Monday, January 30, 2012

We Are The TA's!

We are the TA's.

We are on the front lines, providing the buffer between the misunderstandings and confusions of the students, and the lack of coherent notes by the professors. We take knowledge from on high, and attempt to partition and filter it down so that it can be palatable for the masses.  We are Prometheus, stealing the fire of knowledge from the gods of the ivory tower, and giving it to man so that man may enrich its own life.

We are the damage control.  We pick up the pieces that have been produced by waves of information crashing against the beachhead of people in the lecture hall.  We put these pieces back together as best we can, like an incomplete puzzle.  We tease the signal out of the noise.

We are the TA's!

And we rock the god damn HOUSE!


Sunday, January 29, 2012

No Science Sunday

So the once-per-week Science Sunday was entirely too ambitious for me, especially considering the volume of work that is currently on my shoulders.  I'll scale it back to once per month.  At least that way, I should be able to get a quality post out.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Capoeira Na Roda, Capoera Na Vida Part I: No Início Com Os Guerreiros

In about a week and a half it will have been 2 years since I first began to practice capoeira.  It's amazing that this activity has become such a large part of my life, especially considering how before that moment I hadn't thought about capoeira outside of video games and movies.  Even then, while I thought it looked cool, I only really thought of it as sort of a quaint novelty.  Knowing absolutely nothing about the style, I had thought it impractical for real-world fighting scenarios, and entirely too filled with unnecessary movements to be useful before the practitioner exhausted himself.  Then came February of 2010.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Fairy Tale of Science


So true.  So very true.  The mouse-over text is "I believe that the secret is to keep your child-like sense of wonder without becoming jaded by life.  It's too late for me, but SAVE YOURSELF!"  I'm finding that keeping my original sense of wonder about life and science allows me to appreciate everything more!


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Life is Art

Remembering this definitely adds a certain quality to life.

Science Sunday: The Stars - Part I: Introduction to Shiny Things

I've thought a lot about this, and I've decided—really for my own benefit—that I should spend some time once per week thinking and writing about a science topic that interests me.  I figured that it'd be good to just choose something and go somewhat in-depth about it.  In the future, should I continue, I won't always choose something astronomical, though anything outside of what I've been fortunate enough to learn will take extensive use of Wikipedia (and maybe even *gasp* a book!).  However, to start, I think that I should talk about something(s) that has interested me since the first time that I actually cared about astronomy: Stars.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

5 Things You Should Know Before Dating a Scientist

Courtesy of the blog, Journal of Are You Fucking Kidding, we have the 5 Things You Should Know Before Dating a Scientist:

So, you’ve been eyeing that smart, attractive scientist you’re lucky enough to know personally. You’re intrigued. Your scientist is smart, funny, confident. Visions of Louis de Broglie or Rosalind Franklin putting on their safety glasses and lab coats to come to do experiments with you runs through your head..
Who can blame you? Science is a sexy occupation.
But scientists aren’t like the bimbos you usually pick up at the bar. Nor are they the assholes you ladies continually fall for. No, scientists are different beings (which is why you’re attracted to them in the first place), and you should realize — before jumping in — that this isn’t going to be a run-of-the-mill, boring, lame relationship you’re used to.
Here’s what you need to know:

Friday, January 20, 2012

New Year's Resolutions 2012

This past year has been definitely a year of expansion for me, and as such I have had a rapid expansion of goals.  I actually want to remember these, so I made myself a separate file and just listed essentially all of the things that I'd like to either accomplish fully, or make some damn good progress toward in the coming year.  I then remembered that I had started this blog and decided that I could put them up here, and maybe even add a little bit of explanation on each item.

My view of New Year's Resolutions might be somewhat different than most people's.  The impression that I get is that most people make a resolution, and if they don't hold to it then they feel like the scum of the Earth.  My way of thinking about resolutions is thus: they're just a list of goals that I want to work toward.  If I don't achieve them, then I don't achieve them.  But, as long as I make progress toward these goals, I'm alright.  And, if I happen to actually accomplish any of these, then even better!  It means that I've managed to take an active role in improving my life, and there's documented change!  Awesome!

Anyway, here's....most of them (some are meant to remain private), in no particular order:

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Weathering the Terrible Seattle Snowstorm of 2012

Picture courtesy of one of my coworkers' facebook albums.

So last night, I'm sitting in my office putting the finishing touches on one of my homework assignments, when one of my friends who also happens to be there late appears at my door.  She tells me that she was getting ready to go and spend time with her boyfriend and wait through the oncoming snow storm at home.  She went on about how there was supposed to be up to 14 inches of accumulation between midnight and the next midnight, and how I should probably get home so that I don't get snowed in.  Now, because I was in my office late and completely absorbed by what I was doing, I was completely taken by surprise by this announcement of inclement weather.  It also didn't help much that when I looked out of my window, the skies (of SEATTLE!!!) were essentially clear, and not a single flake had fallen yet from the sky.  I gave her a quizzical look and a sarcastic "ok, yeah.  I'll see you tomorrow then."  So she left, I kept working, and at some point later on in the night I left to go to my own home.