Thursday, March 30, 2006


Well, it has been over a week. My sincere apologies. Last weekend, Courtney and I headed down to Atlanta for William Leasure's wedding. We didn't get back until Monday morning, when I started attending AbSciCon 2006, which is a conference that was here in town which covered topics in astrobiology. Astrobiology is sort of what I do, since I am looking for planets around other stars. A bunch of friends of mine, from different institutions, were here for the conference. I didn't have much time, and since there was no (free) internet access at the Reagan Center, I didn't get a chance to update the blog.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Having a problem with Blogger?

Am I the only one having a problem with blogger? I am submitting this post from the Dashboard widget, but when I try to sign on from the webpage, I get a server problem page. I am pretty sure I have been getting it since yesterday at least. Maybe it is just me?

Monday, March 20, 2006

Amazingly awkward

That is how I dance. I am a very poor dancer. And at our new dance lessons, I have to be a poor dancer with many partners. We don't get to only dance with our fiancees (because in reality, the only people there were couples getting married in the next six months), but with other people's fiancees. One down, three to go.

Thursday, March 16, 2006


So, it took about two months. Two months since Apple released their intel-based hardware, for hackers to get Windows running on it. That is excellent. It will only increase the value of buying a Macintosh. It is obviously a hack, so no one can reasonably ask Apple to support it, but it will be a selling point for those people who are techy and want to play with a mac. And, I think it should be a lot easier (especially with Apple's legal department) to run Windows on a mac than to run OS X on a PC.

Monday, March 13, 2006

New Shoes?

Hopefully Courtney will see this. I have been very unhappy with the Steve Madden shoes I bought a couple of months ago. I much prefer his brother, John's, work. So, I am thinking about buying some new shoes on the "internet." They seem to be an alright price, but I am not sure if they will look alright on me. Take a look, and let me know if I should order them. Also, does anyone else worry about how shoes from the "internet" will fit?

Good luck Rivers!

So, my friend the rocket scientist is going to launch his rocket tomorrow, at 9:02 am. I don't exactly know how rocket launches work, but I hope he has everything already worked out by now on the launch. I wish him the best of luck.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Paper still

Sorry it has been a while for an update. I am still working on my clouds paper, so I haven't had a lot of time. Sara was not in this week, so I stayed home and pretty much just worked on my paper the entire time. It got sort of difficult running all my codes on G4s, at 1GHz or less, but it worked out all right. If anyone wants to send me an SSH account to a dual or quad G5 (preferably with g77 installed, but hey, I will take what I can get), then that would help the plight of monte carlo based radiation transfer exoplanet atmospheric simulation astronomers everywhere. Actually, it would only help me, but that would be the same.
I did find a nice cool little movie, Robert Keely and the Misfit Kids by Chase Voorhees, in the (little known) Apple student gallery. It is worth taking a look, if you get a chance. Pretty funny.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Brokeback Mountain

Courtney and I headed to see Brokeback Mountain at Ballston. We both thought it was really sad. I thought it was really funny when she said that she didn't know it was about gay cowboys. She knew it was about cowboys, but didn't know they were gay. I would think that the sex scene was quite a surprise to her. I thought it was excellently done. I think it is very much an Oscar contender, but I don't know if I thought the technical achievement of the actors was worthy of an Oscar. It is more just the subject matter that is so different, so perhaps the best picture or directing. I think Joaquin Phoenix's portrayal of Johnny Cash deserves the acting award. Just stunning.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

My paper is my life

At least for the next few days it is. I was supposed to get a paper finished by the end of February, but here we are in March and it isn't done. So, because of that I will forego bathing, eating, etc. in order to get the paper finished. It will probably be crap anyway. Oh well.