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Final week at Stanford

June 20, 2008 9:12 pm

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Part of a big update spanning multiple weeks, to read things in order scroll down to “Far Too Long without a computer” and then read up entry by entry

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This brings me to the week of June 9th, my last week up at Stanford.  At some point during this week I took a bike ride around campus and stopped by the cactus garden.   It was quite a bit less well manicured than the last time I was there, but it was still really neat.

 

 Alot of the cacti were actually in in bloom

This plant had nifty leaves and made a really neat patern

Finally, I had some company… of the four legged type…

I also finished up another book over the course of this week, “The Road Less Traveled” by M. Scott Peck.  It was really not my type of book, but the author was generally on the right track.  It turns out that the author of the book, while not a Christian while writing the book, became one shortly after.  Through parts of the book you can really see how he recognizes that there is something greater than us, and clearly points towards Christ. 

Towards the end of the week things were busy around the apartment getting everything packed up and moving stuff to Tim’s new apartment.  On Saturday I moved into my new apartment in Santa Clara.  I am sharing this apartmentwith two other NVIDIA interns and living in the living room on an air mattress.  It works out well considering all three of us spend more time @ NVIDIA than we do at the apartment.  NVIDIA provides two heavily subsidized meals a day, supplying the food… you cant really get ask for much more.  This apartment is only a few minutes bike ride from NVIDIA as I believe I mentioned, which is really convenient. 

On Sunday I set out to join my friend Jeremiah to go to the Church back where I went while I was out here before.  I am considerably farther away from there now, so I set out to bike to the train station, take a quick train ride, and then bike the rest of the way.  It was a good plan… I rolled my bike out the door… and realized my back tire was completely flat.  Apparently I had rolled over a staple at some point the day before and overnight the tire had gone completely flat.    Thankfully, when I started to ride a bike around here I picked up a tire repair kit and I was able to quickly take the tire off and put a patch on the hole.  I actually was able to still make my train and made it without further excitement.  Afterwards, I went back towards my apartment picking up some groceries along the way. 

 

 

Weekdays

June 16, 2008 5:12 pm

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Part of a big update spanning multiple weeks, to read things in order scroll down to “Far Too Long without a computer” and then read up entry by entry

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As I ended the previous post on a random note, why not start this one with a random photo.  This photo shows a nifty effect that seems to happen fairly routinely here.  The mountains to the west (in between the valley and the ocean) hold back the moisture that comes off the ocean (and grow big redwoods, but more on that later).  This moisture often forms a blanket of fog / clouds the cling the mountains.  This picture was the best I could get of it while riding along in the train on the way home from work one day.  Click the picture for a larger version.

Ok, so as far as I can recon we are up to the week of June 9-13.  This was the last full week of classes for those at Stanford, so the week’s IV activities were fun times of reflection and celebration.  Tuesday, the small group that adopted me had an end of the year campfire near the small lake on campus (which surprisingly had water in it).

 

 Here’s a shot of the whole group.  (At some point soon I will get around to posting more of the pictures from this evening to facebook)

 

At work I also shifted projects roughly at this point in the fuzzy memory / time continuum.  The new project I started to work on has been fun if for no other reason then it has allowed me to learn a new programing language, Perl.  Learning a new language is always fun, especially a useful language. 

Ok, now back to books… After reading about the making of the atomic bomb in extreme detail, I was leaning towards reading more of a story.  I halfway found what I was looking for in “A Beautiful Mind” by Sylvia Nasar.  This book too was more of a research paper than a ‘story’ but it was both interesting and scary.  Many of you have probably seen the movie, which is really only a tiny fraction of the actual story of John Nash and it was embellished greatly.  The book provides a much wider view of his life, starting from when he was young right through today.  It was a very interesting read, and scary in how suddenly he was ensnared in Schizophrenia and how drastically it changed it his life.