John Oliver on Science

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This Condensed Life

John Oliver on Last Week Tonight did a bit about how science is represented in the media. It is sad, funny and most of it true. You can watch it here:

Amusingly, he shows a clip of an interview with Brian Nosek, whose work I have discussed in a similar context previously.

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a Ph.D. and all that…

Cap and Gown... me?  nah!

Cap and Gown… me? nah!

Two years ago I lived in Los Alamos, NM (short for the cottonwoods in Spanish). I wrote my very first post with a nod to CCR, and the hike out my back door. I blogged faithfully all summer about hikes , camping trips, adventures in Los Alamos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque. At the end of the summer, completely exhausted, I returned to corny Indiana to complete my Ph.D. I nearly abandoned the blog in the process, while I got married, went to Greece, made 4 return tripes to Los Alamos, and went on many other adventures… several of which have not made the blog.

Life is just getting busier and more beautiful. Adventures abound, but photographic evidence is sometimes scant. I’m not one to celebrate major milestones. I defended my thesis in March, and went straight to a teaching session afterwards. I graduated this May, but skipped the ceremony for research in Los Alamos. I did finally take a vacation: site seeing in Los Angeles, hiking in Lake Tahoe, and finally a lovely wedding in Pittsburgh.

More soon. Oh, the picture, hiking in Lake Tahoe. That is how I celebrate a Ph.D.

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Stopping in Spokane and more Waterfalls… and a bridge collapse.

If I had to pick a theme for May’s roadtrip, it would be Roadside waterfalls. We stopped at them in GNP, at the Montana-Idaho border, and a few on the way back.

Alternatively, it could be themed “I drove over a bridge and it collapsed later that day.” That is another story though: Interstate 5 bridge collapse . Yes, the very day I drove over the I-5 bridge I’ve crossed hundreds of times in my life-, it collapsed into the Skagit River.

The thesis is due in less than two weeks. I wish I could say that is my only responsibility, but I am very busy. So far, I’m keeping up the daily OM’s… making this day 52 of my 30 day yoga challenge.
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Hiking Mount Cavanaugh

My favorite part of my last visit to Washington: my hosts! I stayed at Lake Cavanaugh with family and their dog. One day we loaded both dogs and into my car and hiked the local peak. I couldn’t believe just how fun it was to have a second dog.

It was misty, but not rainy. Can you see how much I love hiking, Washington weather, and evergreen trees?

Day 37/30 of my yoga challenge.
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Random Scenes of the PNW

My roadtrip pictures grow scarce as the trip wore on. Somehow I drove to Washington and back without taking any photos of my family. I’m a terrible documentor of my life. I am proud to say that I’m too busy loving and experiencing life to pick up a camera. Unfortunately, a few still frames of my nearest and dearest would be wonderful.

However, if you want to see some interesting tree behavior, I have the slideshow for you!

Day 36/30 Day Yoga Challenge.
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Glacier NP: Not Another Roadside Attraction

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Even with Going to the Sun Road closed and clouds covering the mountains, Glacier National Park is a phenomenal place. Because our dog wasn’t allowed on trails, we stopped at every turn out along the open section, snapped some photos, … Continue reading

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Glacier National Park, May 2013

Going to the Sun Road is closed in May. The plows are working hard to cut through the snow, so visiting is a bit limiting.

We drove as far as we could and then wandered this stony river beach.

Day 31/30 of the yoga challenge.
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