18 thoughts on “Dawn

  1. Yep, the autumn is here, not daylight 3 a.m. anymore, sadly.
    But the autumn colouring is starting, and the temperatures are down in the nice-to-be-alive range again, i.e. under 65F (18C degrees in proper measurement).

  2. U of C is a lovely campus, no matter the time of day.

    I just noticed this the other day: Why is your blog clock on Mountain time? Sunrise in Chicago is currently 6:23 AM CDT.

  3. I don’t understand. How can you see a church from the sub-sub-sub basement laboratory?

    Did they not have enough room and gave you a lab way up on the ground floor?

  4. It looks like one of those computer animated backdrops in an epic movie.

    Quite a beautiful picture.

    Thanks for posting it.

  5. Still no sun in Seattle, at 10:46 a.m.

    I particularly like the little mountains in the background. I didn’t know there were any little mountains east of Chicago! Poke up out of the lake do they?

    (It’s just pointy clouds really, but looks much like the silhouette of the Olympics as seen from here.)

  6. Just a question, Jerry: why do you get to work at such an inhuman hour? Is it because you’re thrilled to bits about what you do (which, I agree, is thrilling), or is it because of pressure to satisfy “performance criteria”? Personally, I find the tendency for academic scientists to get up early a rather contemptuous one, because it reeks too much of our “efficiency” oriented society that tries to measure everything in terms of outputs per month, score sheets and so on. My own supervisor answers emails at 6 am, and I have to say, the very notion of that annoys the fuck out of me, because I see NO GOOD REASON FOR IT. But I’m just saying. Nice photo, by the way.

    1. My sister-in-law is a Psych. professor, and has serious insomnia issues. So she’ll wake up at three in the morning and answer some student e-mail while waiting to fall asleep again.

      My research advisor stumbles in at noon still bleary eyed (after her first class, which I guess she sleeps through). Still, she’s helpful and I can’t see myself trying for another. I just wait until noon to bring something up, and then go back at three or four to actually discuss the idea I brought up.

  7. That’s the view from your lab? Do you work with Dr. Frankenstein? (That’s Frahnk-en-steen!)

    More to the point, though, YOU HAVE WINDOWS!?!?!?!

    I need to write a book about why some damned obvious, clearly evidenced, and thoroughly triumphant base idea of science is true.

    Look for “Why Oxygen Need is True” in bookstores soon.

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