Monday, August 15, 2005
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Saturday, August 13, 2005
- Aw, Tash - The Harmony Silk Factory
- Banville, John - The Sea
- Barnes, Julian - Arthur and George
- Barry, Sebastian - A Long Long Way
- Coetzee, J. M. - Slow Man
- Cusk, Rachel - In the Fold
- Ishiguro, Kazuo - Never Let Me Go
- Jacobson, Dan - All for Love
- Lewycka, Marina - A Short Histor of Tractors in Ukranian
- McEwan, Ian - Saturday
- Mantel, Hilary - Beyond Black
- Meek, James - A Peoples' Act of Love
- Rushdie, Salman - Shalimar the Clown
- Smith, Ali - The Accidental
- Smith, Zadie - On Beauty
- Thompson, Harry - This Thing of Darkness
- Wall, William - This Is the Country
Sunday, August 07, 2005
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Monday, July 25, 2005
Sunday, July 24, 2005
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Monday, July 04, 2005
Sunday, June 19, 2005
Saturday, June 18, 2005
Friday, June 17, 2005
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Thursday, June 02, 2005
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
0730: Wake up and realise that I have overslept. Take a quick shower and run out the door to catch the bus.
0800: Catch the bus and doze off for fifteen minutes.
0820: Get to my office and realise that I forgot the keys at home. The next ten minutes is spent trying to find someone who has a master key.
0830: I finally get into my office. I spend the next half hour looking at the data from last night's big, bright, exciting gamma-ray burst.
0900: The dreaded Mission Operations Control daily teleconference. I waste an hour on the phone when I would much rather be looking at data, or even getting a root canal done.
1015: The weekly Swift/UVOT (UltraViolet/Optical Telescope) science teleconference takes place. Everyone is all atwitter about the big, bright, exciting gamma-ray burst that happened last night (and kept me up until one in the morning). We decide to write a paper on it and I get assigned the task of analysing the way that the optical and ultraviolet light faded.
1130: I spend the next hour and a half analysing the data and having a grand old time. This is the best part of my job.1300: Buy a sandwich at the canteen and take it back to my desk. No lunch hour for the dedicated.
1315: Spend the next three hours or so working on the gamma-ray burst data. It looks good!1600: Yet another teleconference. We prattle on to each other for about an hour and accomplish essentially nothing. I spend far to much of my time talking to people.
1700: Work on the gamma-ray burst data some more.
1740: Get a ride home with the person a couple of offices down.
1750: Arrive home, change my shoes, and go to T`ai Chi class.
1800: Spend two hours doing T`ai Chi. All stress seeps out of me and into the ground, where I never need to worry about it again.
2000: Go shopping for something for supper. I buy an ham steak, a quart of milk, a loaf of bread, some breakfast cereal, and a small box of cookies. Junk food rules.
2030: Arrive home and make supper. I make a rosti (potato pancake) and fry up half of the ham steak. Serve it with a green salad and drink a couple of glasses of water. For dessert I pig out on cookies.
2100: Socialize with my roommate for an hour or so, and learn more than I ever imagined about artificial legs.
2200: Write today's blog entry.
2230: Go to bed and read a chapter or two of Neverwhere (a great book).
2300: Go to sleep.
Saturday, May 21, 2005
Thursday, May 19, 2005
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Friday, May 13, 2005
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Thursday, May 05, 2005
Monday, May 02, 2005
Imagine Todd Bertuzzi with bulging eyes, eight arms, two tentacles, three hearts, a beak for a mouth, a brain wrapped around his esophagus and gullet with a willingness -- nay, eagerness -- to dine on his own kind every other meal, and you get a sense of how the squid has earned such a fearsome reputation.If squid jigging isn't your thing there is a convention at MIT on Saturday, May 7, 2005 for time travellers. I have a T'ai Chi class that day, but perhaps I will go last year.