Archive for February 16th, 2007

16
Feb
07

Vacationing

Tomorrow we will be leaving for a ski trip sponsored by my research advisor, Craig Carter. For those of you who don’t already know this, I might as well say this now: my advisor’s brother, Chris Carter, is the creator of the X-Files. This means I have 2 degrees of separation with Chris Carter and probably only 3 degrees of separation with much of Hollywood.  Not bad.

Anyway, we will be going to Sunday River, which is a ski resort in Maine. The nearest town is apparently Bethel, ME. I was looking up the area on Google Maps today and I noticed that near Bethel are towns with the creative names: East Bethel, West Bethel, North Bethel, and, my favorite, Northwest Bethel. It’s probably just a matter of time before some disgruntled citizens on the western outskirts of Northwest Bethel secede and form a new municipality: Westnorthwest Bethel.

Anyway, since I won’t be near a computer (or internet connection) for a few days, I won’t be able to make any blog posts until Sunday night at the earliest. I hope you all have a good weekend without me.  If you’re not in the market for a car, I may be able to help you celebrate Presidents’ Day anyway.  I have a bunch of posts I’ve been working on but haven’t finished, so perhaps I’ll get one or two of those done on Presidents’ Day.  And maybe I’ll even have a picture or two to share…

16
Feb
07

The power of a picture

I decided the other day that I should really have a camera on my person at all times.  This is because I often see things that are funny and/or somehow noteworthy that I think would make a good blog post.  Unfortunately, simply explaining what I saw is generally not that funny or interesting.  However, if I had a picture of the funny/noteworthy item, the post could be much better.  For example, this whole line of thought was prompted by an experience I had last Saturday when Heather and I were out on a date and Elizabeth was at home with a babysitter.  We went to John Harvard’s, a local brewpub.  On their beer menu, they list a couple of attributes of their beers – the specific gravity and the alcohol by volume and maybe a couple of others.  According to the menu, one of their recent specials had 78.1% alcohol by volume.  That’s 156 proof!  This was obviously a typo.  Anyway, I found myself saying, “Man, I wish I had a camera to take a picture of this menu!”  It’s somewhat funny when recounted in text, but it would be much funnier if I had a picture to show you.

To illustrate this further, I could tell you that my tennis rating in Wii Sports is now off the chart that is used to display a person’s rating.  This is not that funny.  However, when I say this and add the following picture, it is much funnier:

off_the_chart.jpg

If I weren’t a poor graduate student, I might buy myself a camera phone or a really slim digital camera to have with me all the time.  Alas, I am a poor graduate student, so I’ll just have to come to terms with not being able to photograph everything I see that I think would be great for my blog.  Oh well.




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