Engineering, flu, and a shrine.

Engineering, flu, and a shrine.

Cara’s got the awful flu bug, her poor husband and child have it bad, and Kate’s still kind of got it. We’re in bad shape with this virus. And the ice and unending gray skies don’t help. Kate and I built this shrine on our mantle in hopes of...

On design.  And we breathe deeply again.

On design. And we breathe deeply again.

After the past few weeks night and day work on our Gigantic Grant Proposal, we’re are getting back to normal. It’s good for all of us. I was finally able to detach from my computer and desk and prototype some ideas I’ve bottled up for months. We are...

Proposal done, time for some fluvial whiskeyology.

Proposal done, time for some fluvial whiskeyology.

It’s hard to describe how much work this proposal has been. Somewhere around 270 hours of LRRD time. Night and day, day after day, since early December. And yesterday and today Matt Whiles and Harvey Henson (shown here with Cara and Dayna in back) were our...


Hard work writing, and some good news.

Hard work writing, and some good news.

We cranked on our proposal, which now involves five principal investigators at SIUC, something like seven programs there, four high schools, and three other universities from UC-Berkeley east to the U of I Champaign-Urbana. At least Jessie got to have some fun (I...