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Howdy,

I have returned to the intert00bs and come bearing photos. Having had several people misinterpret my intentions when dealing with philosophy, I will reassure you that my intentions are to support sound scientific, rational, evidence based reasoning and will only tackle scientific questions when philosophy attempts to contradict rationality. If you disagree with those intentions, then you are likely continuing your misinterpretation as it should conflict with no one’s belief system (except maybe Christian Scientists and other anti-rationalist philosophies [note: I have seen signs at various places of worship exclaiming, “A rational mind is the hand of Satan,” which is where I base this claim.]). This is not to mention the Methodist preacher who assaulted my profession when I was nice enough to visit his church to spend some time with my family before I left for Japan … luckily, I don’t hold grudges 😀 .

Now on to the real stuff. A few weeks ago, I attended the International Conference of Photo Excited Processes and Applications (ICPEPA-6) in Sappporo Japan. It was a lot of fun, but being as it was my first conference, I made it my duty to attend all of the talks and discussions. I didn’t get to tour the city very much, unfortunately, but I did get to take some really interesting photos of the Ainu Museum outside of Chitose. Enjoy!

Drying fish that have been smoking for nearly a year at the time of this photo.

Drying fish that have been smoking for nearly a year at the time of this photo.

Traditional Ainu houses.

Traditional Ainu houses.

Boats anchored off of the shore of the lake in the Museum. The Ainu focused mostly on meats and much less on grains in their diets.

Boats anchored off of the shore of the lake in the Museum. The Ainu focused mostly on meats and much less on grains in their diets.

Giant Wooden Caving (I'm sorry, but I forgot who/what it depicts)

Giant Wooden Caving (I'm sorry, but I forgot who/what it depicts)

I am not entirely certiain, but I like the multiple lines in the photo

I am not entirely certiain, but I like the multiple lines in the photo

Animals kept at the museum which are animals that the Ainu often dealt with.

Animals kept at the museum which are animals that the Ainu often dealt with.

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I have a bunch of new pictures since moving to Tokyo on Thursday, but I will need a bit of time to organize them and post them. Sorry for being such a delinquent 😉 .

It’s finally here … I finally started a Japanese version of the site. It won’t be exactly the same, but it could be interesting. If you speak Japanese, please help me out by giving me advice and corrections on the new site! This is going to be interesting … To check out the new site, look at the sidebar under ‘Language.’ It’s currently only got an introduction … and a Mini-Derek picture you have yet to see!! Give me some feedback on what you think.

I said click on the link under Language in the sidebar!?

日本語が下手だけど。。。。

I had a lot of fun in Germany, and I think this is my last post specifically regarding the trip to Germany. So have the last two pittures on the house.

A flying bull in Dortmund with a peculiar shield blocking it's eyesight. Don't stand in front of it.

A flying rhino in Dortmund with a peculiar shield blocking it's eyesight. Don't stand in front of it.

Ok, so it snowed the entire time. But, maybe, just maybe, you can make out the small, red remote-controlled car in the makeshift road track.

Ok, so it snowed the entire time. But maybe, just maybe, you can make out the small, red remote-controlled car in the makeshift speedway. The yellow one overheated ... I swear it.

Ok ok, so my trip to Germany ended rather hectically. I found myself in a bind, but I did manage to finish my thesis, titled Development of a Computational Model for Simulation of Laser Processing of Multicomponent Metal Targets. I’m sure you care (hehe). So, what you were probably worried about was whether or not I had any fun in Germany. Sure I did! Lemme see, there was drinking and um … ya ya, there was the lab. Hmmm … Oh and I went to Cologne (Köln)

First, we have the Cologne Cathedral

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So it would seem, Dortmund is quite the busy place on Saturday. That’s the day of the market.

Flowers-dortmund

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Welcome to ISAS

main ISAS

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Ok, I wanted to see if anybody actually read’s or pays attention to this shit. So here we go…

What would a scientist do without technology? But, when you’re in another country thing’s don’t look like you’d expect … what am I supposed to do about it? So I’m going to give you something and ask what it does. Easy, right? All you gotta do is write a comment telling me what you think these devices do. If you get it right … you get a metaphorical cookie of my choosing.

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