe it later. So, I sat my backpack down on a concrete bench and pulled the book and my camera out. No sooner had I opened the backpack, a squirrel hopped up on the bench and proceeded to start nosing around my stuff. I did manage to shoo it off long enough to take this picture and get a picture of the book. Never before have I seen a squirrel this brazen! Perhaps he’s taking lessons from our governor?
I’m not entirely thrilled about the Apple/iTunes system. But, I have workarounds and it’s a convenient way to get music legally. Recently, it seems that they are finally catching up with some really good electronic music, which is good news!
Things have been busy around here with the holidays (past and future) and trying to prepare for life after graduate school (and trying to wrap-up graduate school). There’s still lots of data to be analyzed, models to run, and even two groups of instruments to field.
Some brainstorming over the past two weeks yielded a couple of good ideas for projects. More on these as/if they come to fruition. In the mean time, I’ve been trying to get a full-size (as opposed to my OpenWRT box) Linux machine running at home again. Sarah’s old computer doesn’t have enough RAM, what RAM it has is RDRAM. So, I tried to put Xubuntu 8.04.1 LTS on my old desktop machine (the venerable sakhalin). It’s been having a war of words with my Western Digital WD205AA hard drive. I think it might actually be working tonight.
Yesterday’s attempt at Xubuntu 7.10 was an exercise in frustration. Sarah was putting lights on the tree and I was generally a scrooge. Fortunately, I saw a TO-3 transistor on my workbench and realized that I could easily make it into an ornament. That cheered me up. I’m sure the idea’s not new. But, the little things make all the difference. Christmas is coming.