Thanks, Aaron and Nathan

Many thanks to Aaron and Nathan, my guest bloggers over the past few weeks– they did a great job, and if anything probably raised the tone around here. If you’ve got an academic job opening, and aren’t afraid of those blog-reading types, they’re both looking for permanent positions… Hint, hint. They both posted expressing amazement […]


Well, Chad’s back, and I guess that means that this guest-blogging stint has come to an end (free! I’m free!). I want to thank Chad again for the opportunity to play in his sandbox for a few weeks. I didn’t get the chance to write every post I had planned. Real life — or at […]

The Loss of Night

I remember the last time I saw the milky way. I was at my aunt’s house in the foothills of the Sierras, and late at night the dense river of stars emerges. But that is still not the true milky way, or so I hear. And, in more urban areas, the detritus of our incandescent […]


Ah, what loyal citizen of California doesn’t remember singing the state song, I Love You, California, every morning. Or was it saying the Pledge…my memory’s hazy. The reason I bring up state songs is not to bring up the ill-fated campaign to make “Born to Run” the New Jersey state song (this town rips the […]

Teh AMO hottness

I should probably sneak in a few posts before Chad gets back. It’s been a hectic week, as the time came for my current experiment (as it does for all experiments) where one stops futzing around trying to make things better, and takes the actual data, with an eye to moving on. This means that […]

The Job Hunt

Now that I’m back in College Station, it’s time to start getting applications ready for the great job search. I don’t know how it is in other fields, but in math/physics, this generally involves three to four letters of recommendation, a CV, a research statement, sometimes a teaching statement and maybe an annotated bibliography. In […]

Flying Things

Steinn reports that the NRC has made its recommendations for NASA’s Beyond Einstein program. The winners appear to be LISA, a gravity wave observatory, and JDEM, a competition of dark energy focussed satellites. Steinn has lots of links to the various projects. The executive summary of the report is availabe here (pdf). I know next […]

New Toys

Well, I’m back in Texas and just in time for Steve Jobs to introduce new toys I can’t afford. At the risk of turning Chad’s blog into an Apple advertisement, every time I pass an Apple store, it takes significant willpower to not walk out of there with a new iPhone. I find it endlessly […]