Gratitude (Sep. 27 – Oct. 3)

  1. Successfully performing surgery on a cassette to splice broken tape and recover most of the contentEffectiveness and simplicity of noise reduction in Audacity
  2. Making important decisions about the Physics curriculum in the future
  3. Important discussion about the history of “The Star Spangled Banner” and recent controversies about it during our band rehearsal
  4. Disconnecting rain barrels for the winter
  5. Buying a new rain coat, which is working well so far
  6. Buying supplies for testing different TV antenna locations
  7. Getting chores done around the house
  8. Practicing my tuba between rehearsals (Oct. 2)
  9. Reserving a rental car for my upcoming trip
  10. My student arrived safely at Fermilab
  11. Trying a new restaurant (Inferno) with Physics Lunch Club (Sep. 27)
  12. Seeing a colleagues new house
  13. Starting to think that I am making a significant contribution to the Inclusion Committee
  14. Getting my bike tuned up and repaired
  15. Selecting a new book for the Wobbly Table (The Gospel of the Kingdom)
  16. Meeting at a different coffee shop while our usual one is changing locations
  17. Hiring someone to seal our front deck
  18. Plumbing repairs in our basement bathroom
  19. My wife buying chocolate for me.
  20. Watching the Pumpkin’ Chunkin’ competition downtown, including the SPS team
  21. Finding this stenciled on the sidewalk downtown
  22. The painted lady butterfly migration
  23. Transferring cassette tapes to digital formate using a borrowed tape player and open source software.
  24. The new student in my lab successfully analyzed our latest data
  25. Riding my bike with a cargo of dishes, fire-starting supplies, and s’more supplies, to community meal
  26. Staring and tending a fire at the meal
  27. Wonderful food (vegetable curry) at the meal
  28. Roasting marshmallows
  29. A lovely concert after community meal.
  30. Help cleaning up my supplies
  31. A friend willing to lend me gloves after I had lost one of mine
  32. Finding my lost glove!
  33. A friend’s son’s help with getting the fire going using dryer lint.
  34. Catching up with a good friend at the meal.
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UK commits $88 million to LBNF/DUNE in first-ever umbrella science agreement with U.S.

This is excellent news for our upcoming experiment in Lead, SD and a demonstration of how particle physics can foster international cooperation.

The United Kingdom and the United States have signed the first ever umbrella science and technology agreement between the two nations, and the UK has committed $88 million to the LBNF/DUNE project.

Source: UK commits $88 million to LBNF/DUNE in first-ever umbrella science agreement with U.S.

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Campus Community Fireball Run on campus tomorrow

Good Morning,

Tomorrow, the Fireball Run is coming to Rapid City. If you haven’t heard of the Fireball Run, it is factual series that follows the story of 40 road warrior teams challenged with locating some of the most interesting, unique, and often under-discovered places in America. This is the story of towns as revealed through the true experiences of real people.

Three of the competitive events contestants are participating in will occur on the Mines campus between noon-1:00 p.m.. Contestants will be finding their way to campus and will be parking in the facilities parking lot. A film crew will be following these teams around the three campus event locations which are currently not being disclosed publicly in order to prevent contestants from gaining an advantage.

Contestants will be crossing the finish line downtown in the Main Street Square area. Mines students have a booth in that area from 2:00-6:00 to share information about the university with contestants and the public. A parade (including Mines cheerleaders, dance team, and Society of Physics Students) will be held downtown from 4:00-5:00 p.m..

Hope to see you there!

Ann Brentlinger

Director of Marketing & Communications

University Relations

at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

501 E St. Joseph St

Rapid City, SD 57701


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Gratitude (Sep. 20 – 26)

  1. Physics lunch club at Kathmandu
  2. My wife’s flights back from Orlando were safe and punctual
  3. She received a ride home from a colleague
  4. Interesting discussion of one of the pieces in band rehearsal
  5. My flight to Minneapolis was safe and punctual
  6. I was able to take public transit to my lodging
  7. My AirBnB hosts (including the dog) have been friendly and welcoming so far
  8. Keeping in touch with my wife while traveling
  9. Excellent food and catching up with friends at Annie’s
  10. An AirBnB room within walking distance of the U of MN Physics building, where I am taking NOvA shifts
  11. My first day on shift went well
  12. My presentation and discussion at Anselm House went extremely well, and I received many compliments and thanks afterward.
  13. The bus from my shift to the presentation was free
  14. Catching up with friends over dinner after the presentation
  15. A ride back to my room from my friends
  16. Another good day on shift (Sep. 23)
  17. Interacting via video with some visitors to Fermilab’s Open House
  18. Finding good food for dinner
  19. Meeting both of my Air BnB hosts
  20. Taking trains back to the airport
  21. Safe and punctual flight back to Rapid City
  22. Ride home from my wife
  23. When a problem occurred during my shift, I was able to contact the appropriate experts, who resolved the issue.
  24. Good food for dinner at the airport.
  25. Time to relax at the airport before my flight
  26. A new student has officially joined my research group.
  27. Finished unpacking from my trip and put my suitcase away
  28. Borrowing a cassette tape player from a friend
  29. Successfully recording from tapes to digital format
  30. Good conversation, food, and cats at community meal
  31. My wife made good and colorful (purple) mashed potatoes for the meal
  32. She also helped me deal with a burn I accidentally gave myself while helping with the potatoes
  33. Interesting All Faculty meeting
  34. Reading and talking with my wife before going to bed
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Gratitude (Sep. 13 – 19)

