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Thursday, April 27, 2006

This is my life

In anticipation of May Day (May 1st), which is a holiday in Barbados, let me give a few more updates on life. (And, YES, this is in list format. Lists rock.)

1- Like my friend Francine (Coram Deo), I have realized that in the tropics, the sun is intense. And I agree with her that really only 2 hours of daylight exist where continual sweat does not: 5 a.m. to 6 a.m., and 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (This does not imply that fast walking at other hours does not lead to a good covering of sweat.) Thus, again like Francine, this week I've woken daily at 5:15 a.m. for a jog or walk, depending on the day (jog MWTh, walk TuF). This little island secret was obviously unknown only to me... for at 5:15 a.m., I pass quite literally several dozen other walkers, joggers, and - towards 6 a.m. - business men/women heading to work. Despite being crazy tired at 8 p.m., the benefits of waking are real.

2- My computer headset arrived today :) I'm going to test it out a little later with a refreshing chat with a friend. We always talk about weighty matters (bed sheets, shampoo, rabies, China, roommates, soup, etc.), so please do not interrupt!

3- I figured out how to plot a high-resolution map on MM5 output using RIP4. Hurray! Now if I could only figure out how to *run* MM5 on more than one processor.

4- Speaking of, do you know that I routinely login to a supercomputer? The thought dawned on me the other day-- 'how crazy is this life? I am a supercomputer user!' Funny story there: yesterday, I got an email from the system administrator warning me that my account was using too much space. He said if I didnt delete, or compress, some files, I could cause the supercomputer to crash! Wouldn't that be a funny story to tell the grandkids: 'yea, buckaroo, back at the turn of the millenium, any old grad student could crash the supercomputer. And I managed to do just that.' (I must admit, it is tempting to go download a 6GB file to overload the partition & make that sentence come true! haha)

5- Less than five weeks before I return to the US. Still no word on Austria or confirmation which class I will teach in the summer. I'll let you know when I know.

(see, aren't lists great? you dont even have to really end the post. but, for closure's sake, this is the end of this post.)

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Photo journal

A few photos from the last couple of weeks.

Matu, Marsha, and me before Campus Crusade:

Francine and me (yes, she is standing on a chair):

Hireka and me at CCC:

Josette, Michael, and me, locking arms good and tight:

Corey and me before CCC:

Rolando, Nikay, and me:

Me trying to be hip with Kyle:

Now some photos from the Campus Crusade day trip and picnic to River Bay on the far north coast of Barbados.

The rocky Atlantic coast:

Watch out for the little green apples:

A great way to spend the morning: International Scrabble (Barbadians, Jamaicans, Americans, Trinidadians, and a Dominican to boot!)

The girls:

Group shot at the bus stop:

Another group shot down at the beach:

Nikay at the shore:

Stephen. He's quite a poser.

Me at the shore. Am I a poser, too?

Photos from the Good Friday road trip with friends from church.

West coast, St. James Parish:

Sugar cane fields, St. Lucy Parish:

Typical house, St. Lucy Parish:

Rugged east coast (Little Bay):

Me at Little Bay:

Palm trees in Barbados:

Trevor and Joy-Ann:

Cove Bay:

Restored slave hut:

Brian, Kimmie, and Joy-Ann enjoy some crisps at Farley Hill nature preserve:

Overlooking Cherry Tree Hill:

Beach path:

Crane bay beach:

More Crane bay beach:

Pam and me at the beach (btw, it was REALLY hot by now!):

Dinner meal in St. Philip:

Sunday, April 23, 2006

To calm the masses

A brief post. "Tings good wid me". The last few weeks perhaps have been rather uneventful, hence the long return period between updates. Some items on my mind:

1- Running a quadruply-nested 1km MM5 simulation of Ivan. Tricky business for sure.
2- Good Friday road trip was sweet. I'll have to post a photo or two. For now, check out the flickr photos (click on any of the ones on the right, and navigate from peru/colombia/europe to the Barbados set)
3- More holidays to come (Apr 28 & May 1), making a 4-day weekend.
4- Austria: still no word
5- Five weeks and 3 days until I leave for the U.S.
6- There are 14 students enrolled in my August intersession course, but only 1 for the summer course. I think the online system is flawed.
7- Lin Goldston has hooked me up to volunteer with International Student Services this summer. Rock on.
8- I'm house-sitting for a prof & his wife this summer. Sweet!
9- The mangy dog outside my window is inching herself closer to death with every yip she makes. Yips at 2 a.m. result in 'footing' herself closer.
10- As always, list dedicated to Jennifer Williams.


Thursday, April 13, 2006

Worship, old school

Tonight the spirit took me back to my roots, back to good old classic St. James Palm Sunday & Easter hymns. My apologies for the audio quality of some of these links ... they were all I could find online! Join with me in praise of the Lord & Saviour!

All Glory, Laud, and Honor
All glory, laud, and honor,
to thee, Redeemer, King,
to whom the lips of children
made sweet hosannas ring.

1. Thou art the King of Israel,
thou David's royal Son,
who in the Lord's name comest,
the King and Blessed One.

2. The company of angels
are praising thee on high,
and we with all creation
in chorus make reply.

3. The people of the Hebrews
with palms before thee went;
our praise and prayer and anthems
before thee we present.

4. To thee, before thy passion,
they sang their hymns of praise;
to thee, now high exalted,
our melody we raise.

5. Thou didst accept their praises;
accept the prayers we bring,
who in all good delightest,
thou good and gracious King.

How Deep the Father's Love
How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon the cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

How Great Thou Art
O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,
And then proclaim: "My God, how great Thou art!"

Christ the Lord is Risen Today!   (or a more traditional version)
1. Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your voice and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

2. Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died, our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

3. Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids Him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!

4. Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Monday, April 03, 2006

Cultural conundrum

On the walk home from ShopSmart (my local grocery store) tonight, I had a rather interesting encounter. The minivan driver stopped and asked me if I "want a drop". It's rather common for Barbadians to stop and offer rides to each other, especially to pedestrians carrying packages. But he was driving a minivan, which costs BDS$1.50 per ride. Thinking he was trying to get me into his van, I politely refused, but as he drove off, I doubted myself and felt bad about (potentially) refusing his hospitality. I asked my roommate & her Bajan boyfriend, and they agreed that the phrase "want a drop" supercedes the fact that he was driving a minivan. Add in that the driver was probably the same guy who drove me to the university this morning, and yea, I passed up a free ride home from the store. It was a crazy cross-cultural conundrum for sure!

Microphone malfunction

So in mid-sentence in a phone conversation with my mother on Saturday, my logitech microphone decided to die. No idea why, but it continues to malfunction today, and I've troubleshooted all I care to. So a few minutes ago, I placed an online order for a replacement USB headset. We'll see how many days it takes to arrive in Barbados (after first going to N. Carolina). I am hoping for April 13th, but realize that might be too optimistic. If you need to call me, I can listen to you no problem, but I cant talk back. Email/IM/Chat is the best way now, until I get the headset back.

** Update: My roommate has a headset with microphone, and I might be able to borrow it if something urgent arises. **

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