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This Could Be You, Walter.
(Sunday, March 24, 2002)

Ah, spring break. A chance to relax, tour the country on motorcycles, and eat lots and lots of rice pudding. Right now, I am sitting at Sasha's computer in New Haven, Connecticut, feeling quite satisfied after a lovely Thai meal and numerous naps. All I need is a back rub (hint, hint) to make this a perfect day of doing nothing and feeling great.

In just under 24 hours, I will be going home to Maine, where I will stay for just over 24 hours. (Ok, that's a lie. My desire for symmetry gone overboard.) Home is where the doggie is, and though Walter's hind legs are a bit wobbly as he approaches old age, perhaps a Doggon' Wheel could restore him to his former glory. Plus, I'll see the latest addition to the teahouse, a handcrafted door that is as beautiful as it is square (or so my dad says).

I was hoping to have pictures of my completed architectual model, but you'll have to wait until after the break. I was trying to complete the project without glue, but that was a miserable failure. So Elmer to the rescue! I do however, have an article published in the pre-print world. I kind of like the ring of hep-th/0203172. And consider yourself forwarned: you won't understand a doggone thing.
(Sunday, March 3, 2002)

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe: New National Gallery, Berlin

After seeing the exhibit Mies in America at the Whitney, I fell in love with the New National Gallery building. The simplicity of form on such a huge scale was mesmerizing. Now I'm working on a model of the building for my Modern Architecture class.

I have some photographs of my progress. I'm working on the roof of the building, which is the main focus of my model. It is quite an experience cutting notches out of basswood using just a razor blade. I'm getting faster at it, but it will still take a lot of time. I'm using a new blade for every four pieces of wood, but considering how expensive the wood is, I think it's worth spending the extra pennies to have sharp blades.

Thankfully, everything seems to line up... for now. I'm accurate to about 1/16 of an inch which isn't so great considering that the wood is 1/8 of an inch thick. Still, I'm hoping that everything works out in the end. By the end of the project, I will have made 400 notches. Quite an undertaking.

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