Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Teaching College

In about 45 minutes, I'm going to spend my first two hours as an instructor for college students. I'm really excited to be back in the classroom, because it's something that I miss after leaving Brownsville. I'm interested to see how different the classroom dynamic will be from teaching high school, although I guess to some degree, the magnitude of that difference will depend on how I choose to teach the class. I'm the TA for two sections of a course called, 102D, which is a general chemistry course where the TA is the primary facilitator. Students will see me for 50 minutes a day, Tuesday through Friday, and will only see the actual professor if they go to his office hours. It will, of couse, be a lot of work that way, but I love being in the classroom and I'm excited about the freedom (within certain boundaries) that this will give me in my instruction.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

UK depth chart

Word up, Brother!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Lake of the Woods

This morning was as beautiful as they come. 70 degrees and just a few white clouds in a bright blue sky. I took advantage of the opportunity to get out of Chambana to run on some trails in the area. I headed to Mahomet, a 20 minute drive, to run on a beautiful set of trails. I'm looking forward to checking out all of the other trails in the central Illinois area. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Thai Orchid Cafe

My friend, Toa, is opening a new Thai restaurant in Lexington, the Thai Orchid Cafe. Toa cooked some Pad Thai for me a good four years ago and I have yet to taste a better prepration of the dish. They open next week on Friday, the 25th, so if you're in Lexington that day (or any day after), you should stop in for lunch or dinner. The store location and hours are listed on the website linked above.

Marathon Update

Yesterday, I posted about Sam Thompson's 50 marathons in 50 days in 50 states. My dad pointed out that he was on "Weekend Edition" this morning while completing his final marathon.
NPR : A Marathon Man, on the Run for Katrina Aid

Friday, August 18, 2006

50 in 50 in 50 Run For Hope

A few days ago, I put up a post about Dean Karnazes' plan to run 50 marathons on 50 days in 50 states. He's apparently not the first:
50 in 50 in 50 Run For Hope

Karnazes has, however, run along with Thompson, who has ended up running 2 marathons in one day to add Washington D.C. He'll finish up tomorrow in Mississipi.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Ben Franzini, you've been called out.

Earlier this month, my longtime friend Ben put up a post about the upcoming movie Snakes on a Plane and the Samuel L. Jackson dialogue contained within. In one of the better movie reviews I've read--keeping in mind that the reviewer has not actually seen the film (Steven Colbert anyone?)--Ben's post has been duly noted:

globeandmail.com : It only needs one star: "That's why the blogs began to speculate about a line of dialogue that the picture must surely contain, a moment that would have Samuel rising up and commanding as only he can, 'I want those mother. . .etc. snakes off this mother. . .etc. plane.'"

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Dinner

I cooked my first all-out meal at my new house now that my new roommate and his friend are here. The meal was headlined by Pasta Mediterranee, which was featured in the September, 2006 Runner's World "The Athlete's Palate." In this picture you can also see the maple table that my parents did an incredible job of refinishing. And, in true nerd fashion, my nuclear science placemats that I got last year at the NSTA convention in Dallas from the Department of Energy. Posted by Picasa

Addendum: Check out the Mexican bowl and placemat! Someone cool helped me pick those out :)

Endurance 50

The September, 2006 Runner's World has a pull-out feature showing the schedule for ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes' plan to run 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days as part of the Endurance 50. I first heard about Dean on NPR in March last year (there's a new piece on him from this April) and then read his entertaining book Ultramarathon Man. His adventure starts September 17 at the Lewis and Clark MarathonPosted by Picasa

Experts' vote could mean demotion for Pluto

What's your vote?

Friday, August 11, 2006

Generation Tab

This short film was made at Davidson while I was a student there. "Skip Rufiker" was in my eating house.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Theater Update

Here's the work that I did on the theater earlier this week while my parents were visiting. They brought up some furniture for me and I painted the black border around the screen. Your chance to contribute has not disappeared; I still need to pick a color for the walls of the theater (which I probably won't get around to painting for quite some time). Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Guess the Dictator or Sit-Com Character




Want a great way to waste a few minutes? Play Guess the Dictator or Sit-Com Character, which will let you pretend to be a dictator or sit-come character and it will guess who you are by asking yes/no questions. I thought I'd picked a tricky character, but the computer was smarter than me! Here's what happened when I played:

"Well, I win this round. You are player number 9 to pick Kimmie from Full House, and what a clever choice it was! You almost had me for a while, but you let your guard down. Don't worry, it happens to all of us sooner or later. Please play again, and next time I'll be ready for you, Kimmie from Full House."

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Kitchen

Only half a day ago, my kitchen was purple. Now it's cinnamon apple...yum! Thanks for picking the colors, coachPosted by Picasa

Miller, Scott make impact with Wildcats

Check out my brother in the second half of this article from the Ashland Daily Independent:

Daily Independent (Ashland, KY) - Miller, Scott make impact with Wildcats

Friday, August 04, 2006

Beckman Institute

This is where I've started studying for my entrance exam, which I take in 10 days, trying to review the chemistry that I studied 2-3 years ago. There's also a chance that this is where I'll end up doing research once I join a research group. Posted by Picasa

Theater Update

Last night I painted the wall where my projector displays its image so that it's no longer projecting onto a green wall. I went with a flat gray instead of white for improved contrast. As you can see in the picture, the left speaker is too far to the left for perfect symmetry. That error has been corrected since this photograph was taken. The next step is to paint a black border around the edges to minimze any bleeding. Posted by Picasa

I've been testing everything out with the excellent home theater film, The Lord of the Rings, but last night I watched my first full film in my new theater, Good Night and Good Luck. It may not be one of the best of movies for showcasing the theater's capabilities, but it is one of the best movies I've seen in a while.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Tomatoes

Check out the size of that fruit (or is it a vegetable??)!! I have a good half dozen of these mutant...and handsome...tomatoes ripening every day. And although I've had tomato at every meal, I've been working on one of them for almost 3 day! Along with these tomatoes (and 5 more) I picked several green peppers from the garden the previous owner left behind. This ought to be a good way to make friends, though; honestly, who can turn down a tomato like that? Posted by Picasa

Paint

Here's a picture of mom painting the hallway where you can see the before and after colors. The hall is "Sparking Cider" while you can see "Tahini" in my room. Add in the "California Avocado" bathroom and you could nearly eat my house! Although, I guess you could have said the same about the previous colors. As mom referred to it, I bought a "Candyland House." Posted by Picasa

Home Theater

It's been a while since I updated my blog because I've been in the process of moving to Illinois and getting settled. Mom and I painted for 3 days to cover up the majority of the pink and some of the purple. There's still some painting work to be done, but the house looks really nice now and I'm really excited about it. Yesterday, my projector came in the mail and I bought a 5.1 surround sound system and spent several hours mounting everything into the ceiling of my basement to make an incredible home theater. I have ceiling tiles in my basement that pop out, just like in a classroom, so I was able to run everything through the ceiling. I had to nail some additional wood to my joists to lower the framing of the ceiling above the tiles in order to install my projector mount. As you can see, the last thing left to do is paint the wall/screen. Even with the green wall, though, the darkness of the room combined with the intensity of the projector, the color reproduction and contrast is excellent. I can only imagine that it will look even better once I get the wall painted properly. Posted by Picasa