Please accept my apologies for the lack of updates. I have been very busy.
There are so many things I’ve wanted to write about. The LHC started working again and there have been collisions. Mercedes Sosa and Lev Kofman passed away. There was a Thanksgiving holiday where a lot of food was eaten.
I’m teaching General relativity and I have given up on keeping my notes online. I’m in a committee that takes away whatever little time I have. My capacity to do research this quarter has been slowed tremendously, in great part because I have to grade and do more work, even though supposedly I should be taking furlough days off. The University I work for is having trouble and the prospects for the near future are quite bleak. I’m also one of the people with the charge of finding ways to get donor support for the UCSB physics department. I’ll extend my begging hand in your general direction: can you spare some change for poor physics students?
On quite another note, I am troubled by the recent developments in Latin American foreign politics. I’m aghast at the recent decision by the Swiss to ban minarets by popular vote, and I just remembered that when I was a teenager in a land far away, one of my high school professors got fired for being gay. At least that was the rumor going on at the time in my high school.
Finally, to leave on a cute note, I read this comic of Xkcd on how physicists cope with being in vacuum on a frictionless surface. I can sympathize with the poor professor. At least the sound stops when the air goes out, unlike many other science fiction loud explosions in vacuum.