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 ŗ 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
Mars in the 2020s
Thursday. 8.6.15 8:20 pm
We've been spending the last couple of days arguing about where we should send the next Martian rover. There was a guy making a documentary there. It seemed funny to think that someone wanted to make a documentary about your "boring work meeting".
By the time the rover lands on Mars we'll be like "Wow! Look how young we all look!"
My sister jinyu has been here for the past week! :D Thanks for visiting! :D :D
I was kind of depressed today so I ordered myself a shirt:
Thursday. 6.18.15 2:45 pm
On a less roommate-related note, I've been asked to update a volcanology text book that I used to use. I talked to the guy today and he said that I might be able to collect half the author royalties from the updated edition (with the other half split between the original two authors). Royalties from a book? Who does that?!!?
Also I guess I'm going to be interviewed tomorrow on Science Fridays for National Public Radio. I guess this will be my eight minutes of fame.
Wednesday. 6.17.15 2:02 am
We got a new, surprise roommate. That is, Roommate 1's friend has been hanging around our house and staying in our extra room for weeks at a time, and finally Roommate 1 just announced that he had already given up his old lease and was going to live with us from now on. Not like, "Would you guys be ok with my random friend living with us for an unspecified amount of time?" Just "my friend is now living with us. You get some money off your rent, isn't that great?" She's on the lease and we're not, which is I guess what makes her think she can just do things like that.
And what about back rent from the half of May that he lived with us? What about June's rent, which we already paid? [We're going to apparently get money back from June. Thank you, your excellency.]
Roommate 2: "Hey Roommate 1, shouldn't this utility bill you sent out go to all five of us now?"
Roommate 1: "Oh, that bill isn't that much, we can just split it between the four of us, it's not a big deal."
Roomate 3: "But I have some company coming in June that was going to stay in that room."
Roommate 1: "They can just stay in your room."
Roommate 3: "In my double bed?"
Me: "But I have company coming in July which I already told you about who are supposed to stay in that room."
Roommate 1: "Oh, they can just stay in your room."
Me: "Both of them? In my single bed?"
Roommate 1: "Ok, whatever, they can sleep on the couch."
Me: "So... whose bathroom is he going to use? [Roommates 1 & 2 each have their own bathrooms, and roommate 3 & I share one, but the guest room is right next to ours.]"
Roommate 1: "I really think that he should use whatever bathroom is most convenient for him, you know?"
I would have strangled someone by now but for the fact that her friend is pretty nice, and his presence stops everyone from strangling each other, which is an unexpected and welcome change to the normal house dynamic.
Friday. 5.15.15 1:04 am
On Monday I'm supposed to leave for a trip to Idaho, but I'm not really ready. I was supposed to spend all week (and last week) churning through data and making a poster about it.... but.... yah know... the data isn't as great as I had hoped. It requires a lot more math to make it look nice, and it may never look nice, even after all the math. That's the thing about the Real World. It doesn't always conform to the Theoretical Predictions. That's fine, but it's not really fine when I only have one night to make a poster.
I'm going to Boise, Idaho, which sounds kind of boring, but will actually be really cool. This is because we're going to a dune field on a field trip half-way through the meeting, and because after the meeting I'm going to Craters of the Moon National Park, which most people haven't heard of, but which is totally awesome. Especially if you like volcanoes, which I totally do. From there I'm going to drive to Yellowstone National Park, which I've never visited before. The world's largest volcanic caldera, and I've never visited it. Me. A Volcanologist. Ridiculous. I'm pretty excited about that. But I haven't really had time to think about it much because I've been running around like a madwoman doing other things. And procrastinating on this data analysis.
Like I'm doing right now.
Even though it is 10 pm, and this needs to be done tomorrow so that I can print it out at work before everything closes for the weekend.
All right, all right. I'll get to the poster. Fine. Please write some entries to entertain me in the middle of the night tonight. I'm looking at you, Malaysian Nutangers. ;)
Nighttime on the Volcano
Thursday. 4.23.15 12:00 pm
We're trekking through the lava fields, this time at night. It's never a good idea to trek through a lava field, especially at night, but it took us hours longer than expected to set up my boundary layer wind experiment (christened "Sticky"), and by the time the 7-m mast was stable and the anemometers were happily whirring away, measuring the wind speed, the purple glow of twilight had settled across the volcano. We would never have attempted to navigate an a'a flow in the dark-- an a'a flow is like a field of razor-sharp glass shards unstably stacked on one another for hundreds of yards. This was an old tumuli field, which formed when a ropey plain of nearly cool lava was injected with fresh lava, inflating the surface and ultimately bursting through at regular junctures to make a stack like an out-of-control tube of toothpaste. This surface was old-- it had plants growing out of it and the surface was brown with oxidation. Any sharp shards that had been there at the beginning had been worn away with time and sulfuric acid. Still, each tumulus was taller than a man, and there were many hundreds between us and the parking lot, an hour's hike away. Instead of heading for the trail, we cut straight from the site of the anemometer mast towards our destination. We couldn't see the parking lot from here. It was just rolling hills covered with towering tumuli, like a desert of frozen sand dunes. We were walking between two enormous fault scarps, where the volcano had strained and buckled against its own skin and torn itself apart. It meant that we couldn't go too far off course. The moon rose overhead, round and full, bathing the terrain with a bright white light. We turned off our flashlights. The summit of the volcano glowed orange on the horizon, billowing smoke and sulfur dioxide. During the day it was a smoke signal, during the night a pillar of fire. The regular water clouds started out billowy at the top but had long, wispy tails like stretched cotton. The winds of the Pacific must be very strong up there tonight.
