Archive for March, 2009

Surely you’re joking, Mr. Collins!

By • Mar 31st, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, nature, Research

[Alternate title: In which I tactlessly destroy an article in Nature]
 Except that I am not laughing.  I’m really not.  This I would have expected from New Scientist, but from Nature?
 As a skeptic, my very first issue is with the title of the article (in full here):
  We cannot live by scepticism alone
But Collins doesn’t mean […]



Pas trop satisfiant…

By • Mar 30th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

… mais ça suffit. I have officially finished typing my thesis (YAY!). But, alas, being a Monday, I now have to do more homework – and tomorrow I have to create the Bibliography, edit all the footnotes, add some in just-in-case, and do a final breeze-over before sending it down the pipe to my Director. […]

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Quicksilver and the Art of Successful Negotiating

By • Mar 26th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I am in William and Mary’s Environmental Science and Policy (ENSP) department’s 1-credit course on heavy metals as global contaminants, which has had a guest lecturer every week for 3 weeks. This week was Pep Fuller, who retired from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2001, but has worked for the EPA, State Department, […]



The end of the tunnel

By • Mar 25th, 2009 • Category: About, Honors Thesis, Research

It either speaks poorly of me, or honestly of the way this semester’s been going: Apparently, I have two fewer weeks to work on my thesis than I’d assumed.  *Doh.* Chapter Five is now mostly written.  There are gaps in the text where I’ve made notes for myself about what to write later.  I’m not […]

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Posting Images

By • Mar 25th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, Uncategorized

Here is my image below:

Here is what I have to say about it…



Maybe tomorrow I’ll be a little late

By • Mar 24th, 2009 • Category: conference, Honors Thesis, Research

I feel like I’ve gotten enough sleep to put something up here about the presentation at UNCW.  We actually got lost on the way down there due to bad directions (figures the one time Google decides to fail me) and ended up driving through the North Carolina back country woods for an hour or so.  […]



Hesitancy, but no pause

By • Mar 21st, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Quebec, Research

I think I have made it through the night.  [[God, I hope so.]]  The similarities of dusk and dawn, to the casual observer like me, could be playing tricks on me, but I do not have time to question it.  Thus, with hesitancy, I say “Moving on…” The workload of the last two months of […]

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Soul Searching

By • Mar 20th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

           Most people associate spring break with a trip to the beach, time to relax at home, or perhaps a service trip to those in need. This year, however, I spent William and Mary’s spring break doing something quite unique … Continue reading



Life plays dirty

By • Mar 17th, 2009 • Category: About, Honors Thesis, Research

“When it rains it pours.” A similar truth played out in Williamsburg over spring break, raining for going on six days and still a little chilly. And in my life, … oh man. I won’t get into it, but let me tell you it’s a doozy. I will have lots of stories to tell when […]



Looking Back

By • Mar 17th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, Uncategorized

Looking back on our week in Spain, I was trying to figure out which date was most important during our trip. One I came up with was the connection we helped make between Marcos Burgos, the son of an executed republican captain, and the archive in Alcala. The archive is an important tool […]