Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Quantum Mechanics

Our take home quantum mechanics midterm was due Monday night at 8pm, so a large group from the class (including our professor) went out to Murphy's for dinner and to celebrate the end of our exam. When we came in and were ordering, Aaron told the bartender that we'd just finished our quantum mechanics exam, to which she replied "Wow, I didn't know we had that here." Posted by Picasa

Monday, October 23, 2006

Do you use "the Google?"

The President uses "the Google."

Just because I'm probably losing my hair, does it mean I'm getting that old...?

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Chicago Marathon

I haven't posted for a week because I've been working hard at my take-home quantum mechanics midterm that is due tonight at 8. I wrapped it up this morning after working really hard Tue-Sat in order to be able to go up to the Chicago marathon to see my friends. Sandra and I got up at 4:30 Sunday morning and made the 2 hour drive up to Chicago. My college roommate and running buddy, Ben, was running the marathon as well as several of my friends from the Brownsville Marathoners. It was exciting to be at such a huge marathon even though it was cold and windy (at least it didn't rain as predicted!). Unfortunately, in the poor lighting (and the fact that I bumped my camera into the wrong mode), I don't have very good pictures from the race, but we managed a blurry one of Ben coming around the corner around 12.5 miles. What happened at the finish of the marathon was pretty terrible. Winner Robert Cheruiyot slipped and hit his head as he was crossing the finish line. What they don't tell you in any of the articles about it that I've found that you could see on TV in Chicago was that he slipped on Chicago Marathon logos that we on the street at the finish line. Before the 4th finisher had crossed, those logos were already peeled off of the street.Posted by Picasa

Monday, October 16, 2006


On Saturday, Sandra and I went canoeing at Kickapoo State Park about 30 miles east of Urbana near the IN border. It's really nice there with some decent hills. The water was really low, but we managed to navigate a short stretch of the Middle Fork River. Sandra's PhD makes her an expert in zooplankton, so our trip down the river gave me ample opportunity to learn about the itty-bitty animalsPosted by Picasa

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Ironman comes to KY

The newest in the Ironman series has been announced as the Ironman Louisville, my home state. When I first read the news, I thought about replacing it's August date with my July half Ironman and my October marathon for next year, but decided that probably wasn't advisable for two reasons: 1) I should probably do a half Ironman before an Ironman. 2) I probably won't have time to train for a full length Ironman while I'm a grad student. If #2 turns out to be true, then perhaps I'll take some time off after graduating to train for one. I'll probably pick a different Ironman than Louisville to make an exotic vacation out of it, but I can't say that I'd be very excited about swimming in the Ohio River anyway. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, October 08, 2006

The #1 thing missing in south Texas

Autumn. This morning, I went out to preview the course for the Allerton Trail Race. The park is really nice, running through some rolling hills (yes, even here in IL, although small) and along a beautiful river. And there couldn't be a more beautiful time to run either. I'd be hard pressed to find a more perfect morning than a 65 degree F run through woods full of bright leaves and running streams. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, October 07, 2006

New Look

My half-dozen regular readers have no doubt noticed that the blog has a new look. That's because I've switched over to the new Blogger Beta. The new layout settings make it really easy to add syndicated feeds to the sidebar, so I'm toying with a few new things. Of particular note is the new feed for my training log. Starting today, I'm going to upload my runs from my Garmin Forerunner 301 to Motionbased, the 5 most recent of which will show up on the side of the blog. If you click on the link, it will show you lots of data about my run, including a Google Map, so you can even see satellite imagery of the course.

Speaking of new looks, I bought new running shoes today. New running shoes isn't usually big news since I get new shoes every 400-500 miles. The differences is that while the last two dozen or so pairs have been Nike Air Structure Triax, this time I bought different shoes. I wasn't very pleased with the new fit after the upgrade from version 8 to version 9. I tried on at least 8 pairs of shoes hoping that I would find something else that felt as perfect as the pair that I ultimately ended up buying. I bought the Asics Gel Kayano, which were hands down the most comfortable shoes I tried on, but they're unfortunately about as expensive as running shoes get. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, October 04, 2006


My brother sent me this piece of artwork this piece of artwork.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Quantum Mechanics

Apratim and Lindsay came over tonight to finish up our Quantum homework. (Warning: nerd joke ahead.) Lindsay asked Apartim where his hats were (the ^ that you put above a quantum mechanical operator) in one of his problems, to which Apratim replied that he doesn't use hats. So we decided that he needed one to wear while he worked. In the second picture, you can see Lindsay contributing to the land of lost integrals.
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This weekend was the 8th Annual Cave Run Storytelling Festival in my hometown of Morehead, KY. It was, as it always is, an amazing weekend. Some of my favorite tellers (and some new favorites) were there, as well as lots of family and old friends. Lori flew into IL from Atlanta and drove down to the festival with me, which was a lot of fun. I started going to storytelling festivals when I was about 8 years with Ben Franzini and family and several years later, several people in Morehead decided to put on their own, which is, in my opinion, better than the National Storytelling Festival. While it may be smaller, it's got the same quality of tellers and the smaller atmosphere allows you to be closer to the tellers and have a more intimate storytelling environment. Plus, you can't beat the beauty of Cave Run Lake. Posted by Picasa