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Grad Student Holidays

 

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A festive place setting.

Wednesday was my first official University holiday as a graduate student. I had no idea what to do.

Classes were cancelled but should I go in to the office? Should I still do work? Or do I take the whole day off (to do homework)?

I decided to go in for the amount of time I would have worked on Wednesday anyway. Most of my officemates were there but my advisor was not, perhaps I could have worked from home.

Then there is the issue of the university breaks between quarters. I am pretty sure that I don’t get any of that time off aside for maybe Christmas and New Years. No where does it say how many paid vacation days I have during the year, I assume I have some but it might all just be unofficial and between me and my advisor.

There is also the possibility of unpaid vacation time and I may tap into that for a family trip to Norway during the summer.

I should just clarify all of this with my advisor.

 

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Halloween!

 

Darwin Clown

The hat stayed on!

Today is Halloween. Hooray costumes and candy!

 

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Even trees have bad hair days,

Even trees have bad hair days,

Happy Pi Approximation Day!

Written out in an order that makes sense today is 22/7 or 3.1428…

Pi is 3.1415…

That makes today a wonderful day for nearly getting things right.

It is almost as good as e day (2.71828…) which can either be 2/7 or 2/71 (the ides of April).

That special time when nearly random dates and calenders are lined up with mathematical constants. But if it raises awareness for science then I shall celebrate every one.

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Nevada City's Broad Street at night.

Nevada City's Broad Street at night.

Last year after the fourth of July parade and when the sun went down Nevada City was quiet. A few cars remained parked on the streets, not another person was walking the streets and nary a car drove down the main thoroughfare.

With that knowledge in had I had an idea: I wanted to take a few long exposure night shots of Broad Street to make an HDR image (exposure of 2 minutes to 1/4 of a second). So after dinner I was at the top of the street looking down and I set up my tripod as usual.

Then cars started to come up the street. Well that was fine cars are allowed to use the streets I suppose.

They came up the street very slowly, very carefully and often with their high beams on. Then they slowed down when they neared me and looked very slowly as they drove by. These were attendees of the local fair coming home after the fireworks finished, and they celebrated with several choice beverages based on their driving habits of the evening.

In the end I did not get a photo that satisfied me in terms of exposure and lack of high beams. I shall endeavor to try again tonight in the hopes that many people will be home, have left town or perhaps driving a bit faster then seven miles per hour.

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Easter

A Trojan Cow in Boston South Station. Or maybe an Easter Cow?

A Trojan Cow in Boston South Station. Or maybe an Easter Cow?

I woke up this morning to hear loud incoherent noise coming from somewhere nearby. After a few minutes of concentration it dawned on my that this was religious music being sung outside for Easter Sunday. The sound bounced around enough or was just garbled enough to sound like the Who’s down in Whoville.

For me Easter has never been a religious holiday. There was some religion in there occasionally as several of my family members are fairly catholic, yet for me it was a family holiday.

The icon of Easter never spoke to me religiously: eggs, bunnies or chocolate. It is more of a spring renewal or spring solstice celebration then a christian one.

In the end I find it to be a good reason for a family gathering that involves candy, brunch and/or dinner.

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Merry Christmas

 

Taken with my new circular polarizer.

Taken with my new circular polarizer.

I want to with everyone a Merry Christmas.

And I mean that in a completely non-religious way. I take the Christmas approach of the Japanese, all of the decadence and commercialism with none of the religious aspect. I feel that it is a good cultural holiday with good traditions (trees, presents and cookies) and just always happens to coincide nicely with winter breaks.

Enjoy the holiday or at least enjoy the slow lengthening of the days now that the solstice is past.

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