Archive for October, 2011

Kate and I planted these pea and kale seedlings out in the garden today…oh, how I missed gardening in the rain.  Hopefully these 32 kale plants will survive and produce incredible amounts of proteinaceous vitamin-filled leafy greens for our chickenlets.  About 4 days after planting them out in the garden bed, 75% of them are still alive, 20% are chewed down to the stems, and 5% are just…gone.  I’ll be happy if half of them turn into real grown up plants.  When David and i come back from our Idaho visit, we’ll put up a protective cloche over these guys to keep them alive and a bit more productive through the rain and cold.

The tomatoes are finally slowing down… but we still can’t keep up.  After two long weekends out of town, we have bowls of uneaten tomatoes, and i worry that most of the plants outside will be rotted.  Still hoping that we’ll get back in time to either put a cover over them to keep most of the rain off, or pull up the plants and hang them upside down to let the green tomatoes ripen- a trick learned from Kate and Dave.  Apparently the ripeness flows out of the vines and into the tomatoes without causing them to rot, and you have ripe tomatoes through the winter.

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Stealing this from Tony:

“If you’re going to be a scientist, there are three things you have to believe. Number one, the universe really exists — I’m not just a butterfly dreaming I’m a scientist. Two, you have to believe that the universe makes sense. It’s not chaotic; there really are underlying laws and we’re able to find them. And the third and hardest thing, the most religious of the beliefs, is you have to believe it’s worth doing.” – Brother Guy Consolmagno, astronomer to the Vatican

Adding to it the cute but still inspirational quote that’s printed on a plaque above my desk, given to me by my grandpa:

“If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn’t be called Research”  – Albert Einstein

So essentially- believe that science can be done, that it’s important to do, and be ok with not knowing what the heck you are doing.

And one of my favorite xkcd comics:

The laws of nature are discoverable, sure, but the more we find out, the more aware we become of what we don't know, and (at least in my case and perhaps in all things immunology) the more we are guessing wildy at how to conduct our experiments.




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Last time we visited family in Idaho, Mikel saw my decidedly non-smart, very normal cell phone and exclaimed something about me being one of the last hold outs who had not yet graduated to a smart phone. Say what?! Plenty of people still have stupid phones! Matt Hahn still just has a landline for chrissake! I was offended.

But apparently, somehow, just like pets and outdoor gear, once the idea has been planted there’s no turning back. So today, two months later, after coming across a multi-carrier wireless phone sales booth at Costco- between the diamond jewelery and some imitation wool throws- and after braving the multitudes of semi-overweight shoppers who behave as if Costco is a normal grocery store, I am the (undecided but very likely proud) owner of an HTC Inspire smartphone whose touch screen keys are vibrating as I type.

I will attempt to add a photo to this post to demonstrate my smart phone blogging prowess. This is my family looking like a band whose members dress like ordinary people as we walked around downtown today.

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