Mt. Soledad

July 23rd, 2007 by Aaron

Kristen, a friend from the philosophy department, and I rode to the top of Mt. Soledad today. It was pretty sweet…

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We Love the Chicken

July 18th, 2007 by Denise

If you know us at all, you know that we never miss a chance to see the San Diego Chicken.

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I graduated!

June 6th, 2007 by Denise

Was it only two years ago that I started graduate school? It’s gone so fast. On May 18th, I switched my SDSU Montezuma hat for a mortarboard:

Denise graduates!

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What’s new Buenos Aires?

June 4th, 2007 by Aaron

On Sunday Denise performed with her musical theatre class at Balboa Park. Here’s a video of the dress rehersal:

Denise is in the white dress and hat, behind and to the right of “Evita.”

Her friend, Dorothy, who took and posted the video also has a video of the London cast performing the song on a BBC show, which is pretty cool and shows how well they were able to capture the look and energy of original.

Video Games We Have Known 2

May 25th, 2007 by Aaron

It’s been a while since we posted any pics of video game endings. This isn’t because we haven’t beaten any games, mind you. Rather, it’s because none of the game we did beat were all that exciting.

Well, we recently played a game that really deserves to have a fuss made about its ending: the new Zelda game for the Wii, Twilight Princess.

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S9 Visit

May 8th, 2007 by Aaron

If you’ve been following the posts here you know that Denise and I have been slowly getting into the San Deigo vibe, spending more and more time outdoors. Growing up in the desert, the only time we really went outdoors was to head to a nice air-conditioned store or late at night to grab something from Taco Bell.

Well, I recently joined the UCSD Skate Club, run by the incomparable Scott Lembach out of Muir Surf and Sport on the UCSD campus, and he was able to pull a few strings and set up a visit to San Diego skateboard company Sector Nine’s headquarters/factory.

It was really cool, seeing how the boards are made. But the highlight of the trip was the time we got to spend on their indoor wooden pool they call the Bread Bowl. I’ve got some pictures I took with my cell phone (that aren’t so good, but still interesting I think). And there are plenty of more very good pictures on Muir Surf’s website as well as a cool YouTube video of the pool being built and then ripped up by some of the Sector Nine guys.

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View From My APA Session

April 12th, 2007 by Aaron

I recently presented a paper at Pacific Division meeting of American Philosophical Association. It was a response to Hubert Dreyfus’ 2005 Presidental Address, and I was fortunate enough to have Dreyfus humself commenting on my paper. His comments were very helpful and revealing, and I enjoyed talking with him very much.

Anyway, right before my session got under way, I snapped this picture from the conference room. It was in the Oxford Room at the San Francisco Westin, looking out over SF’s famous Union Square. I thought it was pretty cool, and so decided to mark the moment…


January 16th, 2007 by Aaron

Just a quick link to my brother Jeff’s photoblog: Sparknuckle. Check it out!

Our Food is Famous!

January 4th, 2007 by Denise

Well, not really. And we’re not really famous, either. But we were on the local TV news yesterday as part of a restaurant review for Croutons, a local eatery that emphasizes its salads.

Here’s the review, click on Watch Video to see Aaron and I being served our lunches, and close-ups of the luscious meals themselves!


December 23rd, 2006 by Aaron

So we’ve taken up a new distraction: skating. More specifically, we’ve taken up longboard skateboarding.

Longboards differ from your more common model of skateboard in that they are (no surprise) longer, but therefore more stable, because of the wider wheelbase and larger wheels. The larger wheels, in turn, make the board quicker. The riding style is also significantly different than standard skateboards. These latter are designed for doing tricks like jumps and flips whereas longboards are more suited to a surf-board-like style of riding. If you want to know more about longboarding, check out this article and this amazing video.

Anyway, what follows is a few pictures we’ve taken of us out skating.

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Philosophy Beach Party

September 24th, 2006 by Aaron

Friend and colleague Mike T. had a Philosophy Beach Party in OB yesterday and we thought we’d post a few pics from it, like this one:

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Ode to Ridgecrest

September 15th, 2006 by Denise

Every summer Aaron and I go back to our home town in the Indian Wells Valley. Friends always sound thunderstruck, “In August?” Yes. “Isn’t it hot there?” Yes. “What are you going to do while you’re there? You’ve always said there’s nothing to do in Ridgecrest.” That’s absolutely right.

