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  1. Sep 17, 2009 #1

    SpaceTiger

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    Hey PFers, how is everyone doing? It has been over a year since I last posted here (Dec. 07, it looks like), I just thought I'd check in to see how things are going.

    A good bit has changed in my life since my grad student years... I got my Ph.D. in Jan. 2008 and started working at Rutgers around the same time. In June 2008 I started dating a girl who I knew in college and we got engaged in May 2009. I'm still at Rutgers, but likely planning to move to the Baltimore area by the start of next year.

    Aside from astronomy, I spend a lot of time on hobbies, including photography and music. Recently, I started a music blog exploring the entire history of western music:

    http://hopelessjourney.nicholasbond.com/

    Ambitious, I know, but I'm an idiot that way.

    Anyway, give me some updates. Forum upgrades? New mentors? Scandal? I hope Moonbear is keeping everyone in line.
     
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  3. Sep 17, 2009 #2

    Monique

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    Hey SpaceTiger, congrats on the graduation and engagement. Good to see that you're keeping yourself busy.
     
  4. Sep 17, 2009 #3

    Moonbear

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    Hey ST! Congrats on your engagement!

    As for me keeping everyone in line, the only ones I'm keeping in line these days (barely) are my nursing students. I'm just too swamped with teaching responsibilities these days, so despite the occasional nudge from other mentors, I've turned in my cape and keys to the executive washroom.
     
  5. Sep 17, 2009 #4

    Astronuc

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    Hey ST, congrats on the engagement.

    We're busy - so drop in more often.
     
  6. Sep 17, 2009 #5

    Evo

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    Hey ST!! You're wildlife thread is still going.

    Congrats on the PhD and the engagement!!! You are really missed around here.
     
  7. Sep 17, 2009 #6

    Kurdt

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    Hey ST. Glad things are going so well for you. I hope you can spend a bit more time around here. You're missed.
     
  8. Sep 17, 2009 #7

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    Hi ST from the other side of the pond!

    So glad you are at Rutgers and engaged, congratulations on both!

    I am too busy to post much but I've missed your input and our discussions....

    Garth
     
  9. Sep 17, 2009 #8
    ST Hurray!!!!! Congrats and welcome back!!
     
  10. Sep 17, 2009 #9
    It's good to hear from you again SpaceTiger. Congratulations on your engagement. In a bit of serendipity, you had recently been on my mind because I had noticed that you are a friend of my nephew on facebook. Good luck in your plans to move to Baltimore.
     
  11. Sep 17, 2009 #10

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    Great to hear from you again, Tiger! Congrats on both counts.
    There were more than a couple of times recently when I was going to invoke your name for a response to some question or other, and then realized that you weren't around any more. Drop in more often, even if it's just for a quick 'hi'.
     
  12. Sep 17, 2009 #11
    Congrats on the engagement and graduation! It sure feels good once they bring you back in after your defense and they tell you that you have passed doesn't it? I agree with everyone else that you should show your face around here again every once in a while.
     
  13. Sep 17, 2009 #12
    Nice to hear from you ST. What a great update on your life. Congrats!
     
  14. Sep 17, 2009 #13

    SpaceTiger

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    You guys are right, of course, I should stop by more often. PF is like a bag of potato chips... it's hard to post just once!
     
  15. Sep 17, 2009 #14

    Moonbear

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    And now that I'm reading this with a little less sleep deprivation:
    RU Rah Rah
    RU Rah Rah
    Who Rah?
    Who Rah?
    Rutgers Rah!
    Upstream, Red Team
    Red Team, Upstream
    Rah, Rah, Rutgers Rah!

    :biggrin:

    I still wear purple or orange when WVU plays RU. :rofl:
     
  16. Sep 17, 2009 #15

    SpaceTiger

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    I would be more enthusiastic about Rutgers football if construction on their new stadium wasn't slowing my drive to work every day. :tongue2:

    Besides, I'll be a Penn State fan to the day I die. :smile:
     
  17. Sep 17, 2009 #16

    Moonbear

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    They're building ANOTHER new stadium? They built a brand new one while I was a student, and it wasn't THAT long ago! (I'll have MIH ban anyone who contradicts that statement. :grumpy:) I hadn't even heard about this new stadium construction, yet they trashed all the individual colleges due to budget cuts. :mad: I would have preferred they kept the colleges and trashed the stadium!

    Edit: Besides, you don't have to give up your alma mater's team. You can do like I do, and wear purple on game days. :biggrin:
     
  18. Sep 17, 2009 #17

    Astronuc

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    Um - this is NJ. They need a new place to bury the bodies. :rofl:

    or they need to move Jimmy H again. :biggrin:
     
  19. Sep 17, 2009 #18

    SpaceTiger

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    Eh, I think it's technically an expansion to the old one... and I think they're having trouble funding it. It all happened after they had that big year (2007?) in football, after which they started sucking again. And I don't think they counted on the economy tanking quite as much as it did. I do root for them, of course, but it's tough to be enthusiastic when they aren't so competitive.
     
  20. Sep 17, 2009 #19

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    It's been a while Nick. Congrats on the engagement and hope to see a few pix from time to time.

    Nothing much new here. Got fired for the inconvenience posed on my employer by my disability, got sued for almost $3/4M by same jerk, but prevailed. Fought through several years of denials from SS disability, and finally prevailed in front of an administrative law judge, a medical expert, and an employment law specialist, so I've got a little money coming in monthly. Researched and co-authored a paper on interacting galaxies for Astrophysics and Space Science, with paper #2 already researched and headed into the writing phase.
    http://www.springerlink.com/content/vn64v77g52j6k250/
    http://arxiv.org/abs/0805.1492 (free on-line version)

    Got a Kubota tractor and have built a nice gravel road to the lower part of my property so that I can grade it off, loam it, and transplant my fruit trees to a more convenient location. Also, got me a pretty new niece who really likes "driving" the tractor.
    hayleytractor.jpg

    That's my baby brother and his baby. She is "daddy's girl" to the max. A couple of years back, I stocked my back-yard pond with maybe 8-10 chubs to see if fish could survive in it, and there are thousands of them now. My wife wants me to build a dock so Hayley can sit out there and catch them. Chubs (dace) are bony and not too tasty, so she'll be exposed to "catch and release" early on.
     
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  21. Sep 17, 2009 #20

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    There are lots of monolithic pours going in around here to provide foundations for huge wind-mills. Hmm...is that why I've seen more vehicles with NJ plates around this summer?
     
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