Jul. 15th, 2008

Where's my flying car?

I can't seem to get the hang of posting on one topic. Oh, well.

I played softball today. We had a grand total of six people show up, and we got our butts kicked. Though not as badly as we could. I still am batting 0.000, unless you count the time I got on second by fielding error. (League rules is if the opposing team throws the ball out of bounds, you can advance one extra base -- mostly to cover situations where the ball gets thrown into the bushes and it takes a bit to retrieve.) On the other hand, I'm getting better at fielding -- I managed to hold one to a double. I'm still hindered by my inability to throw hard enough to get it to the infield.

So, question for you all, blog. So, over on Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait posts a quote from Buzz Aldrin, where Buzz says that the unrealistic expectations created by science fiction makes people less interested in the real accomplishments of the space program. Phil disagreed -- he thinks that science fiction spurs us on and inspires us.

I'm biased -- I was a space nut before I learned how to tell SF from horror. Every time I saw the crew of the Enterprise beaming down to a planet, or read novels about imaginary moon colonies, I wanted to work all that more to go there. Or at least learn as much as I could about the real thing.

So, what do you all think?

Jul. 9th, 2008

Yesterday was a good day (mostly)

Work was fine yesterday. I'm a bit stuck, so I need to go bother my boss again. Mostly I'm trying to model some data I got, and I'm getting answers that indicate I shouldn't be seeing anything, and that it won't be as simple as I thought. On the other hand, I'm getting the hang of the problem, which is good. I had a nice grilled cheese sandwich and fries for lunch at one of the campus dining halls, because I had forgotten to bring lunch (again) -- they finally decided to get rid of the darn 'coated fries', which mostly tasted like grease and salt. (I like my fries and chips to have some resemblance to potatoes).

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