The stars came out. Despite the full moon they littered the sky, and the Milky Way stretched from horizon to horizon. In moments like these it really hit you that you were in the middle of nowhere, all alone on a tiny island surrounded by the vast Pacific Ocean. I skitter-stepped to avoid stepping on something on the ground. I had been stepping on rocks for going on 10 hours, but this one was different. I had recognized the shape in an instant, even in the dark. It was a tiny bomb.
During World War II, they decided that they had to practice bombing basaltic islands as a way to get ready for bombing the Japanese. They had turned this part of the main island of Hawaii into a bombing range, and they littered the volcano with ordnance. Not all of the bombs had exploded on impact, however, and to this day little unexploded bombs lie scattered across the National Park. Most of them are probably duds, but you never know. We had already found three or four and dutifully flagged them and geotagged them so that the park could come and dispose of them safely.
It may be a general rule that the danger that you find is seldom the danger you expect.
We no longer take shortcuts in the dark.
Thursday. 4.9.15 2:39 pm
I'm not really sure how I end up on Indian Animal Care Websites, but when I do:
December 13, 2013
I have small cow in my home one year old, we take full care of her, and u can say it is one of our family member, but one of neighbour does not like it, and always threatens / argues with me regarding cow.
Pls tell me regarding laws how can I keep my cow in home, we are very serious regarding this matter.
December 13, 2013
Sir, please read what we have written above in this article, it can be used to file complaint against neighbour harassing anyone for any animal one is looking after..
Manu R Dwivedi. 09998219401
December 13, 2013
Thanks for the quick response, but only one doubt small cow can be kept in residential area in home. Bunglows etc.
December 13, 2013
Sir, if you have a bungalow and it is spacious enough then we donít see a problem to it..we know people who stay in Bungalows in Civil lines area of Delhi who keep cows at home for non commercial reasons.
Fast Cars, Secret Laboratories, and Puppies Galore
Wednesday. 4.1.15 1:42 am
So I got some puppies. My roommate found them on the side of the road and now they are part of our family. Mine is a little boy named Juan Pablo. The other one is a girl and doesn't have a name yet. My roommate has been gone for the last week and a half in Spain so I've been a single dog mom to twins, and let me tell you, it is no piece of cake. It is actually all-consuming. My roommate just got back on Monday, so I turned the full force of my attention to the work that I had been neglecting and stayed at work until past midnight. Today was equally filled with activity, followed by a meeting for the new book club that I'd been invited to, and for which I definitely hadn't read the book. Oops. I got by by having read a magazine article about the book and having read a similar book. Whew. One of the most exciting things that happened today was that I got a key to a laboratory. It belongs to one of my bosses, but he hasn't used it in a while so it's all dusty. I think I'll be the only one in there..... my own secret laboratory!!!
The other exciting thing is that I went to Jiffy Lube on Saturday for a long overdue oil change, and I don't know what they put in there, but the car has roared to life like they turned the clock back on it by ten years. Today I got to drive it around on the highway and the acceleration was positively exhilarating. Tomorrow I have a second date with an ex - Marine movie producer [??], and then Friday morning I'm leaving with Juan Pablo and a bunch of JPL engineers to spend Easter weekend in Death Valley. (But I will fear no evil.) Busy. Times.
Ice and Brimstone
Tuesday. 3.31.15 2:08 am
At last I will submit my sulfur paper tomorrow. The culmination of three years of toil and headaches. Within a few months it will likely return from review with fresh headaches.
My thinking has evolved a lot in the three years that I've been writing this paper-- I was just reading through my years of lab notes and documentation and it's crazy to remember all of the stages of this stupid paper, just for the final product of a few figures and some 10 pages of text. I MADE SO MANY GRAPHS THAT NO ONE WILL EVER SEE.
My final conclusion is that early Mars was probably covered in rivers of blood:
And by blood I mean sulfuric acid.
[Which is worse [???] Blood < Brimstone?]
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