Thursday, September 29, 2011

Coffee shop work.

So not much new in my world, but I did find a great place to work and they have all my favourite teas! 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Just a few more from NY

This was from the Subway I have to say, I love public transport and wish that more places in the US had it widely available.

Once again the planetarium. It was just the coolest place, even if we didn't get to see Neil degrasse Tyson. There were four of us there, three physicist and me a space physicist with a degree in astro physics and planetary sciences, he is one of the biggest rock stars we know and we were giggling all the way to the planetarium dreaming about meeting him and did we know anyone who might know him so that we could ask him to lunch without it being too weird. We might need to get a life. 

A random empty street in NY. I realise that NY Was much quieter than normal, but it was the quietest city that I had ever seen. It was very odd. 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Curvy procrastination

I found a new site that is filled with frustration, mindlessness, but everyone in a while you end up having to really think. It's Cury from Flaming Lunch Box. It's kinda like a jigsaw puzzle, but a bit different, you already know where the pieces go, just not what orientation they should be in. I've found it as usefully as a procrastination tool as angry birds (those stupid pigs just won't fall over!!!) Any way, back to work... or just maybe one more game of curvy.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Geeks hit Broadway

Who would have thought that science grad students could make it to the stage on Broadway... Well maybe predictably the NY times reviewer found it tedious and started with saying who cares about word problems and who cares about the play and then seemed to try to use as many GRE words to show that he is smart. You can tell he also never really hung out with us science grads
Elliot and Molly meet uncute at the university computer lab, and soon he is offering to work up a data-mining algorithm to help her with her experiment about the binding of yeast proteins. (I know, pretty hot, right?)
That is pretty hot! I met my partner in the physics TA office and he tried to help me learn to love Green's functions, and now tries to help me on a daily basis with determining the correct statistical methods that I should use to analyse my data. I think the main thing that the reviewer missed about the culture of grad school and academia is that your research is your life, and someone coming in and not only being interested in what you do, but wants to help you (without the likely hood of getting an authorship on a paper), shows that they care for you... or at least think you're really cute, or happen to be the only girl they see outside of the course for non-majoirs that they have to TA. Grad school love is similar to any other love, but instead of quoting Shakespeare, they quote XKCD, instead of writing a sonnet they write a data analysis program, instead of reading Daniel Steel novels, they read PhD comics. A romantic dinner in Grad school is when someone brings you a pre-heated cup of ramen noodles or makes sure to grab you some of the leftovers from the seminar because they saw you weren't there. I haven't yet seen the play, and I hope I get the chance too, but I have a feeling that the audience for this might not include the reviewer, and may be limited to people who probably can't afford to trip to Broadway, the graduate student. I wonder if NSF has a grant that might fund a field trip...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

New York New York...

Some more photos from the other weekend, I'm still getting back into typing and it seems to keep slipping my mind.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Boston Whale Watching

This weekend we went Whale watching out of Boston Harbour. We got to see three whales and a turtle.... lots of fun!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Trip to NY over the 9/11 weekend

When we first decided to meet up with friends in NY this last weekend, it didn't dawn on us that Sunday was 9/11. The city however was incredibly quiet, and we had a blast. We walked across the G.W. Bridge, we went to the planetarium, we walked through central park, saw the Guggenheim, ate at Katzs deli, went to a blues club, and had desert at a friend's friends's place in Manhattan. It was a busy weekend, but I can't wait to go back and do it all again.

Friday, September 9, 2011


Ah how I love sail boats. They are always so much fun.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A whale, a turtle, and a sailboat.

Not the beginning of a bad joke, just some photos.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Some more of the whales

Here are some more of the photos from this weekend. It was a beautiful day even if I got maybe a smidgeon of too much sun.
The photo of the tail is my favourite from the whole trip.

Monday, September 5, 2011

New computer...

I just got my new and improved, computer. I went with the macbook air and I have to say that for the last hour or so of playing with it, I love it. The battery life isn't as good as they stated, but I have also been running quiet a few things on it. When I first started it up I transferred my old computer to this one, and although it meant that I wasn't able to play with it for about 4 hours or so, it was so worth it. Almost everything worked straight off the bat. Papers and my Microsoft Office are the only things that didn't transfer successfully... well papers transferred, but not with the registration for it, but that should hopefully be fixed soon enough. Anyway, in the not so distant future I should have some photos from the whale watching trip that we took while I had to wait for the new computer, at least I got some good pics!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Time for a new computer?

So my computer screen is starting to go. About 1/5 of the screen is showing weird pixilation, but only when there are images or fonts in this region. You can sort of make out most of what is written or what is there, but not all of it. So the big question, with a 3.5 year old computer do I go and get it fixed, if it can be fixed, or do I just buy a new computer. This computer and I have a lot of history together and have traveled about half of the world, (okay maybe only by distance and not by countries visited) together, but it might be time to part ways. I definitely can't work on photos with this screen... And a new computer with better resolution would be quiet nice, but they are very expensive... I'll go to the mac store this afternoon and see what can be done.

In the mean time here are just a few places that I've gone with the mac... oh the memories.