a stressful series of requests to shadowy money brokers

willb/ October 11, 2019/ Personal/ 0 comments

these past two weeks my midterm studying and test taking and essay writing have been interspersed with fairly frantic applications, communications, and aggravation in an attempt to register, plan travel, and secure funding for numerous astronomy related travels (which is why September’s book corner will likely become Septober’s Spooky book corner). This Sunday I’ll depart Amherst for Baltimore and the

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book corner: august 2019

willb/ August 27, 2019/ book corner/ 0 comments

This month wasn’t nearly as literate as I had hoped. With no schedule I fell into a pretty sticky miasma of poor sleep and witlessly minecrafting my month break away. Nevertheless, I did read some good stuff, plenty enough to chew on while drifting around Portland. August’s reading list: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin Cuba

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writing from home

willb/ August 19, 2019/ Personal/ 0 comments

august in the pacific northwest is probably the best summer weather there is: sunny weeks of dry heat and soft breezes punctuated by cloudy days at ~15°C. For someone with a ironic preference for the cold and the sun like myself, it makes existing unexpectedly pleasant during a month where I have less and less to do. i wouldn’t call

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book corner: july 2019

willb/ August 1, 2019/ book corner/ 0 comments

On the shelf for this month was a slew of books, almost all of which I enjoyed immensely. I find it really hard to get started reading novels, and usually I’m not hooked into a story until about a 1/3 of the way through. These four books managed to break that inertia quicker than I expected. July’s reading list The

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uprootin’

willb/ July 22, 2019/ Personal/ 0 comments

By Wednesday I’ll have to have all my belongings in a few boxes, packed snugly in my friend’s basement. By Sunday I’ll be on a plane headed back to Portland. If we’re being honest, I wish I had more time; this summer has seemed like both a lifetime and a brief blip, and I feel like I haven’t been able

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a solstice party

willb/ July 6, 2019/ Personal/ 1 comments

i meant to post these earlier, but these are some photos i took during our lab’s solstice cookie baking party two weeks ago. remember to enjoy the daylight while it lasts 🙂

(dis)organization

willb/ July 5, 2019/ Personal, Research Blog/ 0 comments

on workflow and production in my limited research experience. i’ve been thinking today (day two of a four day holiday weekend) about my process. since attending amherst i’ve struggled a lot with schoolwork; mental health being my largest hurdle. after 1½ go rounds doing summer research, interspersed with a part-time research job in the same lab during the school year,

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beginnings

willb/ July 3, 2019/ Personal

Earlier this week I finished a new beaded bracelet using two holed seed beads; their shape made them especially easy to construct using the peyote stitch, which was coincidentally the first off-loom technique I was taught. The color palette of the beads is absolutely gorgeous. It’s been a short week, July 4th being tomorrow, so while everyone has left for

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