|Travel and Events (Non-Bicycle Related)|
Mainly critters and other creepy crawlies from the Sungei Buloh wetland reserve and Pulau Ubin. We also found a tree dinosaur, a five-foot monitor lizards just inches above us in the trees.
|Japan - Mt. Unzen Hike and Hells|
After some business in Tokyo and Takasago, I hiked the Mt. Unzen caldera and visited the Jigoku (hells) of Unzen. There was also a plethora of real, natural hot springs, which really helped to soothe the muscles after an eight hour winter hike admist muhyou-encrusted frozen landscapes.
|SUTD-IDC Summit in Singapore|
Visible and infrared pictures of mostly nature-ish things from free time around the SUTD-IDC summit. Includes a trip to Sungei Beloh (northwest nature reserve with mudskippers), the botanical gardens and the orchid gardens in a non-visible spectrum, and surroundings in Geylang, at SUTD, and Queenstown.
I had a quick layover in Hong Kong on my way to Singapore, to visit with colleagues at the City University of Hong Kong, and to see an old friend from the undergrad days. We stopped at a product launch at a startup incubator, and the Hong Kong island skyline made for some really nice night shots.
A big housefly and a drop of a mango-pineapple smoothie provided the perfect pretext for trying out my new Tamron macro lens.
Just after speaking at the MEPhI school on radiation damage, I went on a jaunt through Moscow with Lada through БДНХ (Bedenkha), a great park with a real MIG figher jet, a Vostok rocket, and numerous cultural exhibitions.
|EPRI P-TAC Meeting in Chicago, IL|
Exploits around the Chicago lakefront by Divvy, the city's most excellent bike rental system.
During the CASL Phase II symposium, I took a quick break during a rainstorm to explore the edible public garden. Mulberry season was in full swing, and they were fantastic! Tiny Magness pears and wild peaches rounded out a delightful foraging experience.
|The Asheville Pinball Museum|
Asheville, NC hosts the Pinball Museum, with working copies of many rare and popular pinball machines. A flat fee lets you play as many times as you want, and take pictures as well. It turns out pinball was outlawed in much of the US from the 1940s to the 1970s, as it was seen as a game of chance.
|Brunch at Bryan and Lauren's House|
A fun, homemade brunch at Woody and Lauren's house
|Fourth of July Fireworks|
As usual, Dave and Michelle invited us up to their 24th floor apartment to watch the fireworks. This time, I brought the new fancy camera, and caught a few very well made fireworks.
|Almaty, Kazakhstan: INP Visit|
I went to the Institute of Nuclear Physics (INP) in Almaty, Kazakhstan, to begin a collaboration with a group interested in much of the same research as I. Two of the staff members also took us to Medeu, Kok Tobe, and some sightseeing around the city.
A couple of adventures with Rob and Reiko during/after the SUTD-IDC summit in Singapore
|NUTHOS-12 and Other Adventures in Okinawa and Tokyo|
A combined conference/vacation, starting in Ginowan, Okinawa, and concluding with a trip to see friends and food in Tokyo.
|Meeting at EDF in Fontainebleau, France|
A short collaboration meeting at Electricite de France (EDF) near Fontainebleau, the site of Napoleon's castle. Apparently the pope really does have a holy hand grenade, and we saw a lock of Napoleon's hair. Yum!
|Dimitrovgrad and Moscow, Russia|
I traveled to Dimitrovgrad to attend the 50th anniversary of the ORM special laboratory for nuclear materials, also home to the BOR-60 sodium-cooled reactor. Then I visited the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI), finally saw Red Square and the Kremlin.
