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Marni D. Sheppeard

Friday, September 19, 2008


After two days relaxing in Wanaka (with hot pools, venison, beer, cake and pizza) I ended my little holiday by finishing all 30 levels of this very entertaining cube game, for which I was awarded, via electronic certificate, the degree of Master of Spatial Logics. It gets tricky around level 23.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny how people so bright have little or no grasp on life outside their theoretical obsessions. Did you enjoy any interaction during your holiday apart from hot pools, venison, beer, cake and piza, or are your puzzles more important that the living ...

September 20, 2008 11:57 AM  
Blogger Kea said...

Dear anonymous. I have some good friends in Wanaka, but this is a nerd blog, where, as you say, one does not discuss such things.

September 20, 2008 5:43 PM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

Congratulations on your latest academic achievement! Everyone can be assured that we balance theoretical stuff with fun, and often combine them.

September 21, 2008 2:54 AM  
Anonymous chimpanzee said...

I agree that a R&R break is useful, to get away from work. You return refreshed (mind cleansed), & can take work to the next level.

I had my own break (quite by accident) last weekend at the PATS 2008 conference. I got a chance to meet/talk with humans, & many were working on the 2009 IYA/Int'l Year of Astronomy. I noticed you have a link to them on your blog, never paid attention to it until now. I even met Dr. Kate Hutton/Caltech Geophysics (U of Maryland, PhD Astronomy) who manned the AAVSO booth. She is a familiar face on local TV, when there is an earthquake (she is a classic cool/calm/collective Academic who has a nice repotoire with News Media who asks dumb questions). Turns out, she spends her free time doing visual observations of variable stars with her 18" Dobsonian. Her exact quote "well, I have to something in my free time". More videos here.

I had a "Louise Riofrio space junkie" moment, when I attended Story Musgrave's talk on Space Shuttle/HST Servicing Mission. I got an email response from Story, & we may be collaborating on a Technology project for 2009 IYA.

Flickr photo blog coverage here. Geek heaven for telescope & astrophotography junkies (i.e., me). I'm working on a NSF Education proposal, to use some of my hardware & my friends scope (he's a Cal State LB astronomy instructor, who has a 20" Ritchey-Chretien) in a remotely controlled Obsevatory (via Internet). For Astronomy Outreach to high school kids (as part of 2009 IYA).

An accidental R&R break (the conference was 5 minutes away from my house on bike), & it was quite stimulating & productive. For your Category Theory Inst, I would donate funds/material for a small remote control observatory. Let theorists like yourself dabble in some data-collection ("real world" knowledge), to complement your "grand challenge" theories ("Book Knowledge"). Let HS students have remote control of observatory, so your CT Inst has an outreach component.

September 22, 2008 11:06 AM  

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