Preface to Leaves of Grass

From today's <a href="http://writersalmanac.org/episodes/20160704/">Writer's Almanac</a>: <b>Preface to Leaves of Grass</b> by Walt Whitman This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have…

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Physicist, witch, gamer, and video editor

Today I finished editing the video for the hour-long talk I gave a month ago. It was on the history of the Nevis estate, and is the most recent of the <a href="http://www.nevis.columbia.edu/events/science-on-hudson.html">#ScienceOnHudson lecture series</a> at <a href="http://www.nevis.columbia.edu/">the lab</a> where I work. <lj-cut>I'm proud of this video. The main reason why is that I had to pull…

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Why they pay me

Today, a student comes into my office. This is one of the physics summer students who are here as a result of a nation-wide selection for the brightest. Here's the exchange: "I can't run GIMP on the server." "Did you try typing 'gimp' on the command line?" "I did, and it didn't work." I sigh, and start…

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For old pagans with deep closets

I seem to be slowly moving back to working on Isaac Bonewits' biography. I've let it lie fallow for about two years, mainly because I became frustrated at my attempts at some hard-to-reach interview subjects. Recently, Phaedra Bonewits has tried to identify the original members of the American Council of Witches. She was kind enough to forward…

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Reincarnation

From today's Writer's Almanac: On this day in 1327, the poet Petrarch saw Laura for the first time. [...] Petrarch was 22 years old, and she was a teenager, maybe 17. He fell instantly in love. He wrote: It was the day when the sun's heavy rays Grew pale in pity of his suffering Lord When I…

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Yeah, it’s a car

So I've got the new car. People around me seem to expect me to feel excited. I've blogged and posted on Facebook complaints about the purchase process. I was nervous about buying a new car, and now that I have it I'm nervous about owning it. Why don't I feel excited? At this point in my life,…

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Droning on, part 2

In a <a href="https://argothald.wordpress.com/103135/">previous post</a> about drones, I described my baby steps into the hobby. I started flying my "real" quadcopter, the <a href="http://www.dromida.com/drones/dide04xx-vista-fpv/index.php">Dromida Vista</a>, about a month ago. I did this where I work, <a href="http://www.nevis.columbia.edu/">Nevis Labs</a>, during my lunch hour. This made sense to me, since my goal was to take video of the Nevis…

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