Wednesday, January 26, 2011

In mourning

A few days ago the Department of Energy announced that Fermilab will be shut down in December.  The New York Times ran a story on it here, as well as an editorial.

As I've mentioned before, as a physics grad student I spent a couple years at Fermilab working on software at the D0 detector as well as testing new calorimeters for the now-defunct SSC.  It was a fun, frustrating, exciting experience.  It's a sad day for American science as well as physics in general when such a premier lab has to be shuttered.

I wish everyone still at Fermilab luck wherever their future takes them.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

New Years resolutions

Unfortunately I haven't posted to this blog in over two months.  A combination of issues - health, home improvements, work travel, kid issues - have contributed to my lapse.  I have several items I planned on covering, but I perpetually delayed.

For the past several years I've kept a written document that lists all my new years resolutions.  At the end of the year I write a review of how well I did for each resolution.  I find it a productive exercise.  On of my 16 resolutions for 2011 is write a minimum of two posts every month to this blog.  We'll see how I do.

While I'm thinking about it, here's a list of things I want to write about over the next couple months (in no particular order).

  • TestStand
  • New cars
  • Keeping track of things
  • ATML
  • Blog toys

So that will keep me busy through March.  Happy New Year.