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March 4th, 2011
09:07 pm


Oh hey, an update.
Whoa, it's been a long time. Inertia is some powerful stuff. I'm not sure how often I'll continue to update this in the future, but I figured some of you may be interested in what's going on. And this is a convenient place to do it.

I completed the necessary steps, and this past summer, I became a doctor.

Since then, I've gotten a postdoc position at a certain place in southern California. I consider myself lucky, continuing to avoid ever spending a winter outside of the southwestern US.

So far, my default e-mail address from the past several years is still in working order, although I'm a little uncertain how long it will remain so. The address attached to this LJ is still functional, of course, and if any of you wish to get better contact info, feel free to ask.

(Sorry for waiting so long!)

EDIT: Due to the many many spam comments for this entry, commenting has been disabled. I'm a little curious if its being a spam magnet is due to its being recent or due to key words within the entry. Oh well.

Current Mood: dorkyleveled up
Current Music: The Felt

March 17th, 2009
09:45 pm


The Rings in Spring, and Other Things
pretty picture of Saturn and moons (see 4th bullet)Collapse )

ETA (20 Mar): Added another pic in bullet 2.

Current Music: The Megas - The Annihilation of Monsteropolis
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November 16th, 2008
12:13 am


A question for the masses...
For the Cosmic Encounter fans out in cyberland:

I have cobbled together a Mayfair version of Cosmic Encounter out of Simply Cosmic (which has only a subset of the original Mayfair CE powers), the expansion More Cosmic Encounter, and "Cosmic Parts" (two more hexes and some blank cards). I am missing some of the original CE powers, but have replaced most of them with printouts and custom Flare cards.

However, I am now out of blank cards. I want to add more powers (both some of the originals and some interesting new powers), but they need Flares. I can't find more blank cards online, so it looks like my only other option would be to have cards redirect to a cheat sheet... and that would clue the other players in regarding the cards in your hand.

Any suggestions?
(Or, anyone know where I can get some more blanks?)

Current Mood: numbpowerless
Current Music: The Megas - Man on Fire

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November 8th, 2008
08:17 pm


the third-party vote in toss-up states
...or, which states you may want to glare at.

Via the election results over at The Green Papers, I have determined that in five places, the (local) winner for President did so with less than 50% of the vote. In other words, if enough of the third-party voters preferred the other candidate, they could've altered the result if they'd voted for him.

Here the locations are (color-coded by who won), along with the percentage of the third-party vote the opponent would have needed to steal victory away:

  • Indiana (89%)
  • Montana (78%)
  • North Carolina (55%)
  • Omaha [NE-2] (44%)
  • Missouri (16%)
EDIT: Looks like I did my math wrong the first time, seeing how many additional votes were needed to bring the runner-up to 50% of the total vote, instead of simply enabling him to outperform his opponent. The above percentages have been corrected.

The Bob Barr vote could've given McCain the win in Indiana and North Carolina, but McCain couldn't have won Omaha without some Nader or McKinney votes as well.

The Nader vote could've given Obama Missouri, but Obama would have also needed the Ron Paul votes to take Montana.

However, these toss-uppy states (and district) account for 41 electoral votes--less than Obama's margin of victory--and thus changing them would not have affected the outcome of the overall election.

Current Mood: geekycalculating
Current Music: The Megas - The Quick & The Blue
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November 4th, 2008
09:52 pm


My blue marker is drying out. :(


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October 24th, 2008
08:06 pm


An online color quiz I've been meaning to link to for a while:

100 Hue Test

How good is your perception of color?

how I did, and thoughts on the testCollapse )

Current Mood: artisticartistic
Current Music: The Megas - The Quick & the Blue

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September 17th, 2008
07:12 pm


A fifth dwarf planet has now been recognized: Haumea. Another Kuiper Belt object, Haumea (neé 2003 EL61) is of similar size and location to recent inductee Makemake.

more about HaumeaCollapse )

Current Music: Scaredism - Illusion of Gaia - Will is the Lord OC ReMix
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July 15th, 2008
10:18 pm


Mike Brown and Makemake
First, some news. Somewhat obscure news, as I haven't seen the story at any major news outlets*. The number of dwarf planets in the Solar System has increased to four. The list now consists of Ceres, Pluto, Eris, and Makemake. It wasn't that a new body was recently discovered; Makemake (née 2005 FY9) was discovered over three years ago. Earlier it wasn't known if it met the qualifications to be considered a dwarf planet, but now its application has been accepted, so to speak.

It's kinda neat how symmetric the Asteroid and Kuiper Belts are. If we look at the Asteroid Belt, the largest member is the dwarf planet Ceres. Vying for the #2 spot are Pallas and Vesta, each about a quarter Ceres' mass. (Vesta is a little more massive, but Pallas may be slightly larger in size.) The situation is similar in the Kuiper Belt: #2 and #3, Makemake and fellow applicant 2003 EL61, are each about 30% of Pluto's mass. (More like 28% if you include Charon.)

But one thing I would like to do is offer praise to Mike Brown, leader of the team that discovered Makemake (and numerous other transneptunian objects), who also came up with the name. As an unhealthy fan of planetary nomenclature, I am very pleased that he took the trouble to come up with an appellation that seems fitting for the object, instead of drawing a random mythological name from a hat. The story behind naming Makemake, which I won't spoil, is on his blog here.

* Except Wikipedia. Their front-page news blurbs are excellent at catching major stories that I don't hear about on CNN, the BBC, or elsewhere.

ETA: Well whaddyaknow, it's also tomorrow's APOD. (The one for 16 Jul 2008.)

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May 10th, 2008
12:51 pm


Ticket Art
Some pre-movie ticket stub art, from a earlier this week:

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Current Mood: ironic
Current Music: still nothing - see 20 Aug.

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April 27th, 2008
10:31 pm


If anyone's interested in a more convenient map of the Democratic primaries' pledged delegate results, I whipped this up. And I'll be trying to keep it current as new results come in.

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