Only recently have I begun to appreciate what it means to have nothing to do. After a year of going to graduate school full-time while working full-time, plus doubling up on classes in the Spring and taking summer school, doing nothing sounded heavenly. No homework, no office to go to. And yet, somehow we found ourselves to be very, very busy.

Welcome to Ridgecrest!

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Denise Met the Chicken!

September 2nd, 2006 by Denise

If you don’t know who the Famous San Diego Chicken is, despite previous posts on this blog … well, there’s not much we can say to you.

Because Denise met him, and it was really cool.

Denise and the Famous San Diego Chicken, friends from the first

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Aaron the Trevor Hoffman Look-Alike?

September 1st, 2006 by Aaron

It’s happened to me a couple of times now. I’ll be out and about, minding my own business, and someone will say something like,

“Anyone ever tell you you look like Trevor Hoffman?”

In case you don’t know, Trevor Hoffman is the future-hall-of-famer-closer for the San Diego Padres. He looks like this:

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Many More Miles To Go

August 30th, 2006 by Aaron

Just a quick post to commerate our cycling progress.

Here’s a picture of Denise when she hit 400 miles on August 7th.

We were in the middle of a 20 mile ride to Fiesta Island when we took it. At this point, late August, Denise is at about 450 miles!

The next picture is of me when I hit 1500 miles on August 29th:

My hope is to hit 2000 miles by the end of the year…But either way, we’re both going to keep on trucking…er, cycling!

3rd Anniversary

August 5th, 2006 by Aaron

We recently got back from our 3rd anniversary, which we spent, as usual, in San Diego’s Old Town, at the B&B where we spent our wedding night. It was unusually warm out, and sticky, so we spent more time in our air-conditioned room and at the movie theater than we would have otherwise. But we did do some pictuaresque things …

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What’s the Russian word for Buffalo?

July 12th, 2006 by Aaron

So the Daily Phil, UCSD’s Philosophy Blog, is no more. Lots of reasons for this, I suppose, but most importantly it’s because the department’s IT guy quit, the blog went down, and no one has bothered to put it up again.

It’s kind of sad, really, as I think the blog could have been really good for the department. More selfishly, though, I’m kind of bummed because I posted some stuff that I kind of liked on there. I’ve managed to save some of it in other posts (here, here, and here). But none of the subsequent discussion has been saved (as far as I know).

Well, the web is a funny thing. I recently googled myself and I was very surprised to find that one of my old posts has found new life…in Russian.

Someone posting on a discussion board called (in what must be a clumsy translation of the Russian) “Club of Judges of English Language” (Клуб ценителей английского языка) reposted my post “Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo”. I tried to figure out what the discussion was about, but even with the translator I couldn’t make sense of it.

Still, it’s kind of cool to know that at least this post didn’t get lost.

Beer-Battered Fish

May 14th, 2006 by Denise

We all know that we’re supposed to be eating more fish. Omega-3 fatty acids and all that stuff. So in good faith, we went to the store and bought some beautiful red snapper filets. And then promptly lost our nerve. How should we prepare it? What would make it taste good? Then we realized that there’s one method of cooking that makes everything taste good: frying.

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Mr. Venn’s Diagrams

April 21st, 2006 by Aaron

Matt B. and A. Streed, better known as Mr. Venn’s Diagrams, performed their first show tonight at Porters Pub on the UCSD campus. It was definitely a big event. Probably half the department turned out. And the show was awesome. I’m telling ya: these boys are going places!

Follow the link below for a few more pics from the show.

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Pics from the Road I

April 15th, 2006 by Aaron

I took a ride around campus the other day and found myself in the courtyard of the Jacobs School of Engineering, face to face with the newest work in UCSD’s Stuart Collection. It’s called “Bear.”

Denise and I had seen Bear before, but those other times it was surrounded by a fence while construction on the Jacobs buildings was being completed. It was really cool to see it unobstructed, and with everything in its place around it.

Frisbee Golf

April 12th, 2006 by Aaron

A number of the grad students, and a few prospectives to the department, played a game of frisbee golf on Sat. It was a beautiful day in San Diego, and you can be sure that a bunch of philosophers know how to keep the conversation interesting.

