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Tuesday, June 29, 2004
It was another unproductive day in the lab today. Here is the abbreviated sequence of events: talked to advisor, talked to machine shop supervisor, talked to welder, needed to talk to advisor again, couldn’t find advisor, was unable to accomplish anything the rest of the day. And all of that happened before noon. Finding out that yesterday’s announced Harry Potter book 6 title is indeed authentic made my day, though. I hope that tomorrow at this time I feel better about my day, but with the way my research is going that might take another exciting announcement from JKR.
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Monday, June 28, 2004
The Harry Potter rumors have been rampant during the past few days. Yesterday everyone was disappointed because the subversively discovered book 6 title turned out to be an elaborate hoax. The author herself dismissed “Harry Potter and the Pillar of Storge,” with no small amount of displeasure, on her official website this morning. She now offers another title, if you can get past a couple of obstacles, but I’ll leave you to discover it for yourselves. There has already been much speculation as to whether this is the real book 6 title or whether JKR is just pulling our leg. Hopefully we’ll find out one way or the other soon. I’ve spent far too much time on her website today looking for (and finding some) clues. By the way, I finally heard from my advisor.
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There are days when I dread checking my UCLA email because getting a message from one of my advisors probably means they are upset about something. Then there are days when I check my email every ten minutes because I need to hear from them before I can proceed with my research. Today is one of the latter. As far as I can tell, both of my advisors have been unavailable for more than a week and I really need to talk to them! So I wait and hope they don't blame the current lack of progress on my actions.
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Friday, June 25, 2004
I burned myself with dry ice in the lab on Wednesday. I wasn't wearing my glasses, which was stupid, but fortunately I didn't get any in my eyes. I did get one really nasty burn on my arm, though, and it worried me for awhile. It’s a second degree burn and it hasn’t healed yet. When faced with a similar situation today in the lab I put on my jacket before removing the dry ice and acetone bath from my experiment. Live and learn. I’ll have a scar on my arm to remember this lesson.
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Thursday, June 24, 2004
There is a turquoise Tiffany & Co. bag sitting on my dresser, between my music box and a tube of hand lotion. The box inside the bag it is empty, but that means I am wearing the beautiful new diamond earrings Dan bought me yesterday for our three-year anniversary. They were an unexpected but absolutely amazing gift, and I love them. Not as much as I love him, though.
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Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Three years ago, at about this time, I was nervous about going on my first date with Dan. And, since he's been out of town for the last week and a half, I am excited about seeing him today too. Let's hope he likes the gifts I brought him back from Vancouver.
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Yesterday, in between taking experimental data in the lab, I posted all of the pictures I took on my trip to Vancouver. Some of them are going to need a little explanation. I took my stuffed Scabbers with me to British Columbia and photographed him everywhere we went as sort of a "Where's Scabbers?" project. I figured it was relevant considering that Prisoner of Azkaban was just released and Scabbers/Peter escaped at the end. Just don't accuse me of harboring a criminal. Those pictures can be found in the "Scabbers Adventures" section of my photo album if you are interested. Otherwise, the rest of my pictures (ones without Scabbers) are located in the "Vancouver 2004" section.
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Tuesday, June 22, 2004
I got back to my apartment very late last night due to an awful traffic jam at LAX. I enjoyed my trip to Vancouver, though, and I'll post my pictures as soon as I download them from my camera. It's a good thing I got a new 256M memory card a few days before I left because I took a lot of pictures. But now I need to get back to work in my lab or else things are going to get ugly.
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Friday, June 18, 2004
Temperature in the lab yesterday: 16.8 degC (62.2 degF)
Temperature in the lab today: 21.9 degC (71.4 degF)

