Archives: October 2009

Day 276 – Coffee House

October 3, 2009

Coffee House is a venue where student musicians can perform for the campus in the student union. Hillsdale has some very talented musicians! Unfortunately, I could only stay for an hour. Click on the photos to view them at a larger size:

Day 277 – Beautiful Sky

October 4, 2009

I looked out of my window while I was studying after dinner, and I saw this beautifully colored sky.

Day 278 – Central Hall Clock Tower

October 5, 2009

I got to go in the clock tower of Central Hall today! What a cool place! The webcams up there had smudges on the lenses, so I volunteered to go up to clean them for ITS. The journey up the various ladders and the rough hand-hewn stairs is a long one, but definitely worth it. The view is amazing from the platform at the top. I took my camera with me (with only one lens, unfortunately). There are some very neat rooms and spaces up in the clock tower. Here are a few photos:

Day 281 – IM Football

October 8, 2009

This photo ran in today’s Collegian with this article. I also had a number of portraits I took for the homecoming bios, and I compiled the quick hits this week.

Day 282 – Economizing on Brain Power

October 9, 2009

I had an interesting concept brought up to me today while I was discussing the difference between rationality and reason with Professor Lea. To try to understand the difference, we did a thought experiment about making choices. When a person makes a choice, he or she weighs the expected utility (broadly defined) of each unit, ranks the units by preference, then chooses the one with the highest utility. This happens whether or not a person is conscious of it, and it is a systematic way of making choices and rationally fulfilling ends. Professor Lea and I both understood this.

Day 286 – More Charger Swimming

October 13, 2009

All three pre-fall break exams are finished! Now I have to put the finishing touches on my Austrian Economics paper on the notion of cost and its use in economic regulation, and I will be on my way to visit Ryan in Chicago!

Day 288 – Chicago Arrival

October 15, 2009

I finally got my paper finished, turned it in, then hopped in the vehicle and drive to visit Ryan in Chicago. Before I left, it was snowing in Hillsdale! It stopped after 10am, but there was definitely snow falling for a few hours. The ground was warm enough that it melted right away, though.

Day 290 – Second Full Day in Chicago

October 17, 2009

I had another great day today! We got a late start (slept until 11), but Ryan and I met Carrie at Jake Melnick’s for lunch, which was excellent. I had a beef brisket sandwich, and we got an order of the XXX wings. Those wings are the hottest, yet most flavorful wings I’ve ever had. They blow Quaker Steak’s atomic sauce out of the water. They were very good, but insanely hot. Even now, 7 hours later, I can still feel the dull burn in my stomach from those wings.

Day 299 – Wonderful Autumn Day

October 26, 2009

The weather was absolutely beautiful today. I took a little time this afternoon to go out and take photos. I will post a few more tomorrow!

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Day 301 – Dilemma

October 28, 2009

Yesterday afternoon, I was pulled over by a Michigan State Trooper for a traffic violation. I received a citation for violating code 257.637: passing a vehicle on the right.

Day 302 – Patri Friedman at Hillsdale

October 29, 2009

Tuesday, political theorist, activist, former Google engineer, and World Series of Poker player Patri Friedman came to Hillsdale to give a talk on structural activism and seasteading. Friedman is the founder of The Seasteading Institute, whose mission is “to further the establishment and growth of permanent, autonomous ocean communities, enabling innovation with new political and social systems.”