Archive for the ‘science’ Category

In the last couple of weeks I’ve finished writing a paper (handed in on deadline day), given a talk, and prepped like crazy for the new semester. It’s been just a bit tiring, so at the end of the week I rewarded myself with just a small glass of The Chita. The paper that I […]


swarms

22Sep09

Toward the end of July and the beginning of August, swarms of swallows began to appear every evening above the small pond that’s located in the middle of the suburban neighborhood where I live in the north part of Osaka.  I think the pond is intended to function primarily as a form of flood control, […]


the mask

23May09

The swine flu has finally managed to make its way to Japan, which was just about inevitable despite the high level of precaution taken by the Japanese health ministry, and ground zero is the Kansai area — especially the cities of Kobe, and Toyonaka-shi in Osaka, which is where I live.  It’s suspected that the […]


It turns out that going to the aquarium is a much more exciting affair when the illusion of untainted nature that is presented is broken radically and repeatedly by the intrusion of human keepers into the scene. During spring vacation I went to the Osaka Aquarium, the Kaiyukan, with my friends Dirk and Nichole, who […]


I get a lot of questions from friends about my job here in Japan, and lots of requests for “descriptions of everyday life,” so here it goes. I’m currently working at Osaka University in the position of Gaikokujin Kyoshi (which is translated as “Visiting Foreign Lecturer”) in the Graduate School of Language and Culture. The […]


I ended up flying a lot during my trip back to the States. Since I have family members all over the country, and friends that I hadn’t seen in a long time as well, I ended up flying from LA to Portland, from Portland to Oakland, from Oakland to Boulder, and then finally back to […]


How surprised was I when, while waiting for my friend Anne to show up, I stumbled across the Menger Business Card Sponge in a gallery right next door to the café where we were slated to meet. I had just read about the Menger Sponge, which was on display at the Machine Project in LA, […]