18 thoughts on “C2E2 Day Two

  1. I was in Chicago a few years ago for a Drupalcon, and really enjoyed walking around and seeing parts of the city – went to the Goat tavern, explored some shopping, had a shoe shiner scam me out of some money – I wouldn’t mind returning.

  2. I lived in Chicago from late 1978 until early 1993 (having grown up about 50 miles away), and I still miss it. It is, indeed, a wonderful city in which to just walk — I never owned a car when I lived there. Now that my husband is retired, we could move back, but: WINTER. I’m likely to spend the rest of my life here in California!

  3. “Chicken in a car
    and the car won’t go,
    that’s the way you spell Chicago.”

    Every boy knows about George Machine Gun Kelly, the bootlegger, bank robber and kidnapper; and Alvin Karpis, Doc Barker, and the king of the gangsters, Al Capone.

    Our interests were also erudite, so we also knew that Compton arranged with Colonel Kenneth Nichols, the head of the Army’s Manhattan District, for land to be acquired in the Argonne Forest about 20 miles from Chicago, and that Stone & Webster was contracted to develop the site. This work was halted by an industrial dispute. Fermi then persuaded Compton that he could build a reactor in the squash court under Stagg Field at the University of Chicago. Construction of the pile began on 6 November 1942, and Chicago Pile-1 went critical on 2 December….

    Oh, and PIZZA!

  4. Plus, if it’s not rude to double-dip,

    I’ve been insanely busy. Monday/Tuesday I present one refereed paper at Interplanetary Small Satellite Conference, Caltech 2014; today’s my deadline for final version of my paper for “Classroom at the Edge of Chaos: Towards a Pedagogy of Complex Systems Theory” at the huge “Future of Education” conference in Florence, Italy.

    Tomorrow (Sunday 27 April 2014) I’ll be performing 2 speculative poems at: “Poetry & Cookies 2014 @ 2pm; Altadena Main Library; launch of the annual “Poetry & Cookies Anthology” by Altadena and other poets, with copies for sale, and performances by those included, including me (3rd year in a row)…

    (1) “… By trying to win, I’d often lose,
    and now I see by ultraviolet light
    that he was right, I took it on the chin
    tilting at windmills, fighting city hall,
    the light within, for once and for all…”

    (2) “…Shadow falling, follow now
    Silent voice, vacuum vow
    Closed eyes will remember how
    Pull down the long night’s shade to play…”

  5. It’s going swimmingly, thanks for asking. My robo-butler has just finished polishing my hoverboard, and I think I’ll spend the rest of this beautiful autumn Sunday lounging in the grav-bed. /message from the FUTURE, Future, future…

  6. Had a sunny albeit chilly day today, for what looks like the last time for at least the next week, so we hauled out the big grill, invited a dozen or so friends over, and grilled brats, chicken and burgers. Good food, good conversation, good times.

  7. Rainy, gloomy weekend made much better by having an excuse to whip up a batch of bacon cheese wafers. (Think dollar-coin sized slice and bake cookies, but with Parmesan and Romano cheese and bacon bits instead of chocolate chips). Any weekend is better with bacon.

  8. Spending it with my daughter’s school band in the happiest place on earth. What could be better?

  9. Have fun, man. ECCC was a blast.

    The weekend (mine is Fri/Sat) was fine. Cut the grass, made a beef stew and green chili stew (paleo versions, meaning no beans, more veggies, more meat), and walked Mochi on sunny, if cool, days. Oh, and watched a few Clint Eastwood westerns.

  10. Built garden boxes at Rosie’s Preschool, planted bulbs out in front of our house. Starting to feel like a proper Spring.

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