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Paul's Pictures - August 2003

Well, here is August. School starts this month, so pictuers are sure to get interesting then. Still, I've not yet found that photographer state-of-mind, where anything and everything can be a picture, so this is dwindling to about one picture a week (although I typically take more than that).

August 28

(It's already the second week of September, I had some free time, so I decided to go back and bring these up to date.)

So here I got up and was walking out the door at about 7:40 or so for my 8:05 class, and it's raining. You can't really tell it's raining in the picture, but it was. What I like about this shot is the obvious morning quality to it, maybe even peaceful.

August 20

This was another one of those pictures I thought I might get in trouble for, so I just took one quick. After I took the picture and left, I realized I could have just pretended I worked for yearbook or something, and taken as many as I like.

School started today. This is the student union bookstore. If I wasn't so far away, you'd see how busy it really was. They were completely out of syllabi for the Math class I'm taking, so I had to ask to use someone's printer and get it off internet.

To catch up a bit, my car is now fixed (it wasn't the alternator, it was the voltage regulator), I'm looking for a roommate, and thinking about buying/building a loft, because the room is pretty small for two people.

August 15

They hadn't finished construction on apartment A when people started moving in. What you see here are the baseboards they were cutting. A is really nice now. I'll get a picture of it soon. All freshly carpeted and painted. Well, the color isn't that great; they decided to make it a pale institutional-green.

Oh, and I went to Kansas City last weekend and watched "Matrix Reloaded" in IMAX. Very cool. At least for a while. Then you get used to the size, and it looks normal again.

Well, my computer just told me it's time to go to bed (I have it scheduled to do that every 10 minutes starting at midnight), so I'll update one more day, and then follow that advice.

August 9

Well, my car battery kept dying on me, so I went out and bought a brand new one. My hood doesn't stay up very well on its own, so I found a two-by-four lying around to hold it up.

The replacement went fine, my car started right up. The next day I drove to Kansas City to visit a friend. When it was time to leave, the car wouldn't start; the battery was dead again! I got a jump start, and drove the two hours back, not stopping until I was parked in my spot.

So it turns out it looks like the new alternator I got last month is draining the battery. Fortunately, it's still under warranty.

Sorry if I seem a bit distracted. I'm watching "Back to the Future" in the background. "Are you telling me you built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?"

August 3

I was remembering pouring milk from bags in Ecuador, and wondering why it twisted as it poured. Recently, I rediscovered Bad Astronomy, a site that debunks people who believe the moon landing was a hoax, and also sports movie reviews on what does and does not happen in movies like "Men in Black" and "Deep Impact".

Milk and movies may not seem related, but on that site he also debunks the popular belief that the Cor.. (checking spelling) Coriolis Effect can be seen in your sink or bathtub (it can't), and it made me think of the twisting milk.

I decided to reproduce the phenomenon and capture it, if I could. Here is the result. I have yet to find out what causes it. I tried a Google search, but had no idea what to look for, so I got no useful results.

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