May 26, 2006

Life imitates Overcompensating

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 5:41 PM

On the first leg of my plane trip I was seated next to a guy named Kerry Edwards. Someone alert Jeffrey Rowland that he may have a primary challenge from someone else who is trying to save money on bumper stickers.

April 30, 2006

Ted Leo

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 4:26 PM




Ted Leo


Originally uploaded by arcanegazebo.



Got up close for an excellent show by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. Now I'm going to find some shade.

Coachella, Day 2

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 2:19 PM




Coachella, Day 2


Originally uploaded by arcanegazebo.



Coachella: awesome. Today we are starting with Mates of State, then Ted Leo, at the Outdoor Theater. Hopefully I can post this before the network gets flaky--the cell phone infrastructure here isn't quite equipped for this many people.

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April 29, 2006

Greetings from Coachella

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 3:55 PM




Greetings from Coachella


Originally uploaded by arcanegazebo.



Greetings from Coachella, currently the ironic t-shirt capital of the world. After spending two hours between the freeway and the gates, I have arrived in time to catch The Duke Spirit on the main stage.

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March 15, 2006

my apocalyptic tenor has not been dispelled

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 7:09 PM




my apocalyptic tenor has not been dispelled


Originally uploaded by arcanegazebo.



I don't know if this will show up, but it's the T. Rex skeleton at the National Museum of Natural History. I spent the day in Washington DC, and possibly saw Rick Santorum. (I inadvertently walked into one of his campaign events.) Better pictures (of the city, not the senator) to follow when I'm on a connection better than my phone.

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October 16, 2005

Finish line

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 8:47 PM

Finished! Our team took about thirty hours overall. My last leg was great, running through the redwood forest in the hills above Santa Cruz, and then opening up to a view of the ocean. It was a bit hot, but mostly downhill, so I was able to maintain a good pace.

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Two out of three

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 8:10 AM

Second leg was awesome. Descending into Silicon Valley next to a moonlit lake... Running at 4 am is not nearly as bad an idea as it might seem.

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Warping

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 5:11 AM

Our window took a lot of stress while crossing the bridge. We were repairing breaches with more duct tape while the driver did his Scotty impression. Fortunately it's holding up. Meanwhile, my phone is putting weird timestamps on these posts so it looks like I'm posting into the future.

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Tally

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 4:13 AM

Getting ready for our van's second leg. We have twenty-four kills tallied on the side of the van; sadly none are mine, but I'll try to pick some up on my next run.

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Relay blogging!

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 2:02 AM

We're headed to the midpoint of the race, at the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge, in a van with a window composed of saran wrap and duct tape. One hundred miles to go, once our runners catch up to this point...

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September 22, 2005

meteor crater

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 4:12 PM




meteor crater


Originally uploaded by arcanegazebo.



Another big hole in the ground...

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September 21, 2005

grand canyon

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 1:12 PM




grand canyon


Originally uploaded by arcanegazebo.



We drove a long way to see a big hole in the ground...

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September 20, 2005

painted desert

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 5:07 PM




painted desert


Originally uploaded by arcanegazebo.



We are in the Petrified Forest National Park, overlooking Arizona's Painted Desert, taking pictures every few steps...

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July 8, 2005

Return Current

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 11:07 PM

I'm back on American soil, having just arrived in Chicago in the nursery section of a United flight from Munich. One more flight and a BART ride to go, then I can get some sleep.

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June 16, 2005

Air travel suckage

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 10:51 AM

So I've been sitting on this plane for more than an hour, on the runway in Oakland. They worked on a mechanical problem until they decided a panel needed replacing. Unfortunately there's no replacement here, so they are sending one from San Francisco. In a taxi. Meanwhile, they are showing a movie, The Pacifier, to, uh, pacify us. I got up at 3:45 for this?

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March 25, 2005

March Meeting Talk Update

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 1:00 PM

I had thought my talk was too long, so I streamlined it a lot the last few days. I ended up using eight minutes instead of the intended ten, so I could have gone more slowly. Other than that it went well, and unlike last year the question period was not a disaster. To celebrate, I plan lots of gaming.

