Stanford campus photo from above


Random Encounters

Yesterday, walking through Boston Common I see this girl who looks strikingly similar to my friend Neely Shah from Duke. I kept glancing at her and when she kept glancing back we finally realized we were who each of us thought the other was! I haven't seen Neely since senior year at Duke so it was crazy to randomly run into her in Boston!



Hawaii conference

Hawaii conf, originally uploaded by eesley.

I'm headed out on Tuesday for San Fran and then to this conference in Hawaii . . .


Mike and Alison

IMG_0723, originally uploaded by eesley.

Went to Liz's wedding in the Catskills and got to see Mike and meet Allison. It was a good time.


CBS News | CIA Flying Suspects To Torture?

CBS News | CIA Flying Suspects To Torture? | March 6, 2005: "You may not have heard the term 'rendition,' at least not the way the Central Intelligence Agency uses it. But renditions have become one of the most important secret weapons in the war on terror.

In recent years, well over 100 people have disappeared or been 'rendered' all around the world. Witnesses tell the same story: masked men in an unmarked jet seize their target, cut off his clothes, put him in a blindfold and jumpsuit, tranquilize him and fly him away.

They're describing U.S. agents collaring terrorism suspects. Some notorious terrorists such as Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, the mastermind of 9/11, were rendered this way.

But as Correspondent Scott Pelley reports, it's happening to many others. Some are taken to prisons infamous for torture. And a few may have been rendered by mistake. One of the covert missions happened in Stockholm, and the details have touched off a national scandal in Sweden. "


San Francisco - Hawaii Trip

This weekend I'm renting a car and driving to the Catskills in NY! I'm going there for Liz's wedding and will get to chill with Mike and Alison there. I hope I remember how to drive!

I've got a nice trip coming up that I'm excited about. I'm headed to Hawaii to present a paper at the Academy of Management Conference. I get into SFO at noon on Aug. 2nd and leave at noon on the 4th for Hawaii. Get back into SFO early on the 11th and then check into the Fairmont San Francisco for the Neurocog Trial meetings on the 11th and 12th. Then head back to Boston on the 14th at 1:30pm.

Should be a nice trip and I'm looking forward to catching up with folks (Kim, Eric, Kelan, Ali, and Cindy!) in San Fran.


The Marietta Times: Lowell resident awarded graduate fellowship

Not only did Michael win this fellowship, he also made the Marietta Times! Besides being one of maybe 10 who read this blog, Michael and his brothers Josh and Shawn were pretty much like brothers to me growing up in Lowell. There were some pretty intense soccer, basketball, and baseball games in the summers.

The Marietta Times: Lowell resident awarded graduate fellowship
: "Michael Arnold, a graduate student working toward his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, was recently published in the Journal of American Chemical Society.Based on his research project, Arnold was awarded the prestigious Bristol-Myers Squibb Graduate Fellowship in Synthetic Organic Chemistry.Arnold was one of 10 recipients in the nation, and the first graduate student at the University of Illinois, to receive this fellowship. Other recipients were from schools such as Harvard, Columbia, Berkley, Stanford and California Institute of Technology."


Mike's model shot

Mike's model shot

Scroll down, look along the right-hand side. in the 3rd box down, under "learning for success/learning for prosperity" and above "IMQ." that's mike standing at the white board in the tan shirt with the tie.

You can right click and zoom in for a better look at him.

Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Boston Museum of Fine Arts, originally uploaded by snafu.

I went to a "Duke in Boston" event this past Wednesday which was a tour of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The tour was focused on the history of the museum itself and was interesting.

I didn't recognize any of the Duke people but there were about 20-30 of them of all ages. The museum costs only a voluntary donation on Wednesday evenings and is a short bike ride away, so I look forward to returning.

Neurocog Trials, Inc :: Staff Bios

Neurocog Trials, Inc :: Staff Bios

The website for Neurocog Trials finally went up.


Imitative behavior

Does anyone else feel like all the publicity directed at terrorist attacks and suicide bombings is driving more imitative behavior?