Adventures with Marina in Singapore, for the MIT-SUTD international design centre (IDC) summit.
|Adventures and INES-3 Conference in Tokyo, Japan|
I went with some of my students to the INES-3 conference at Tokyo Tech. It was quite incredible, as I attended these conferences frequently as a student, and now many of my friends are faculty, with students of their own! It seems that most folks who attend the INES conferences end up quite successful.
|Fourth of July Fireworks on Top of MIT|
Our friend Sara brought us up to the top of the Green building, the tallest on MIT\'s campus, to watch the Fourth of July fireworks from twenty three stories up. We had a perfect riverview, and saw a great sunset to boot.
|ICAPP in Jeju, Korea, plus Japan!|
I took a trip to Jeju Island in Korea (the good one), for the ICAPP nuclear power conference. We tried Jeju black pork, hiked up a UNESCO ancient volcano crater, and finally had enough spicy food to satisfy me! I also had a five day prelude in Japan, where I met up with Tokyo Tech friends, and got tons of work done in the world's biggest city.
|Singapore University of Technology & Design IDC Summit|
Marina and I headed to Singapore for the aforementioned international design center workshop. She ended up joining the conference, and contributing heavily! We also stopped by the Jurong bird park, and took in more hawker food than is probably healthy.
|Singapore, MMM Conference|
I went to Singapore for the Multiscale Materials Modeling (MMM) conference, and stayed the weekends before and after the conference for some amazing food and cultural experiences. Singapore is a true fusion of Malay, Chinese, South Indian, and Muslim food & culture, and has resulted in some neat things one can only find there.
|NUTHOS-9 Conference in Kaohsiung, Taiwan|
I attended the NUTHOS-9 conference on nuclear thermal-hydraulics, operation, and safety in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. While there, I got a chance to try mantis prawns, stinky tofu, grilled cobra, and durian. I also took the train to Taipei for a day, and managed an 18 hour layover in Tokyo to have conveyor belt sushi twice.
|Cannes and Paris, France|
Marina and I used all my CASL miles to travel to France, both to see her Dad & stepmom in Cannes, and to take a vacation in Paris. Most of Paris was closed due to the August 10-20th holiday, which left the city pleasantly empty for exploration.
|Dead Drops in France|
While in France, Marina and I hunted around Cannes and Paris for 'dead drops,' or USB keys embedded in public spaces. It effectively led us on a scavenger hunt all around Paris, taking us to some popular and some less popular sites.
|Bay Area Trip for Jane and Jose's Wedding|
Marina and I headed out to the Bay Area for Jane and Jose's wedding. We made quick stops by the Musee Mechanique, the sea lions in the San Francisco harbor, and a quick walk through The Dish.
|LANL - The Black Hole and The Caldera|
While visiting colleagues & friends at LANL, I stopped by The Black Hole, a crazy national lab surplus store! I also visited the nearby volcano caldera with my friend Josh, where we found tons of recent lightning strikes and successfully snuck up on a herd of elk!
|Mt. Lafayette with Dad, David & Eric|
Dad, David, Eric and I hiked Mt. Lafeyette on a beautiful summer day in July. We ran into a mountain bachelorette party, stopped at the Woodstock Inn, and the Gypsy Cafe.
|Hike up Mt. Camelback in Phoenix, AZ|
Dad, his friend and I hiked up Camelback Mountain early one morning while visiting in Arizona. It's the only mountain around for tens of miles, and the view through the dry desert air was crystal clear.
|Skiing Grand Targhee in Alta, WY|
Me and some friends from INL went skiing at Grand Targhee. It's the first time I've ever skied out west, or on powder, and it was awesome!
|Camping with Old MIT Friends|
Lynn visited us all the way from Hawaii, so we went camping and hiking just before hurricane Irene hit New Hampshire and closed the national forest. We set up tents, hiked Mt. Willard, and gorged on mountain treats and revelry!
|MIT's 145th Commencement Exercises|
This year was the year I finally finished my MIT education, and it was also MIT's 150th anniversary. This year featured a trio of the best commencement speakers I've heard to date, including the CEO/Chairman of Xerox.
|MIT Doctoral Hooding Ceremony|
The day before graduation, MIT Ph.D. candidates are awarded their doctoral hoods, which complete the academic ensemble. The colors of the robe, hood, and trim spell out a secret code which tells people which university you got your highest degree from and what that degree is.
|Pesach at Mom & Dad's House|
Pesach was held at Mom & Dad's house this year, with all the Chasons present. All six "kids" found the afikomen this year, despite having a combined age of almost 180!
