Information Theory

Imagine you are standing, waiting for the T. Off the side of the tunnel you see that glimmer of not the T’s headlight, but rather the glimmer of the reflection of the T’s headlight as it snakes its way through the labyrinth on underground tunnels. The T dashes into view, and it would be surprising if only the sound wasn’t defening. A few seconds later the train comes to a screechy halt and the doors open. You and your neighbors quickly, yet respectfully, shuffle aboard to take a seat or, if your luck so dictates, a spot to stand either...

Pinnacle Ultra – Part 1

The Pinnacle Ultra was a trail race I participated in last weekend up in Newport NH. The race itself was a 50k (31 mile) trail through the woods and mountains around the Newport High School. Due to its timing in the season, the foliage all through the area was in a beautiful state of flux. Often I found myself struck by the sudden transition from a patch of yellow to red to green all in the course of a quarter mile. Gorgeous! But on to the topic I had in mind to discuss. I had an inkling at the time,...

Science Classification

Today I was exposed to a novel idea that I thought I would share. The idea comes from a paper that came up as part of a reading group I’m in which is delving into the recent philosophy of chemistry material. The article was a chapter from “Professionalism and Ethics in Chemistry” by Jeffrey Kovac (Amazon) wherein he takes a look at how ethics is and can-be applied to the chemist profession. The article brought up a number of interesting discussion points such as how chemists must bear the responsibilities of several moralities at once. That is, how a moral chemist must...

Peace Corps Interview Day

Today was, in my mind, the first real Peace Corps step. Rather than some electronic form and application that I had to fill out, today’s step was much more physical and concrete. Today was the day of my Peace Corps interview. The interview is well known and is expected to be both lengthy and involved since it is this process that the recruiter and the organization learns about you both mentally and personally. Anyone can look good on an application, but it is harder (but not impossible) to fake an interview. It is also at this point when you get...

Complacency

All too often we let the satisfaction of living our lives the way we imagine to be relegated solely to our imaginations. While it is hard not to fall into the trap of claiming that we are too busy or our schedules don’t work out or that it costs too much, most of the time its just complacency. We permit ourselves to think that we live in the narratives that we imagine ourselves in. A couple weeks ago I resolved to end this complacency and to live the narrative. Ok, so what does all of this actually mean? Well, in...

Winery Adventure

Last week while at the Farm, I was chewing over the potential crops and uses for the several acres of cleared land behind and beside the farmhouse. After going over the typical list of crops such as corn or potato I looked up to see a dilapidated fence, or rather fenceposts, in the field across from me, so why not try replacing this fence with a trellised plant such as grapes? Why not grapes? And grapes lead to one thing, at least in my mind, and that is wine. To place a small vineyard on the farm seems like the...

Antropology

Recently the field of Anthropology has been capturing yet another person into it’s net; anthropology has completely conquered my sensibilities. While I realize it is a bit early in our love affair to honestly attest to any long term plans and commitments, I must say that anthropology is a field that I may go to graduate school for. But where did my current interest in anthropology stem from and why am I enthralled with it? Also, where do I see this taking me in the future? Well lets start by classifying and clarifying my previous interest in the subject field at hand. Perhaps my...

Writing for Life

Although I am one to tell others that writing is an activity that I both enjoy and find useful, I am also one that struggles with actually committing thoughts to written words. First I must confess that if someone were to inquire about my writing ability I would claim “I am a fine writer, quite decent in fact.” In reality there is very little physical evidence to support this claim except, perhaps, a few essays and bits of odds and ends from random free-writes and the occasional research project. (I also fear that these works would show only my weaknesses). While I...