  1. Donated our solar eclipse glasses to Astronomers Without Borders
  2. Giving rides to people for Physics Lunch Club
  3. Taking time to rest (Sep. 14)
  4. Making some donations to Goodwill
  5. Installing audio recording software on my computer
  6. Useful Faculty Development Meeting
  7. Finished reading the book Proof of Heaven
  8. Finished reading There is Nothing Wrong with You
  9. The basic message of There is Nothing Wrong with You is true (II Cor. 5:16-21; Romans 8:1)
  10. M-Week picnic (indoors this year due to poor weather)
  11. Buying plan tickets for an upcoming work trip
  12. Choosing deck colors, railings, etc. for deck repair
  13. My wife’s conference in Orlando occurred despite the aftermath of Hurricane Irma
  14. Her flights were safe and on time
  15. Keeping in touch with her and seeing her beautiful pictures while she was traveling
  16. Seeing Wonder Woman at The Elks Theatre
  17. Faculty and Staff yoga started again (Sep. 19) with a large attendance
  18. Biking to Community Meal
  19. Catching up with friends and celebrating a birthday at the meal
  20. First good measurements with our lab equipment
  21. Beautiful clouds at sunset
  22. A good picture of a would-be passenger on my bike
  23. Straightening and repotting my Dracaena
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Farewell Cassini

Of all the spectacular images returned by Cassini, this one is my favorite.

This beautiful image of Saturn and its rings … is a composite (layered image) made from 165 images taken by the wide-angle camera on the Cassini spacecraft over nearly three hours on September 15, 2006.  The bottom image is a closeup view of the upper left quadrant of the rings, through which Earth is visible in the far, far distance.

Source: A View of Earth from Saturn : Image of the Day

“Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket;
they are regarded as dust on the scales;” – Isaiah 40:15 (NIV)

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Want to Learn About Astronomy?

The Astronomy 101 Five-Week Learning Experience at the Journey Museum starts on Sep. 19. I will be teaching on Oct. 10!

Source: Astronomy 101 Five-Week Learning Experience | Calendar | Journey Museum and Learning Center

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Gratitude (Sep. 6 – 12)

  1. Being informed of and correcting a small problem in our experimental electronics.
  2. The data from the new setup looks like it should
  3. Finding and correcting a mathematical error in our proposal before we submitted it.
  4. Finishing all of my assigned and volunteered tasks for our proposal
  5. Spending time with my wife when I could not sleep
  6. Another interesting discussion of music theory that we sat in on.
  7. The InterVarsity prayer group has started again for the semester
  8. Signing up for staff yoga this semester
  9. A graduate student made chili to share for lunch
  10. Despite missing Physics Lunch Club, my wife and I had a nice lunch at Einstein Bros.
  11. Make final decisions about an exam
  12. New library card
  13. Physics Root beer float social, the first physics social of the academic year
  14. Picking up some workout equipment with my wife
  15. Beautiful sunset while driving to get the equipment
  16. Our van made it through a hailstorm outdoors with no damage
  17. Dinner with my wife at Baan Thai
  18. Cooking over the fire with faculty colleagues at our house
  19. Meeting a colleague’s wife for the first time
  20. Good potluck and discussion at The Well
  21. First recitation of the semester went well and had good attendance
  22. Good friends, conversation, and yoga at community meal
  23. Our friends who invited us to their home to see the aurora (Sep. 7)
  24. Photographing the aurora for the first time
  25. Interesting training on Starfish
  26. A baker for the Faculty Lounge
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Gratitude (Aug. 30 – Sep. 5)

  1. Helping my wife buy exercise equipment and make space for it.
  2. Unpacking and/or removing several boxes left from our move
  3. Preparing to donate some of the things we unpacked
  4. Drafting an important letter
  5. Working with a colleague on a puzzle over lunch
  6. My friends I meet with each Friday morning
  7. My new graduate student finished cleaning up our lab
  8. Getting the first results out of the clean lab
  9. Dinner at Pizza Ranch with my wife
  10. Shopping at the Farmer’s Market, especially finding a new kind of plum (Sep. 2)
  11. Downloading and using an app that allows me to stream recordings from my Entertainment PC to my phone within our home wireless network
  12. Getting the house cleaned for community meal this week
  13. Writing birthday cards for friends and family
  14. Lunch club at Famous Dave’s
  15. Sitting in on part of an interesting music theory lesson for band students
  16. No class on Labor Day
  17. Finishing a draft of my part our funding renewal application
  18. Hosting community meal at our house
  19. Meeting a new faculty member and family at the meal
  20. Reading another chapter of The Cat Who Could Read Backwards with my wife.
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Gratitude (Aug. 23 – 29)

  1. Good meetings with students (Aug. 23)
  2. Lunch club at Murphy’s
  3. More progress in deciding responsibilities for our departmental review
  4. Meeting a colleague’s baby
  5. Our first University Band rehearsal of the semester
  6. We have three tuba players in the band
  7. Watching our SPS team come within one second of winning their round of Pig Wrestling at the Central States Fair
  8. Playing in the “hamster balls,” similar to the ones below:
  9. Good Skype conversation with a friend
  10. Donating to a Boy Scouts rummage sale
  11. My wife’s dedication, expertise, and patience in getting video streaming from our Entertainment PC across our wireless network.
  12. We now have portable access to our recorded TV shows with and open source system!
  13. Good and encouraging discussion about “Circles of Grace” at The Well
  14. Picking up my prize-winning photos and prize money.
  15. I think I have finally found a way to get my household chores done reasonably well.
  16. Paying Faculty Lounge dues
  17. Having lunch with other people in the lounge
  18. Good meeting with postdoc about the radon monitor
  19. Dinner with my wife at La Costa
  20. Starting to clean my lab after construction
  21. My wife’s pasta salad for community meal
  22. Good food, friends, and conversation at the meal
  23. Petting cats and guinea pigs at the meal
  24. My wife’s advice on teaching
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