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Suki the Weiner Dog

I'm a computational physicist with a weakness for weiner dogs and a strong interest in astronomy, geology, and the history of the Second World War, particularly the Pacific Theater.

The Online Pacific War Encyclopedia

Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast.

Logan Pearsall Smith

And so, from the depths of my heart, I offer: The Pacific War Online Encyclopedia! The Encyclopedia is really the main reason for the existence of this web site.

Essays


Kaboom!
Path Dependence
Path Integrals
A Short Primer on Nuclear Power
Large Gadgets:
Palomar Observatory
Mauna Kea Observatory
Las Campanas
The woes of Wikipedia
The wonders of modern medicine
U(1) x SU(2) x SU(3)
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Geology

Kent and Bruce's Excellent Adventure: A trip to Yellowstone with a paleontologist friend.

Geology of the Jemez Region. My notes on my numerous rockhounding trips in the vicinity of Los Alamos. Still under construction.

Wanderlusting. Some road trips looking at local geology. Updated from time to time.

Some Of My Favorite Sites

Debunkers.org: A nice forum for discussing junk science, though the discussion tends to wander into junk politics, junk journalism, and ... well, heck, anything likely the raise the blood pressure of anyone who does not suffer fools gladly.

Fischer Random Chess Setup

My son is a huge chess fan. Lately he has taken an interest in Fisher random chess, in which the men are set up at random on the first rank, subject to the conditions that:

So, with a bit of PHP programming, I present two Fisher chess setups, one for black and one for white, below:

Black: RNBKNQRB
White: NBQNRKRB

To get a new setup, simply refresh this page.

Contact Information

I can be contacted at trollingshallows@msn.com.

And we mustn't forget ...

I am
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Boasting about one's nerdiness is the surest sign that one is a serious nerd.

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