September 2, 2023


Senior Moving Moment

Today was a real "where did the time go" kind of day. We moved Jonathan into the dorm to start his senior year. Nuts.
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It's moving day. Second moving day, actually. We' moved the stuff Jonathan had left at home into his dorm yesterday. Today we're moving the stuff from the apartment into the dorm. Shouldn't be too bad or take too long - I think his apartment stuff will fit in one car load, but we'll see. Two, tops.

Renee and I started the day with breakfast at Tatte in Harvard Square.

tags: harvardcambridge

photo published in /2023/09/02

Jimmy Buffett: Margaritaville singer dies aged 76 (

RIP Jimmy Buffett.

I've never been a Parrothead, but I've always enjoyed Buffett's music. And more than just the hits, too. He blended a lifestyle into music that made both appealing.

On a side note, I wanted to post the Rolling Stone obituary for Buffet, because that would just feel right. More right than a BBC link, anyways. But...paywalls. Anyways, if you're an RS subscriber, click the link in that last sentence and enjoy. I'm sure it's an excellent article on Buffett's life and unique career in music. If you're not, join with me in lamenting that the masthead that should be the source of record on biographies of famous rock musicians...isn't.

tags: musicobituary

link published in /2023/09/02

Slashdot (

"It was lucky [that we survived], but we know from evolutionary biology that the emergence of a new species can happen in small, isolated populations...."

This is fascinating, perhaps morbidly so. Are we smart enough to avoid repeating history? We may be on the verge of finding out, measured on a scale of thousands (or maybe tens or hundreds of thousands) of years.

Here's the original research published in Science.

tags: scienceresearch

link published in /2023/09/02

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All moved in! This was probably the easiest move yet. Jonathan has thinned his belongings a bit, and we're getting a little better at the process. Easy parking helped, too. All in all, the process was smooth and easy. He's ready to start his senior year.

He simplified the chalkboard this year, too, which really simplified things. We left the old one at home and bought four chalkboard panels at Home Depot. A few heavy duty command strips on the backside appear to hold everything just fine. He's going to let this first one sit for a few days to make sure, then will hang the others. He even tested the first one out right after hanging it, writing out the equation he worked to prove in his research over the summer.

One load for the apartment stuff, btw. We've got Renee's new Tesla Model Y, which is surprisingly spacious.

tags: harvarddormmath

photo published in /2023/09/02

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We walked to dinner after getting Jonathan's room situated. We decided on Pinocchio's, his favorite pizza place (which is not Dave Portnoy's favorite, btw). We all love it, too, so we weren't upset when he requested it.

"Cash only tonight guys, credit card reader is down."

Luckily we had enough cash between us, and had a great dinner.

tags: harvardcambridgepizza

photo published in /2023/09/02