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21 Sep 2005

New beginnings

Filed under: Personal,Studies — paulcook @ 2:08 pm

It’s nearly the start of the new academic year, and so a season for new beginnings. And there certainly are lots of those!

Firstly, I’ve moved into my new office, on the fourth floor of Lauritsen. Yes, I’ve made it to the top floor! Across the hallway from my office is last year’s Nobel prize winner, and around the corner is Richard Feynman’s old office, and also my advisors’ current office. There’s also the coffee machine and printer, which will save many trips up the stairs!

My new details:
Postal address:
Caltech 452-48
Pasadena, CA 91125

Office telephone: +1 (626) 395 4503 (though my cellphone is still generally a good bet).

Then I’ll be doing a Teaching Assistantship for the first time this year, which will be interesting, and probably annoying sometimes! I’m teaching sections (ie. revising work and going through problems on the blackboard) for Physics 2, the second year undergrad general physics course.

Climbing is also taking off in an increasingly big way — I’m doing short workouts on the bouldering wall at the Caltech gym most days, and I’m going to give the Caltech rock climbing PE course a try — hopefully it’s not aimed at complete beginners, or I might get a little bored! I’m also going climbing for a weekend with two other physics grad students from other parts of the country, at Red Rocks, near Las Vegas, at the end of October. In the style of the Blog Which Must Not Be Named, pics will follow of the crazy routes we do…

All of this, along with the very interesting people I’ve been meeting around orientation, should make for an exciting year!

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  1. Since I’m no longer in China and not travelling much, I like the idea of changing the name of my blog to the blog-which-shall-not-be-named!

    I’m thinking about dressing up as a hula dancer on Halloween. But I’m worried that the grass skirt might get caught in my belay device.

    Comment by Michelle — 25 Sep 2005 @ 7:03 pm

  2. Yes, I was worried it might be a little too dramatic a name, but then applied

    Paul’s Guiding Principle of the Day:
    The absence of an actual link can be compensated by the addition of extra drama. And capital letters.

    Hmm, grass in the belay device might be a little … annoying. I’ve got no ideas so far, so if anyone else has any ideas for Halloween outfits usable while climbing, here’s a good place to post!

    Comment by paulcook — 26 Sep 2005 @ 8:00 pm

  3. Paul, Red Rocks is excellent! I was there for my 21st, and can honestly say it’s a pretty spectacular place…just remember those oxidation states of Iron, and all will make sense when you see it:)

    Comment by Lou — 27 Sep 2005 @ 12:10 am

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