A Tale of Two Hikes

I was left home alone this weekend. Erin had gone down to Boise and Ontario, OR for a regional meeting of one of the support groups she attends. She was also taking Lana down to Boise to be transported to her new home with a trainer in Wyoming. So while she was gone for three days, I was in charge…

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Asotin Creek… sort of.

The photo above was taken in February of 2010, my first visit to Asotin Creek. I've been back a couple of times as it is usually a reliable winter hike that is free of snow. I had never gone down in the spring when everything is green, and certainly not in the summer when temperatures can reach the 100 degree…

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The Last One

Since last week, we had been down to three puppies. Three is much more manageable than seven, but still a crowd. In fact, having two out at a time was still a handful. Tuesday, I made up posters advertising the rest of the pups, and in less than 24 hours, we had two more sold. This left us with one…

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Another conference, how about that?

Somehow, I managed to go to two conferences in one semester. Tomorrow, I'll be heading to Port Townsend, WA along with several other members of the department for the bi-annual Evo-WIBO conference. This is a small, regional conference for evolutionary biologists in the Pacific Northwest. There are only going to be around 200 or so people attending (compared to the…

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Puppies for Sale

The puppies are now over 8 weeks old and oh so cute. As you can imagine, seven growing pups indoors can create quite a mess that is hard to keep on top of. On top of that, any time you step into their room, they all mob you for attention. So, as spring weather has descended upon the Palouse, we…

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LaTeX

[latex size=1] p' = \frac{w_{AA}p^2 + w_{Aa}pq}{w_{AA}p^2 + w_{Aa}pq + w_{aa}q^2} [/latex] This semester, one of my classes has required me to turn in all of my assignments in LaTeX. LaTeX (la-tek) is built on TeX, a typesetting language meant to produce beautiful documents reminiscent of the days when papers were printed from engraved plates. Typesetting was an art that…

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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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Eagle Cap Wilderness, Labor Day Weekend

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="The West Fork Wallowa River Valley from the Lakes Basin Trail"][/caption] A year ago this weekend, I set foot in Oregon for the first time and explored one of its most beautiful and least advertised mountain ranges. Last year, we only got a preview of the Eagle Cap Wilderness in the Wallowa Mountains, only able to…

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Storms

Last night, we had the storm of storms come across the Palouse. It was a quick, but powerful cell the big lightning strikes every few seconds that produced enough power to disrupt phone service (land line) each time a bolt struck the ground. Luckily, we had no major power surges and all of the electronics in the house work just…

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Escaping the Heat

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640" caption="Escaping the Heat at over 6000 feet. This view is from Crater Peak. Below is Crater Lake and Lookout Mountain is the rocky peak in the distance."][/caption] While the east coast has contended with an earthquake and a hurricane, we have been enduring our summer heat wave, temperatures in excess of 90 degrees. It rarely gets…

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