A ship may be safe in the harbor, but that's not what ships are for.
Ethnicity. that of my father and his father before him
Location Paris, France
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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
want to read: Last Hunger Games Book, Honeybee Democracy, The Bell Jar
Farewell, Srog the Dane
Sunday. 5.18.08 9:24 am
Srog the Dane is leaving today to go back to Denmark. We will all miss her terribly- especially the way that she reacts when she sees stretch Hummer limos, and the way she hates baseball, and the way she laughs uproariously while listening to Danish radio in the lab on her headphones. To give her a proper send-off, I spent yesterday making her a couple of mix CDs. One of them is a country music CD, since she had no idea and cannot fathom why Americans listen to so much country music, as none of this music goes beyond our borders. The important thing about country music is that the song sings your own life back to you, so I chose songs that might do that.
Srog the Dane is in a tough spot, as her boyfriend of 3.5 years broke up with her while she was in America. On facebook. For no reason. Now she has a ticket to Australia to visit him which is most likely non-refundable and a dilemma.
I've had friends in this dilemma before. Plane ticket to exotic location X to spend time with boyfriend or girlfriend. Jerkwad significant other (jwso) dumps kind, caring, unsuspecting friend a very short time before the trip. Unsuspecting friend only occasionally realizes that they've been dumped so that their jwso can date someone they've had their eye on in exotic location X. That's what exotic location X is all about. Unsuspecting friend is confused because jwso is acting really nice and still really excited about his/her visit. Unsuspecting friend doesn't realize that it's because jwso wants to have a wild fling with exotic foreign sexpot but also wants to get back together with unsuspecting friend afterwards because they had a really good thing together and they don't want to give it up. This phenomenon is called "Trying to have it both ways."
If jwso is charming enough, and unsuspecting friend is blinded enough by love, or lacks friends to tell him or her that jwso is a moronic selfish jerkwad, then it just might work. Amazingly, while unsuspecting friend may be intelligent and presceptive with an amazing emotional IQ, they will almost never be able to recognize their own situation for what it is.
Invariably, unsuspecting friend goes to exotic location X and it ends up a) disasterously b) awkwardly c) that they get back together as if nothing happened, but it did happen, so it will never be the same, and someday unsuspecting friend will find out about exotic foreign sexpot and THEN it will be disasterous.
Unsuspecting friend can't help but go to exotic location X because it's a trip-of-a-life-time, they don't want to waste the large sum of money they paid for the ticket, etc, but mostly because they can't let the relationship end without a large amount of drama (aka "figuring out what he/she is thinking because it doesn't make any sense and is confusing"). Actually it isn't confusing, it is very clear, but I still don't blame them one bit.
THE SOLUTION: Don't cancel your trip to exotic place X. It truly is a chance in a lifetime. Plus, you don't want to associate exotic place X with feeling terrible-- then you'll never go there. Go! BUT DON'T VISIT YOUR GDJWSO!!! If you can, get someone else to come with you. If you can't, just bum around the place! Problem is, some people don't do any traveling at all but decide that they can do it this once because jwso will be there to show them around. Plus, they didn't factor in the cost of staying someplace, because they were going to stay with jwso. This is why you must have at least two friends in every country in the world.
THE REAL SOLUTION:
If you are an s.o. in an exotic place, the proper thing to do is to break up with my unsuspecting friend before you leave or wait until you get back. If you must break up with my unsuspecting friend, do it because you never ever want to get back together with them again. If you are an unsuspecting friend, make sure to realize that if Japan or Australia is involved in any way, your relationship is probably over. By the way, this doesn't give you a license to romance a better-than-nothing domestic sexpot, either.
He crawled like a worm from a bunghole ::edit
Saturday. 5.17.08 9:09 am
I could have dreamt about an amazing adventure in Narnia last night. But no... I dreamt of cat parasites. What prompted this dream? Well actually cat parasites in fact, emerging from the bunghole of my lovely cat yesterday evening before I went to bed.
