Attempting to Snowshoe

This past weekend, we had a nice day on my day off for once. So I took advantage of the sunshine and warm weather to get out and hike. Or so I thought. I've been waiting to take my snowshoes out for a real winter trek, and the timing has been bad. I set my sights on the Gold Center…

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Small World

Harvest Moon, originally uploaded by Matthew Singer. Beth, one of the photo club members and employee at the Prichard Art Gallery downtown, mentioned at our last meeting that a student was in town with the current exhibit at the gallery. He didn't know anyone and was desperate to hang out with people his own age. So we got a group…

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Babies

  Out of nowhere, our dog population has increased four fold. Here's the back story. Several weeks ago, I came home to find two extra dogs at the house. They were two German Shepherds, a male and a female, that Erin had decided to watch for a friend while she got on her feet and found a place to live…

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It’s going to be a busy semester

Somehow,  I had arranged the semester to be fairly light allowing me to work on my research. I was only signed up for one class, the work of which parallelled the work I have to do for my degree, namely write up a dissertation project proposal. On top of that, I was slated to teach one lab section, so overall…

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Of data and formatting

I've been in graduate school now for a year and a half, and I have yet to reveal just what it is I'm working on. Almost immediately coming in, I took over a project originally designed and run by Mary Oswald, the previous doctoral student who had graduated over the summer and left the lab officially at the end of…

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Happy Thanksgiving

Holy crap it's Thanksgiving already!  Well I've been thinking about what to make this post about. There are several great options: The real story of thanksgiving and how it became what we perceive it to be today, the start of the commercial materialism season, the nature of human behavior, and so on. But I think rather than the normal cynical…

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Interestingness

Since I started using Flickr to show of my photography to the world, I've neglected my own self-hosted galleries here at Mineral2.com. I'm considering doing away with the Gallery software altogether and maybe swapping it out for a simpler interface for displaying a portfolio. At any rate, Flickr has been a much better interface for me because in addition to…

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Grandfather Mountain: A pre-winter hike

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Looking back (south) on Grandfather Mountain"][/caption]   I've been very busy with graduate school, and that has put hiking and exploring on hold, but that also has me itching to get out, especially as my days of decent hiking weather grow shorter and shorter. I've been trying to get up to Sandpoint to get in one…

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Aurora

Tonight I had a great surprise and learned a valuable lesson as to why it's somtimes good to stay up late, even on a school night. I got the word of an aurora event tonight around 11:30 local time, and this was from people on the east coast. So I thought to myself: I wonder if I can see it…

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I went to Florida

I went to Florida, originally uploaded by Matthew Singer. Taking a break from the usual trips into the mountains, I went to Florida last weekend to celebrate the marriage of one of my good buddies. The wedding was in Pensacola Beach, with the actual ceremony on the beach outside of town. I've been to Florida before, but not the Gulf…

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