Sunday, January 31, 2010


near the stroke of midnight... finally got the new detector data figured out and it's looking half decent....

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Bye Bye Minoltas

Got inspired to tear apart the old Minolta Z1 & Z2. Wine + Screwdrivers = Good time.

Friday, January 29, 2010


We got the ccd's working!!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Maui Days

About 18 hours after getting back from Cali, I found myself on Maui again. Split between the lab and the summit. And meetings. And teleconferences. What a week.

But, the horrible CryoTiger issue may be ebbing... We got back the clean cold head, installed it and vacuum pumped the dewar, recharged the 'ebay tiger' and after a 'fuze freakout' got the system working. Now we just wait to see if it actually works or not.....

At least two nights of observing went well and a referee report came back basically thumbs-up.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Driving up the devil

Mt. Diablo State Park.... in a surprisingly cold spell.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Snowy Santa Cruz Mountains

Driving up to campus you could see snowy mountains off in the distance.....

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Climbing Gym!

I got to show how little I knew of climbing to the Cruzers on two different nights. I managed to make it up a 5.9 once. It's a ton of fun but strange feeling like you can't use your hands the next day because they seized up on you...

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Santa Cruzy Days

For the last few days, I've spent my time in these three rooms working like I live at UCSC...

Sunday, January 17, 2010

PDC,W,P Closing Day

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Unwinding after a long day....

The conference kicked off today. I got to grapple this morning with Ryan so, I was definitely sore. Getting to catch up with the community was pretty fantastic. Good people. Good educators. Got skillz. And then some of us got to play pool after having fresh forrest-picked fungi.

Yes, pushups.... or just a long table shot.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Flying to SFO

Off to SFO for a conference in Santa Cruz! I got to stay with Brian & Anne for a day before stealing their car and driving down with team Hawaii.....

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Maui Symposium

Mom and I went to Maui for the day. We ran to the summit early. I gave a talk at a symposium in Kihei while she got cooked in the sun. Not a bad day.....