March 14, 2014
A little whimsy and silliness complement the study of science.
Today, March 14, is π (Pi) day, which honors the number 3.14159... and appeals to the science teacher in me.
Pi day is similar to Mole Day, October 23, which also celebrates a famous number. In Chemistry, the mole, 6.022 x 10 to the 23rd, is a measure of the number of atoms that are in 12 grams of carbon-12. While that doesn't sound like a number one might need so often, I mean how many times do you need to know the number of atoms in pure carbon-12 (hey, you, carbon-14, outta there!), trust me, it is very useful. Atoms are so small that we need a way to talk about a useful number of them, and Chemists use a mole of atoms as their unit of measure.
I celebrate Mole day when I teach chemistry though Mole day usally doesn't align with with my curriculum sequence as October is early for regular Chem, late for AP.
Ok, enough science silliness. Last Monday, on the metro between Vina del Maar and Valparaiso, I heard a great four-piece band playing for donations. I wish I'd got their name. SoI want to listen to Chilean music today. I am listening to Nicolas Jaar, though he is more techno than Chilean.
I'm unpacking and going through the remnants of my just-completed trip. I've loaded my photos onto the computer - 2,867 - requiring about 113 Gb of storage. It'll take me awhile to organize them. They are currently in one directory, but I'll break them out into sub directories before loading them into Lightroom.
I've also started a new page on my website which will be the landing page for my trip blog and photos. I'll roll this out, along with some blog code revisions, as I process and post my travel photos. I'm curious if I've got any good shots, what with using a new camera. I usually take equipment I know well so I'm curious if I've made any glaring mistakes or omitted any settings.
The photo processing step is necessary as I shoot in raw mode; raw gives more processing flexibility though it costs more in terms of file size and time. In either case, jpgs need to be shrunk for posting to the web.