Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn
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Wind-blown shadow

Imagery -- she walked across the desert, not quite part of the scene.The wind didn't touch her, the sand laid not a speck on her clothes.Her stride long, she walked purposefully, her shadow behind her, thesole thing embracing the scenery. The wind picks up, and though she doesnot react, a sound like a poster in the wind is made.. a flap, a rustle..and the shadow peels *up* off the ground, away from her feet, and iscarried away by the wind, like a snake in the air. Not turning, shehesistates a moment, and moves on.

Today, after philosophy class, I spoke with the professor for about halfan hour on the topic of what makes a scientific theory good. I initiallytook predictive power to be the most important factor, perhaps dominatingalmost entirely the field, but he showed me how I can't give short shift tosimplicity, at least in the short run. We also discussed a number of interestingexperiments. It was one of the best conversations I've had in a long time.If he's interested, I'd like to see if he'd like to be the CMU faculty advisorfor PUSH, which, by the way, meetstomorrow. There is an available source of funding, should/when I need it, thatI recently have heard about. But yeah, one of the most important things for anenriching educational experience is to to build good connections with theprofessors. You learn a lot in class, sure, but you can learn a lot moreoutside. To my readers who are still in their first go at college, rememberthis. When you're done with University, you'll end up paying big bucks tolearn new things (conferences, etc). Learn as much as you possibly can, and takeinteresting classes for your GECs. Education isn't a duty -- it's a gift, andopportunity. Stretch your mind, because it'll contract when you enter thebusiness world. Yeah, I know, with all the schoolwork and stuff, it's easy tolose your enthusiasm for learning, but do your best to renew it when itneeds to be. Most people get only one shot.

After work, I went to do a Psych experiment for class. It was kind ofinteresting -- on how different letter features and manipulations affectrapid recognition of other features. I also have three experiments that needto be done by the end of semester (I still think quarter, and need to correctmyself).. I'm going to try to knock them out of the way within the next twoweeks, so I can forget about them. There's also a report due for psychsoon. I hope amazon's shipment of the requisite book arrives soon...Reflecting on taking class while working, it's working out pretty well.It's sucked a good amount of my spare time away, but I'm coping pretty well,and the extra hours in a day at CMU arn't too bad. Oh, Andrew has some newBiometric recorders that he's getting in for some projects, and, because I'minterested, I'm volunteering to have my temperature, pulse, and eventuallylocation (maybe, depends on if they get the equipment) monitored for closeto 24 hours a day. Some people like privacy, some people revel in its opposite.I'd like to start signing up for the paid experiments at CMU to supplement myincome. They, of course, work out to pay a good deal less, per hour, than mycurrent salaried job, but, of course, I'm salaried :) A little more money, ifit can pay for lunch/dinner most days, would be quite nice, and it's all inthe name of science..

Oh, California is banning spam. This is a good thing, I think..

Brr... evenings are starting to get cold, and the evenings are getting darkearly again..

I'm working on the login screen for my blog now...

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