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I am excited. Tis always a delight. Bonfire! Demonstrating the true meaning of rage to the undergrads! It's the best. Perhaps I will even post more about it when I get back.
Visiting the house can involve interacting with the past nostalgicly and interacting with the present surreally. Good times all around.
You will never leave me feeling as disappointed as facebook.
Things are good! I have been having a completely atrocious sleep schedule. Teaching an 8 am class that it takes an hour of travel time to reach is a shit show. And I like to be slow in the morning. I want some oatmeal yo. I want to check my email and snuggle my cat. So I'm up at 6 MWRF. It's pretty ridic, but there it is. On the plus side, the class is going well!
Dropped in at an undergrad party up here at Tufts last night. The crafts folks invited me. I had novel experiences! There was a punch they made with a ton of odwallas they acquired somewhere. I've never had an actually good undergraduate punch before. Hooray mangoes. It's been atrociously humid in Boston the last few days though. I've been running the AC in my house. Over there, there were dancing people. There was like a cloud of steam that I could not approach with my glasses on. I therefore did most of my looming near a window.
Today, I believe the plan includes some lunch and walking around. Good times.
Look at me posting things!
So here is what goes on.
Right now I am teaching physics at Tufts. It's the intro mechanics class (with calculus, thank Gauss). Tufts does two summer sessions, and I taught the same course in the first 5 1/2 weeks of summer too. Yay lots of teaching. It is fun times. We had super bimodal grade curve first session - much C and A. Impressive folks though, very pleased with the kiddies. We'll see how this batch does!
In general the teaching is quite pleasing. Fall should come lots of job appy times. I think I will look at a lot of primarily teaching positions. There aren't too many that aren't dead end adjuncty ones though, which is most unfortunate. The state of the industry is not the most promising, but it is what it is. The research is also going well. The summer classes are on intense time consuming schedules, but this time it's the third time through this syllabus, so prep time is cut down drastically. Not only do I actually know the stuff, I even know what I want to say!
Other bits of news are not so new. Heat has me feeling lethargic. I walk around a bit. Maybe dance around a little. Pretend to be a wizard from time to time.
Did the 5 year reunion thing a few weeks back. Good times, good times indeed. We had great attendance, because the 06s are the best. Much high fives and so on. I could probably talk a lot about this, but it is mostly of interest to the people who were there. Maybe some of them will also exist at homecoming. There are hopes!
So, what else is on the mind of folks? Lookin for posts?
It was highly glorious!
Friday there was cookie making with Sprocket, one of the xkcd forum people. Cookies are always a win, but right now they are missing. I think they were left with Cloyd, a Dartmouth undergrad we drove up to carnival. I don't know why he was entrusted with the cookies. I wanted the cookies. Maybe I will find them. Or just make more.
But then we drove up to Carnival! Ashley took Cloyd and Elise, a Tufts physics person who has now been exposed to AO, took me. There was Tamorra Pierce book on tape. Instead of judging her I think I am going to read it now. What can I say, there's a twelve year old girl in all of us, right?
And then we Carnivaled. It is a very fun one. And not all alumni have forsaken the youth! Sarah and Matt also made it up. And I suppose I will begrudgingly count the 09s there as alums. Old enough for me to take money from, but not old enough to list by name. But the money I needed, it was for Mystery Beer! Always a favorite. Hooray beer!
Saturday there was ice skating on Occum, which is always delightful and festive, but pales in comparison to yesterday. Ashley and I went up with Elise to fetch a piano from her family's cabin in Antrum, NH, which is right on a lake. After retrieving it we did skating. Having the entire lake to ourselves was extremely delightful. At first we stuck to the patch right by the cabin, but one area a bit away had no snow on it for a huge area. It was totally fresh and gently rolling. Outdoor skating is highly superior to the rink nonsense.
