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beyond the Kuiper Belt, over the sea

Archive for October, 2009

Old School Ties

Monday, October 26th, 2009

I am here at Swarthmore, doing some work for Professor K. David Harrison.  It’s fun work, and going well—which is always profoundly satisfying when dealing with programming—but that’s not quite what I’m thinking about.  More interesting to me is that this is the first time I’ve been back on campus not explicitly for a social visit.  In fact, the campus is nearly void of people I know, or at least seems so, after the social busyness of senior year and the fact that every visit in this past year has been filled with other people from my year visiting too, and all of our various friends in 2009 being on campus.  I know relatively few people in 2010.

It’s interesting.  Kinda satisfying.  There are things I like about this place independent of the people, but I can also feel free from it.  I will mull over these thoughts more.  Unsure of them yet.

Skulls Unlimited

Monday, October 19th, 2009

I’ve just rediscovered an old love: Skulls Unlimited.  It’s still fantastic.

Baboon skull

Baboon skull

We used to get their catalog, when I was little. It was the best thing ever.


Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Yesterday: thirteen vultures circling above us, as we stood on a hilltop overlooking the river, watching the trees turn golden.  At our feet, a dead snake with its head crushed.

On the way home, a fox.


Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Sometimes, life causes you to make it.  In this case, no Toronto/Montreal trip.  I was in a car accident yesterday.  I wasn’t driving, no one’s hurt.  The car lost the front driver’s side wheel.  That’s what you get when an SUV veers into your lane, and clips you.  And the SUV had only a scratch.  Makes me hate ’em. The people who drove it were very nice, though.

In any case, thanks for the suggestions on Montreal, and when next I’m there, I’ll act on them.  As it is, this week will be good for getting done all the things I was hoping to defer.


Thursday, October 8th, 2009

I’ll be in Montreal in about a week.  This will be the tail-end of a trip which will include seeing friends in Toronto beforehand, and I know what to do in Toronto, but Montreal is all unknown to me.  What should I do there?  Let me know what’s cool in Montreal.

In other news, vests.  More vests.  Working pocket watch.  I need more nice shirts and ties; I love my black-on-black paisley tie dearly, but I need some variety.  Toronto should help for this.  Perhaps Montreal also has good vintage and used clothing stores?

No news, of course, on the real activity, which is grad school applications.  No news on that for a while, I suppose, which is the frustrating thing.


Thursday, October 1st, 2009

I went contra dancing last night, for the first time in too long.  Advantages to dancing at this altitude include the fact that my lungs were not burning after one dance.  I was also dancing a bit more sedately than I tended to in Boulder, though, as I forgot my shoes, and barefoot dancing, while fun, is hard on the feet.

After, hanging out in Princeton with Chris and Laurie.  There was chocolate and peanut butter and accordion and painful-to-listen-to field recordings.  Good times.