Sunday, December 28, 2008

change of plans

Tofu and I will be visiting Corvallis for a few days after January 5th so we can stay with our friend Leia in her dorm at OSU. I'm not sure of the exact dates yet, but it will happen. Who's excited?

The snow is finally melting up in Portland. I can't wait to ride my bike all over the place.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

snowpocalypse 2008?

Portland, you fail epicly at dealing with snow. I'm very disappointed with this weather. I want 40 degrees and raining, damn it!

Hey camp folks! I'm coming down to Corvallis sometime soon, but I need a place to stay. Anyone? Aaaanyone? I'll probably be there for 2 nights and I'd like to work a visit to camp in there. (Also: American Dream?) I'm looking for rides on craigslist so that will probably determine when I can actually be there. And if you're up in Portland, don't forget to stop in and say hello.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

28 hours to PDX

I finished moving my stuff out of Merlin and into Hamilton. My new room is much much smaller, but it's a single and it's all mine. Now I just have to finish my Bounder journal, finish my work program evaluation, go to sleep, drive to Burlington in the morning, get on a plane, and LAND IN PORTLAND TOMORROW NIGHT.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I'm alive. Expedition was epic.

I smell terrible. The only clothing I changed in 4 days was my socks.

Friday, December 12, 2008


This is it. Tomorrow at 7:30am I'm heading out to the Lowell Mountains for four days of backpacking. I know that everything will turn out ok, but I'm still really nervous. I'm paranoid about the cold. The high temperature for tomorrow is supposed to be 9 degrees. That's right, single digits all day.

I'll do my best to take some pictures. I'll be home in 6 days, and I expect a trip to Corvallis/camp is in order.


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Because my finals are over and I feel like procrastinating.

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I'm a big nerd

I went to a meeting tonight about Vermont Yankee, a nuclear power plant in SE Vermont. I was struck by how much more effective the anti-nuclear activists' arguments would be if they understood what they were talking about. For the most part I agreed with them, but I was so frustrated with what they were leaving out because they didn't understand it. VT Yankee specifically is outdated, operating above safe capacity, and last year one of the cooling towers collapsed. But how can you argue against nuclear energy if you don't understand basic nuclear physics? How can you argue against nuclear energy if you don't know what half life is? Radioactivity? Nuclear fission? Fuel rods? Beta decay? To be clear, I think it makes zero sense to produce nuclear waste that is radioactive for hundreds of thousands of years. The point is that I'm a nerdy perfectionist, and I may have volunteered to teach a physics lesson to a bunch of anti-nuclear activists.

Monday, December 8, 2008

10 days

I'm moving to a different dorm after winter break. The new room is about a quarter the size of my current room, but it's a single. Excellent. No more crazy roommate.

Ten days until I'm home. I've been ready to be done with this semester for about a week now. I have 3 finals tomorrow, then I'm basically done except for Expedition. I can't wait to see everyone in Oregon.

In other news, the low this morning was -9 degrees F. That actually happens, and it's really uncomfortable.

Also: WTF internet. You suck.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Well, I survived overnight. I will never complain about green firewood at camp ever again. Frozen firewood, anyone?

Monday, December 1, 2008

here's hoping I don't freeze to death tonight...

In a couple hours I'm leaving for overnight, which means I'm spending a night out in the woods with my expedition camping group to get ready for expedition. We leave after lunch. No tents, just a tarp. We're cooking dinner over a fire, which you'd think would be no problem after camp, but it's a little more difficult to find dry wood this time of year. I have all the gear, I went to all the trainings, and theoretically I know what I'm doing. But I'm still scared shitless.