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Friday, February 18, 2005

Should we give up such days

For the first time in a fortnight I got back to exercising today, before going in to work. The experiments to support the proposal went very well, though again because we used a digital video rather than the single frame camera. We have a Sony 3 CCD camera that creates single frames of adequate quality for pictures, and it is a no-brainer to connect it into the Mac and download into iMovie. So 5 minutes after a test we can step it through, frame by frame, and see exactly what happened. And today that produced an answer.

Then the other side of the Administrative life, one of the faculty dropped by to discuss a problem. Maybe an hour later we were talked out - its what we do, but get no grade or recognition for. He is a significant asset to our campus, but has problems in his Department. I listen, make some encouraging noises, but in the main let him work out an answer. He just needed to know someone cared, and I showed I did, as I really do. It seemed to be, hopefully, enough.

The caveat to that is that earlier in the week a mentee that is now elsewhere called for similar support. While I gave it, finding an hour in my life for past faculty is a bit of a stretch.

But then our Michigan friends e-mailed to ask for a quote for follow-on work, and we did get that extension from our friends in Canada, meaning two new efforts starting this week.

And home - the Actress played at the wedding of a couple he 93, she 85, in a nursing home this afternoon. Given that he has buried three wives, it is not an example I hope to emulate, but certainly a message of happiness in this Valentine's Week. They are off on a honeymoon at an undisclosed location this evening.


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