|Trip to Arizona to See Everyone's New Houses|
Marina and I visited my parents and brother in Arizona to see their new houses. We climbed Mt. Camelback (it looks like a sleeping camel), took in some great Mexican food, and saw what it's like to live somewhere more spread out than I could have imagined.
|CASL Trip to Los Alamos, NM|
I went out to Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) to work on CASL, the department of energy's nuclear innovation hub. While there, I managed to get in a bit of hiking on the mesas and catch some amazing views of the New Mexico scenery.
|EPRI P-TAC Meeting and Jose Visiting in Palo Alto, CA|
I attended the EPRI P-TAC meeting in San Francisco, CA for my postdoctoral work. While there, I stayed with Jose and Jane, biked up Old LaHonda Road, and attended the opening of Techshop in San Jose. The building used to be an AOL data center. Nice! Take that!!!
|Catching Pigeons in CVS|
A pigeon somehow got into the 2nd floor of the CVS in Harvard Square. The windows were bolted shut, so we tried to catch it with my overcoat.
|Wine Tasting IAP Course at MIT|
Prof. Hobbs of the materials science department offers a wine appreciation class during IAP, our month-long winter semester. Now that I'm not a student, I actually had time to attend! I never knew how complex fermented grapes could be.
|2010 TIT Conference - Ishigaki Island, Okinawa|
MIT sent seven students and two professors to the 3rd annual symposium for innovations in interdisciplinary energy science. It was held on Ishigaki island, near the western most point of Japan at the end of the Okinawa archipelago. Afterwards, we had two days in Tokyo for a Tokyo Tech lecture & lab tour.
|Japan - TIT Conference and Honeymoon!|
I went to a conference at Tokyo Tech for four days, which enabled Marina and I to have our honeymoon in Japan! MIT paid for my plane tickets, which was the main enabling factor. We went to Tokyo, Kyoto, and up to Sendai to visit some old friends.
|Hike up Mt. Lafayette|
Marina and I hiked most of the way up Mt. Lafayette with Dad and some of his friends from the hospital. We had to turn back near the top on account of high winds and icy rocks.
|Marina's Ph.D. Graduation Ceremony|
Marina was elected to be the student speaker at Brandeis' 2010 school of science graduation. Sources say her speech was better than that of the ambassador to Israel, and was topped only by a live performance of Paul Simon singing The Boxer.
|Marina's Ph.D. defense and subsequent parties|
Marina successfully defended her Ph.D. at Brandeis University. These are pictures from the public presentation, the lab party afterwards, and our family's party in her honor the next day.
|Tina and Charles' Wedding|
Charles, my friend from MIT, got married to his fiance Tina at the Frontiers of Flight museum at Dallas Love Field in Dallas, Texas. It's the first Indian wedding we'd ever been to, and it was very interesting!
|Japan - TIT Conference in Okinawa|
This year Tokyo Tech (TIT) hosted its 2nd annual forum on alternative energy research, which luckily included nuclear power! They flew us all to Okinawa, where we had a most excellent meeting. I then got the weekend free in Tokyo, and explored various intersting places.
|Nepal - Kathmandu and Everest Region|
My trip to Nepal with Dad, Steve and Sandeep. We stayed a few days in Kathmandu during Diwali, and then hiked in the Everest region until I got Nepali Napalm (severe food poisoning) and had to be helicoptered off the side of the mountain.
|Trip to the Boston Aquarium|
Marina, Sara, Fanny and I went to the aquarium for a lab outing. We saw tons of jellyfish, and then ate them in Chinatown!
Marina and I got married on August 2nd, 2009 at the Boston Museum of Science. We had a lovely ceremony and reception at the Washburn Pavillion, next to the Charles River.
|My bachelor party|
All my friends surprised me with an extended evening of fireworks, meat and indoor skydiving in Nashua, NH!
|Dan and Marie's Wedding Reception|
7/25/2009, Prospect Park - The Grecian Shelter, Brooklyn, NY. Since Dan and Marie got married in San Francisco, they had a reception for all the East coast folks who couldn't make it before starting their extended worldwide honeymoon.
