Debbie Jin

At the celebration for David Thouless’ Nobel Prize today, a few of us got sad news, which we hadn’t yet heard.

A few weeks ago, the world lost Debbie Jin, one of the most accomplished experimentalists of our time. Shining among those accomplishments was the first Fermi condensate, for which she might have won her own Nobel.

I’ll remember her more, though, for the kind and thoughtful evening she spent with a gaggle of interested graduate students over dinner at Cedars.

It was far too soon; she will be deeply missed for decades to come.


A week ago, I touched the casing of a B-61 nuclear weapon, an object created by humans with a yield as much as 20 times that of the bomb dropped at Hiroshima. It’s as large in diameter as a big dinner plate, and twice as long as a water heater.

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The Mountain Hardware Chuter 15, with added zippers and stitching

The Mountain Hardware Chuter 15, with added zippers and stitching

I am impressed by Andrew McLean’s designs. They’re practical; some break new ground. He’s not afraid to depart from convention to reach practical solutions.

I’d been considering the Chuter 15 ski pack as a functional step up in a small pack. Andrew’s post tipped the scale; I nabbed the last (?) retail Chuter available online. How better to explore a designer’s vision of the ultimate ski pack than to try it? After modifying the pack to correct a major flaw (hence ‘SuperChuter’), it’s the pack I hoped it would be.

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Avalanche Pocket Guide — Bruce Tremper


The ‘Avalanche Pocket Guide’ is perhaps most appropriate as an in-field reference to introductory avalanche texts for skiers in their first 50-100 days or 1-3 years (whichever comes last) travelling in avalanche terrain. Long-time backcountry travelers may like it for completeness, or when teaching, but won’t consult it at every decision point during the day. Check one out in person (or in the photos), to decide it’s useful for you.

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Canon EOS M

At ~$300 with a choice of lenses, the EOS M is a phenomenal deal. Yes, even with the upgraded firmware, it’s slow to focus in comparison with SLRs and fast mirrorless competitors, but the image quality surpasses anything available at that price point.

If you’re often in the market for the ~S95/100/110 series or G11-like Canons and are serious about photography, give the EOS M a look.


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