Thursday, November 11, 2010
This number is about 100 miles more per week than I thought and driving has cost me around $900 in gas this year (not including other car related expenses).
I drew a trend line on the graph to see the thing that I realized myself, namely that I am cycling less and relying on my car more. Part of this has to do with the fact that we've been trying to (and now successfully) sold my wifes car, so we've put more miles on mine that was originally getting split between the two cars. The other side of this is that I've haven't been biking to the lab and instead opting to drive every morning.
So I am laying down a challenge to myself, starting next week, for 4 weeks I want to give up my car! It is going to be an interesting challenge especially since we've been enjoying a weird break in good weather that I am sure will crumble during my biking trial. But I want to try to reverse my trend and set a good example for commuting without a car.
The significant down side is the added time. Driving to the lab takes 30-40 mins. The train + bike takes about 70-80 mins. So it means waking up early/leaving early/ and more planning of my days. But, I want to try it...so we'll see how it goes.
Hopefully I'll be able to post miles biked vs miles driven in the coming days.
Monday, November 8, 2010
As many of you know the Large Hadron Collider has switched from colliding proton on proton to using Lead Ions on Lead Ions.
A great article from the guardian (found here) describes the type of physics that can be probed from colliding heavy ions at high energy that is often hard to tease out of collisions like proton/proton or proton/anti-proton like the what is done at the LHC and the Tevatron respectively.
This is another really big landmark for the LHC and the next era of particle physics. I can't wait to see what results come from Alice and LHCb with these collisions.
See live event collisions from the CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) webpage here