I fully admit to being an information and interaction junky. I feed on bits and pats on the backs to the point of bloating, and with my schedule when I’m working I need to be on point. I try to take a media fast once a year for about a month for a personal cleanse, […]Read more "Staying Focused"
I recently read an excellent book, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, a Christmas gift from my brother.Read more "Packing for Mars"
I use the Stay Focused Chrome extension to block Wordpress, Google Reader, Hacker News, Twitter and Facebook at work, beyond 2 minutes of aggregate usage.Read more "Scientific Paper Reading, Voxcharta, Excellent Notation"
Since last we spoke a couple of months ago, I had a hell of a time personally: I moved house, went from one location to another too often, had a major and very stressful financial crisis and had some rough times with friends which rocked the emotional boat. Although there are many things which didn’t […]Read more "The Intersection of Productivity and Joy (over the past months)"
Globular Clusters (GCs) Globular clusters are groups of roughly spherical, densely packed stars. They are thought to have formed at the same time as most galaxies and the stars which make them up are some of the oldest known–thus GCs are an excellent probe of galaxy formation and evolution. They have a high central stellar […]Read more "The Andromeda Galaxy’s Globular Cluster System"
QFT I’m lucky to have a job in which I can take two weeks of mornings of work to study a nominally tangential subject in greater depth. These past two weeks I attended a series of lectures at the ETH on physics beyond the standard model, the first week was very technical but exciting to […]Read more "Quantum Field Theory (QFT), General Relativity (GR), and Other Exciting Diversions (OED)"
In the morning when I get into lab, around 10 in the morning, I have a set routine. Make a cup of coffee or tea, update my research wiki with a new entry corresponding to the day’s tasks, write/reply to work related emails, admin phygg.com (spam management etc.), scan/vote on papers of interest. Finally I […]Read more "Globular Clusters and Voids"
The Motivation I have not yet developed my position on @wikileaks. I have the cables, the internet, now where to start? where to finish? — Dr. Corbett Moran (@corbett) December 4, 2010 I like things thorough btw. before taking positions on Middle East affairs, I spent 4 years reading, studied Arabic, Hebrew, moved there 2x […]Read more "Wikileaks Research Project–Final Report: Background and Methods"
I’ve been intending on making a full writeup of recently read books, but have not gotten around to it as I tend to start a new book right after I finish the last (one of the many great things about being a Kindle user, more fangirling to come) and think “well… I’ll just wait until […]Read more "Book eggs"