My trip with my mom to Koln, Germany for the Bodycote Paper Prize Competition. After the competition and a trip to Aachen (where we got locked in next to Charlemagne's grave with other Americans), We also spent a couple of days in Mol, Belgium to meet the folks at SCK-CEN (Belgian nuclear national labs), and one day we walked to Vaals, Holland for lunch.
|ATR User Week at INL|
Pictures of non-bike excursions and reverie in Idaho Falls, ID for the Idaho National Lab's User Week.
|Visit with Marina's family in Paris, France|
I attended a conference at Ecole Polytechnique, Lozere, France in January. Before that, I visited Marina's family living east of Paris. Somehow we managed to communicate, being that I didn't know any French, and some of them didn't know any English (and some spoke it very well!)
|Sou's visit to Boston|
My friend Sou from Tokyo Tech came to an MRS meeting in November, and stayed with me for one night.
|Us at Shannon & Thomas' wedding|
Our friends Lynn and Stevie graciously took a photo shoot of Marina and me at Shannon & Thomas' wedding in Michigan in August. This was a nice occasion for photos, especially because I rarely wear fancy clothes.
|A brief layover in New York City|
Marina and I stopped in Manhattan, NY between chinatown buses and took in some sights on our way back from Delaware.
|Our trip to Delaware for Marina's ACS Meeting|
Marina attended ACS in Philadelphia, PA in April, and I came with her! We stayed at my grandmother's house in Delaware and spent time with my family.
|Snowshoeing on Mt. Cardigan|
My friend Harold took us snowshoeing along with his friends on Mt. Cardigan, NH. It was bitter cold at the top, and windy too! We rended gear from MITOC at a $1/day per piece of equipment. What a deal!
|Making Fruit Caviar|
My friend Jeff and I made 'fruit caviar' by dissolving sodium alginate in fruit juices and dripping it into a bath of calcium chloride. The result is small pellets of fruit juice, contained in a very thin layer of gelled fruit juice. They look very much like fish eggs. This was my first foray into molecular gastronomy.
Scott and I headed down to Langerado to demo my colortower, and to get up close with some awesome bands. Scott had crazy connections and got us a production pass, so we met the likes of Bela Fleck, Trey from Phish, Matisyahu, Perpetual Groove, Widespread Panic and Medeski, Martin & Wood. Very intersting people!
|Blackberry Picking in Topsfield|
Blake, Marina and I headed to Bradley Palmer State Park in Topsfield, MA at the end of August to harvest blackberries. There are tons of blackberry bushes, and the end of August is a good time to get them while they're ripe, and before the animals eat them all. We ended up with a couple pounds of fresh, small berries that were bursting with flavor.
|Tokyo Tech / MIT Conference|
A few of us MIT students and professors attended the TM-INES2 conference at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT) in Tokyo, Japan. Here are the photos from us at the conference, as well as pictures of our wanderings through Tokyo and a bike trip that I took into the mountains with some most interesting results...
|Costa Rica |
My trip to Costa Rica with mom, dad and Jonathan. We stayed in San Jose, at Arenal volcano and in Tamarindo, a beach town. We also drove across about half the country, hiked up an extinct volcano, and enjoyed a geothermal hot spring. I was most interested in the insects, lizards and birds that were absolutely everywhere.
|MIT Fall Formal|
The MIT fall formal with Marina and my friends from Conner 2 at the Hyatt in Cambridge, MA. It was nice to go to a formal outside of MIT, but within 5 minutes walking distance. Plus we got to see the Spinniker restaurant while it was under restoration.
|Hiking & Camping in Acadia National Park|
Marina and I went camping and hiking with her two sisters in Acadia, ME. We hiked Mt. Cardigan, slept in tents, and made delicious hobo dinners.
|Korean BBQ with the Ladies of Conner 2|
After graduating, I still hung out with the folks on Conner 2 with some regular frequency. This was a trip to Koreana restaurant in Cambridge, MA. Keith came too!
