The project that I did my PhD in, Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO), has, with the National Science Foundation (NSF), produced a 20 minute video entitled “Einstein’s Messengers” targeted towards the general public. It’s a NOVA-style program. You can watch a streaming version online.
I went in to Boomerang’s a charity thrift shop near my house, and found a Sabatier Laguiole rosewood corkscrew for $5. I thought it was a great find till I read the reviews on Amazon. *sigh* Well, it does look pretty, and it was cheap. Anyway, I haven’t tested it out.
I spent the last few days playing with matplotlib, a nice graphics package for Python. The result, which is basically what I needed to accomplish, is below. I just need to scale the data properly, which is easy using the Python classes I wrote to encapsulate the dose and phantom outputs of EGSnrc, the Monte Carlo dose calculation code I use. Oh, and don’t worry: that’s not a real head. It’s a “phantom”, an artificial head made of plastic with a real skull, jaw bone, and teeth embedded into it.
Listening to Michael Jackson from the album “On The Floor At The Boutique” by Fatboy Slim
This posting on Sensible Erection has people writing about their dreams. Guess which one is mine.
Elsewhere, the art of offensive conversation.
Listening to Sinner's Prayer from the album “Genius Loves Company” by Ray Charles, B.B. King
Listening to 9:07 from the album “result:one” by Weave
I just watched Woody Allen’s new film “Match Point” with my roomie Corey and her parents who were in for the day. It’s a very good movie. Very intense: the urgency in the two main characters is kept at near-fever pitch. There is no comic relief.
I moved my stuff out of my storage locker into the basement, yesterday, so I unpacked a bit today.
Had a nice relaxing day, thanks to the snow, even though I was supposed to get some work done. My roomies and I went out for a late breakfast, then to the grocery store, and then home to watch movies (“Annie Hall”, and “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”), eat soup that Maryann made, and drink wine, all by a lovely roaring fire.