Gratitude (Mar. 7 – 20)

  1. Being able to drive my wife home from the airport
  2. Meeting with a student via videoconference
  3. Getting some e-mails answered
  4. Giving a tour of my lab to a group of high school students, some of whom seemed genuinely interested
  5. Interview with a postdoc candidate
  6. Good conversation about self-image with a friend
  7. Ride from a colleague to and from the Hill City Science Fair
  8. Being a judge at the fair
  9. Time to rest and recover while being sick
  10. Clocks that automatically adjust to daylight saving time
  11. Good food and leaning about Paul Robeson at The Well
  12. Taking the day off to recuperate while sick
  13. My wife bringing me a cheeseburger
  14. Effective cough syrup letting me sleep
  15. Good pies for Pi Day
  16. Fun events, including a pie eating contest, for pie day
  17. Riding home from campus with my wife
  18. Warm weather to melt the snow and clear the roads
  19. Good discussion about the Sermon on the Mount and Easter Eggs at The Well
  20. Helping my wife make soup
  21. Interesting colloquium (Mar. 19)
  22. Good meeting with my research group
  23. Being sufficiently prepared for class
  24. Trimming my beard
  25. Lunch club at Tally’s
  26. Sitting at the “community table” at Tally’s. Apparently the community table is what it sounds like. It is a big table that anyone can sit at if they like. It turned out to be a great opportunity for Richard to tell some local residents about our program.
  27. On of my favorite TV shows (Timeless) is on the air for a second season
  28. The 11th season of The X-Files is airing too
  29. Another great show, Red Dwarf, is on Britbox
  30. Meeting with a prospective graduate student
  31. Making some decisions about student admissions
  32. Being able to stay home and recover while sick (Mar. 12)
  33. Calling and getting a reply about a TV station that seems not to be transmitting
  34. Morning prayer group with InterVarsity
  35. Dinner with friends (Mar. 17)
  36. An amazing performance of Fiddler on the Roof by the SDSM&T Drama Club
  37. Planning a visit from my parents and sister for this summer
  38. Finding the last box of a certain curry powder on the shelf a the grocery store
  39. The wide selection on Netflix DVD service
  40. My wife loves me!
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Want encouragement about the younger generation?

Be a judge at the High Planes Regional Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 in the King Center at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

Judge Registration Deadline
March 21, 2018.

I have done this several times. Many of the students and their projects are amazing and give me hope for the future. Click the link below for more information.
Source: SD Mines | Science & Engineering Fair

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Gratitude (Feb. 28 – Mar. 6)

  1. Overcoming some technical difficulties with delivering my midterm
  2. Good conversation with a student
  3. Another student made some needed plots quite quickly.
  4. Small but good IV Prayer meeting
  5. Doing a load of laundry
  6. Helping my wife cook a lot of good food for us
  7. Good discussion at the Wobbly Table
  8. Music, poetry, food, and friends at Community Meal
  9. First time riding my bike to and from a friend’s new house
  10. Attending the last legislative crackerbarrel of the session
  11. Preparing for leading discussion at The Well
  12. Avoiding the blizzard currently in nearby parts of the state
  13. Talking with my parents
  14. Leading a well-received discussion at The Well based on this theme:
  15. Watching a movie with music we will be playing in our upcoming concert
  16. Online conversation with a good friend
  17. Planning for the rest of this break
  18. Shopping for pens
  19. Van being repaired
  20. Being able to bike to and from the mechanic
  21. Interesting conversation with one of the mechanics about tires
  22. Lunch club at Murphy’s
  23. Catching up with a former student at lunch club
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A Little Fun for Cat People and Brass Players

This kitty decides to chill in his human’s Euphonium and becomes the mute for his brass instrument. Kazuhiro’s cat is quite fascinated by the shape of the instrument and goes in there to see if it’d fit. Turns out it’s a purrfect fit!”If it fits, I sits!”Watch the full video:”I’m a cat mute!”

Source: Cat Decides to Be the Mute for Brass Instrument – Love Meow

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Gratitude (Feb. 21-27)

  1. A fun location for our collaboration photo

    Photo credit: Filip Jediny

  2. Safe and sufficiently punctual flights to Austin
  3. Successfully navigating to our hotel
  4. Comfortable hotel room with a good view
  5. Happy hour with colleagues after the first day of collaboration meeting
  6. Successfully navigating my way to campus using the bus
  7. Allowing enough time to find the buildings on an unfamiliar campus
  8. Interesting talks at the collaboration meeting
  9. Good food at the collaboration dinner
  10. Interesting conversations and meeting new colleagues at the dinner
  11. Beautiful view over Lake Travis
  12. Walking to and from the UT campus, including going past the Texas Capitol building
  13. Walking with my wife around downtown Austin, especially the river
  14. Being able to ask useful questions in parallel sessions
  15. Getting safely home from Austin even though our flight was quite delayed
  16. Good food at the Austin and DFW airports
  17. Two strong candidates for collaboration co-spokesperson
  18. A useful workshop on graduate student advising
  19. Writing the midterm for my class
  20. Lunch club at Ichiban
  21. Good meetings with students
  22. Making arrangements for the APS April Meeting
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Gratitude (Feb. 14 – 20)

