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The Mauitian Chronicles - Summer begins

Jun. 10th, 2008

09:48 pm - Summer begins

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So far, this summer is off to a great start, with only one speed bump.

In May, C and I attended BarCamp San Diego,

where I hosted a collaborative brainstorming session (using the ACE editor in real time) on the creation of a Science Hostel. One of the more memorable moments was walking in to the conference, and overhearing the girl walking in next to us: "Ooh, I smell nerds."

Then we flew to Chicago to visit C's brother and play around in the city.

After a few days there, we were off to the Perimeter Institute to socialize and work with a gaggle of physicists.

In the middle of the trip, we spent a weekend in Toronto visiting our new friend, D.A., who was a terrific host.

I also got the chance to go sailing in Lake Ontario with L.S., on his extra Contender. (And I really mean "in" -- I capsized three times.) The lake was amazingly ocean-like, except for the lack of salt.

Back at Perimeter, I walked past this penned peacock every day on the way to the office. Every time, it was doing its best to impress the peahen, who ignored him utterly. Keep trying, dude.

I call this shot "caged heat."

Before we left Perimeter, we made a trip out to the Niagra Escarpment to climb with some of the resident action nerds, including S.B-T, who's become a good friend.

Then back to San Diego, for the wedding of C's mom to M (who's taking the picture).

M pointed out that this sort of made S and I brothers, which is highly amusing. And here we remain, in Clairemont, visiting the newlyweds. There's a nice little south swell coming in, and I paddled out at Cardiff on the spruce fish.

The only hang up has been... on the way to the airport to pick us up, C's mom was in a car accident. She was OK (mostly), but C's car was totaled. So we are in California with no wheels -- a terrible fate. I do have a car to use starting June 29, but until then I'll have to figure out whether to rent, buy, or borrow something to burn this five dollar gas with. Once I do, C and I are looking forward to a lot of fun hopping around California for the next few months, visiting friends, before going to SciFooCamp, Burning Man, and back to Maui. Feel free to drop us a line if you'd like house guests.


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Date:June 11th, 2008 06:10 am (UTC)

Need a ride?

I've got a roomy Ford Taurus, 2001, that you're welcome to use. '

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Date:June 11th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)

Re: Need a ride?

Thanks Kate, that's very nice of you to offer. But I think I'm going to be borrowing simonfunk's Subaru for a couple weeks.
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Date:June 11th, 2008 11:28 am (UTC)
So you're a rock climber as well - I might have known :-)

Is that Sarah Croke in the far left corner of the Perimeter picture, with the glowing red eyes? We started our PhDs together, although she finished rather more quickly than me.

Sorry to hear about the accident, but glad that C's mom is OK.
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Date:June 11th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's Sarah. She apparently has a very recognizable forehead.
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Date:June 11th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
How many red-haired people can there be at the Perimeter Institute? :-)
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Date:June 16th, 2008 05:50 am (UTC)
Hi, I have added you to friends. I am theoretic physician working in quantum gravity in the DIY (do it yourself) philosophy, that is, nobody pays me for doing research.

I am aware of your E8 model and the polemic it has created. I must say that your, as far as I know, one of the very few physicians, not to say a known one, having a livejournal (instead of a blog, I mean) so I have decided to add you as a fiend. Hopo it wouldn´t disturb you. If so, I would delete you as a friend, no problem at all, of course.

Most of my entries are in Spanish, but ocasionally I write some in english. Anyway, if you would be interested in it beyond the journal I have a blog dedicated to quantum gravity ( that may be you could find interesting. In both, the journal and the blog, I did an entry about your famous paper.

Date:July 21st, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)


Hey Lisi Dude.

How's the surfin'. I have been pretty stoked about reading your paper. I finally picked it up, and I must say that it's totally gnarly! Tubular! Whooooa! Whooooooooooaa! Dude! Surfs up.