That is a darn good post. Thank you Laura! Looked at your blog
studying for quals
Good luck on them!
Amazing workstation specs. did you give it the name Stella?
Like in that old Marlon Brando movie, Streetcar.
or maybe just because it means Star.
If you are at Huntsville you probably know that russian guy who has a blog. He puts up poetry, like Rainer Maria Rilke in translation. I am beginning to be impressed by Huntsville from the people that blog from there.
Russian guy's blog:
Oh, what I had to say: the main thing is you seem to be going to specialize in GRB. It is the most interesting kind of observational astronomy I can think of, if you include IACT like the MAGIC telescope. We can learn a lot from you if you stay around. I'm interested in various approaches to quantum gravity and GRB looks like providing the observations to test theories.
I'm especially interested in GLAST. Lee Smolin has been talking about GLAST a lot for several years, hoping it can help test some quantum gravity models. Maybe your research will involve GLAST data.
It is supposed to be launched by spring 2008, I think. February? March?
By then your quals will be done and maybe you can enjoy the new data coming down. Lucky.
EDIT: It suddenly dawned on me JONATHAN SWIFT'S good friend Stella. I was sure there was some literary connection but I was yelling up the wrong stairway. I like Swift. he's just about the best until you get to Jane Austen. You should name a computer D'Arcy sometime.