James Hedberg

aps march meeting words

mm-thumbMay 14th, 2012 by

Every year, several thousands of physicists from across the globe convene in a North American city to participate in the March Meeting of the American Physical Society. What are they talking about? Here’s a poster which captures some of it.

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email as a personal history

emailsApril 17th, 2012 by

Here is a chart of all the emails I’ve sent in the last 7 years (~5000) plotted according to the time of day [inspired by the true nut of data analysis]. Dark blue means less emails sent at that time, red is more. I can see a period of major inactivity during the night – […]


what’s inside a k-cup?

 typewriterMarch 13th, 2012 by

After some major deliberations, a few guesses, and some wild conjectures, it was decided that the best way to see what is contained within a k cup coffee unit was to lop it in half and examine the gory insides. Here’s a Timothy’s brand ‘Morning Blend’ which, incidentally, is just about the worst of all […]

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DNA Illustrator Brush

 typewriterFebruary 5th, 2012 by

[Update: A newer version is available here. Check it out – it’s cooler!] Here’s a dna pattern brush for adobe illustrator that I made recently. It’s not so good at sharp corners, but for gradual turns, it gets the job done. CS5 .ai file CS4 .ai file CS3 .ai file CS2 .ai file



whereIvelived4July 10th, 2011 by

  This is a map showing the several states and one province that I’ve called home over the years. Their heights are scaled according to the length of time I was there. Looks like Quebec is about to overtake Pennsylvania – who’d of thought?

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Whose Hat Is This?

hatOctober 17th, 2010 by

Desperately in need of a cap, and not being prone to reckless endorsements, I recently descended on downtown Montreal looking for a plain ol’ hat – something to shield my eyes from the setting sun while catching fly balls and keep my tawny locks dry in the rain while not claiming any particular association to […]


it’s a whole new world out there

 typewriterSeptember 16th, 2010 by

After 5 years of hazy, filtered light barely passing through our office windows, yesterday brought the skillful hands of two very dedicated young men bearing brushes, liquid with bubbles in it, and squeegees. They promptly transformed our windows back to the intended state of transparency. Thanks McGill!

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