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ok, I'm sold

hook, line, sinker... the whole tackle box. UCSC is the place for me ;)

I've got a million and one things to do today but I'll post more about my visit to Santa Cruz when I get a chance.

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pbrane
Apr. 10th, 2003 12:36 pm (UTC)
with a good coffee shop on it too!
pbrane
Apr. 10th, 2003 12:49 pm (UTC)
Heh. I knew you'd like UCSC, it's pretty rad... did you meet Jason Farris while you were down there, or Teela? What grad students did you hang with while you were there? Gimme the scoop, yo!

Ok, I'll wait 'till you write it up. :)
spoonless
Apr. 10th, 2003 10:28 pm (UTC)
Heh, okay now here's another small-world moment: it's even funnier that he's the one guy you mention.

Get this... Jason Farris (at least I'm pretty sure that's his last name, there were two Jason's there but the other one was a first-year) and I knew each other from beforehand. I just didn't know he went there. He recognized me almost as soon as I got there. We both were undergrads at Georgia Tech. Now, the undergrad physics dept at GT is huge, and I took the classes in a very weird random spread-out order so I almost never had a class twice with the same person... but anyway, we were in a class in 1998 (David Finkelstein's class, a guy I mentioned in a previous post in my journal) together and had a few conversations after class with each other. It took us a while to figure out where we knew each other from, but after that I spent much of the day with him--he gave me a tour of the campus and stuff. I'll post more general details (if you'll allow the oxymoron) about the visit in a separate entry.

Oh, as for other people I spent a while talking to (or drinking with, or both): Brandon Allgood, Trieu Mai, Vidya Kumar, Lisa Downward, Jan Haerter, and the other Jason... Jason Hancock. Oh, and a guy named Johnathan who drove me back to the airport. I was introduced to several others but I either didn't talk to them for very long or forgot their names. There's a small chance I am switching the two Jasons (I looked here to get these last names, after remembering first names: http://physics.ucsc.edu/resources/directory.html)

I sat in on one of Tom Banks's classes (lots of talk about Instantons, and Solitons, most went way over my head), and also a class with Howie Haber. The Haber class was really basic Group Theory, but it may just have seemed more basic after hearing Banks' stuff. I guess it's only their third week or so of class though.
pbrane
Apr. 10th, 2003 11:59 pm (UTC)
I think that may be the other Jason - Jason Farris was an undergrad at UCSC with me, and graduated in spring of 98, and then came back to go to grad school after a couple of years - I don't think he ever went to GT...

Sounds like you met some cool folks while you were there - Banks is a badass alright - that sounds like a fun class he was doing - probably advanced topics in QFT from
the sound of it. Was Dine not teaching while you were there? He's a pretty good lecturer, and Howie teaches a solid class - works your ass off, but makes you want to earn his respect.

Look forward to hearing more of your adventures in Sandy Cruise.
spoonless
Apr. 11th, 2003 07:19 am (UTC)

I think that may be the other Jason - Jason Farris was an undergrad at UCSC with me, and graduated in spring of 98, and then came back to go to grad school after a couple of years - I don't think he ever went to GT...


Oh, ok. So I must have them backwards. Does the Jason you're talking about have blond hair, perhaps somewhat curly... fairly tall?

That Jason I sat across from while we were eating Sushi, so during dinner I mostly talked to him and Trieu, an asian guy who promised to teach me to surf if I came out there. Later, we all went to the Red Room, and I talked with both of them more.


Sounds like you met some cool folks while you were there - Banks is a badass alright - that sounds like a fun class he was doing - probably advanced topics in QFT from
the sound of it.

Yup. That was the class.

Was Dine not teaching while you were there?

Unfortunately, no. He was away that day so I didn't even get to talk to him. I was hoping to since he seemed pretty cool over the phone (and I looked at some of his papers he sent me). I ended up mostly talking to Onnutom Narayan, even though he is condensed matter. Unlike Boston, I spent much more time hanging with grad students and less time talking with professors. But I could tell all the professors were easy-going and from their webpages I already knew how much of a badass each one was and what kind of research they were into. The sitting-in-on-classes was probably more helpful anyway.
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