Hunky Husband and I have spent this past week in meetings held by the organization for which we volunteer - some meetings of which were informational, some of which were training, some of which we were actually getting work/planning accomplished. At our ages, 10-12 hours of meetings is just too much. We skipped the evening meetings, entirely! As it was, we were at meetings from 8am to 6:30pm each day. There was no day that I failed to put in a few more hours at my normal type of volunteer work. Yesterday, I took it easy. (In my jargon, that means that I only put in about seven hours at a hot computer.)
Sexist quote of the day: “I couldn’t believe it,” recalls Peggy Udden, an executive secretary at MIT, “not only because she was so young, but a girl.” from a Yahoo! article concerning Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski. Pasterski is a physicist, a first-generation American from Cuba who is the new buzz in the world of physics. If you want to see Pasterski's home-built aircraft, go here.
Speaking of buzzes in physics: Gravitational waves, Einstein’s ripples in spacetime, spotted for first time. From the linked article:
The discovery marks a triumph for the 1000 physicists with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), a pair of gigantic instruments in Hanford, Washington, and Livingston, Louisiana. Rumors of the detection had circulated for months. Today, at a press conference in Washington, D.C., the LIGO team made it official. “We did it!” says David Reitze, a physicist and LIGO executive director at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena. “All the rumors swirling around out there got most of it right.”
By Yinweichen (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Earth-shaking: Yesterday, we experienced another earthquake - stronger than any I've previously felt in Kansas. The quake was measured as 5.1 on the Richter Scale by USGS with epicenter down in Oklahoma - the strongest quake they've had since 2011. It really rattled my computer and everything on my computer desk around! (I was working on the computer at the time.)