Matter, Energy, and Life of Michael A. Castello.


  • Flowering Tea

    We had our friends Dan and Ashley over a while back, and they brought some amazing flowering tea. I had never seen anything like this before and I was quite impressed.

  • Snorkeling in La Jolla

    We’re in La Jolla right now, where thanks to the magic of smartphones and 3G I can share a few picture. I’ve never been snorkeling before, and it is incredible. Turns out the aquarium actually does make their environments look like the ocean. I doubt there’s a conspiracy theory about that, but if there were,…

  • Spaghetti with Lemon and Basil

  • Melted Spoon

  • Lake Perris Island Adventure

    Lake Perris Island Adventure

    Yesterday a bunch of us took a boat out on Lake Perris. Perhaps because it is still technically winter, there weren’t that many people there. We were able to take our picnic out to the island and have it all to ourselves. On the way back, we sent the first group of people back to…

  • Free Pancake Day at IHOP

    Free Pancake Day at IHOP

    We heard that IHOP was giving out free pancakes yesterday. Being grad students, a whole group of us went, got the free short stacks, and ordered little else. Delicious!

  • New Haircut

    I have been trying out a fauxhawk for the past couple of months. This time, I got it cut shorter on the sides so the look is a bit more stark. Standing it up like this takes a good bit of effort though, so I’m unlikely to do it too often.

  • Pumpkin Carving Party

    We had a bunch of people over to carve pumpkins on Hallowe’en weekend. It was a first experience for many of our friends and the results were quite impressive. One of the pumpkins turned out to look oddly similar to one of our Biochem professor’s trademark expressions. There’s also a toothy face, a devouring face,…