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Posts from ‘April, 2008’

Happy Houseday!

Today is my house’s birthday, as my house anyway. Much like a stray cat, I don’t really know when its birthday is, though I do know my house is considerably older than I am. We were told it was built in the 1930s, at least the first part, but it doesn’t show up on the […]

Say what???

Yesterday… pouring rain and cold. And as if that weren’t bad enough, the forecast for last night and this morning used the s-word*, although it was later changed to the f-word**. Sheesh! It’s nearly May, the flowers are blooming, the trees are leafing out… and the prognosticators invoke the s-word! I didn’t stay up late […]

Spring puppies

It’s spring outside my office. Even inside my office it isn’t so bad, now that I can have the window open most of the time. There are some advantages to being in a seventy-year-old building – the windows actually open. It’s a good year for anemones. They’ve spread into the lawn too. I’m very fond […]

Back to Madison

I want to post a few more photos of Madison, though since I’ve been home for an entire week it seems a bit out-of-date. The ice was gone by the time I left, thanks to the torrential rains during my tour of prairie restoration sites. I don’t think the ducks much mind either way.

Walking home

It was a beautiful spring evening, made even more entertaining by this: It flew very nearly overhead. I lived in Las Cruces, New Mexico for a while, home of the Mesilla Valley Balloon Rally. It’s a good area for ballooning in general, so I used to see them soaring overhead frequently. It’s much less common […]

True confessions of a scientist

This is a string blog, so I try fairly hard not to talk about work here. Still, I think anyone who reads this regularly would agree that I work very hard sometimes. It may not be so obvious that I work reasonably hard most of the time, though I do. (And sometimes I’m a complete […]

Er, oops?

I am here for a conference: That’s the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Monona Terrace conference center in Madison, WI, one of my favorite cities to visit. I’m staying in the Hotel Ruby Marie, just down the street. I wanted something less expensive and less bland that the conference Hilton. The risk of exploring like this is […]