Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Bike


The bike is here and built. It's taking me a little while to post a picture of it, but I've gone for a couple of rides already. It's about time, too. There's not a lot of time left.

Monday, March 24, 2008

The bike arrived!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Arrived in Boulder

Here in Boulder. Beautiful blue sky, amazingly close mountains.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

It's Here

My bike has arrived. There's some assembly required, and I'm not going to have time to do that until Sunday, since I'm flying out to Colorado tomorrow. I guess I'll just have to wait.

Monday, March 17, 2008

$2200

I've made it past the halfway point! I think it's safe to say, though, that the second $2000 will be far harder than the first. I need to start getting more creative.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Exhausted

At the end of a 21 hour journey from Miami to Pittsburgh

Monday, March 10, 2008

T. E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom

"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible."

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Quotes

I think to accustom myself to posting on this blog I'll occasionally throw up a quote. Mostly they'll be relevant to this trip, but no promises. This one to start off is from C.S. Lewis' novel Till We Have Faces. My brother is turning it into a screen play for his senior thesis, so I figured I'd read it.

"The sight of the huge world put mad ideas into me, as if I could wander away, wander forever, see strange and beautiful things, one after the other to the world's end."

Friday, March 7, 2008

Physics presentations

Experimental HEP

UW Visit

Right now I'm in the middle of my grad school visit with the University of Wisconsin. They've put us (there about a dozen prospectives visiting this weekend) up at a classy (but simple) inn on campus, and last night some of the grad students took us to the bar at the union. Today is the start of official activities - faculty talks mostly.

I recently set up Blogger's mobile blogging with my cellphone, so I should be able to take photos with my cell and have them posted here. It'll make things convenient on the trip, but for now I'll just use it to document the grad school stuff.

PS - I ordered by bike on Wednesday. It should get here in about two weeks.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Multimedia message

Saturday, March 1, 2008

The urge to destroy is also a creative urge.

One of the requirements before the bike trip is that all riders must put in 8 hours of service on a local build project. So earlier this morning, I went out with Johnny Cagwin (he runs the track team bible study) and Pitt Habitat for Humanity to a project out in East Liberty. It's an old and decrepit church that a group is trying to rebuild.

Little known fun fact: 'demolition' actually falls into the same category as 'build project'. This morning was spent taking sledge hammers to walls, ripping down 2x4s, and in general making a huge mess of things. All this mess then had to be hauled out to a dumpster. It was a lot of fun, but also a lot of heavy lifting. I was exhausted afterwards, and went home and slept for 3 hours.
I'll probably make it out to this project again sometime this semester, and when I do I'll be sure to take some pictures and post them here.

By the way, the title of this post is a quote from Mikhail Bakunin. It's been on one of the white boards in the Physics Lounge for the past couple of days.