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I'm not dead! [Nov. 2nd, 2006|01:06 pm]
[Current Location |The Lab]
[Current Mood |dorkydorky]
[Current Music |Oh, you know...]

So I guess that Livejournal is not something that I will be doing regularly. No surprises there. I have never been able to keep a journal for an extended period of time. I just don't get out of it what others seem to.

Anyhow, life is good, as usual. No complaints here.

It looks like I will be staying at York for grad school after all. This isn't as bad as I once thought, though, as I will be doing my thesis work in Switzerland, and spending hardly any time here at all. It's not that I hate York, I just need a change of scene to maintain my enthusiasm. I think this will do the trick.

I went trick or treating with my youngest niece and my nefew on Tuesday. That was pretty fun. Chloe was a princess and Calvin was a ninja. Olga and I went as antihydrogen; I was the antiproton, and she was the positron. Lame, I know, but I'm a pretty lame person.

Writing the physics GRE on Saturday, having done very little studying for it...I'm not worried though, as I no longer need to write it to get into grad school. It's alread paid for, though, so why not write it?

That's all for now
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Rockin good movie times [Sep. 16th, 2006|06:45 pm]
[Current Location |Home-wise]
[Current Mood |busybusy]
[Current Music |none]

So I saw the movie Crank last night. Lots of fun. I honestly haven't had that much fun in an action movie in a very long time. No bullshit, no philosophy, just plain awesomeness.

I highly recommend to all those who enjoy fun, and having it.

Big family gathering planned for tomorrow. Including myself, there should be 12 people there. I always enjoy those times. It's the best part about having a big family. And believe me, I have a rather large family.

School goes well, about the same as usual. I am very much enjoying my quantum physics class, but the rest of it is fairly boring.
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Back to School, And this time, it's personal! [Sep. 9th, 2006|12:44 pm]
[Current Location |Home]
[Current Mood |mellowmellow]

Jeez...one last go at the whole undergraduate thing. 4th year is upon me.

Graduation is something I have been looking forward to for quite some time now. Just to be done with the whole structured shooling thing where I have to pay through my nose to learn is going to be very calming for me. Although, I must say that I am a pretty calm guy to start out with, so maybe calming me down won't be such a good thing.

so that's that, and that's all there is
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(no subject) [Sep. 1st, 2006|08:43 pm]
Back in town!
Hooray for Newfoundland!
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My collection of obsoleted goodness [Aug. 15th, 2006|03:20 pm]
[Current Mood |boredbored]

I am writing this entry fully realizing that very few people share my interest in old junk. But I'm not bothered by this. It's my journal and I'll update it how I please, goddamnit!

I have, over the past several years, had ample opportunity to collect many pieces of obscure and obsolete technical equipment and electronics. I was sitting here, bored as all hell, performing a mental inventory of my collection, when I realized that it was worth documenting. So that is what I am doing.

For a long time, my chief interest was in cameras. My parents would go to garage sales every Saturday (and many Sundays). With nothing better to do, I would go with them, looking for old cameras to add to my collection. This was aided by my status as a volunteer at the Caledon ReUstore, which is like a perpetual garage sale. Anyhow, I currently have more cameras than I care to count. They range from the very old (1950's era cheapo box camera) to the old (1980's era SLR's). Of course, I have cameras that I use for actually taking pictures, but they aren't as interesting. Not surprisingly, the camera type that most people are looking to rid themselves of at garage sales is the Polaroid. I must have 20 Polaroid cameras, ranging in age from 10 to 40 years old. I also have many video cameras (8mm and Super8, mainly), including an 80's monstrosity that records onto a VCR unit that is worn slung over your shoulder. All of these things work, to the extent that I can test without film.

I also have an 8mm editing station, for splicing film together and viewing it, as well as 2 or 3 projectors for 8mm.

