A view from my lab 15 minutes ago (I get to work early).


  1. physicalist
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 5:32 am | Permalink

    Funny. The sun’s higher here.

  2. litchik
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 5:47 am | Permalink

    nice church. seems a bit shrouded, though. : )

  3. mike m
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    no sun in Seattle …Yet! it’s 5 am

  4. Posted September 9, 2010 at 6:01 am | Permalink

    Relaxing view.

  5. Jonn Mero
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 6:01 am | Permalink

    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).

  6. MadScientist
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    Is that Quasimodo I see in the spire?

  7. Dominic
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    I suppose those Drosophila want their breakfast!

  8. TrineBM
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    Very pretty!
    (But mannnn, that’s early. My brain would hurt at that hour. I think.)

    • astrokid.nj
      Posted September 9, 2010 at 7:46 am | Permalink

      Shouldnt it be illegal to wake up that early? 🙂

  9. ritebrother
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    Do your students get there then, too? If so, what’s your trick?.

  10. daveau
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    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.

  11. NewEnglandBob
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    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?

  12. Leslie Klug
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 10:32 am | Permalink

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

    Quite a beautiful picture.

    Thanks for posting it.

  13. Posted September 9, 2010 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    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.)

  14. Diane G.
    Posted September 10, 2010 at 1:37 am | Permalink

    One expects a nazgul any second…

  15. Posted September 10, 2010 at 6:31 am | Permalink

    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.

    • Donovan
      Posted September 10, 2010 at 6:40 am | Permalink

      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.

  16. Donovan
    Posted September 10, 2010 at 6:34 am | Permalink

    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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