Posts from 2011.



Thesis Defense

Roles for Six6 and Bmal in circadian biology and reproduction.

Friday, December 2nd, 2011
4:00 PM
Leichtag 107

Committee in charge:
Pamela L. Mellon, Chair
Nicolas S. Spitzer, Co-Chair
Mark A. Lawson
Cornelis Murre
Satchidananda Panda
David K. Welsh

As I furiously write up two research papers and a dissertation, I wanted to give you some information on my thesis defense. For those of you who will benefit from it, here is a map:

The yellow star is the Leichtag building, and room 107 is the main lecture room on the first floor adjacent to the huge lobby. Parking can be found at the blue stars, with payment for said parking available at the red stars.

The talk will last for an hour or so, with time afterwards for questions from the audience and my committee, followed by a committee-only discussion.

If my committee deems my work sufficiently meritorious, all are welcome to a post-defense happy hour following all of this.

Got on the bigscreen. Am on my phone, apparently.


I hate this thing.


Understanding the meaning of “instant” FAIL


Neal Stephenson at Mysterious Galaxy.


Ucla win + Temecula win.


Cali GOP deeply offends me with this…


Got this in the mail yesterday: a DIY petition abusing the initiative process so that legislators can keep their gerrymandered districts. Complete BS.

Redistricting is finally in neutral hands, and the politicians might be able to undo it with this dumb trick.

Hopefully ALL that is wrong with my car

According to Wikipedia and the VW service tech Jaime, this is what is wrong with my car:

I am glad that on first pass I do not have a problem with the notorious high-pressure fuel pump, seen above as the “high pressure piston pump”. When that thing goes, the entire fuel system goes with it: $10k and several weeks of work (but covered by warrantee).

Update: here’s is the thread started on the forums. We’ll see what the community has to say…

Fuel pump failure = diesel leaking directly out of my car.