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March 23, 2005

March Meeting Style Update

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 2:00 PM

A distressing fraction of bald physicists are wearing hideous combovers. I was tempted to surreptitiously take pictures to post later, but without a camera phone it's tough to be inconspicuous.

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May 21, 2004

Promotional items

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 9:35 PM

Waiting for Life of Brian to start... They are handing out prayer cards at concessions; must be left over from The Passion. Also, in the lobby you can get your picture taken in front of a crucifixion backdrop under the words "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life". I assume that's not left over from The Passion.

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May 7, 2004

Stream of consciousness preview blogging

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 7:56 PM

This is an experiment. I haven't actually had any beer, so it shouldn't be too weird. Insipid pre-show ads. Spooky ghost movie by Sixth Sense guy. Metal, leather - Catwoman! Car chase, Matt Damon in Bourne sequel. Weird-ass Riddick preview. Could actually be cool.

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May 4, 2004

Dancing Queen

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 8:54 PM
It's possible some of the singers got a head start on the alcohol before arriving.
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Live from Kerry-oke

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 8:31 PM
None of you slackers contributed a song for Kerry-oke, and shockingly I didn't get around to writing something myself. I could always adapt Eric Cartman's method for writing Christian rock to this occasion should it become necessary...
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April 29, 2004

Consolation

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 8:45 PM

The first and probably last time I go bar-hopping with my grandmother (among others).

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Best First Novel given to wrong book

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 7:03 PM

Damn!

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Spare me...

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 6:49 PM

Crap! Here comes the guitar again. I think the harmonica is pre-recorded.

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Uh...

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 6:23 PM

Some dude appears to be talking to himself up on the stage. Don't they have security?

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Mysterious.

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 6:12 PM

The award presenters are introduced in the form of a mystery, i.e. various facts about the presenters are revealed as clues before their names are stated. (Incidentally, the flow of bad puns shows no sign of ceasing.)

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Exciting!

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 5:41 PM

Angela Lansbury has just joined us by recording.

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Live Edgar Blogging

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 5:31 PM

I am at the Edgars. The ceremony opened with some ridiculous song on acoustic guitar. They have now moved on to bad puns. More updates as events warrant.

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April 15, 2004

Killing Bill soon...

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 11:25 PM

At about 8:30 this evening I started to feel a rather intense need to see Kill Bill vol 2, and it occurred to me that midnight showings might exist, even though my chances of getting a ticket seemed rather slim. Two hours later, having watched the first volume on DVD, I was driving across the Bay Bridge with Battle Without Honor or Humanity playing on the stereo. Now I'm updating by phone from the (very long) line at the theater. Spoiler-free review to follow later.

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March 23, 2004

March Meeting: day 2

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 11:23 AM

This morning: more qubit talks, mostly less relevant than yesterday's. Then, the Nobel session. Unfortunately I couldn't see or hear the Nobel talks very well, the floor not being sloped and the mike not turned up enough. Still, I got some of it. Abrikosov noted that something like half of all physics Nobelists had their initial work on the subject rejected. Don't follow the fashion, he said; if you do, your career will blossom, but you can forget about a Nobel Prize. Right now I'm not thinking much about prizes and more about taking a nap. Sadly, there aren't many good places to lie down here, and there's another quantum computing session in a few minutes. Maybe I'll get out of it early enough to go running before dinner. (On a treadmill; I'm not equipped to go running in this Hoth-like weather.)

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March 22, 2004

Live from the March Meeting

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 10:21 AM

I was so proud of myself for mastering the predictive text function, and then I lost the post I had painstakingly composed. Anyway, I'm updating by phone from the March Meeting, having recently given my talk. The good part: I finished on time. However, I delivered it as if language were a new concept to me. During the question period I contemplated hiding under the table. Afterwards I got the adrenaline crash and fought to stay awake for two and a half hours, with mixed results. At least it's done. On to the next screen.

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March 18, 2004

Phoneblogging!

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at 6:13 PM

If you can read this, I have successfully updated the page using my cell phone. This is of course a vital part of my March Meeting preparations.

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