At any rate, here’s a few pics of the action out on the green that I snapped with my cell phone…

This first one was taken before we started our game, at the practice basket at the head of the green.

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Random Pics From Winter 06

April 7th, 2006 by Aaron

So we’re starting to get quite a backlog of pics that need posting: pics from family visits, special occasions, bike rides, and more. But I thought rather than do a bunch of posts for each of these things, I’d just post the best of them in a sort of mishmash of recent random pics from Winter 06.

So, and without further ado, here we go…

Visit From the Brauers

Denise’s parents visited us a couple of months ago, and we had a great time with them. We did a bunch of fun things, but most memorably we visited Mission Basilica, the San Diego Mission. Here’s a few pics from that.

First, the mission itself:

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Report from Portland

March 23rd, 2006 by Aaron

I’m feeling a bit like a correspondent for CMdotCom tonight, so I might as well go with it: This is Aaron Schiller reporting from far-flung land of Portland, Oregon. I’m here for an APA conference where I’ll be presenting a paper on Saturday morning but am now just enjoying the conference. Today was my first full day of talks (I got in yesterday) and it’s going well so far. I’ve attended some really interesting sessions and even had a chance to enjoy Portland a bit.

For instance, last night I took a walk down from the conference hotel to Powell’s, a great bookstore here that I’ve visited both times I’ve been here now. After a thorough search through the sizable philosophy section, and finding nothing (which is kind of surprising) I found some really good buys in the sci-fi, mystery, and literature sections and ended up buying more books than I’ll be happy to drag home with me come Sunday.

I’ve also had some good meals already. Cattycorner from Powell’s was a pizza-by-the-slice place that I probably wouldn’t have stopped at if it weren’t for the sign on the door that said they served Oregon microbrews. Now in case you didn’t know, Oregon takes their beer very seriously. That said, I knew I couldn’t visit without trying a few out. At any rate, I got a huge slice of pepperoni pizza and a cup of beer for cheap, called Denise and talked to her while I ate, and after that spent some time figuring out which sessions I was going to be attending.

Anyway, all else is going well, but I won’t bore you with the details. Instead, I’ll post this picture that I’ve just taken of the view from my table here at a Starbucks in Pioneer Square here a block or so from the hotel…

Portland Street at Night\

Happy Birthday!

March 16th, 2006 by Denise

To our blog, that is. Yes, that’s right. It’s been a full year since our first post, a mere link to our engagement pictures. Those of you who remember our old site will recall that we just got so busy with wedding planning and then, well, life, that the old site just never got updated. Doing so required a complete redesign every time and it just got to be too much work.

But now! Behold, the wonders of a photo-blog! We can update you on so many events in our lives. Who can forget our adventures with Bonetail, or its sequel post, which made us #1 on Google searches for Bonetail? Not too shabby.

We’ve documented life changes, our friends’ life changes, family visits, bits of Aaron’s work, and a whole bunch of food we enjoyed. We can’t say enough about the food.

Anyway, here’s hoping for another wonderful year of great pictures! We hope you enjoy them!

Adventures in Cycling

March 8th, 2006 by Aaron

So, we’ve had a few adventures in cycling recently and we thought we’d share a few pics of them!

The most significant thing is that we got a bike rack, so now we can bike around somewhere other than our own neighborhood. We tried it out for the first time over the weekend and it was a great success (i.e., the bikes didn’t fly off the back of the car on the freeway). Here’s a pic of the bikes mounted on the trunk of my trusty Sentra:

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Happy Birthday Nikki!

March 6th, 2006 by Denise

To a great friend on a great day!

NYC 2005 - On Break from the APA Meeting

February 16th, 2006 by Aaron

Every December, the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association (APA for short) has their big annual meeting. This is a big deal for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that it’s a chance for American philosophers (and, indeed, philosophers from all over the world) to converge. There are always a few big-name talks where the super-stars of the philosophical world (and yes there are some!) defend their views before crowds of hundreds of other philosophers. Fun stuff. But the by far biggest reason the Eastern APA meeting a big deal is because, for some, it’s little more than a giant philosophy job fair.

