Amparo Bertram (spacealien_vamp) wrote,
Amparo Bertram
spacealien_vamp

A cosmic week

You may recall that last fall I reported splurging on tickets to see Neil deGrasse Tyson in San Francisco. The date of the lecture finally rolled around, and on Wednesday I headed downtown directly after work. When I arrived, I had about 4 hours to kill, so I decided to check out the nearest game shop, which was about a 30 minute walk away.

The game shop (Gamescape) was a fairly decent size. I was impressed by their selection, though there wasn't anything that I needed to purchase on the spot. They have several gaming tables set up in the back, along with a wall of shelves holding demo copies. They seemed to be doing pretty decent business, particularly considering that I was there mid-afternoon on a weekday. From what I overheard of the staff answering other customers' questions, they seemed quite knowledgeable about games.

After I finished scoping out the game shop, I went back to Market Street for a leisurely supper and then continued on to the theater. The advertisement for the event said that it would be about an hour lecture, but it ended up being about double that. The topic of the talk was the "culture of discovery," and how scientific innovation is generally made by nations that are A) wealthy, B) healthy, and C) putting a priority on science. He mentioned that, while the US had a culture of discovery 50 years ago, that has been declining in recent years, and the bulk of today's innovation is coming from other countries.

Also, Pluto. Still not a planet.

He is an awesome speaker, and he had the audience in stitches for most of the presentation. By the time the lecture and Q&A session at the end were over, I rushed to catch the BART back to the airport. I managed to arrive and catch the last express bus home with about a minute to spare.

This weekend we had warm, sunny weather, perfect for working out in the yard. Of course, I proceeded to spend most of Friday playing on the computer. I tried to make up for it on Saturday by weeding for about 5 hours and transplanting a bunch of alpine strawberries. I also harvested all the leeks that remained from last year's crop. I looked up a recipe for Colcannon in one of the cookbooks I got as a Christmas present and made that for supper, using the leeks plus the potatoes I harvested a couple weeks ago and a fresh bunch of kale from the front yard. It came out rather well, and quite colorful, since most of the potatoes I had on hand were purple.

I still have a bunch of weeding and transplanting to work on. Hopefully I'll be able to get that done next weekend. I also plan to harvest some of my bamboo to construct supports for the beans I'll plant in a couple months.
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