  1. Voting early
  2. Meeting with and helping a graduate student progress
  3. Making dinner for my wife and myself.
  4. Brass sectionals in University Band
  5. Inclusion Committee Meeting was short but useful
  6. Interesting and fun simulation of cross-cultural difficulties at the Rapid City Community Conversation
  7. Good food and meeting people at the Conversation
  8. Attending the Environmental Cracker Barrel with state legislators
  9. Biking to and from the Outdoor Campus – West
  10. The campus has a bike rack.
  11. Talking with one of my legislators one-on-one
  12. Pizza and snacks at the cracker barrel
  13. Talking with other people at the cracker barrel
  14. Good food at the Sweetheart Dinner Dance sponsored by the music program
  15. Excellent music, including a brilliant and funny percussion piece with cooking and dining utensils
  16. Taking turns shoveling snow
  17. Not needing to travel much during the snow storm
  18. Day off on Monday (Feb. 19)
  19. Snow day on Tuesday
  20. Successfully getting to and from campus on Tuesday for necessary work on the snow day.
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Gratitude (Feb. 7 – 13)

  1. Attending the latest “coffee with planners” of Rapid City
  2. Short but good conversation with a friend (Feb. 7)
  3. Good video conversation with a friend via the internet
  4. Being back in band after my trip
  5. Good food, conversation, and friends at the pot luck
  6. Hearing different opinions on upcoming political and social issues
  7. Attending the Legislative Crackerbarrel on Feb. 10.
  8. Both of my questions were asked at the crackerbarrel
  9. Getting to know some of the other regular attendees
  10. Watching The X-Files online
  11. Teaching my class about Feynman diagrams
  12. Watching Police Squad with my wife
  13. Getting to bed early so I could attend an earlier than usual meeting (Feb. 12)
  14. The International Day of Women and Girls in Science (Feb. 11)
  15. Useful Faculty Development Committee Meeting (Feb. 13)
  16. Lunch club at Hong Kong Buffet
  17. Revisiting my photographs from Geneva with my wife
  18. Weather warming up for part of this week
  19. Ice spikes (upside down icicles) 
  20. Preparing for next trip
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I voted Yes

I voted early today in favor of the water rate changes for Rapid City. I’m happy to discuss why if you contact me privately.

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Gratitude (Jan. 31 – Feb. 6)

  1. Being able to do laundry on my trip
  2. The view of Geneva from the towers of the Cathedral St. Pierre
  3. Delicious cheese fondue for the collaboration dinner
  4. Visiting the prototype DUNE detectors
  5. Time to explore Geneva before I returned home
  6. Seeing a church where John Calvin preached in Geneva
  7. Dinner at an very nice restaurant with a waiter who happened to speak English
  8. A delicious chocolate shop on an island in the Rhône River
  9. Public transportation to the airport
  10. Safe and punctual flights home
  11. Seeing several colleagues on the way to and at the airport in Geneva
  12. Buying cheese and other souvenirs in the Amsterdam Airport
  13. Beautiful views from the plane on the way home
  14. Watching Frozen for the first time on the way home.
  15. The airport shuttle driver safely navigated bad roads and cold weather to get me home
  16. Time to rest on Sunday after returning
  17. I seem to be over the jet lag now.
  18. Being able to help a friend
  19. Learning about a Buddhist saint at The Well
  20. My laptop was given a clean bill of health upon return
  21. My flexible work schedule
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Gratitude (Jan. 24 – 30)

  1. The life and influence of my friend and teacher Craig Lehmeier
  2. Fun band rehearsal
  3. I was well-prepared for class
  4. My new lunch experiment (reuben wrap with homemade sauerkraut) seems to be working well.
  5. Calling in to a meeting where my student gave an update on her research
  6. Finishing a time-consuming and important review process
  7. Finding good books for my wife and me at the library
  8. Finding an e-book from the library for my trip
  9. Finished packing for my trip
  10. Helping my wife while she is sick
  11. Ride to Rapid City airport
  12. Safe and sufficiently punctual flights to Minneapolis, Paris, and Geneva
  13. Finding the right bus to CERN after nearly getting on the bus going the wrong direction
  14. Help from a fellow visitor in finding the right entrance
  15. Helpful guard who let me in to CERN
  16. The room where I am staying is a good deal, conveniently located, and comfortable
  17. Good start to the collaboration meeting, in which I was able to ask a few questions
  18. Catching up with colleagues and good food at the DUNE Collaboration Meeting welcome reception
  19. Invited to dinner at a pizza place with colleagues after the reception
  20. One of my colleagues was able to navigate us out of a building
  21. Interesting, fun, and useful seminar on communicating science
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