Winter Solstice is just around the bend. Christmas decorations and songs are in all shops here. But it doesn’t look much like winter. It has been raining (making up for the 3 years of drought in CA) and it’s much colder now but according to German standards, this could well be Autumn. I keep waiting for it to get worse. In many ways though, CA is much less built for the cold.
Prof Sen walked from the elevators towards his office and asked if we were there to meet him. (There was a student sitting on the same bench too) I got up and said yes, thinking he might ask one of us to come in with him. He said “Sorry I’m late. I have to take a call, could you come in 2-3 minutes after I go in?” So I waited 4 minutes to be polite and went to the door.
We went to see the Glass Pumpkin show in Palo Alto and walked around after dinner at Oren’s Hummus on Friday, and to Sunday Assembly (http://sundayassemblysiliconvalley.org/) yesterday which I had heard of from James Doty after the lecture at Stanford. I practiced driving after more than a month.
So what do we do in data collection? We have a bunch of forms and questionnaires we ask the participant to fill out about how much they slept last night, their recent coffee intake, sleep, food, whether they drank or smoked for the past day. We ask them to fill out personality questionnaires, depression inventory, consent forms and information about their bank account so that we can pay them for their time.