My time here is amazing, filled with improvised meetings with professors, deans, vice rectors and lots of Vintage Ho Ho Ho Marry Christmas 2021 Santa Hat T Shirt explaining my interests. In Indonesia I imagine that the most important area of work will be to help set up an early warning system for volcanic eruptions. A research group in Italy has last year successfully predicted the eruption of Mt. Etna using an automated system, and another group in Iceland has done volcanic-eruption prediction successfully since 2001, I think with the eruption of Hekla. I corresponded a little with some of the people in Iceland for a project I worked on related to forecasting earthquakes, and I find them to be open and friendly. A project to set up something useful in Indonesia seems like it should work well. The difficulty is really in the scale. There are 129 active volcanos in Indonesia and trying to identify where to put limited resources is not an easy job.
A month’s travel produces one offer to come for a Vintage Ho Ho Ho Marry Christmas 2021 Santa Hat T Shirt (two-to-three week) position but that is not enough. My visa for Indonesia ends and I head to Singapore to stay with a friend and attend a summit. The friend is amazing. We spend a few days talking non-stop about our work and ideas, and it is a productive visit. He introduces me to another friend who is starting a new job in Kazakhstan and invites me to apply there; a few days later the official job posting is up and I apply. Singapore is a delight for the two weeks of my trip. I head to a play at the Esplanade and am treated with a solo show by Penelope Foxtrot dealing with recovery from sexual assault, woven so deftly with humor and depth, and it inspires me to look again at how recovery might work. I am planning to write a book on using mathematics as a higher power, in a 12-Step recovery model, and her show brings new ideas about public processes to the fore. I am staying at a hostel only a few kilometers away, and me and a few new friends walk to the Esplanade in a light rain. The skies are clear when we head back, and the conversation is also clear and deep.