i'm with the band...
i'm loving my visit to penn state. jeremy staff and mike massoglia, two friends and former advisees, are now on faculty. there is nothing cooler than seeing your grad students with their grad students.
i gave a talk today that seemed to go pretty well, but the highlight was sitting in with lost faculties, the penn state band featuring wayne osgood, paul amato, rich and sharon felson, and the amazing sam richards on drums.
my playing might charitably be called rusty (or, less charitably, sucky) but i had great fun nonetheless. they do stuff like who do you love? roadhouse blues, folsom prison blues, walk don't run, pipeline, and rich's original professor blues. they let the visitor sing lead on angie and feel a whole lot better. i had forgotten how much fun it was to just bang out rhythm guitar with a fine drummer. i gotta do that more often.