As far as my recovery is going, things seem to be going well. I’m trying to remember to take an iron supplement daily to help boost my hemoglobin content in the blood. I’ve been getting in fairly regular walks. I still have stamina issues. That’s going to be something to work on for a long time into the future, apparently.
And Diane is back from her field research, which is a great thing. Six weeks apart is quite enough. There’s a picture taken with Gail’s digital camera of Diane, Gail, and the Ford Expedition vehicle at the loading bay of Storer Hall at UC Davis. I’ll post that when I get a copy.
Work at NCSE is keeping me busy. But in bits of spare time, I am working on some personal projects. On the evolution/creation issue, I’ve written a web application to help exhaustively catalogue antievolution arguments in sources. Mark Isaak has sent me some suggestions for additions to make the project include a little more information to accomplish a task he wants. I’m also working on a larger-scale web site to help establish a public activist community.
There’s a couple of papers in the pipeline, one on bioenergetics of dolphin biosonar, and another concerning a critique of “intelligent design”. There’s plenty more papers to be done. It’s a matter of making time for working on them.
I’m also looking at passive acoustic localization. This is a pretty cool technology that has been applied both for in-air and underwater bioacoustics. With multiple acoustic sensors (microphones or hydrophones), one can obtain estimates of bearing or locations. This is usually accomplished by noting time-of-arrival differences for the same sound at the different sensors (via cross-correlation) and doing some more math to simultaneously solve for a source location. It seems to me that machine learning may be applied to this problem, and I have some ideas for training that I haven’t found in the literature yet.
And, for the literal approach to the subject line, I’m making a salmon entree a weekly feature on the menu here. Essentially, I take about a half-pound of salmon fillet, a potato, a carrot, and a bit of butter, slice the carrots and potato, put everything in an aluminum foil packet, and bake at 425 degrees for 50 minutes. This is a pretty easy to prepare and very tasty dinner. I just add some lemon juice … I walk out to the lemon tree and get another lemon. Thanks to Marguerite and Sam Blackwood for passing on this bit of culinary knowledge.