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23 Apr 2006

Keeping me busy

Filed under: Personal,Studies — paulcook @ 8:33 am

Those of you that have been paying attention might have noticed I’ve been a little quiet recently. Well, here’s a brief summary of past and future plans — and perhaps some reasons for my silence.

My brother was here for three weeks in March/April. We had a great time and did many things. Some highlights were seeing the Cirque du Soleil show and a whole lot more in Las Vegas, an interesting photo exhibit at Santa Monica, all the usual Hollywood sights (just as there happened to be a huge cheerleading competition on the go) and some interesting parties at Caltech. He also made it down to San Diego with a friend for a few days.

Then I leave on Tuesday for South Africa for three weeks, where I’ll be seeing lots of friends and family, and attending Paul’s wedding! I’m looking forward to it greatly. For the second half of the stay I’ll be joined by Ellen, so we’ll be doing some of the tourist stuff — not least of which will be seeing Little Baby Cheetahs.

I’ll also be working hard on physics, though, as just two weeks after getting back is my oral candidacy exam, a hour talk on the background, progress and future of the research I’m doing, followed by general questions on string theory and high energy physics. I still have lots of background reading to work through, since it’s very easy to get caught up in research details without appreciating the full background of the work. It’s the last exam before the process leading to the final thesis, though, so that’s exciting.

Then a few days after candidacy, I’m off to China, where I’ll be teaching a course on scientific English at the National Institute of Biological sciences, in Beijing; followed by attending the annual Strings conference; and then spending a week actually seeing some of the sights. I’ve spent only 12 hours in eastern Asia, so it should be a very interesting trip.

Then I might decide to sleep.

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  1. Hey Paul–

    It sounds like you’re going to be quite busy! I hope you have fabulous travels. Please post a lot of pictures!

    When will you be back in California? I’m thinking of heading out there this summer and would love to see you.


    Comment by Michelle — 24 Apr 2006 @ 6:11 am

  2. I’ll be back in California for the first half of July, but then I’m going to PiTP at Princeton in the second half of July. So it’ll only be August that I’m finally back for good.

    But you should absolutely come out then if you can!

    Comment by paulcook — 24 Apr 2006 @ 2:18 pm

  3. See you soon in South Africa! :)

    Comment by Ellen — 26 Apr 2006 @ 3:50 pm

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