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Archive for October, 2009

Sear Zone

As seen on the volcano slopes.

As seen on the volcano slopes.

A panorama of the sear zone of the Mt. St. Helens eruption taken on the slopes leading up to the crater. The blue lake is filled with still floating logs that have been permeated with ash. Also in the far background is Mt. Rainier.

It was nowhere near this clear today.

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1.9 Kelvin

My guess as to what it would look like to look down the LHC is running. Assuming on lived.

My guess as to what it would look like to look down the LHC while it is running. Assuming one lived.

Looks like everyone’s favorite soon to be turned on particle accelerator is about to start to be turned on!

At least it is down to a balmy 1.9 Kelvin at the moment with the hopes of running at full or near full power by December. Next week they may turn on the beam at low power to mark the start of the slow ramp up to full on Higg’s Boson finding power.

It will be really neat once the LHC is running at full capacity and sending out more data in a second then I can possible imagine. Also once that data is sifted through, analyzed and thought about will it start to get exciting. Maybe they will find a Higg’s boson (exciting) or perhaps nothing new at all (even more exciting). It will be exciting times in particle physics and I am glad to say that I will just be reading the final results and not searching through that data.

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Getting Ahead

Didn't rain today, maybe there is hope.

Didn't rain today, maybe there is hope.

I tried to get ahead in homework today. It failed almost completely.

After I finished the one assignment that is due tomorrow I lost all motivation to keep going. Instead I half-read some journal articles and watched It’s Always Sunny with my roommates.

I am sure there could have been a better use of my time. I just need to find it.

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Performance Update

Day 2 of Rain: got wet going to the bus stop. Sunny on the way back.

Day 2 of Rain: got wet going to the bus stop. Sunny on the way back.

Today Apple released Performance Update 1.0 for a swath of recently made computer. Mine was one of them. Hopefully this update will fix the problems I have been having and trying to fix. After twenty minutes everything seems to be running better. Though it might be a placebo effect.

The update notes state that the issue was related to the hard drive which would explain why I had more hang ups while having Matlab process and save a bunch of data.

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Interview

Day 1 of Rain: rained on twice, saw sunlight once (indirectly).

Day 1 of Rain: rained on twice, saw sunlight once (indirectly).

Today I interviewed with Exxon Mobil, or more accurately I interviewed with a recruiter from one of the Exxon Mobil research groups. He was mostly interested in those with a few years of grad school completely and more towards the geology of things. I just wanted to interview as practice and see if there was a possibility of jobs in my future.

Looks like a no. I was essentially told that a PhD in Space Science has little or no place in Exxon Mobil unless it is through transferring what I learn to a semi-related field like combustion research.

Combustion and space plasma are not quite as similar as one would hope. I think this effectively crushes my dream of selling out to the man. I will be forced by societal pressure to take a job at a University, NASA, a private space company or a start-up of some sort. No large corporation with career track job for me.

At least I got a free dinner, a USB light, a 10x rock magnifying glass and a small card listing the geological periods. All (except the dinner) nicely logo’ed with Exxon Mobil. Exciting times.

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The forecast for the next seven days: rain.

The forecast for the next seven days: rain.

Within the first week of release I have been running OS 10.6 on my MacBook Pro and all was well.

Recently I noticed that I have been running on the integrated graphics card since moving to Seattle, this explained why it felt as if the system was sluggish. Once I switched over to the dedicated graphics card (NVidia GeForce 9600M GT) everything started moving faster. Almost everything.

Once an hour, once every twenty minutes or once every day the system would hang. For twenty seconds the system was not responsive, I could get in maybe two clicks before everything stopped. It was not lag as keystroked and mouseclicks made during this hang time were not registered in any way. The system just stopped. I have read about this on forums with one solution being to downgrade the EFI firmware from 1.7 to 1.6. This sounds risky since my computer shipped with 1.7 so 1.6 might just fail completely.

Sunday I decided to try to fix it on my own. First thing I did was verify the main hard drive and repair permissions. No major problems with either of these. Next was a hardware test off the original install discs, passed with no issues. The last hardware maneuver was to rest the PRAM. Back into running the OS I checked all the third party programs that run in the background. I found out that the major three that I use were out of date and lacking 10.6 support (Caffeine, Quicksilver and Keyremap4Macbook).

After these steps I have not had a hang in over a day. Usually I get a couple with Matlab running and I had it open most of the day. Hopefully this is a working solution else I will need to wait until 10.6.2 is released in the next month or so.

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Texting Google

Not a recommended roadway.

Not a recommended roadway.

When a person is driving not knowing exactly where they are going, say to a Costco, they may look for directions. If they don’t have a fancy smartphone nor do they desire to stop they may resort to texting Google for directions (466453).

If someone texts something like “seattle costco” they will get back a list of the three nearest Costco stores with their addresses. This will eventually lead them to the right store for some wholesome bulk shopping.

However Google will not inform the inquirer a critical piece of information such as a Seahawk game is about to start between the person asking and the store.

In the end I do not recommend driving near a large sporting arena anytime there is a sporting event in that arena.

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