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1 Apr 2005: On my way back from an observing run at Palomar, took a small detour. Took the East grade. The lookout over Lake Henshaw had lovely flowers. The photographs here are from my last two trips (within the last month). Need to make some of these photographs into a panorama. Palomar and Lake Henshaw flowers
5 Apr 2005: Went to a CPET talk. It was by Prof. Rossman who talked about teaching, but without being explicit, he did it through his talk on minerology. It was very engaging and he showed how he can let the audience take him where he wants to go. We not only learnt a few techniques about taking on the audience, but also learnt several facts about minerology including the earth's composition, what Ruby's and Sapphire's are, why their synthetic counterparts don't sell, and also more technical things like atomic configurations, exsolutions etc.
Q-A session brought out more techniques: slowing down, gracefully exiting from questions that are tangential, being ready to look-up material, recovering from misatkes, being dressed for the occasion (no black trousers while dealing with white chalk). All common-sense, but very useful.
The most important thing of course was that it was fun.
CPET
Prof. George Rossman
2005 Feynman Prize
6 Apr 2005: Abhijit talked about the talk he had heard. On how language affects one. Languages contain various amounts of gender differentiation. Marathi has more than English. Is that why Maharashtrians (those speaking Indic languages in general) are more aware of their sex (differentiate more)? Finnish has even less and apparently children there start understanding their sex later than children elsewhere.
I thought that terms like "waistline challenged" then may take away any initiative to move away from that state. Of course politicins will say that one does not have to get away from it.
Lera Boroditsky
10 Apr 2005: Placerita Canyon currently has a multitude of wild-flowers. Hover your cursor over the flowers to see the names that Anu enlightened me with. Placerita Canyon wildflowers
16 Apr 2005: Today the annual math field day for the Pasadena Unified School district took place. At each grade level, the schools compete with teams of four solving 5 objective type papers roughly appropriate for their grade level in a total of about 3 hours. Of the about 45 teams that competed at the 5th grade level, Jay's team from McKinley got a joint first position along with another team from another school (Don Benito).
Congrats to Mr. Rojas. Congrats to Jay Mahabal, Anton Dyudin, Marcos Cousineau and Jordan Villalobos (+ David Guerra). Also congrats to the other McKinley team: Michael Latour, Jarrod Suda, Hanan Worku, Sze Yin (Eunice) Ng (+ Katherine Bolten-Ford).
Jay and Anton will represent McKinley for PUSD on June 4 now (with the Don Benito representatives).
23 Apr 2005: Went to the 10th LA Times book fair at UCLA. It was overwhelming. Though there is enough information provided, with lots of boots and people helping, its too big to take in at a time. You need to know exactly what you want to do. The sessions with famous authors were overbooked as expected. Most booths were small and stressed more on dissimating info. than products. artwallah had a booth too. The eating stuff was all commercialized and hence expensive. UCLA was beautiful as I remembered it. Festival of Books
Artwallah
24 Apr 2005: Comparative shopping for low-rate credit cards and FICO (Fare Issac ...) is. Comparative rates
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24 Apr 2005: Sameer passed on this important information tomorrow. MIT Time Travel convention
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