We’re not in Santa Barbara anymore
I spent Wednesday-Friday (and my first regular snowstorm in five years) in Manhattan working with a project with colleagues BC and KL at NASA-GISS (top photo, yes, it’s above the Seinfeld diner). It was BC and my first time collaborating outside of Santa Barbara and I may have been a little shocked by the snow. Like all good collaborators though BC dried my socks and shoes on his heater.
Excellent meeting in Asilomar.
On the road again
But this time with no door to post the news on. Will add updates when I can. Today it’s time to see Mavericks.
Just back from Hawaii, for work!
And it was fantastic, productive, excellent food, very good company, Christmas carols and waves.
'When someone presumes to correct your pronunciation, a knowing smile is an appropriate response.'
Or you could spend hours writing long diatribes at said person attempting to prove that you are right and the other wrong. But wait — that latter bit is not in the Jepson manual (the quote is, Hickman 1993) I suspect because we’re all lucky enough in science to be surrounded by those who generally see what matters, what doesn’t, and know how to take in: feedback, pointless corrections and truly impressive, useful criticism. And I take great comfort in that when, after pointing out to a group of students that many people (myself included) think the word data should generally be treated as plural, I received absolutely silly, long, indignant emails from several of the students. There are so many vagaries in language and academia that I can only hope that I, and those students, learn to accept them with greater grace. Good luck to us all.
My silence over the last few weeks represents some very busy time planning this — the UBC-SFU-UVic Eco-Evo retreat. Held in a swamp known as Brackendale. It’s 3 days of talks, posters, pub quiz, and one epic costume party.
New this year — was Science Improv (not my idea) which is one of the most awesome ideas ever (note that all the ‘talk’ photos are from this). You get 7 random slides you have never seen before and 3.5 minutes (the slides advance automatically) and you have to make up a talk. All slides come from real talks (note my dissertation side in one picture) and go in no real order. It was amazing, I laughed so hard I cried.