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Gardening for Physicists! Part 1

June 13, 2011

Just recently, I moved.  I know, it’s a thing that most adults do once they reach a certain age.  What’s interesting about this move was I moved from a decent sized apartment near my school to a house near the beach.  I never thought in my life that I actually would live on the beach.  I mean, on the beach if I became homeless, but I can see the beach from my window right now.  And even though it’s San Francisco, the sun is shining.
That brilliant shining sun makes me think of something:  I want a garden.  I have my own front yard, so I want to do something with it.  Now, as previously stated, I live in San Francisco by the beach, so the soil in the front yard is fairly sandy.  I called my grandfather for assistance, because he’s a former farm boy from Minnesota, and he really did help a ton.  He mentioned I should grow peas or lettuce or swiss chard, because those tend to thrive better in the cold, and it rarely gets above the 70’s this close to the water.  I have a couple options for growing these plants.  I can either plant them in the ground in this 10×10 plot in front of the house, or plant them in pots.  There’s pluses and minuses to both situations.  In the ground would be, superficially, cheaper than going out and buying the pots on top of the plants and seeds and stuff.   Unfortunately, the house has quite the snail problem.  I thought that the feral cats would help clear that up for some reason, but no.  Grandpa Ole said to use pesticides, but I had hoped to grow the vegetables as chemical free as possible.  (The scientist inside me laughs at that statement.  All things in life are due to chemical reactions.  Chemicals are not just those powders that we buy in the stores to kill pests, they’re in the soil, in the air and part of the water.  Everything has chemical reactions, so growing chemical free is impossible.  Sorry, science joke for me.)  That’s where the pots come in, but I don’t know how well they’d prevent the snails from feasting upon the fresh fruits of my labor.


My current plan is to do what I do best: read.  I found a couple different articles in Sunset magazine online and there’s also Make magazine, and I live near enough to a library to bike down sometime.  I know what you’re thinking, I’ve gone native.  And the answer to that question is no.  The actual reason is the whole guiding factor behind this whole endeavour, besides the thrill of making something useful and beautiful.  I also want to have the pride of knowing that I grew something.  Period.  I’m not widely known for my green thumb, although I did have one hell of an herb garden growing up.

Basically, it all comes down to the fact that I’m cheap as hell.


Well, I’ll keep you posted!


Cuddle Bunny (A love letter)

February 13, 2010

My dear, dear Sir,

I’ve been admiring your work for a while now, and I’ve just gotten up the courage to tell you how I feel.  The way you write, the way you speak, everything you do it enchanting to me.  I couldn’t imagine anyone more perfect, or anyone who’s done more for our nation.  You’re the mot amazing man I’ve ever read about, and you’ve written some of the most amazing things I’ve ever read. I don’t know where we’d be without you, but I’m guessing it would probably look something like Canada.  For saving us from that terrible fate, I love you Mr. President James Madison.

You’re known as the Father of the Constitution, and baby, if your child isn’t brilliant.  You wrote something that’s malleable, but still has some very specific laws, and you made it able to be amended as time went on, which showed me you were flexible and realistic, but at the same time romantic.  Your Federalist papers were eloquent, and occasionally witty.  James, you have a style all your own, and I can’t help but feel my heart flutter every time I read about the separation of powers in the federal government. Without you as Secretary of State, there would never have been the Louisiana Purchase, which doubled the size of the nation and brought about a beginning to Manifest Destiny.  Your passion for the nation brings about my passion for you.  While your Presidency was riddled with problems like the Embargo Act of 1807, which led to the War of 1812, and the burning down of the White House, the end of the war brought along a peace that dissolved, for a short time, bipartisanship.  You are charismatic, caring and a generally wonderful man.  If only you felt the same way about me as I feel about you.  You did support high tariffs and a large military, but nobody’s perfect, and I believe the best love is based on acceptance.

I know our love is not meant to be.  You have your magnificent First Lady, Dolley Madison, and I’d never dream of getting between the two of you.   Alas, I have no chance of being your true love, but I will still pine from afar.  Plus, I’m not a necrophiliac and you’ve been dead and buried for over 170 years.  Not even Lincoln, with his tall good looks, could ever replace you in my heart.  Just so you know, even though you’re all corpsified and gross, I still love you, Jame.  Even though you were the 4th President, you’ll always be number 1 in my heart.

Love always,



Okay, while I am a big fan of President Madison, this is a joke.  Because, you know, Presidents Day is the day after Valentines Day, so I decided to celebrate the one I like more…Presidents Day.  So I hope you enjoyed reading that as much as I enjoyed writing it.  One thing I’m upset about is that I don’t get the day off for President’s Day.  I have to go to school.  And LEARN.  And turn in HOMEWORK.  Anyway, that’s my update for today.   And now for the random picture.  I decided to include some artwork I made this week.  They’re each Valentines for some of my friends, so enjoy!

Have a great week!