Monday, November 26, 2007

Nerd Post

I'll write this for the non-nerds out there as best I can.

So I spend a lot of my time solving Ax=b, where A is a huge matrix with thousands of entries. This is done with a computer, and it can take a significant amount of time to do. Amazingly, I just programmed a new method for solving this system, called multigrid, and its about an order of magnitude faster than the way I was doing it before. That means I can spend a way less time worrying about Ax=b and actually get some work done. I wish I had started using this a long time ago...

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Shampoo and Conditioner

Currently, I use one bottle of shampoo and one bottle of conditioner to wash my hair. I find it irritating when one bottle runs out before the other, so I'm thinking about switching to a 2 in 1 formula. Since I buy the cheapest possible hair products, I think the effects this switch will make on the quality of my hair is negligible. Let the great experiment begin!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Time To Move To Europe

After traveling a few weeks ago and paying the price of the weak dollar, I began thinking that the US could be in some trouble. Then I read this article:

The Weakening Dollar

It pretty much freaked me out - I think the US is in for poorer times. Good thing about getting a PhD is its much easier to get citizenship in another country!

However, there is a benefit that Adam pointed out; all those student loans of mine are getting cheaper by the day.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Some Pictures

Being solo I took way too few pictures of the trip, but here are a few of them.

Belgium and The Netherlands