Anti-Steve: The Week in Review (4/5-4/11)

A nice walk to Friday night dinner turned into family phone call meeting crisis time. Oh well . . . it just doesn't seem like a normal day without family phone call crisis time. At least it was a lovely walk!

A nice walk to Friday night dinner turned into family phone call meeting crisis time. Oh well . . . it just doesn’t seem like a normal day without family phone call crisis time. At least it was a lovely walk!

It’s time for another episode of Steve traveling backward in time! It’s my week in review, another look back at the week that was in my little web log. This week was one of mixed emotions. I’ve begun the last formal topic in my introductory physics course (optics); I received the first draft of my student’s senior thesis this week; I have started final planning for the DIS2015 public lecture on April 26, seeking input from SMU’s excellent communications staff; we did a test with the E-Shield setup to determine minimum safe distances between the 35kV anode and ground; and I learned of the sudden and untimely death of a colleague of mine. It was a mixed week indeed.

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Anti-Steve: The Weeks in Review, 3/15-3/28

A view of Mt. Ranier down the mall near the Suzzallo Library at University of Washington.

A view of Mt. Ranier down the mall near the Suzzallo Library at University of Washington.

The past couple of weeks have been extremely busy. Jodi and I were traveling last week, finally meeting up in Seattle for a conference; I gave my second exam in my introductory physics class; there were computer woes that greatly slowed down some ATLAS work; we had some car trouble on the way home yesterday; Jodi was a guest on the “Science Friday” national radio program.

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Anti-Steve: The Week in Review, 3/13

Remote monitoring of our "E-Shield" experiment using Firefox Hello.

Remote monitoring of our “E-Shield” experiment using Firefox Hello.

It’s that time again – time to think back long and hard on the week that was. The past 7 days were filled with something called “Spring Break,” though I haven’t worked this hard since the fall semester. While this was far from a vacation, it was productive. That wayward power supply showed up and let us finally get an important experiment running. The SMU ATLAS group concluded its miniature workshop on our ongoing or planned ATLAS Trigger and Data Acquisition work. Jodi traveled a lot, and will continue to travel more. And more!

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Anti-Steve: The Week in Review (3/7)

Our back yard after this weeks most recent Texas "Icepocalypse." Its pretty! The beauty of this was a highlight of the week.

Our back yard after this weeks most recent Texas “Icepocalypse.” Its pretty! The beauty of this was a highlight of the week.

This was a mixed week, filled with ruined plans and bad weather. Considering this week was the run up to Spring Break, it was a downer. There was sleet and snow; a power supply that never showed up; a backup power supply that FedEx couldn’t deliver as promised; more adventures in the flipped classroom; tough decisions that have to be made about research.

And most of all, I have to keep telling myself: “Vacations are for undergraduates.” Sage advice from my graduate school mentor, Loyal Durand, who reported it as sage advice from Robert Jastrow in 1953.

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