So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Ethnicity. that of my father and his father before him
Location Cherry Hills Vil, CO
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The Link To Zanzibar's Past
This is my page in the beloved art community that my sister got me into:
Extra points for people who know what Samarinda is.
The Phases of the Moon Module
The Tree and the Telephone Pole
I Do Not Know Their Names
Today I am Young
A Night Poem
Siren of the Sea
If I Were a Dragon
To the Dreamers Leave the Sky
The Honor of the Oyster
Return From San Diego
A Late Summer's Night
Of Dragons and Men
The Edge of the World
The Snake's Terror
Metaphysics and the Middaymoon
Of Adventures in Foreign Lands
The Rogue Wave: The Unedited Version
Adventures in the PRC
Voyage of Discovery
Drinking the Blood of Goats
Ticket for a Phantom Bus
Os peixes nadam o mar
Three Villages Far Away
The River Weser
Children I Should Have Kidnapped, Part I
Let's Get You Out of Those Clothes
If Underwear Could Speak
Croc Hunter/Combat Wombat
Only My Favorite Baseball Player EVER
Aw, Larry Walker, how I loved thee.
M: Science and Exploration
T: Cook a nice dinner
Th: Parties, movies, dinners
F: Picnics, the Louvre
S: Read books, go for walks, PARKOUR
Su: Philosophy, Religion
The Reading List
This list starts Summer 2006
A Crocodile on the Sandbank
Tales of the Alhambra (in progress)
Dark Lord of Derkholm
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
The Lost Years of Merlin
Harry Potter a l'ecole des sorciers (in progress)
Atlas Shrugged (in progress)
A Long Way Gone (story of a boy soldier in Sierra Leone- met the author! w00t!)
The Eye of the World: Book One of the Wheel of Time
From Magma to Tephra (in progress)
Lady Chatterley's Lover
Harry Potter 7
The No. 1 Lady's Detective Agency
Introduction to Planetary Volcanism
A Child Called "It"
Is Multi-Culturalism Bad for Women?
Americans in Southeast Asia: Roots of Commitment (in progress)
What's So Great About Christianity?
Aeolian Dust and Dust Deposits
The City of Ember
The People of Sparks
When I was in Cuba, I was a German Shepard
The Golden Compass
Clan of the Cave Bear
The 9/11 Commission Report (2nd time through, graphic novel format this time, ip)
The Incredible Shrinking Man
The Elves of Cintra
The Gypsy Morph
Animorphs #23: The Pretender
Animorphs #25: The Extreme
Animorphs #26: The Attack
A Journey to the Center of the Earth
A Great and Terrible Beauty
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
To Sir, With Love
Alice in Wonderland
Through the Looking Glass
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
The Hunger Games
Shadows and Strongholds
The Jungle Book
Beatrice and Virgil
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
No One Ever Told Us We Were Defeated
The Name of the Wind
Tao Te Ching
What Paul Meant
Lao Tzu and Taoism
Sand and Sandstones
Lost Christianites: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew
The Science of God
Great Contemporaries, by Winston Churchill
City of Bones
Around the World in 80 Days, by Jules Verne
Stranger in a Strange Land
The Old Man and the Sea
Flowers for Algernon
Au Bonheur des Ogres
The Road to Serfdom
De La Terre à la Lune (ip)
In the Light of What We Know
Devil in the White City
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
How to Be a Good Wife
A Mote in God's Eye
want to read: Last Hunger Games Book, Honeybee Democracy, The Bell Jar
Wednesday. 7.16.14 9:16 pm
I like to drive. When I drive somewhere new, I strictly follow whatever directions that I was given, just to be safe. On the way back, I sometimes follow the directions, but I also like to improvise. The second time I go, I go the proper way, and then, on the way back, I improvise some more. I start with small improvisations, like taking a parallel street for a few blocks. Then I get more daring, taking an unknown highway, or getting off a highway an exit too early or too late. In Paris I improvised, too, but it was with walking. Get off at a random Metro stop, try to find your way to the one you were supposed to be going to. Slowly but surely, you learn the town.
This week I have been driving around Pasadena, looking for a place to live. I've been doing a lot of improvising.
Allen St., Lake St., Hill St.
California, Colorado, Orange Grove.
Which ones will become old cow paths, and which ones will I never go down again? The streets of South Pasadena, with their pleasant green lawns and globe-like street lights? The area between Altadena and Pasadena, with its rows upon rows of shitty little over-priced houses? Empty lots, mansions, weeds, cacti, grass, "retro" fifties buildings, Ralph's. Grapes spilling over the neighbor's fence. Eating lemons and kumquats right off the tree. Southern California in all of its beauty and ugliness, crammed in together on tiny lots. Where will I live?
I'll have to improvise.
Tuesday. 6.3.14 1:09 pm
I got the job at NASA !!
I'm moving to LA in September.
Pending my drug test and my criminal background test. Hopefully I will pass those.
Tickets to China
Wednesday. 4.23.14 3:44 pm
Well pals, I just spent a lot of money on an airplane ticket to China. After I clicked the button, I lay on my floor, thinking, "That was a lot of money I just spent," and hoping that I picked the correct dates since my ticket is non-refundable. It should be a great time, and I'll get to finally see some yardangs in person, which is obviously a life-long dream. Ever since I figured out what yardangs were, of course. So more like a 1/4th of a life's dream.
My summer is shaping up to be pretty crazy:
May 1st-29th: Field work in Hawaii, finish writing novel
May 30th-31st: Climb Mount Quandary
June 1st-30th: Explore Colorado/New Mexico, finish writing grants, hang out w/the fam, climb some more mountains
July 8th-13th: Road Trip across the American West from Pasadena to Denver
July 13th-19th: Mars 8 Conference, Pasadena
July 19th-August 3: China
August 4th-August 6th: Drive back across the American West
August 9th-August 23rd: Ocean City, Maryland
September 1: Start job????
The hardest part is keeping it all organized.
And knowing what to pack.
Saturday. 4.12.14 12:48 am
I made a reservation in a Chinese hotel.
Now I just need to finish my abstract and conference registration, and buy my ticket to China. And get my Chinese visa, of course. All before July 19th, when I get on a plane at LAX and fly off to the vast western deserts of China!
The Chinese hotel is a four star hotel, but it only costs 35 USD a night. For those kind of prices, I could stay for a while!
Yardang National Park, here I come:
I Could Watch this All Day
Saturday. 4.5.14 5:46 pm
Saturday. 3.29.14 12:38 am
I just got a ticket to Hawaii.
I'm going to be there for the entire month of May, studying volcanoes and sand dunes and hanging out. My mind is pretty much blown.
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