Archive for November, 2007

It seems that Tesco made it to Southern California before I got back. The UK grocery-and-everything-else superstore has opened up”Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets” in SoCal, Nevada, and Arizona. A recent article in the Los Angeles Times has a very positive review, comparing the new stores to California’s beloved Trader Joe’s. Fresh & Easy markets, […]


Congrats P.N.!

08Nov07

Since this summer I’ve been mentoring a senior undergraduate at my alma mater for her Marshall Scholarship application. She’s been working really hard revising drafts, preparing herself for the interview, and otherwise polishing an already sparkling CV. Today the news came in that she was offered a scholarship! Fig 1. Congrats from the 2006 Marshall […]


I made a big fuss earlier this summer about SPIRES supporting RSS feeds, but I hadn’t realizied until now that now the arXiv also has its own subject-area feeds. I have no clue when this happened, but the update isn’t listed on their `what’s new‘ page. They don’t provide cute little RSS icons to click […]


I was recently reminded that there are people back home working on National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship applications. The NSF application is a bit different from PhD applications, both in the content and how they are assessed. As usual, the best advice I can give you is: do your research. There are some […]


Here’s a fun piece from the Manchester Evening News. A winter-themed lottery scratch card has been scrapped when players were confused by negative numbers. The lottery’s gimmick involved scratching off a temperature, if the temperature was colder than a reference temperature, then the player wins. Unfortunately, it wasn’t clear whether -8 degrees is colder or […]


Here’s some grad student perspective on pop culture. (Or pop perspective on grad culture.) Dr. House — the curmudgeon diagnostician and title character of a popular television show — would be a really good adviser. Don’t get me wrong, the character is selfish, unpleasant, and rude. I wouldn’t want him as my GP. (I’m sure […]