Though I'm not a huge fan of Gladwell, having read the Tipping Point recently:

"Gladwell points to a rash of Young Werther suicides that took place in Micronesia in the 1970's and 80's. Just like crime or smoking, suicide is contagious, he writes, citing the studies of a University of California sociologist who found that suicides increase after reports of suicide appear in the newspapers."

Can there be a rationale for limiting the massive press coverage that such events garner?


NeuroSky to offer thought control without those pesky brain implants

NeuroSky to offer thought control without those pesky brain implants - Engadget - now, NeuroSky (a fab(u)less startup of US chip designers and Russian neuroscientists) claims a "breakthrough" in non-invasive neural sensors allowing low-cost, dry (no contact gels) neural mapping solutions to be applied to those things you%u2019d most like to mind control (spouse, voters, TV, game console, cellphone). Initially, they will focus on three
applications: sleep/drowsiness detectors for the automotive and industrial markets; therapeutic solutions for attention
deficit disorder (ADD) problems; and gaming consoles. They%u2019ve already inked a deal with China Mobile and their 100
million cellphone subscribers. Hmm, China embracing thought-control technology - who woulda guessed it?"


Rice Dream - TIPwiki

This is a TiP Wiki about a student of mine, Chris and mentioning the class that Erin and I taught.

Rice Dream - TIPwiki: A delightful lactose-free equivalent to milk, this tasty beverage is available in the East Campus Union store and at Whole Foods. It comes in a paper carton by the gallon or convenient juice box-like packaging, and its flavors include 'original' and 'vanilla.' Rice Dream has also become a bit of a legend, thanks to Chris Collins, East term 1 2003.
Chris was always quite a fan of Rice Dream. He put it in his Special K with Red Berries. He bought a carton each day at lunch. He tried to share his love of the drink with his classmates in 'Thinking the Unthinkable' and with his friends. In fact, he won many to his cause. But Chris's mission only reached fruition in combination with his other love, that of filmmaking. Chris and his friends were well known for their movies, which included such subjects as the hunt for their friend Doug. Their latest creation was named for its starring beverage, Rice Dream. In it, an unsuspecting TIPster drinks the milk substitute and experiences THE RICE DREAM. With such cinematographic effects as disappearing TIPsters, tennis balls growing from trees, a well-aimed frisbee throw, and alteration between first-person and third-person shooter, the film was an immediate success. It first aired in the Bassett common room, and soon most TIPsters had seen it and the Union store had completely sold out of Rice Dream.
Another note-worthy display of Rice Dream affection took place on the final class day of that term, when the Thinking the Unthinkable class (whose tshirt artwork was inspired by the Rice Dream packaging) had a ceremonial Rice Dream drinking. All present had to share a favorite moment before sipping the sacred beverage from a juice box.
Although Rice Dream appreciation seems to have abated in the ensuing years, the legend lives on in the hearts and minds of all who experienced the magic first-hand."



IMG_0720, originally uploaded by eesley.

Unfortunately I accidentally left my flash on which ruined most of my fireworks pictures. A few of them turned out alright.

I got to hear the Boston Pop's rehearsal on Sunday night at the Hatch Shell.


View of Boston

IMG_0690, originally uploaded by eesley.

I went and had a drink at the top of the Prudential building yesterday evening. The view is incredible. Some day I'd like to bring a date to have dinner at this table . . .

Can't wait for the fireworks tomorrow, I hear the Boston display is quite good.



Took a long walk around Cambridge/Boston tonight and then watched the movie Amandla. I highly recommend it.

Amandla! Film Biography: "'Song is what keeps us alive.'
-- Lindiwe Zulu (Freedom Fighter)"

In other news I'm headed out to the Bay area for the next Neurocog Trials meeting. I'll be in San Fran August 10th - 12th or so. Can't wait to see all you Cali kids out there!

Kissinger regrets India comments

I watched with great interest the documentary "The Trial of Henry Kissinger" last weekend. To me, this just confirms the portrait of his character that the movie attempts to demonstrate.

BBC NEWS | South Asia | Kissinger regrets India comments: "Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has expressed regret over anti-India comments he made to former US President Richard Nixon."