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Bead Physics

 

Glass Flower

A glass flower (sort of a weird material).

Often it is the simplest well thought out experiments that give the most interesting results. Like rotating a bunch of beads and seeing what happens.

My favorite part:

Why this should happen is unclear. No equations exist to describe why such a slight change in packing density should produce such different system-wide behavior. “Known mechanisms for granular convection could not be applied,” wrote Rietz and Stannarius.

I hope to find a good question like that during my science career, something simple and easy to understand that gives brand new results.

 

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Electrostatics

 

Pink Flower

A lovely set of pink flowers

Electrostatics is a hard subject.

The first week we learned all of the physics for the quarter, now it is just math heavy what with Green’s Functions and complex analysis.

If I make it through alive I will join an elite group who have passed through physics grad E&M.

 

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Halloween!

 

Darwin Clown

The hat stayed on!

Today is Halloween. Hooray costumes and candy!

 

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Phone Photos

 

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Delicate camera controls.

Sometimes I see a great photo opportunity but do not have my camera, especially when it is raining out. So I fall back to my phone if it is not raining that hard.

When I do I immediately remember why I bought a DSLR. In the above photo I could have gotten it right with a few more photos except it was raining fairly consistently on my phone. I am also always surprised at the wide angle of phone cameras.

 

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Lates

Greenlake sunset.

Greenlake sunset.

A post-rain sunset.

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Serious Rain

Seattle actually had real rain.

Seattle actually had real rain.

It has been raining off and on over the past week in Seattle. No surprise there really. Yesterday though it really rained, in that world flooding sort of way. This is the sort of rain that I love, sheets of water falling from the sky, streets flooding just a little bit on the sides and water pelting against the windows.

It is rain with character.

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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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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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Exxon Mobil

Oil platform, not necessarily affiliated with Exxon Mobil.

Oil platform, not necessarily affiliated with Exxon Mobil.

Today we had a talk from Exxon Mobil in my department including a catered dinner. Next Tuesday I have an interview with the recruiter. As a first year it will not be for a job at this point but mostly for seeing what is possible in the future. They also may have some scholarships, though I doubt I will get those as a space scientists.

It is hard to turn down a free dinner and it is just fun to say that I am interviewing with Exxon Mobil.

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