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Wed, Feb. 17th, 2010, 10:47 am

I listened to a NPR story two weeks ago titled "Why Does Time Fly By As You Get Older?" The main theory discussed centered on how we encode our memories. The theory is that new experiences, generally from early in life, get encoded in memory with significant detail and as we get older our experiences can be more and more generalized based on prior experiences, a kind of memory shorthand. But the implication is that on recall a memory from early in life seems to have taken much longer that one from later in life simply because of the sheer amount of detail.

Commuting to work today I got thinking about this again because I realized nearly everyone was zoned out listening to their iPhones/iPods and the only thing that would have broken them out of the trance would have been something disruptive. On the program Neuroscientist David Eagleman explained, "when you drive to your new workplace for the first time and it seems to take a really long time to get there. But when you drive back and forth to your work every day after that, it takes no time at all, because you're not really writing it down anymore. There's nothing novel about it." As you do repetitive things you mind gets better and better at filtering out input that is non-significant.

Personally, observing myself growing older I have interpreted this change in how I experience day to day activities as a loss of the sense of awe that I had as a child. As such I have repeatedly made New Year’s resolutions that were less about change and more of a commitment to seeing common experiences with fresh eyes in addition to a continued openness to new experiences.

I feel it's one of our life challenges to keep an open and curious mind. To quote Socrates, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

Mon, Jun. 29th, 2009, 02:51 am
Big Koniuji Beach Adventure

Check out my SPOT adventure for a map and pictures.

It was a gorgeous day and we were at anchor so liberty boats were sent ashore. Practicaly everyone wanted to go so there was a bit of a line. To save time I threw the kayak in and kayaked ashore. Once ashore I stripped down to my swim trunks donned my swim cap and goggles and met up with some like minded polar bears to jump in the bay.

After that a few of us hiked up to a lake and I convinced more people to go swimming with me despite the lake being about 2 1/2 feet at its deepest with another foot and a half of silt/muck.

We hiked back down and I took the kayak back to the ship.

Sun, Apr. 26th, 2009, 09:38 am
Leaving Seattle

Leaving Seattle
Originally uploaded by rogue drone
So I haven't been on here in awhile, but I'll be around more often now. We're getting underway for the Gulf of Alaska today and I plan to be posting more. I got a video camera so expect videos as well. Have a good summer all!

Mon, Nov. 10th, 2008, 08:20 pm

It was gorgeous yesterday, below is the coxswain taking us to a small island to maintain a GPS base station. And below that is the point that the station is on.

Sat, Nov. 8th, 2008, 08:36 pm
A self appointed position as origami currator (in a window sill)

In Juneau over the last two in-ports I found a small bakery and cafe called Paradise Cafe. It is both eclectic and cosy. Many of the chairs have plain white slipcovers. Many of the tables contain random objects for entertainment such as magnetic poetry or jumping jacks. On a far wall they have an antique tandem bicycle attached for display. But most importantly they have excellent baked goods and the best coffee in Juneau. I spent several afternoons developing an odd relationship with the place.

Multimedia message My first time in the cafe I found my spot at a table next to a window overlooking Marine Park and Gastineau Channel. The table was in a corner by the far wall with the tandem bicycle. On the window sill was a lamp, a drawing of a band and a yellow flower. On the table were the jumping jacks mentioned earlier and a small windup toy of a green robot rapper (I could tell it was a rapper because of its $ bling). I had brought my origami bag with the aim of folding something new.

In my origami bag I keep a book titled "Origami for the Enthusiast" from which I have folded possibly a third of the designs. On that first day I decided to try something new. I folded a robin, then a bunny. Next I finished a stink bug. I am less interested in the final object than the process of making it. Therefore, more than often I will give the origami to someone or leave it as a "random act of origami." On this day I decided to leave the pieces in the window sill. I had a sense that they would be appreciated.

Multimedia message I visited a few more times and found my pieces hadn't left the sill. The presumed owner shared that a few customers had been very intrigued by the origami, especially the free standing robin. So I added a mountain goat.

On the following in-port I visited again, I ordered a scone and a latte, he said it was on him. I thought of it as compensation for the origami. I will be curious to see if anything is left next year.

Mon, Nov. 3rd, 2008, 01:36 pm
Three weeks in a nutshell (with pictures)

Harassed by a pod of Dall's Porpoise.

Fished for icebergs.
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Installed horizontal control and maintained GPS base station on small overgrown island.
GPS base stationSetting up a GPS station

Carved pumpkin.
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Mustachio Bashio, also known as Mustache-apalooza.
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Visited the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor's Center
Mendenhall Glacier

Stood under waterfall.
Getting the shot 

Wed, Oct. 8th, 2008, 04:34 pm
Headed to Juneau, AK


Just finished the project in Icy Bay. Got a beautiful send off, as seen above. Headed to Juneau now for the weekend. We're expecting to arrive in about 36 hours. I'm excited for a break and a chance to see Juneau. We've been working long days.

We saw some snow and a lot of ice the last couple days while working in the bay.

Current Conditions

Cutting through the ice

Also set up a GPS base station on a very cool benchmark that was originaly set in 1974 by flying in with a helicopter (NGS Datasheet: UV3076).

We found it!

Wed, Oct. 1st, 2008, 02:09 pm
Just a quick one

I took a break for two weeks to go home and see family and friends. I met up with the ship Saturday in Cordova. I'll try to post about Hydropalooza later.

Just had to point out the picture of me in a recent feature article on the NOAA.gov website titled Seeing the Sea Floor .
A hydrographer studies data collected by multibeam sonar to generate a 3-D image of the Kachemak Bay floor.
Also, I was the second hydrographer aboard the launch that found the wreck shown towards the top of the article

Sat, Aug. 30th, 2008, 03:12 pm

Originally uploaded by rogue drone

Tue, Aug. 19th, 2008, 12:19 am

staying at the posh Kasitsna Bay Laboratory marine research lab

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