Friday, September 11, 2009


Pretty awesome sunset today, and I was fortunate enough to see it.

As viewed from our neighborhood, the sun set right over Eldorado Canyon so it was perfectly framed by Eldorado Mtn. to the south and S. Boulder Peak/Bear Peak to the north. Also, as usual, the clouds are what really made the sunset spectacular. Without the massive cloud layer (which formed just before sunset and extended from the divide east over the plains) there just wouldn't have been much to see. It's kind of a metaphor for life I guess, the bad is what allows you to see what's really good.

In other news, i finally submitted my research article. It went off to Chaos journal on Tuesday and it's titled "A ridge tracking algorithm and error estimate for efficient computation of Lagrangian coherent structures". I'm pretty happy with how it came together in the end and I'm fairly confident it will be accepted without major changes. Also, since I'm now allowed to have a life again, I plan to get outside to enjoy the above pictured mountains. More to come then...

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Research assistant = no free time

Sorry for the complete lack of updates recently. I've honestly just been too busy to do much that's interesting. My adviser was invited to submit an article for an upcoming issue of Chaos magazine and that task falls to me. We got a slight extension to the submission deadline, but it has to be in on Tuesday so I've been working super hard all month to try and get some good results and bang out a journal quality article.

For those of you who have research experience, you probably know that good results don't come on a fixed schedule so that means my schedule has just had to adjust to make enough time to get everything done. I've been working up to 15 hours a day for the past couple weeks so this has meant I've had no time for climbing, hiking or anything else I usually like to do. The most I've managed is a quick work out every couple days and I've come to realize that running inside on a treadmill is horrible. The only thing worse is being completely sedentary.

On the bright side, I have gotten some pretty decent results over the past month and the article we're submitting is just about done. The 3800 lines of code I wrote is (mostly) working and there's not much left to do. I feel pretty good about it, but as always, an extra week or so to finalize some things wouldn't hurt either. Hopefully once this is done with I'll be back to a normal work schedule and have some time to enjoy the cooling weather.