28 May 2017:
Lots of good news:
1) Brandon Coya got a "dissertation year fellowship" which offers him $7200 of funding for one quarter next year. All of you UCR grad students should apply for this at the appropriate time.
2) Blake also got one! He'll use it this summer.
3) I gave a plenary talk at the Hong Kong Mathematical Society, on [the dodecahedron, the icosahedron and E8](https://johncarlosbaez.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/the-dodecahedron-the-icosahedron-and-e8/). Check it out - it's fun! I'm coming back to the US now.