Illusions and Reality

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” -Albert Einstein

SNOW, SNOW, SNOW!!!!!! 15 February 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — martieinstein @ 3:45 pm

Capitol in the snow after Snowmageddon and Snoverkill.

The most exciting thing that has happened the last week or so, is the copious amounts of snow that have fallen on the Washington, DC metro area.  I have to admit that I was very happy when the first snow storm arrived last weekend.  Since, I was trying to get home from San Francisco during the first blizzard (known as the Snowpacolypse) I really didn’t get to enjoy that snow storm at all.  So last weekend as the forecasts mounted I was excited that it was going to snow and snow big.  The forecasters were dead on with that storm (known as Snowmageddon) and after snowing for about 30 hours straight we were left with 2 feet or so.  Three days after that storm came the next one (known as Snoverkill).  This one made me feel like I had moved to Siberia or the Great Plains.  All day last Wednesday, it snowed with winds blowing at 25-30 miles per hour causing it to snow sideways and to qualify as a true “blizzard”, meterologically speaking.  By the time that one was done, there was another foot of snow on the ground, although how they could measure it is beyond my comprehension.  The drifts were immense due to all of the wind.  So today, as I write this and look out the window, it has started snowing again.  If the forecasts are correct this storm will not leave us with much accumulation which is a blessing since there are still places that haven’t dug out from last week’s storms.

The storms of last week really brought the city to a grinding halt.  The federal government was closed for four days, there was no above ground metro service and buses weren’t running at all.  Even now, more than a week after the storm there are still problems, mostly caused by the fact that there is no where to put all the snow, so many roads have lost a lane to giant snow piles.  I am so glad that I live in an apartment building with underground parking.  I didn’t have to shovel off any sidewalks and my car was nice and clear of snow instead of being buried in a parking space.

More pictures from Snowmageddon and Snoverkill.

NSF in the snow.

Quincy Park after Snowmageddon

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Einstein Fellowship Midterm Report 3 February 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — martieinstein @ 5:17 pm

So here is the midterm report I was supposed to give today, but didn’t get a chance too because the Federal Government has now been closed for four days thanks to the Blizzard of 2010.  I created it using the new web-based presentation tool, Prezi which is great.  You can use the right arrow to procede through the presentation.

If you would like to see it larger go to http://prezi.com/x-iv41aiugan/ click on More and then choose Full Screen from the menu.

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more about “Midterm Report“, posted with vodpod