I’ve finally recovered from beam time at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Lab. It was a long week of early wake-ups and late nights and I spent the two days after basically avoiding doing any heaving thinking and/or lifting. And now that I’m ready to get back to science, I thought I’d share some scenes from around Argonne.
Our x-ray diffraction experiment with the sample mounted. Too bad you can’t see it because of the glare. But you can see the electrical probe!
Hungry Pac-man electrode is sad that he can’t get to his food.
Day one of the American Physical Society March Meeting. I made sure to get to the exhibitors early, as that’s the prime opportunity to score free stuff before booths run our or get too crowded. I’ve definitely refined my “grabbing free swag” style since I went to my first March Meeting. Then, I was over-eager to take anything. But that learn to lugging a heavy bag full of stuff I would eventually throw out. Now I know not to take most of the free magazines/journals and that most free pens suck. I go straight to toys, edibles, gadgets, and anything that obnoxiously lights up.
So far I’ve scored:
Overall, it’s a pretty good haul, because I didn’t really try that hard to hit up every booth. Except one of the pins is kind of sexist.