The APA has regimented the academic hiring process in ways that would no doubt seem strange to the rest of the working world. Nearly all of the philosophy job interviews are held during the Eastern APA meeting, so most all the job candidates, not to mention almost all of the representatives of hiring departments, make a pilgrimage to NYC (or some other Eastern city) right before the new year.

Since I’ll be on the job market next season - which means at the end of this year - Denise and I thought it might be a good idea to go out there a year early and see what it’s like. I learned a few things about the job market. And hopefully took some of the mystery out the process. But, truth be told, we spent most of our time playing tourist in NYC. We visited the Met, bought a t-shirt at the Hello Deli, took a stroll through St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and more.

What follows is a day-to-day picture-log of our trip. We hope you’ll enjoy it!

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Denise’s Sweet Ride

February 13th, 2006 by Aaron

We’ve gone a little bike crazy around here. First I went off the deep end (a little too far really). But then Denise saw how much fun I was having and jumped in the deep end with me!

Now she’s got a new Sweet Ride!

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Ships, Jazz, Dragonflies, and Yellow

February 9th, 2006 by Jeff

So the month of January kept me very very busy. I suppose I should start from the beginning of the month.

After the Christmas and New Year celebrations ended, the fun here for Rebecca and I continued on. When we returned home to San Francisco we brought back with us Rebecca’s brother, Joe. The entire trip included a three hour stop and go drive from Bakersfield to Buttonwillow thanks to a close on I-5 North. For those who don’t know, Bakersfield to Buttonwillow is a 4-mile drive.

Once we got back we were quick to return to the fun here in San Francisco with a visit to the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

As you can see Rebecca is more than in the spirit.

Rebecca is ready to set sail

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Apple Store Photo

January 29th, 2006 by Aaron

I took this photo of myself with an iSight camera built into a new iMac at the Apple Store today while Denise was a few doors down shopping for clothes. I actually really like it, so thought I’d post it here. Consider it an endoresement for all things Mac, but in particular Mac’s Photo Booth. Cool little program!

Bike Pics for Dad

January 19th, 2006 by Aaron

Just a quick post for my Dad. Ever since I told him about my plan to get a bike for commuting to school, we’ve been talking about it. Thought he might be interested in seeing some up close and personal pics of my new bike. Like this one:

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Bananas Foster

January 15th, 2006 by Denise

We’re kind of behind on our posts. We still haven’t uploaded our pictures from our visit to New York, but anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that food is always the most important thing.

And so we bring you: Bananas Foster!

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¡Puedo leer españoles!

January 15th, 2006 by Denise

For those of you who don’t read Spanish, that means that I can! For the past ten days I have been participating in an intensive Spanish class. There were nine students in the class and we learned how to translate Spanish into English, and did so well that we fulfilled the language proficiency requirement for our master’s program.

The interesting thing was the professor’s approach. Unlike conversational Spanish, where you need to learn a lot of vocabulary and it seems like it takes forever to understand anyone, the emphasis here was sentence structure. First we learned how to recognize “noun clusters”. Then we could identify them as nouns and adjectives, subjects, indirect and direct objects. Then we learned to identity the various verb forms, like the indicative versus the subjunctive.

This is the same technique I used as a medical writer when I needed to edit or summarize medical research papers. I didn’t necessarily understand the science or terminology, but I knew how a sentence was structured. Learning Spanish this way made it seem magical: now I can read a newspaper! Talking with people is still difficult, but I’m happy to say that I have several multi-lingual friends who have promised to help me practice so I don’t lose what I’ve learned!

Aaron’s New Bike

January 10th, 2006 by Aaron

Just thought I’d post this picture of me on my new bike:

Aaron on Trek 7500FX

I got it over the weekend and plan to eventually use it commute to school. Hopefully it’ll help me save on gas and get into better shape!

For those interested, it’s a Trek 7500FX hybrid. I got it at UC Cyclery for a good price and would highly recommend them for their service.

Happy riding!


December 24th, 2005 by Denise

Every year for Christmas, when I was a girl, my mother made Gaufrettes, heart-shaped waffle sugar cookies. She had an old recipe from her grandmother, and they weren’t easy to make. I remember her sweating as she wrestled with the heavy antique irons over an open flame on the stove. She always doubled or tripled the recipe, partly because we would eat them so quickly, partly because it was so hard to gauge how hot the irons were that the first couple dozen cookies would always get burned.

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