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Month: October 2008

Work Buddy

Work Buddy

As a computational astrophysicist, I can work pretty much wherever there is an internet connection (except the San Diego public library, but that’s another story), so at least a day or two a week I work from home. And when I do, I have a little work buddy who sits by my chair waiting for me to throw a foam ball across the apartment so she can fetch it (seriously!). I try to ignore her so I can get work done, but as soon as I even look at her:

She’s cuter than my work buddies at school, of course.

Bookmarks for October 8th through October 16th

Bookmarks for October 8th through October 16th

These are my links for October 8th through October 16th:

Finally, a Triton

Finally, a Triton

UC Berkeley has bear statues, UCLA has their bruin statue, UC Irvine even has an anteater. Now UC San Diego has a Triton!

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As I walked to lunch I saw the unveiling ceremony ending while the UCSD band (we have a band?) played the UCSD fight song (we have a fight song?). Below the statue there is a few streams of bubbly water and a plaque which explains that the Triton doesn’t get to use his awesome trident, he just blows really hard on his conch which scares all the other gods and baddies away.

I, for one, am now waiting for the UC Santa Cruz banana slug statue.

SDSC Optiportal

SDSC Optiportal

My adviser Professor Mike Norman, as part of his job at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, purchased an optiportal system for the new SDSC building which is opening today. An optiportal system is a wall of monitors powered by networked computers such that the screens behave as one monitor. Very high resolution images and movies can be tiled across the screens, as you can see below. Movies and animations can also be tiled across the screens.

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Poorer than a CEO

Poorer than a CEO

Above is a graph showing my net worth since January 2007. I have removed the actual dollar values for the bars because I’m ashamed of how poor I am. Or wealthy I am. I’m not telling. But remember that I’m a grad student, not a former CEO of a failed investment bank… you get the idea.

I’ve put two numbers in orange on the graph. If in my richest half month I had one dollar, now I have 68 cents. Put another way, I’m now about two-thirds of my former self, and this took five months. The graph above includes my cash accounts, which haven’t gone down, so my investments have declined even more than a third. Luckily, I don’t need that money any time soon (I have to graduate before that), but it’s a bit depressing.

It’s also an opportunity to buy some really cheap bank stocks and hold them until they recover. Which would more or less cancel out the inevitable tax increases my generation will have to pay to bail out our selfish parents.

At least I can say that I’m ahead of the curve on the grad school thing.

Bookmarks for September 19th through October 6th

Bookmarks for September 19th through October 6th

These are my links for September 19th through October 6th: