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Major recent events thats I would like not to forget:

  • Presented a poster about my CREE project at the UW’s Summer REU poster session at Mary Gates Hall on Thursday, September 16, 2007
  • My brother Ben and his wife Kaylee came to town last weekend. I got to play ultimate with Ben and eat dinner and watch Serenity with the whole family
  • I’ve been spending about one day a week testing Cochlear implant users with the Rubinstein lab at the Bloedel Hearing Research Center at the UW Medical Center. A lot of their stories are truly incredible — cochlear implants have had huge positive impacts on most of their lives. Its great to talk to the subjects between tests and learn about their stories
  • Today (Tuesday), was the final “required” CREE event, the third BRI lecture
  • Also today, I got to run a major software package at work that I built. After a little debugging, it is working well, and it is an incredibly fulfilling feeling to have it working so well at this point

Lunar Eclipse…

…is happening right now. Its spectacular!

Camera Rhyme

I’ve had some time to think
So now I’ll put it in “ink”
Canon’s 40D
is the camera for me.

Identical Quadruplets

A Canadian woman has given birth to extremely rare identical quadruplets.

The four girls were born at a US hospital because there was no space available at Canadian neonatal intensive care units.

Yay socialized medicine!

Summer School is Out!

A little earlier today, I finished up my CSE 461 Networks Final. Predicted grade is a 4.0 ;-)

This means that I am done with summer school, for what should be forever!

To add to the delight, it is a beautiful day.

Libertarian Paternalism / Libertarian Benevolence

Via Adventures in Smarshland, a great paper titled “Libertarian Paternalism is not an Oxymoron.” Read it. Lets discuss it.


On my way back to the U-district after work on Tuesday, the sunroof on my car, a 1996 Saturn SL1 Sedan, stopped moving when I was trying to close it. This was a long time in coming — for a while I have had to help the motor get the job done by pulling or pushing on the roof as it opened and closed. So when it finally stopped moving, I suspected that the motor had died. It was a good day to have the roof stuck open, as it was nice and sunny. I took a few parts of the car apart to take a look at the motor, but it ends up that the real problem (apart from the physical friction) was a burnt out fuse. Replacing it allowed the sunroof to be closed. Apparently, ’96 Saturn sunroofs have a corrosion problem, so I am not alone. At some point, I will get around to checking to see how much it might be to get it fixed.