Thursday, December 18, 2008
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Tuesday, August 5, 2008
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Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Yesterday, in a ridiculous moment of fuzzy-headedness brought on by to much heat and exertion and not enough food and water I "miss-placed" my car keys (they were never really lost, grrrrrr.) I naturally began to panic when all my searching could not locate them, it did not help that I was at my field research site with no cell phone reception, and a 3.5 hour drive (plus a long embarrassing explanation to my colleagues) away from another set of keys.
In a fit of near-tears-panic I found myself saying a little prayer in my head to locate the keys. Even in my fuzzy headed state I thought what an odd thing to do. Who exactly was I asking for help? Did I think the Flying Spaghetti Monster had reached down from the sky and plucked the keys from my pocket? Holding them hostage until I showed his meatballs the appropriate reverence? Of course not, but in the absence of any corporeal help it was, apparently, my first instinct to ask for assistance from some non-corporeal being.
The logical part of my brain finally screamed at me loud enough to be heard over all the static, “retrace your steps, go through everything, they must be here! start with the most likely places…..” and quite quickly I literally ran right in to them (the keys having been laying right out in the open for nearly a hour while I frantically search all around them.) And after I located the not-really-lost keys what was my immediate instinct? To once again thank some non-corporal being.
What did the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Shiva the destroyer, or Ra the sun god have to do with my not-really-lost keys? Diddley. But in my fuzzy headed state the need to rely on someone or something else was so strong I couldn’t contain it. The impulse has to be more than simply the effect of our culture, for culture only names the non-corporeal being. The impulse to give up control, to put a situation in someone else’s hands when feeling helpless, must be much deeper than that.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
- Keep it at or under 55 mph (much easier on the windy coast road to my research site than when I take I-5 to visit the parents) but driving 55 mph or slower saves gas, and using less gas to go the same distance is a basic green concept.
- Drive with high tire pressure in the summer. We have icy and wet winters so if you visit the tire centers during the winter months chances are you're driving away with lowish tire pressure to aid in traction. But greater traction also means greater friction and less efficiency. Once the weather has improved get them pumped up an your gas mileage with improve.
- Just say no to drive-thrus. Yes, it's un-american but we have completely given them up. It's easily the simplest green choice we've made, just park the car and walk into get our greasy fast food or mocha frappuccino. I have no idea just how much gas is typically wasted in drive-thrus, but it just makes sense to give them up.
- Get a tune up! (I emphasize this because I have yet to check it off my "to-do" list). A well tuned car is a clean running more efficient car.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
Quote of the day from iGoogle was another great thought from Douglas Adams and I just had to share:
- Douglas Adams
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Sorry for the rambling-thought post, just a bit of mental regurgitation during a lull in the conference.
Today (day three of the International Weed Science Congress) was field trip day. We started at the botanical garden on the UBC campus, it was by far the best stop. Though, the final stop at a cranberry winery was interesting. Some of the highlights...
Cardiocrinum giganteum - Giant Himalayan Lily
Grows to 15 feet high!
Minotaur and a hare. Statue made of chicken wire and bed springs on loan to the garden.
The final stop. Tried cranberry and strawberry wine, and blackberry port. The wine was okay, but it all had a "fortified" flavor from the large amount of white sugar added for fermentation.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
It's funny how we travel so far to attend conventions, spend endless hours in sessions, taking in and processing an incredible amount of information, and yet some of the best bits of information comes from casually chatting with other scientists. Such as the enlightening comments I heard from an senior professor who I have come to idolize....
Such as the fact that we constantly repeat studies that we already know what the outcome will be because we desire conformation. It's very similar to the definition of insanity I've heard in the past, repeating the same process but expecting a different result.....
Additionally, the need to repeat a experiment without modification in order to be able to publish the data, even if it didn't work well the first time, and we could make it better by modification before replication.
It's interesting. Observations that seem so obvious but I would have needed years of experience in the field before I would have made then on my own.
Monday, June 23, 2008
- 75 words on a slide is too many
- It's greatly appreciated when the speaker before lunch ends on time
- Charismatic farmers give the best talks
- I need to practice my professional banter (and reduce the excessive nodding and idiotic smiling)
Vancouver has such a lovely Pacific Northwest Culture it's easy to forget I'm not back home. But I did notice distinct signs that I wasn't in Kansas anymore....
Sunday, June 22, 2008
The really amazing part of getting ready for this trip was locating a weeks worth of business clothes in my disaster of a closet. Being presentable and business like for a day or every two day's in a row has always been do-able. But a full weeks worth of "dressing-my-best" is, I'm embarrassed to say, something I've never had to do. Regardless, I'm attempting to present myself as a real science profession instead of a sarcastic grad-student who laughs too loudly. Never know how important each new acquaintance can be, and saying that first impressions are the most important would be redundant.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Had to run a quick errand down to the city library. I was cruising across campus on my bicycle contemplating the emptiness of a small university town in the summer. All the seasonal students have gone home and we "year-rounders" are left to enjoy the quiet and peace of Corvallis in summer. A city built around the University.
As I cruised towards central park my ears perked up at an intriguing sound, a drumming circle. The strangest part was that the circle appear to be performing for a large gyrating group of young children. An urban hippie day care? not sure....
Smiling to myself and cutting across the park pathway to the library, I did another double-take. There was a massive group of people waiting in front of the library. Being that this is Corvallis my mind first went to protestors, but at the library? and no signs. Just lots of People all types and ages, but the majority were mothers with small children. I was left with the obvious conclusion that they were all waiting for the library to open. Over 40 people lined up to get in to the library on a warm summer morning. Amazing. It reminded me of the lines of people waiting to get in to the Wal-Mart on christmas eve in the southern Oregon town I used to live in. That's a sad commentary. But hey they are both centers for the community, right?
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
"Chance favors the prepared mind."