Month: October 2013

Nike Women’s Half Marathon

A few weeks ago I was talking with two senior grad students from my old lab, and they were discussing how graduate school was like a marathon. “We’ve been through so much, and now we’re so close. We can’t see the finish line yet, but it’s right there!”

“You guys are so inspiring, ” I said, half joking.

They looked over at me and laughed. “You think we’re kidding, but we’re really not. Grad school is a marathon, and you are at mile 1. It should be actually kind of fun right now.”

Well, mile 2 should be the most fun. Mile 1 is just getting used to the pace of running.

I’d like to say that this conversation inspired me to kick off my graduate career by running a half marathon, but in reality I had signed up for it months ago.


Music – October 2013

Some songs I’ve been listening to this month:

Foxygen – San Francisco
Laura Marling – Alas, I Cannot Swim
Laura Marling – Hope in the Air
Lorde – Royals. Lorde was at the Fillmore last Friday, but tickets had been sold out. Devastating.
Lorde – Team
Noah and the Whale – Paradise Stars. A short but beautiful instrumental piece.
Noah and the Whale – Shape of My Heart. An oldie but goodie. Thrilled when they played it last Tuesday.
Rihanna – Diamonds. When I learned that Sia co-wrote this song, I was surprised – but it makes so much sense. Can’t you just hear her sing it?
Sia – Elastic Heart
Silversun Pickups – Lazy Eye
Surfer Blood – Floating Vibes
Vampire Weekend – Diane Young
Vampire Weekend – Ya Hey


Noah and the Whale concert

Yesterday my friend and I went to a Noah and the Whale concert at the Fillmore in SF. The timing of the concert was absolutely perfect. On their end, their latest album was released five months ago in early May. That gave people enough time to listen to the new album and fall in love with it. A concert too close to the album release date runs the risk of the audience being clueless and slightly bored. On my end, I had just gotten back into their music at the end of summer. Since tickets can be released several months before the concert, often I will buy the ticket so far in advance that by the time the concert rolled around I had moved on to other bands. But not this time! (more…)