Once I got tired of cameras, I moved on to greener pastures. That's right, I started collecting slide rules. For the non-science types out there, slide rules are the predecessors to modern calculators. I found one at a garage sale, cleaned it up, learned how to use it on the internet, and then bought a few more. They are much harder to find than cameras, so I only have 5 of them.
On a similar note, I have a 20 pound, cast-iron behemoth of an adding machine sitting on my desk. It has 9 rows of 9 buttons, each of which represents the possible digit values of each of 9 decimal places. I can't tell you how much I love this thing. When you press the keys, they make the most satisfying clicking sounds imaginable. Oh, and the number is displayed on rotating drums.

I also have a brailler, which is a type-writer for the blind. It only has 7 keys, and produces braille writing in special paper.
Then there's the two four track reel-to-reel recorders (one of which works).

I recently acquired a planometer, which is a device used in cartography and drafting. It is currently the centerpiece of my collection. This tool measures the area enclosed by any closed shape, just by tracing around the perimeter with an indicator. Sounds crazy, I know, but it actually works, and the principle behind it is similar to computing a line integral in polar coordinates. Very cool indeed.

That's it for now, sorry for the length, but I really wanted to write this down while the mood was on me. And I'm sorry if the spelling is off, as this keyboard tends to drop letters, and I don't trust the spellchecker to get all of them.
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The most new-found of lands [Aug. 15th, 2006|11:36 am]
[Current Location |Labwise]
[Current Mood |contentcontent]

I'm leaving for NFLD this Friday for two weeks, as I do every August. In case you didn't know, my family has some cabins in the woods out there, where we practise satanism....I mean, hang out and work on the cabins....yes...

Anyhow, it's always a good chance for me to recharge my batteries before the school year starts. Especially this year, since I have had a very long summer. Not that it wasn't a good summer, I just worked alot is all...

So I'm going to retreat to the wilds for a while, and have myself a time. I will be incommunicado starting this Saturday, lasting for two weeks. No internet, no TV, no radio, no running water: Pure Bliss.

Work in the lab has pretty much ground to a halt for me, mostly because I don't want to start a new project when I will be leaving in 3 days. Or maybe I have a poor work ethic...

Happy 6-month anniversary, Olya!
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Come on, get down with the sickness [Aug. 11th, 2006|11:00 am]
[Current Location |In a world of mucuos]
[Current Mood |sicksick]
[Current Music |The sound of sniffling]

Bleargh...I am ill, and in the most irritating of ways - the head-cold. Makes me sick, it does! Hahahahahaha...

Going golfing tomorrow-wise, should be fun , as it is the first time in a long while. Everything else is the same, you know?
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Ho Hum [Jul. 31st, 2006|09:53 am]
[Current Location |Lab]
[Current Mood |blahblah]
[Current Music |The Sound of Various Ungodly Pumps]


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Grad School [Jul. 24th, 2006|01:52 pm]
[Current Location |Lab]
[Current Mood |optimisticoptimistic]
[Current Music |None]

Ahhhh....I don't know why, but I've been resistant to the idea of going to the states for grad shool for the logest time. But now that I've initiated the process, it feels so right. I really think that I can make it in to one of these top physics schools, and do some cutting-edge research. The cofort factor of staying at York still appeals to me, but I think that the best bet for me is south of the border. I can go and experience something new down there, and return to Canada triumphant, and find myself a professorship here.

So there.
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The Future!!! [Jul. 21st, 2006|01:08 pm]
[Current Location |The Lab]
[Current Mood |contemplativecontemplative]
[Current Music |None]

So I think I've finally decided what course of action I want to pursue vis-a-vis my post-graduate education. I will write the GRE's this year (those are the american graduate school entrance exams) and apply to every school that I have interest in going to. These include: MIT, Harvard, Colombia, UC Berkley etc...I will also apply to some Canadian schools, like McGill, UBC, UofA, York etc... Provided everything goes well, by this time next year I should know where I'll end up. It's a lot of uncertainty, but I feel that I shouldn't limit myself in any way. I feel confident of gaining acceptance at a premier university states-wise, and failing that there's always good ole' Canada.
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