Monthly Archives: January 2017

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit files like a banana.

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit files like a banana. With those two sentences, my colleague at the School of Mines, Dr. Toni Logar, illustrates the difficulty computers have in understanding the English language. For more of her fascinating interview, click … Continue reading

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Gratitude List (Jan. 18 – 24)

Starting a second lunch club in the Physics Dept. for those who have a schedule conflict with the main one (Jan. 18) Unexpectedly high attendance for Lunch Club 2 Visiting El Mariachi restaurant for the first time A colleague gave … Continue reading

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Reading Goals for 2017

Some of my friends read dozens of books each year. I will be lucky to reach one dozen.  Last year, I had a long list I wanted to read, and I finished 7 of them. I don’t want my book … Continue reading

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Gratitude List (Jan. 11-17)

Getting our environmental chamber moved into the lab The equipment that allows four men to move a 700 lb. box with only their muscles Interview with a potential new graduate student in my lab Lunch with a colleague and friend … Continue reading

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Review of Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department

Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department by United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division My rating: 5 of 5 stars I wish I could simply quote the entire report for this review since it is so important to understanding … Continue reading

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Gratitude List (Jan. 4 – 10, 2017)

First visit to the new Panera Bread in Rapid City Dinner out with my wife Started writing my syllabus for this coming semester Started writing a presentation I will give at the Black Hills Astronomical Society Arranging the move of … Continue reading

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Astronomy 4850 Feet Underground, One Week From Today!

The Black Hills Astronomical Society January 2017 meeting will feature a presentation on the astronomical-related research that is currently being done, and what is planned for the future, at the Sanford Underground Research Facility. The presenter is Dr. Luke A. Corwin, … Continue reading

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Books of 2016: A Review

At the start of 2016, I had a list of 18 books I wanted to read during the year. I added 2 more during the year for a total of 20. Of these, I finished 7. Some of the rest, … Continue reading

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Gratitude List (Dec. 28, 2016 – Jan. 3, 2017)

Exploring the area around our hotel on foot. Visiting the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix The bamboo and rattan tuba sousaphone from the Philippines at the MIM Playing a giant gong Playing a theremin “Amid a massive landfill in Paraguay, … Continue reading

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The rescuers rode bicycles!

In 2016, the Facebook algorithm showed me stories of four people who rescued others from horrible situations. They were separated by thousands of miles and three years, but they had one thing in common: the rescuers rode bicycles! These four … Continue reading

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