Just FYI, if you’re one of the (very)* select readers of this blog, you might not have as much to read as often over the next few months. The fall semester has begun at my place of employment, the California Maritime Academy…or Cal Maritime…or Cal State University – Maritime. What one calls the institution seems to depend on a variety of factors. I’m sure I’ll learn the system. Someday.
Anyway, I try to teach physics to aspiring mariners. They, in turn, try to learn physics from an aspiring professor. Each of these endeavors has a varying degree of success. In concert, however, the institution seems quite successful at training some of the people who move some 90% of the Earth’s international commerce (by volume). If you like that fun fact, you can find many more with a bit of poking around at www.csum.edu. One thing the website doesn’t do particularly well is highlight the location. Vallejo the town isn’t anything too grand, but half the campus is about fifteen feet above sea level with a view of the lovely San Pablo Bay…and a ConocoPhillips refinery terminal. Still, it is beautiful. I’ll see if I can grab a picture tomorrow to add to this post and prove this assertion.