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24 Sep 2003

Caltech News 3: Of movies and many exams

Filed under: Caltech News (emails) — paulcook @ 7:56 pm

Hello all,

First, a commercial aside: As you’ll have noticed, I’m sending out BIG emails every now and then with news. This doesn’t mean that you should feel that you need to reply with an equal-length reply! I’d love to hear any short one-liners of news, and I’ll then send a shorter, more personal reply. Sending regular news as a bulk, big message makes sense at the moment for me.

So quite a lot of stuff has happened since last I wrote. The weekend before last we went to Universal Studios, a large theme park designed around the Universal Studios movies. They have a tour of the studio itself, including all the sets that have been used over the years – so we were subjected to simulated earthquakes, flash floods, shark attacks, and so on. It was all quite interesting, particularly how close the different sets are to each other – wild western in one street, modern New York right next door. There were also all sorts of other rides and shows, such as Terminator 2 in 3D, a special effects demonstration, and so on. Definitely worth a visit in you’re in the area sometime :)

5 Sep 2003

Caltech News 2: Of physicists and flower gardens

Filed under: Caltech News (emails) — paulcook @ 7:54 pm

Hi all,

Apologies to those who may have heard some of the following news, in personalised replies before now. You’ve had a sneak preview. But hey, people spend lots of money to see movie premieres, so don’t complain! Thanks again to those that sent emails to me — it’s fantastic getting gossip from back home!

Been a few people asking about the dates I be back in SA during December. So here are they! Arriving 17 December in the morning, jetlagged and trying desperately to make sure I haven’t any trace of strange accents (on pain of death from a number of people). I’ll be leaving again on 5 January. I’ll definitely be in Johannesburg for some of the time, but may also go to Cape Town, depending on who else will be there.

3 Sep 2003

Caltech News 1: Intro

Filed under: Caltech News (emails) — paulcook @ 7:53 pm

Hi all!

Having managed to get internet access through the Caltech wireless network, I’ve finally had a chance and time to write some of the last few days’ news!

I have now finally arrived in Caltech, and moved into my accomodation. The first few days in Los Angeles were spent in an orientation programme organised by Fulbright, at the University of California at Los Angeles campus. It’s a very large university, about 40 000 students. We lived in on-campus apartment housing, just a block down the road from Sunset Boulevard, Belagio drive and Bel Air (which, if you don’t know the name, is a subsurb with lots of movie stars in it. Apparently.)