Archive for January, 2009

pyramids and temples

January 19, 2009

During my recent visit to the Teotihucan archaeological site, I overhead an English-speaking girl say to her boyfriend, “It’s awesome that Mexico has so many pyramids and temples. . . The U.S. doesn’t have anything like this at all.”

In a literal sense, the girl was correct: the indigenous peoples of the continental United States aren’t known for building massively tall temples.  On the other hand, the U.S. is ripe with natural temples.  In no particular order, here are three of my favorite:

1. Mount San Jacinto in southern California. Mount S.J. looms over the dessicated San Gorgonio Desert, and is one of the few places to simultaneously view the Pacific Ocean and the state of Nevada.

2. Spencer’s Butte in Eugene, Oregon. 

3. Sourdough Mountain in the North Cascades National Park.


Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing 2009

January 13, 2009

The 2009 Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing ended last week; Apparently, it was awesome. I couldn’t attend this year. . . but next year?

Although the party is over, the media remains. Here are some compelling links:

The Official PSB 2009 webpage

The official PSB 2009 conference proceedings

The PSB FriendFeed room

Also, it looks like there was a cool workshop on open science.

I (heart) Mexico

January 8, 2009

Thanks to Lorenzo for the dramatic interpretation.

“The life of Siddhartha in two acts”

January 7, 2009

mixed media on salvaged canvas:

a photograph of the painting[/caption]

a detailed photograph of the painting[/caption]

Seen on the streets of Mexico City

January 4, 2009

“este amor no es para cobardes”