|Southern California Trip with Marina|
After biking from Seattle, WA to Monterey, CA, I took trains down to Los Angeles and met Marina for a week long vacation. We stayed in Santa Barbara, hiked in the Santa Ynes mountains, searched for an abandoned mercury mine, ate more good sushi than we ever have, and headed to San Ysidro, where I left Marina at the border and explored Tijuana, Mexico for all of 3 hours.
|Grad School Visit to UC Berkeley|
Prospective graduate students weekend at UC Berkeley for nuclear engineering. I had a great time, and seriously considered going. Best I could figure, both MIT and Berkeley had top-rate education and quality-of-life to offer. In the end, it was my family and friends in Boston that made me decide to stay at MIT.
|Japan 2004 with Stephen, Swapna and Ian|
While on my 'free ticket to Tokyo' trip, I met up with Stephen and Swapna, who had decided to come to Japan for fun. We met Ian, who was staying there that summer. We hit each other with fish in Tsukiji, learned how to read filthy signs in Roppongi, and stayed at a nice hostel with other very sketchy foreigners.
|Japan 2004 - Solo|
American Airlines had a promotion - if one flew to CA and FL via minor airports within a certain timeframe, you would receive a free ticket 'system wide.' MIT sent me to Stanford, and I flew to West Palm Beach and back 20 minutes later. My round trip ticket to Tokyo cost me $41.25 in airport taxes. I stayed in parks, capsule hotels, youth hostels and with Ian and Tina.
|MITOC Hike up Mt. Jefferson|
My dad and I hiked with the MIT Outing Club up Mt. Jefferson in the white mountains in New Hampshire. It was a beautiful day, and the first time I've hiked with experienced hikers from MIT.
|Spring Break in San Francisco|
Shannon and I went to Stanford, Palo Alto and San Francisco for spring break, where we met her friends Andrew and Charlie. We also met up with my friend Melanie and stayed with her, and we stopped by Tina's place in Sunnyvale.
|Making Salt Cod in the Toilet|
Jose had a brilliant idea - the best place to rehydrate salt cod is in the tank of a toilet! It constantly replenishes the tank with clean water (especially in a dorm), and liquids don't travel up into the tank, thankfully. The result was delicious.
|Caribbean cruise with the whole mispacha|
Our three families got together and took a seven day cruise to St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Antigua and a few other islands. I only had my hacked-together CVS night vision camcorder, so I only have videos which include a helicopter ride to Monserrat and a zip line in St. Maarten.
|Puerto Rico Trip with the whole mishpacha|
Our three families (along with Alyssa version 2.0) went to Puerto Rico for the new year. We hiked in El Yunque, ate mofongo, explored San Juan and watched hundreds of airplanes land right in front of our hotel.
|Barbecue for Rebecca|
Barbecue at Leslie & Harvey's house for David and Heidi's first born daughter, Rebecca.
|Hike up Mt. Monadnock|
A hike up Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire with my friends from Next House. The sky was so clear that we could see the Boston skyline (Hancock Tower, Prudential, CITGO sign) through my high-power monocular.
|Road Trip to NYC|
A spur-of-the-moment road trip to NYC and Nick's parents' house with Nick, Moria, Darrus, Maryann, Joy and Cathie.
|Japan 2003 - Solo|
All my photos from my summer in Sendai, Japan. I spent the weekdays doing materials research at Tohoku University, and made excursions every weekend to Tokyo, Kyoto, Matsushima, Taihaku-yama, Zaoo, and many others. I also met my friend Mike, and we hiked & camped in the heart of Shikoku up Tsurugi-san.
|Mom and Dad's 25th Wedding Anniversary|
Jonathan and I surprised mom & dad on their 25th wedding anniversary by inviting most of their family to Legal Sea Foods in Chestnut Hill, MA to surprise them. Great success!
|Hike up Mt. Jefferson with Dad & Judah|
A hike in the White Mountains is never a sure thing. That day, the weather changed from sunny to mountaintop thunderstorms so quickly that we had to turn back about a mile from the top. We still had a great time.