Archive for November, 2009



I feel like this bike looks.

Sometime on Friday I came down with the flu. I have been in bed for the past forty hours and just now am I feeling well enough to sit at my desk.

It is a bit ironic that I came down with the flu the day that I found out I could get a H1N1 vaccine if I was healthy. Looks like there is no vaccine in my future.

I have come to realize, or at least remember, that I truly hate being sick. A combination of the weakness and inability to do anything. It is just a huge waste of time. And I was plagued (I use the past tense hopefully) with extreme tiredness to the point where I could not keep my eyes open for longer then twenty minutes. There was also headaches, body aches, slightly runny nose and chills.

Luckily my roommates have all been very understanding and have helped me where I needed it, mostly in buying my some sprite and providing some herbal tea. Mostly they have been out of the house though to avoid getting sick. And I don’t blame them, for my part I have been restricting myself to my room so I don’t spread anything.

Hopefully I am over the worst of it now and this is not a temporary lull in symptoms.


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I Will Not Get Sick


A windy beach.

I Will Not Get Sick.

I Will Not Get Sick.

I Will Not Get Sick.


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Hanging About

It is starting to get cold.

After trying to program an almost intractable problem it is fun to help my roommates with their Matlab homework. Especially since I have never had a dedicated programming course before. And because their homework problem is very reasonable in what it asks and what it needs.

VLF attenuation in the earth-ionospehre waveguide is not as easy.

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Taken with a Lensbaby (which I have not used in a long time)


Well I wanted to make a poll for this post however it requires creating an account with a sister website to WordPress and I don’t feel up to that.

I was going to ask why people come to this site, it is something that I have always wondered about and now I am thinking of restructuring how I do things I would like to know what is actually valuable.

I am reconsidering the photo+text for every entry and may go for text only for some or photos only for others. I also need to reevaluate the once a day posting. I don’t know if I have the time for it anymore, at least not as a last minute thing at the end of the day.

I wonder this because I seem to consistently get about fifty or so visitors to the site everyday but the top posts are never the ones I write during the week. Either this is from the way that wordpress calculates the hits per post (such as viewing the main page does not count as a hit for a particular page) or only a few things I have written are ever read.

Hence the desire to have a poll. It is sort of just the desire to have some grasp on the statistics more so then a need to see what is popular.

The sample size would be too low anyway.

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I call him Bitey.

Found out last night that my brother is moving to Colorado in the Denver-ish area.

I am taken aback by finding this out, I always thought that he would live in Sonoma (or maybe Lake) County. It feels odd thinking of him leaving for another area especially one that seems so far away.

Then I remember where I have lived over the past several years and it does not seem that far at all. Compared to Edinburgh, Santa Barbara and Seattle outside of Denver is not that bad.

I only have three experiences with Colorado and they all involve Denver. I flew there going to and from South Dakota when I was younger, I had a ten minute layover there last Spring (ran from my gate across the airport to board standby at the last minute) and from reading On the Road. Otherwise it is a big unknown.

Now I hope that I will be able to visit and learn about a country I have never really explored, namely the rest of America.


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Yes Virginia

For most of my photo sharing I don't need a dSLR, I really need to get a new compact=

There is an add campaign on some of the buses in Seattle that make me smile every time I see them:

A large picture of a jolly Santa with the text : Yes Virginia, There is No God.

My camera on my cell phone cannot currently be classified as functional so I have no photo of it.

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No Shave November



Superbly shearless sheep.

I inadvertently decided to grow facial hair near the onset of No-Shave November an annual event that I did not know existed. I knew of the variant of Movember as an undergrad but never knew that many people to participate.

I am now ten days into not shaving and I still don’t know how I feel about it. I have been asking around for what I should do and there exists no uniform consensus (I decided to do this based on popular opinion). The one thing that has been brought up is that I need a haircut to accompany the emergent grad student beard.

Two concerns arise, the first being that I don’t know a good barber in Seattle and the second being I don’t know how to deal with the side-burn to beard transition area. I also just don’t like haircuts.

I have been trying to find a barber online using Google and Yelp, nothing has jumped out. I hope that if I ask some of the older grad students they will have a recommendation.


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