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In the Garden [20140328|15:27]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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This week has been intense. On Tuesday I gave a guest lecture for the “Sun, Stars and Planets” course that’s an option for second-year physics students. Since it’s the last week of term, they get to have “fun” lectures as opposed to the material their exams will be based upon. I enjoyed talking about Cassini at Saturn and JUICE at Ganymede, and I think the students enjoyed it too. There were a few (good!) questions at the end and they all took away one of the Saturn lithographs I brought with me. One of the proper lecturers in my group caught the last 10-15 minutes of the guest lecture and he praised me highly, which was unexpected and a nice ego boost.

Immediately afterward, I went to greet a visiting seminar speaker and began shepherding him through the group, in between getting work done and teleconferences. The speaker was from the Department of Informatics at UCI and his earlier work had been looking at large datasets in genomics and public health, so the space science sector was new to him. He gave a good seminar about information sharing in science, and then I took him for drinks and dinner. Dinner finished after 9 PM so it was a knackering day, since I’d left Birmingham before 6:30 AM.

The next day was packed with meetings and a visit to the workshop to discuss the design of a couple of interactive elements of the upcoming exhibit about the Rosetta mission to Comet 67P. Also there was a surprise task from my boss, trying to distil some information from about 40 pages of documents into a neat, five-line table.

Four meetings and a telecon later, I went home and fell over.

I’m currently preparing for a trip to ESRIN next week. ESRIN is the Earth Observation centre run by ESA. It’s in Frascati, Italy - south and east of Rome in one of the “Castelli Romani”. Functionally this seems to mean “picturesque village full of stately homes built by wealthy cardinals in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries for when they didn’t want to be in Rome any more”. Also, it means “drink wine while you’re here, lots of wine.” I have to give a talk, but I’m scheduled to be the first one during the three-day meeting so hopefully that means I can take the latter piece of advice heartily on board for most of the trip.

My apologies for not getting back to everyone who’s responded so wonderfully to my Subscription Meme. I aim to catch up on replies this weekend.


Portrait of a Hyacinth, by Humuhumu

Mittens! I have mittens, oh joy!

Digging in the dirt.


Humuhumu has made progress this week. She can now request “Wind the Bobbin Up” and “Row Row Row Your Boat” by doing the arm motions, and does all the motions accompanying the songs when they’re sung. She says shoe (“dhoo”) and coat (“coh”), nose (“doh”) and ears (“ees”). She still greets Telstar in his own language (“aoww”). She can request things when they’re not in visual range, e.g. banana (“nana”) and Play-Doh (“puh-doh”).

She comprehends much more than she can say. She can give kisses on request, brush her teeth on request, remove her shoes on request.

She says “hello” or “hiya” very readily, but “bye” less frequently. She tends to wave at people after they’re already gone.

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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2014-03-29 01:01 (UTC)
Sometimes I think you should just quit your job and be a full time professor, because you seem like you're really good at it.

Gorgeous sunset, and I love seeing all of the spring flowers coming up!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-03-31 16:07 (UTC)
Heh. I don't know if I want the responsibility or the profile of full-time professor-dom. Certainly not at a top institution. It might be fun at a private liberal arts type college or specialist secondary school if I get bored of the space game someday.

The flowers put on quite a display. After they finish, we'll be moving all the bulbs from that central bed to the side beds, as we plan to grass it over so Humuhumu has a bit more play space out back.
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[User Picture]From: jixel
2014-03-29 10:44 (UTC)
So amazing seeing (hmu^2)^2 growing up so fast. Love her digging in the garden. Toddlers def understand way more than they can say. She will blow your mind one day when she can tell you things you didn't think she'd recall. But sadly they forget as we all do with the passing of time
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-03-31 16:10 (UTC)
They do grow incredibly quickly, don't they? She's lost her Michelin Man legs. And it used to be safe to place stuff where she couldn't see it so she'd forget about it. But now she remembers were you hid it. Argh! :P
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[User Picture]From: jixel
2014-04-22 16:29 (UTC)
oh it gets better.. one day they learn about climbing on a chair to reach stuff.. and much, much more!
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[User Picture]From: mysterysquid
2014-03-30 04:43 (UTC)
Bloody hells, that's a busy one alright!

Looks like spring has basically sprung,then.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-03-31 16:12 (UTC)
This one is looking a little less frantic. I mean, I still have to get myself to Italy and back, but now that I no longer pack at 3 AM while drunk, I can be relied on to make journeys where I remember important things, like underpants.

You must be heading into autumn now!
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[User Picture]From: mysterysquid
2014-04-01 09:20 (UTC)
Probably for the best. ;)

You'd think so, wouldn't you? It got to 33 today. O_o
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[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2014-03-30 21:36 (UTC)
What a great update. Super busy, but at least it's cool super busy. And Hummuhummu is looking wonderful. I got your great postcard- will write back, I promise!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-03-31 16:14 (UTC)
I got this comment and went, "When did I send you a postcard?" I know I did but I have no memory of when or what was on it. Sheesh. I'm glad you did received it, though! :D
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