UPDATE: Today I discovered that, with the right combination of tools, I am strong enough to run my entire experiment myself. This is indeed a breakthrough and, whether or not it seems that way, progress towards my Master's degree. The anxiety level has just dropped significantly.
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My anxiety level is through the roof. I am very tired, but I can't sleep because I'm worried about several different things. My insomnia did allow me to write and post a new diary entry, though. Tomorrow I am planning to work in the lab before Supershuttle picks me up to go to the airport at 3 PM. My advisors are on my case to get some experimental results. Maybe I can relax a little this weekend.
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Thursday, June 17, 2004
I started to cry when Sirius and Harry were talking at the end of Prisoner of Azkaban. Listening to what Sirius says and knowing what’s going to happen later is very sad. Once again I have become far too attached to fictional characters. Speaking of fictional characters, I saw an actor on “Tru Calling” (the first thing I saw when I turned on the TV) tonight that looked very familiar. All of I sudden I figured out who it was and yelled “Muad’Dib!” at the set. It was Alec Newman. In order to minimize reader boredom I won’t explain that further. Let’s just say it reaffirms my love of science fiction.
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Wednesday, June 16, 2004
I have another interview at Boeing in Seal Beach tomorrow. That was certainly unexpected, but not unappreciated. I'll let you know how that goes, as well as the outcome of my turbulence paper in a more substantial update tomorrow. These one-line posts are starting to annoy me. Until then, I am looking forward to seeing Prisoner of Azkaban again as soon as my paper is finished. Whenever that is.
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"It's a boat race, not Ben-Hur." Actually it's a turbulence paper, but it seem about as momentous as Ben-Hur. (Quote courtesy of "Dawson's Creek." Guess what I'm watching while finishing my paper?)
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Tuesday, June 15, 2004
NBA Championship, Game 5: Lakers 87, Pistons 100
There a several million disappointed fans in the Los Angeles area tonight. But I have so many other things to be disappointed about.
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Monday, June 14, 2004
By the way, I posted two new diary entries (as one) a couple of days ago. I just forgot to mention it then. Also, I posted a bunch of new pictures in my photo album yesterday. The rest of Dave's pictures are now in "Memorial Day 2004." "Baseball 2004" is a new album and contains both the pictures from last month’s Dodger's games and ones from the Angel's game Dan and I went to on Saturday. The Cubs won that game despite the devoted (but idiotic) fans sitting all around us.
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General plan for the week
Monday, 6/14: Study for Turbulence (MAE 252B) final on Tuesday
Tuesday, 6/15: Write Turbulence paper due on Wednesday
Wednesday, 6/16: Run research experiments
Thursday, 6/17: Run more research experiments
Friday, 6/18: Go to Vancouver, BC for the weekend
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Sunday, June 13, 2004
Fortunately the remainder of Friday turned out better than the beginning. I had two interviews at Boeing in Seal Beach and they both went well. From what I can tell both groups are interested in hiring me as soon as I am finished with my Master’s. At this point I am leaning towards one rather than the other and I am excited about opportunity. Being fairly sure than I will have a job when I graduate is one less uncertainty than I had on Thursday. Now I need to concentrate on the end of the quarter and my research. As if I’d been neglecting those things before.

Also on Friday, Dan and I went to see “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” Dan got back from Huntsville on Thursday and I couldn’t wait to go to the movie with him. While I enjoyed it, I didn’t find it to be the work of brilliance that everyone else did. However, that won’t stop me from seeing it multiple times. It was still a good movie. As soon as this quarter’s work is finished on Wednesday I am going to see it again. Maybe I’ll get some research work done too.
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Saturday, June 12, 2004
" 'I’m not going to be murdered,' Harry said out loud.
'That’s the spirit, dear,' said his mirror sleepily."
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
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Friday, June 11, 2004
Today totally sucks already. I can't believe how much has gone wrong. Let's hope the rest of the day is better.
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Thursday, June 10, 2004
At 6 PM today I walked out of what was probably my last college class. It was quite an anticlimactic event since I have a final on Tuesday, a paper due on Wednesday, and a thesis to write, but finishing classes is still a significant milestone. After seven years of college I’m finally getting close to the end. If only my research experiment would cooperate that end would come sooner. Tomorrow I have two interviews at Boeing in Seal Beach so maybe I’ll have a job when I finally get my Master’s Degree.
Posted at 8:51 PM, 0 Comments

I fell asleep yesterday at 2 PM. I woke up this morning at 6 AM. In between I was awake long enough to talk to my mom on the phone and eat a bowl of cereal (around 8 PM). All together I figure I got about two night’s worth of sleep. And since I stayed up the previous night finishing my turbulence project, that’s probably a good thing.
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Tuesday, June 08, 2004
NBA Championship, Game 2: Lakers 99, Pistons 91
A little while ago, as I was reading a paper on microfluidics for my class project, I suddenly heard loud cheering coming from the apartment building across the street. It took me a second, but then I remembered that there was a basketball game tonight. So I turned it on and watched the Lakers win. When a sports team gets the entire city of Los Angeles rallied around them everyone else had better watch out.
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Monday, June 07, 2004
I’ve noticed that I take better notes in class when I know someone else is going to be reading them. Maybe I should keep that in mind during every class. I may have come to this conclusion too late since I am quickly coming to the end of my college career. Speaking of school, I have twenty-five papers to sort, read, and summarize for a presentation on Wednesday morning. Why do I put these things off until the late minute?
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I ordered a Dell Axim X30 handheld today. I have no self-restraint.
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Sunday, June 06, 2004
After reading the Dell advertisement in the paper this morning I am very tempted to buy an Axim X30 handheld. Besides the fact that I hate my Palm m130, I think the Windows Mobile OS would be useful for compiling experimental data in my lab. Maybe then I wouldn’t have to drag my laptop there everyday.
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Saturday, June 05, 2004
Once again I'm watching a movie for its soundtrack. I think "Gladiator" is a great movie, but the music is exceptionally beautiful. There's nothing better to watch/listen to while analyzing experimental data. We didn't have a research group meeting yesterday, but on Monday I'll have to prove to my advisors that I'm earning my (practically insignificant) graduate student paycheck. At least the music is inspirational, since most of the data isn't.
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Tuesday, June 01, 2004
The world is against me today. That's the only explanation.
Posted at 2:12 PM, 0 Comments

I have now posted all of the pictures (including names and descriptions) taken with my camera this weekend in the "Memorial Day 2004" section of my photo album. Hopefully I will get a few more from Dave to complete the album. I think there is only one picture of me so far. Not that I'm that important, but it is my webpage.
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