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Europe, part 2: Munich

Munich/M√ľnchen is definitely the city on our trip I wish we’d had more time in just to wander. We only had one full day to explore the city, so we took a recommendation from my parents and did a bike … Continue reading

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Europe, Part 1

I know this blog has been radio-silent for the past six months – this is partly due to being pretty busy with the whole PhD gig and partly due to being distracted by an actual real-life hobby. (Crazy, I know.) … Continue reading

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For the Birds

“Grill season” doesn’t (un)officially start in the US until Memorial Day weekend at the end of May – like Labour Day weekend in NZ, the time when you’re supposed to dust off the BBQ grill, put on your first pair … Continue reading

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Some History

One of the things I still get a kick out of here, even after nearly three years, is driving past the town signs (every little bit of land in Massachusetts is part of some sort of town or city, jurisdictionally … Continue reading

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Swings and Roundabouts

It’s been a curious sort of week from where I’m sitting in Western Massachusetts. I always tell people in New Zealand that I’m in “the part of Massachusetts that isn’t Boston”, but whether you like it or not (and a … Continue reading

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The Blizzard of 2013

It might have caught the attention of some of you that we had a little bit of snow here in New England over the weekend. We actually got off pretty lightly here in Western Massachusetts, and by “lightly” I mean … Continue reading

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Colds

I think I said something last week about it being really cold. Everyone: I was wrong. Now it’s really cold. The wind chill tomorrow morning is supposed to be -15F. If I didn’t have to leave the house FOR SCIENCE! … Continue reading

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Taxonomy By Night

We had a brief thaw here last week, enough to melt almost all the snow (though it was replenished quickly enough). Turns out one of the side-effects of “warm” (translation: above freezing) temperatures and low winds on an area with … Continue reading

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Twenty Below

The serious part of winter has arrived here in Western Massachusetts – we got a foot of snow between Christmas and New Year’s, and it is, admittedly, very pretty. It’s also sticking around, because along with the snow, we’ve also … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas, Everyone

This is the view from my kitchen window. This is the forecast for Christmas Eve/Christmas Day: Many, many Christmas-related movies have taught me that it is common, nay, traditional, for the “white” part of “white Christmas” to be withheld until … Continue reading

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