EDIT:: The cat has roundworm, which is a kind of worm that looks like a long, tapered piece of angel hair pasta. It sticks its head (or tail?) out of the animal's bunghole occasionally to have a look around. Squirmily. It often makes its way to the lungs of the cat, filling them with about 200,000 eggs a day until respiratory problems commence (so maybe my cat didn't have asthma like I thought!) Then it crawls up the bronchial tube to the mouth where it goes down the esophagus to complete more of its life cycle by eating nutrients in the intestine and laying more eggs in the anus. An animal filled with round worms can have lung problems, gastrointestinal problems, and problems getting nutrients. Death is not common, but when it does happen, it is usually due to mechanical blockage of the anus. Yes, meaning that the sheer number of spaghetti-sized worms squirming around in the cat's anus is enough to completely block it until the cat is so full of shit that it dies.
And humans can get it too.
We had already started our spring cleaning, but let us now bleach in earnest.
A Short Note on Personal Responsibility
Friday. 5.16.08 7:07 am
I do believe that for most everything in life that goes wrong, you have no one to blame but yourself. You may not be able to control what happens, but you are in control both of how prepared you are and how you react.
You are afraid of losing your job in an unstable job market? Perhaps you should rally to make it legally impossible for your employers to fire you? No. If you are afraid of being fired then you should carefully work to gain more skills to make yourself flexible, useful, and indispensable. Even if your current employer for his or her completely unfathomable reasons decides to let you go, your talent will be easily recognized elsewhere. Are you certain that your current employer will not recommend you to others, because he/she is a "huge jerk" who is "completely irrational"? I recommend turning the magnifying glass upon yourself, and wondering why it is that you find most supervisors difficult or irrational. No matter the odious nature of your supervisor, no matter the way your personalities "clash", each and every interaction with another person is an opportunity for self improvement. Your supervisor may be exceedingly dull, but excellent at networking. Your adviser may be very smart but lacking in social skills. Your coworkers may disgust you at the way they gossip about others. Anyone could use improvement in networking skills or book smarts. Coworkers can be a very stunning reminder of how bad you look when you continually speak badly about others; this situation also serves as a way to practice diffusing such "negativity tornadoes".
In this day and age, we are more likely to build an enormous fence around the swimming pool than to teach our children how to swim. We would rather keep all knives away from children rather than to teach them to use these knives safely. However, some day children will grow up, and they will have to swim, they will have to use knives, and they will have to experience pain, rejection, and disappointment. Worse, they will be unprepared to deal with these dangers, leaving them especially vulnerable and making the damage that much worse.
People who have not experienced much change are vulnerable to change. People who are not continually gaining skills are vulnerable to having their skills become obsolete. People who allow their fear to affect what they accomplish will continuously be disabled by their fears. Additionally, people who blame others for their failures will consistently avoid success, because whether or not you are to blame, the only person's behavior that you can change to make the situation better is your own. If you constantly look beyond what happens today, your frustration and short temper will be modulated by your long term goals, to which neither of these things is helpful.
Wednesday. 5.14.08 8:28 pm
Everything is due tomorrow. It is the end of all things. All I have left is a Geophysics project. How can I describe this Geophysics project?
If J=(loss of complexity/time), both J and dJ/dt are positive.
On another note, this summer is quite the summer for traveling. They've just announced an all-expenses paid field camp in Hawaii for graduate students who are studying volcanism, focus on Mars, look at a lot of orbital images, and haven't had much field experience. So... pretty much, a field camp for exactly me. I'm totally going to apply. "Lots of hiking... we're looking for people who won't complain." Hahaha.
With France, Washington DC, Hawaii, Colorado, Iceland and Germany on the horizon, I'd say this summer is going to turn out to be pretty sweet. Plus I just filled out the paperwork to get my juicy advance on my Iceland expenses.
Next: Moscow? Antarctica? Stay tuned. Apart from all the work I have to do, I have a pretty sweet job.
Precession and Nutation
Tuesday. 5.13.08 11:40 pm
Are forms of Earth's oscillation
But I'll postpone this recitation
Of this orbital excitation
Until I receive some resuscitation
Because I'm falling asleep.
Thursday. 5.8.08 5:26 pm
I made this mosaic for the Mercury people:
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