So now I am having naked coffee drinking time. Coming soon: finishing the coffee, brushing the teeth, putting on the clothes, and then possibly even physics. Right now we are in the editing phase of the paper (the follow up to the one submitted in November / published last month).
Another thing I need to do soon is write up my talks that I will give in South Carolina. I am giving two at Clemson - a general colloquium on exotic spacetimes (wormholes, time machines, fun stuff) and a more particular one on what I do (integrals, slightly less exciting. I'll spice it up somehow). I think I should probably find a way to draw pictures for these. We'll see. Ginger is encouraging pictures very strongly. She is a friend there, we were comrades at the Baylor REU. She has already been published in Nature, so chances are good that she'll be in a position to offer me a job, so I will try to accommodate her picture request.
Some people have an entire career they spend doing things that I do better than they do. For example, Progresso. If I reheated the soup I made Friday, it would still only take three minutes and it would be a billion times better. It turns out that this soup was consumed at a party, which I do not regret, but come on Progresso. These are the times in which I would be depending on you to have my back. I suppose tomorrow I will have to make more soup.
Party last night. Twas fun! Ashley made a cake and I made a gumbo, which provided breakfast and dinner today. So the food was chiastic, since yesterday the gumbo came first. This pleases me.
Proof came back from the APS again. Surely, this is being read by an idiot. They first wondered if one sentence was actually a sentence. It said, "Consider a function with properties [list of 3 equations]." I explained that yes, imperatives are sentences, but maybe grammar requires an "and" in the list of equations.
They put it in between the 1st and 2nd, instead of the 2nd and 3rd.
I suppose the lesson is: fix everything yourself first, absolutely everything. Having to tell the publisher what to fix will just result in you being grossly misunderstood.
Back to the gumbo though. I made it less spicy this time, out of consideration for one of the guests who got a bit flustered at the Italian hot pepper I put in Friday's dinner. Usually I just toss the ground cayenne into the soup, and then it gets cooked in, all nice and happy. This time, to get it up to my speed, I added some tabasco in post production. This makes me wonder. I normally really liked the cooked in ground guy, it makes the cayenne really feel like it belongs, rather than being tacked on, but there is a vinegar in the tabasco. It does add something neat. I wonder if maybe I should plan on using it more often.
Edit: oh fuck it's completely ridiculous what they did. Why do I have friends without jobs? They should all become copy editors for the APS.
APS just sent me the printer proofs for my paper. So I am proofreading them. It's like, what the word means. Pretty neat. Question they sent me: should "two particle," as in "vacuum plus two particle state" be hyphenated? Hell if I know.
And of course I should be working on the next thing too. Yesterday I even did a little work, despite it being my birthday. I think I can make up for it by being mostly lazy today. Mostly. Maybe in the evening I'll work. Yeah, some lunch will set me up for lots of productivity. I get to use a fancy math technique! Oh Abel-Plana, I had never heard of you before but hey you're pretty neat.
The reviewers for my paper would like me to correct two unimportant typos, and then I am accepted for publication in PRD. Hells fuck yeah.
Also, Christmas break has been super fabulous, but I'll write about it later.
A Pox on Scheduling|
Why, in a term in which I only want to take one course with a set meeting time, it must conflict with the cosmology seminars? No Lie groups for me. I will console myself with homological algebra. All the fun of algebraic topology, without any pretense of studying pretty spaces. Just arrows. Ah well, at least there is also a likely wholly redundant cosmology course, that should help.
Took a trip up to the Dartmouth Grant over the weekend! Full of snow, and a lovely scrambley hike up to a cool cliff. Went with Joe and Ashley, because other people are all attendance failures. So sad, but we had tons o fun with ourselves.http://www.flickr.com/photos/doogly/sets/72157622825850661/
It was tres glorious. There is not too much else going on, more multiplication. I am pretty not so great at it, I'd like to get back to do some physics. I also need to figure out more of the Christmas things, but I am almost prepared. Pretty close even!
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