Monthly Archives: March 2016

Gratitude (Mar. 23 – 29)

Good food at Tally’s with Physics Lunch Club Shopping for unusual candy after lunch, including my first Mars Bar (basically a Milky Way), my first full-sized Mr. Goodbar, and truffles from the Chubby Chipmunk Riding my bike safely though the … Continue reading

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As You Read This, Trillions of Neutrinos are Passing Through Your Body

  March 02, 2016 Sanford Lab Leaders Update Thune on the Future of Their Research Facility This week, U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) met with Mike Headley, executive director of the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF), and Ron Wheeler, vice … Continue reading

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Gratitude (Mar. 16 – 22)

Stories of rattlesnakes at the Physics Lunch Club (Mar. 16) Fun with bad drawings of a reindeer in my class (Mar. 16) Corned beef and cabbage leftovers Helping my wife with ideas for her class Being a judge at the … Continue reading

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Common Elements in the Prose of Jackie Lea Sommers, Part 2: Character Trios

Why is a physicist writing so much about literature? What is so special about this author named Sommers? The simple answer to both questions is the same: she is my friend. We were friends in college and reconnected during the past … Continue reading

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Gratitude (Mar. 9 – 15)

Good time at Community Meal last night (Mar. 8) Making homemade marshmallows again! My homemade marshmallows were well received at Community Meal. Petting Guinea pigs Productive first meeting about planning a conference in 2017 Successfully defrosting and inventorying our chest … Continue reading

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The Global Warming “Pause” In My Own Words

In the video above from Oct. 6, 2015, Sen. Ted Cruz aggressively questions the head of the Sierra Club (Dr. Aaron Mair) on the alleged “pause” in global warming. My friend Joe posted it on Facebook; I responded with a link … Continue reading

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How I Incorporate PowerPoint Slides in Beamer

We’ve all been there, trying to advance the cause of open-source software and good rendering of mathematics by using Beamer in , when we want or need to incorporate someone else’s slides from another program into our presentation! Well, maybe … Continue reading

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Gratitude (Mar. 2 – Mar. 8)

I have a backup shirt in my office in case I forget to bring a work shirt, as happened today (Mar. 2). Good rehearsal (Mar. 2) Doing some long-term planning for my lab The review session in my class went … Continue reading

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Valve Oil and Bike Locks

Pro Tip: If your bike lock becomes jammed, and you don’t have any WD-40 at hand to free it, valve oil will work in a pinch!

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Common Elements in the Prose of Jackie Lea Sommers, Part 1

MAJOR Truest SPOILER ALERT! Do not read further if you want to be surprised by Truest.    I have written before about my friend Jackie’s book Truest.  She has also written several short stories, and I have been fascinated by the common elements I see … Continue reading

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