A Wedding in Chile

Let it never, ever be said that the Chilean people lack warmth or hospitality. I learned this lesson well in March of 2016, when I flew to Chile for a two-month backpacking trip to celebrate the completion of my Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. Less than 48 hours after landing in Santiago, I found myself in a situation I had never imagined in my wildest dreams – adopted by a Chilean family and invited to be a member of their wedding party in Valparaíso. Continue reading “A Wedding in Chile”

Listen to This: Rock Edition

I listen to a variety of music, but the broadband genre called “rock” has long been and continues to be my favorite category of music to listen to. From soothing, soul-touching bluesy rock to head-banging metal, the genre has it all. And it’s a crying shame that so much amazing music is out there, but never makes it to the radio to be consumed by “the masses”. To counteract that, at least a little bit, here is a brief collection of my favorite rock songs that you might not have heard before. Plug in, turn up, and rock out, audiophiles! Continue reading “Listen to This: Rock Edition”

Dual Installations of Python 2.X and Python 3.X with Anaconda/Spyder

IS IT NOT BEAUTIFUL???

Python 3 has been around for quite awhile, but I have delayed the upgrade from my 2.7 version partially due to a small fear of my code breaking but mostly out of laziness. Well, I have procrastinated long enough, and today it was finally time to upgrade. However, I wanted to still be able to run/test code in Python 2.7 in case some modules were no longer available in 3.5. The obvious solution from 5 minutes of Googling was virtual environments, but I had trouble finding an “Idiot’s Guide” to working with virtual environments in Windows with Spyder. Once I figured out how to do it, I felt pretty stupid, because it is actually incredibly basic. Continue reading “Dual Installations of Python 2.X and Python 3.X with Anaconda/Spyder”

Unplanned, Yet Successful: Mountain Unicycling in Sweden

There are two well-known groups of people in the world: those who plan everything to the finest detail, and those who refuse to plan anything at all. I normally fall somewhere between these two groups, but for a quick camping-and-unicycling trip to Sweden last fall, I hardly planned anything at all. To my surprise, the weekend trip ended up being quite a success. Continue reading “Unplanned, Yet Successful: Mountain Unicycling in Sweden”