Remember you are dust...

I haven't been able to write much recently due to a recurrence of tendonitis in my wrist, a repetitive stress injury from writing and typing too much.  I expect this to be temporary; in the sense that it has always gone away before, with enough rest and ice.  (Which is like the smoker who said to an ex-smoker, you've only quit once; I've quit hundreds of times!)

On a brighter note, I'm also being distracted by job interviews for tenure-track faculty positions at two excellent UC schools (Berkeley & Santa Barbara).  I will not call these permanent positions since such permanence is to be found only in Heaven: life is short.  But it would still be nice to settle down for a few decades... Anyway, these are very exciting places for physics research, and I would be extremely pleased to get an offer from either of them!

I've still got plenty of the content you love planned, once I'm past these issues!  There's a series on "Comparing Religions" that's almost done, so I might be able to get that out without too much more typing.

I apologize to anyone whose questions I haven't answered; I'll email you if I ever get around to it.  But it was nice to see the conversation continue for a while without my needing to continually stoke it.  I will continue to read and moderate the discussion, so you are free to continue talking amongst yourselves...

I...I...I...I...I...  Is death really necessary, just for us to come to an end of our continual self-absorption?

About Aron Wall

I am a postdoctoral researcher studying quantum gravity and black hole thermodynamics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Before that, I read Great Books at St. John's College (Santa Fe), got my physics Ph.D. from U Maryland, and did my first postdoc at UC Santa Barbara.
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8 Responses to Remember you are dust...

  1. Miloš says:

    We pray for your health Aron! And hope that we will have opportunity to read your work soon! I wish you a lot of luck at job interviews!

  2. Best wishes with all that. Fwiw, when I was on medical leave awhile back with what turned out to be a torn tendon & some related damage, I found that voice recognition software doesn't take too long to train up to do a passable job, & can cut down on the typing. Also forced me to "write" in a more conversational style ...

    Take care & God bless
    Anne / WF

  3. TY says:

    Aron,
    Best of luck in your interviews. This goes with prayers.

  4. Aron Wall says:

    WF,
    Thanks for the advice. Which software did you use? I'm finding the one bundled with Windows 10 to be very hard to use.

  5. Scott Church says:

    I second all that Aron... Get well soon! & I'll be remembering your interviews in my prayers! :-)

  6. TY says:

    Aron,
    In the news lately has been a Pew Research that projects Islam overtaking Christianity by 2070. That's not surprising. I'm looking forward to the series "Comparing Religions" for any hint as or clues as to whether Christianity will remain the dominant religion for the foreseeable future based on a revival of Christianity in the increasingly secular West (where, to make matters worse, the demographics are not in favour).
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/01/islam-will-largest-religion-world-2070-says-report/

  7. Robert W. Childress says:

    Best wishes, Aron. Praying for healing.

  8. Andrew Tan says:

    All the best for the interviews!

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