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
The Chinese Moon, tm
Friday. 2.2.07 9:28 am
You know, Pluto and its moon (co-dwarf planet?), Charon, are in a 1:1 spin-orbit resonance. That is, the same side of Pluto always faces Charon and vice-versa. Charon and Pluto rotate about each other once in the same time it takes for them to spin on their axes once. This means that in order to see the moon, you would have to travel to the side of the planet where the moon is. Can you imagine how weird that would be if it were that way on the Earth? What if only the Chinese could see the moon? The moon would be a Chinese attraction, and people would have to travel from all over the Earth to see the strange Chinese Moon. The old astronomical maps would have this large white sphere on it and when they brought them to the courts of Europe or the Middle East, they would think that the sphere was a figurative artistic addition to the map, because everyone else would see the stars in the same positions as the Chinese did, only without the moon. Think about how our knowledge of the heavens would have changed... think about how our poetry would be different! Our literary tradition in general! Even the days of the week would be different, because there probably wouldn't be a "Monday".
Another interesting thing to think about would be if a different side of the moon faced the Earth. Right now the moon fulfills its half of the bargain and rotates synchronously with us- meaning that it rotates with the same period as it orbits the Earth, meaning we always see the same side of the moon, but the moon-people don't always see the same side of the Earth. On the other side of the moon in the south is a GIGANTIC crater, the South Polar Aiken Basin. If that side of the moon happened to be pointing towards us, the moon would look like a giant eye-ball instead of a smiling face. I wonder how THAT would have changed our culture!??
Thursday. 2.1.07 7:11 pm
Well, looks like some of my students from last semester are getting their asses handed to them by the administration for cheating repeatedly (and on the take-home final, no less.)
It's been out of my hands for a month and a half, but it's still stressing me out.
Today they telephoned my professor and called him on the carpet for "not making it clear enough to the students that they weren't supposed to work together". He actually roared into the phone, "THAT'S BULLSHIT!" And then proceeded to yell at the dean for like ten minutes about how cheating is rampant here and the reason that it continues is because every time a professor turns someone in the admin turns on the professor. So I guess finally they are going to take action on the matter. "I've never said 'bullshit' to a dean before" he said pluckily after he hung up the phone. "I'll have to get Nancy to add that to my resume"
What people don't realize is that a bad grade isn't going to ruin your life. But cheating, even if you don't get caught this time, or the next hundred times, WILL ruin your life. Just ask the guys at Enron.
A lot of swearing
Thursday. 2.1.07 5:21 pm
Wednesday. 1.31.07 9:09 pm
Today I spent more than 12 hours at school. And believe it or not, I was doing work the entire time. Well. Almost the whole time. I went to the library after lunch and did some work for la vida secreta, then I went upstairs to collect some reading material. And then I started researching my project for Asteroids and Meteors class. And then I fell asleep right in the middle of Solar System Dynamics, right there on the "Secular Resonance" page. I mean, I actually physically fell asleep on it. I have no idea how long I was asleep. Hopefully less than 10 minutes. I haven't physcially fallen asleep on a book since AP Bio junior year of high school! And there was that one time I fell asleep on the keyboard... kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk for seriously 57 pages. haha.
One time I fell asleep at the computer, saved my work under a name like, "whimeish", turned off all the lights in the basement, walked up two flights of stairs, and fell asleep in my bed. Ah, high school, the good ol' sleepwalking days of yore.
My advisor wants me to keep taking the 4 classes I'm currently taking instead of dropping to three. Which wouldn't be so bad except for that I'm also auditing his Antartic Dry Valleys class on Monday afternoons as well as trying to keep up with la vida secreta (aka: having a hobby). Looks like my entries on Nutang might suffer a little bit in the upcoming months. I haven't had this much class-time since high school. And we all know how that turned out.
After my little nap I did a 4-hour derivation for Inverse Theory (with some help from an awesome book, thank goodness). Man, it was exhilarating, my mind didn't wander once that whole time. I actually felt like the stuff I learned in linear algebra was useful. And that I actually remembered it despite struggling through that class and taking it more than three years ago. I just love getting to the end of a derivation, and putting a little check mark next to the final answer. MmmmMm no check-mark so satisfying as that one. It's like the bars at the end of a proof- you want to write "//!!!!!", but the slash marks themselves are so satisfyingly understated. Ah, I like geophysics. SOOO much better than Asteroids and Meteors, like the most boring class in the entire universe. Who cares about asteroids, seriously? I've invented a new asteroid class, wanna hear about it? It's called "ZZzzzZZZzzz". Seriously. They just float about boringly in space, doing nothing, and someday one will come and smash into the Earth and wipe out ~96% of all living things. At that time, learning about them will be kind of pointless. YAWN. This is seriously the second time the desire to sleep came upon me so powerfully in the last week... and the second time I've been doing A&M homework.
I went back to the office from the library and it was around 8pm... I walked around in the darkness inside, thinking about how in just a few months this office had become my den of home and work. How many hours had I already spent locked in solitary study inside these walls? And how many more lie ahead? But you know, when you're working furiously for hours and hours in the library or the seafloor-lab, you aren't really alone. All the world... the solar system... the Universe! is in there with you.
Blows my mind...
Tuesday. 1.30.07 9:06 am
Woah.... I wonder if he called himself eminem because it sounds like M&M and his name is Marshall Mathers.
Got this link from LazyPuppy
Monday. 1.29.07 11:01 pm
So I'm a moron and I've fiddled with this HTML code for like 7 minutes and I can't get it to show up. So you'll have to highlight it. In other news about how Zanzibar is an idiot, I will tell you about the lovely tale of when Zanzibar was making herself some macaroni and she was draining the noodles and she was holding the collander with her thumb on the rim and her palm along the bowl for stability, because she didn't want to put it down in the sink. So then she pours the boiling water into the collander, only to come to the realization that it's a fucking sieve and she's basically pouring boiling water straight onto her hand! Boohoo, moron!
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