Dance Music For Nerds

The way it was, July 2006 edition
7/29/2006, 10:33 am
Filed under: Geek-Out, Happy!, Physics, School, Social

Once again hanging with my mom in Gloucester. July has been a pretty eventful month, full of new resolutions, new resolve, and new excitement. I got to assist Dr. Sprague teaching phyics in the Summer Ventures program at ECU. It was a blast working with these super-smart high school kids, and such a welcome change from the college folks I teach in lab, 90% of which could care less about being there. I am catching up on the time missed in the Acoustics Lab, and Dr. Bissenger has some exciting things in store for the next couple of months, some of which are top-secret and on a strict need-to-know-basis until we finish with our data collection.

On to the where-is-Dan-going-to-be-living section of this July wrap-up: several months ago I did a Dance Music For Nerds at Kings in Raleigh. While there I spent most of the night sitting with old friends and catching up, after that I resolved to be in Raleigh as soon as possible. I interviewed for a job at UNC, which didn’t pan out, then I spent several months helping to take care of my step-dad. Now it looks like I will finally be making the move. I have my school schedule next semester set to only be teaching/taking classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and I have a fellow grad student that will let me stay with her on Tuesday and Wednesday nights so I can do research and homework on Wednesdays. So, looks like I will be commuting from Raleigh, and job searching should be easier with a home base up there. The big down side, going from having a two-bedroom to myself to having a room in a house with room mates…ugh. But, hopefully it will be worth it, I expect the job search in Raleigh to eventually pan out and allow me to once again live on my own.

The only other big news, long-time friend Laura and I have started dating. After the first few akward dates, which were cute in retrospect, things have been going wonderful. She is smarter than I, talented, and gorgeous to boot. A luckier man, there isn’t.

Better moves than Pee-Wee Herman
7/19/2006, 8:56 am
Filed under: Geek-Out, Physics, School

Sitting in the Mac Lab of the Physics Department, supervising the Summer Ventures kids as they finish up their papers/presentations. Got my headphones on, lisening to a little M.I.A. on DanceMusicForNerds Radio. Of course, one can’t help but bust a little move while listening to M.I.A., cue the giggles and laughter from the High School kids, which I was blissfully unaware of for several minutes, being into my music and everything. Luckily, I played it off with a “Talk to the Hand” gesture and a crazy display of popin’ and lockin’ skills.

By the way, the new iMacs friggin’ rock, if you have the means, I highly reccomend!

Bizarre Celebrations
7/18/2006, 12:29 pm
Filed under: Frustrations, Geek-Out, Physics, School, Social, Spirituality

Well, catching up from all my time away during the past few months. I’ve been assisting with Summer Ventures, which is tons of fun, as well as making progress on the ever important research. During the months leading up to my Step-Dad’s passing I felt like I wasn’t able to do anything at all, I was completely lacking in motivation. It is amazing the turn-around I’ve had in just a few weeks. I was working in the Acoustics Lab until 11pm last night, back at Summer Ventures at 8:30am, and am also managing to work a little on the new edition of a physics book I am helping out with. That would of been a months worth of accomplishments for me not to long ago, but now I feel like a weight has been lifted and I am zooming along. My counselor tells me that a sense of relief is normal, I talked to my mom and she has similar feelings, but underneath it all both of us can’t help but feel a little guilty.

Onto brighter things: the photo page is back up and running, I am still tweaking the theme, so it may change a little in the future. Also, I hope to sit down next week and overhaul, Will has inspired me.

And for brighter, brighter things: my friend that is a girl, Laura, came down and stayed the weekend along with my mom’s Chihuahua, Sylvia. It was a great time having the ladies here with me, it was just sad to see them go…though I definitely miss Laura more (sorry Sylvia!).

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5/4/2006, 6:30 am
Filed under: Frustrations, Physics, School

Seriously doubt I got the job. Interview went well, I just don’t think I am what they were looking for. Not a biggie though, got some fun research to do over the summer, and only a year left on my Master’s degree.

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The light at the end of the tunnel
4/10/2006, 2:09 pm
Filed under: Happy!, Physics, Social

Nearing the end of the semester and it can’t come soon enough! Classes, classes, teaching, projects, scrounging money for bills, dj’ing, and senior shows for my art student friends. One very special friend and neighbor is having her show next week, Ms. Laura Slipsky. She will be graduating with a BFA in Graphic Design. Laura and I have become good friends over the last couple of semesters of being neighbors, and I will hate to see her leave in May. Losing friends is one of the many downsides of living too long in a college town, and one that I never seem to get used to. I do not know why there always seems to be Graphic Designers tied up in my life, including many of my best friends along the way. There has been Christine, Leo, Carl, Phil, Molly, and now Laura. Maybe I just need to find a job as an office lackey or computer person in a design firm, then I would be truly happy…who knows.

Anyway, as I was saying, its the busy, busy, busy time. Luckily I just heard back from a publisher who has offered me a job reviewing a new edition of a physics text book that should last through July and will help out immensely, especially since I still do not know if I have one of the much sought after summer TA slots. Still waiting to hear back from a job I applied for with a nearby university, though I was recommended to the department who the position is with, my application has yet to make its way through HR limbo, keeping my fingers crossed.

Back to work, going to take a break and head out for coffee and a poetry reading with Lark later on this evening, should be fun…speaking of Lark, check out the hot pin-up style (and hotter shoes) she is rocking in this cool photo:
Lark rocks the pin up style

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“Why are you awake, what’s on your mind?”
Please Pardon Yourself
The Avett Brothers
10/17/2005, 10:20 am
Filed under: Frustrations, Physics, Social, Spirituality

I love those special moments and I hate when they slip away. I fight to hold onto them, to make them last…but I am learning just to relish the memories. Connections, so tenuous, so fragile…like quantum mechanics, observing and measuring completely changes whatever it is you’re studying, so it is with these momentary connections. When you realize it, take a step back from the moment and analyze it…it’s pretty much gone. Forcing it just helps to sour the sweet memory of the moment you are trying to recapture.

The wind it blows from here to California
it never stops to turn and wonder why it goes.
Pretty Girl At The Airport
The Avett Brothers

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Please Pardon Yourself
The Avett Brothers

“I am a scientist”-Guided By Voices
4/10/2005, 9:16 am
Filed under: Geek-Out, Physics

Well, that isn’t exactly true, but I am on my way. Just got my acceptance letter from the Ph.D. program in Biomedical Physics, including a full assistanship. I will be doing research with Dr. Lu starting this summer in the Biomedical Laser Laboratory.
Now, if I can just finish this heavy-ass course load I am burdened with this semester…Offer Letter

3/30/2005, 11:34 am
Filed under: Frustrations, Geek-Out, Physics, Social

A little quote that was placed at the end of a chapter in my Statistical Mechanics book:

A good many times I have been present at gatherings of people who, by the standards of the traditional culture, are thought highly educated and who have with considerable gusto been expressing their incredulity at the illiteracy of scientists. Once or twice I have been provoked and have asked the company how many of them could describe the Second Law of Thermodynamics. The response was cold: it was also negative. Yet I was asking something which is about the scientific equivalent of: ‘Have you read a work of Shakespeare’s?’
C. P. Snow
The Two Cultures
Cambridge University Press

It is something I myself am guilty of. Does well-rounded really mean well-lopsided? It does not seem to extend out in all directions as the phrase implies.

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