Thursday, June 26, 2008

JK Rowling's Harvard Commencement Speech

This speech is empowering on so many levels. It acknowledges - in fact, praises - failure and the strength gained from falling down so many times you lose track. May you find it as inspirational as I have:

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Can we do formal reasoning with pictures instead of text?

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Porcupine Mountains

I just returned from an adventurous hiking trip in Michigan's Upper Peninsula at the Porcupine Mountains State Park.

Bordering Lake Superior, it was a refreshing treat to wake up, walk out of the tent, and see the vast expanse of wilderness around me. The air was cleaner, the water cooler, and, yes, the flies a little meaner. But the trip itself was worth it.

After staying in a cabin the first night in Ontonagon at Superior Shore Resort (a wonderful place), I set up camp at Presque Isle Campground from May 28 - May 31, 2008 and made day hikes to Lake of the Clouds, Union Mine Trail, and many others.

Best bug repellent: Neem Oil - available at most Indian stores and some health food stores.

You can find more information on Michigan's largest State Park here: