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Zanzibar
Age. 33
Gender. Female
Ethnicity. that of my father and his father before him
Location Altadena, CA
School. Other
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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:

Samarinda

Extra points for people who know what Samarinda is.
The Phases of the Moon Module
CURRENT MOON
Croc Hunter/Combat Wombat
My hero(s)
Only My Favorite Baseball Player EVER


Aw, Larry Walker, how I loved thee.
The Schedule
M: Science and Exploration
T: Cook a nice dinner
W: PARKOUR!
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
Looking Backwards
Wild Swans
Exodus
1984
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)
Uglies
Pretties
Specials
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"
Pompeii
Is Multi-Culturalism Bad for Women?
Americans in Southeast Asia: Roots of Commitment (in progress)
What's So Great About Christianity?
Aeolian Geomorphology
Aeolian Dust and Dust Deposits
The City of Ember
The People of Sparks
Cube Route
When I was in Cuba, I was a German Shepard
Bound
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
Twilight
Eclipse
New Moon
Breaking Dawn
Armageddon's Children
The Elves of Cintra
The Gypsy Morph
Animorphs #23: The Pretender
Animorphs #25: The Extreme
Animorphs #26: The Attack
Crucial Conversations
A Journey to the Center of the Earth
A Great and Terrible Beauty
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Dandelion Wine
To Sir, With Love
London Calling
Watership Down
The Invisible
Alice in Wonderland
Through the Looking Glass
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
The Host
The Hunger Games
Catching Fire
Shadows and Strongholds
The Jungle Book
Beatrice and Virgil
Infidel
Neuromancer
The Help
Flip
Zion Andrews
The Unit
Princess
Quantum Brain
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
No One Ever Told Us We Were Defeated
Delirium
Memento Nora
Robopocalypse
The Name of the Wind
The Terror
Sister
Tao Te Ching
What Paul Meant
Lao Tzu and Taoism
Libyan Sands
Sand and Sandstones
Lost Christianites: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew
The Science of God
Calculating God
Great Contemporaries, by Winston Churchill
City of Bones
Around the World in 80 Days, by Jules Verne
Divergent
Stranger in a Strange Land
The Old Man and the Sea
Flowers for Algernon
Au Bonheur des Ogres
The Martian
The Road to Serfdom
De La Terre à la Lune (ip)
In the Light of What We Know
Devil in the White City
2312
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
Red Mars
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 Juanes Module


Juanes just needed his own mod. Who can disagree.
the All Knowing Internet Quiz
Tuesday. 12.14.04 1:52 pm
So I've been reading Ranor's nutang, and thus have taken a slew of internet quizzes...

You are AIR
YOU ARE AIR!


Your inner element is one of change and growth. You
are an intensely intellectual and curious
person who simply must know the answers to
everything. You question everything about the
world and the people in it. Because of your
constant search for new things you are blessed
with the ability to change and adapt to most
anything. You love people and tend to get
active in causes that interest you. You tend to
attract many friends but don't tend to hold on
to them for great lengths of time. Any career
that stimulates your desire to learn or develop
new things is ideal for you. Love for you tends
to start out as friendship and build into a
life-long commitment. You look for trust and
openness in your partner, and once you find it
you will let yourself fall completely in love.


Your greatest strengths are your incredible ability
to learn and adapt to all things. Your
weaknesses are your inability to slow down and
let others catch up. If you aren't careful, you
will leave too many people in the dust.
Balancing your strengths and weakness is
crucial for you to achieve balance in life.

Astrologically, Air is associated with the signs of
Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. You are most
compatible for either love or friendship with
another Air Elemental or with an Fire. You are
least compatible with a Earth Elemental.


Now that you have an idea of your strengths and
weaknesses, why don't you put them to the test?
If you follow my lead I can take you to a game
world where you can explore different sides of
yourself and taste real power....



Which of the 5 Prime Elements are you?
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This is how my moral philosophy relates to the ideas of others according to the Knower of All Things, the Internet Quiz:
1. Aquinas (100%)
2. John Stuart Mill (80%)
3. Kant (74%)
4. Prescriptivism (74%)
5. Plato (73%)
6. Spinoza (71%)
7. St. Augustine (66%)
8. Jeremy Bentham (62%)
9. Aristotle (60%)
10. Ayn Rand (60%)
11. Ockham (55%)
12. Jean-Paul Sartre (48%)
13. Stoics (40%)
14. Cynics (31%)
15. Epicureans (24%)
16. Nel Noddings (23%)
17. Thomas Hobbes (14%)
18. David Hume (13%)
19. Nietzsche (8%)

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You are Mr. Bingly. Immediately likeable,
handsome, and rich. You are humble and cute in
a boyish way. All women want you--if Mr. Darcy
isn't taken, that is.


Which Pride and Prejudice Character Are You?
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Sunday. 12.5.04 12:19 am
The trees are in their autumn beauty,
The woodland paths are dry....


I really like this poem and the reason why is something that a fellow in my English class pointed out one day- that there are nine and fifty swans. That means, when they paddle, lover by lover in the cold... there is an odd number of swans and one must paddle by itself....

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Sunday. 11.28.04 7:00 pm
The taxi-calling man had the best Thanksgiving anyone could ever have, he said. He was tired but every time he tried to fall asleep the delicious smells of his wife's cooking filled his nostrils and he woke up again to say, "That smells GOOOoooOod, honey!" and she would respond, "It ain't cooked nothing but the bread yet!"
On Friday he went out and bought her a dozen roses because he said that was the best meal he ever did eat.

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Tibetan Singing Bowls
Sunday. 10.24.04 4:36 am
Kristina and I went to a choir performance on Friday, it was quite moving, in a mystical way. All the words were unintelligible, and some of the singing was more like overlapping sounds rather than singing at all. The choir was like a chorus of Tibetan Singing Bowls, and I found I did not like watching them, I would rather imagine the sound emanating from the stage without a driving force. I watched instead, with an unfocused gaze, the beautiful, skeletal woman- the conductor- waving her pale, fragile arms and shaking fingers as if she were a trembling, falling leaf in a strange, slow, warm-colored autumnal dream.

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Some pictures again
Thursday. 10.21.04 12:00 pm
From my trip to the aquarium:

From my trip to the launch of Space Ship One, this is the White Knight companion ship:

Random picture from Spring 2004:

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Surfing
Tuesday. 10.19.04 12:24 am
Today Michael and I went surfing. We got to try out our different kinds of knots, which turned out to be a mix of masterpiece and tangled rope, but the surf-boards stayed on the roof, so we are obviously awesome. (Michael tied the main rope on, I tied the one holding down the back).

I love to surf. Sometimes I sit there on my board, feeling a little sick from a huge amount of salt water I may have just swallowed, or scanning the water for signs of shark fins, or hyperventilating just a little when it's quite cold... and I wonder what I am doing out there on this foam board getting bashed around by the great ocean. But then a good-looking wave comes and everything- pain, thought, unhappiness, leave my mind and there is only thrill. I always ask people that I am teaching... do you want to know which waves are going to be best? You know the huge ones that come right at you with foaming tips- the ones that look like they are going to crash right on your head and kill you? Those are the ones you are looking for. If you're trying to paddle past it and you realize it is going to break right on you... turn around, paddle like hell, and catch it. It's not really the most comforting thing to say to a prospective student, but it serves them well. For one, that time in the wave's life is the best time to catch it, hands down. Secondly, if you are paddling like crazy away from the wave, you aren't looking at it, and believe me, you don't want to look at it.
Sometimes when I am surfing and nothing is going on, I just slide off my board so that my chest is supported but my legs are drifting aimlessly in the tide. If I am at San Onofre, I'll feel the sea weed sliding through my toes. My feet look incredibly white through the water. And I think... this is what it would be like to be dead. Drowned, that is. Peacefully floating along through the water at a medium buoyancy, sea weed sliding between my cold, white toes. That said, I still don't want to drown. While it wouldn't be so bad to be a body drifting along, it would be terrible to find one, and that's what I usually consider when I'm deciding which way is the best way to die. Plus it would suck to be nibbled on by millions of little fish... because that's just gross.

Conclusion: Surfing is fun! Also, it stopped raining here, which is sad.

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Lowe's Rocks
Sunday. 10.17.04 4:24 pm
I love Lowe's. Why? Is it because of all of the people there who don't know what friction is? That could be part of it. Is it because of that one guy who works there by day and does doughnuts in the parking lot by night? Maybe. Lowe's is full of happy memories. Lowe's makes me miss my Phi Rho gals, and it makes me miss the warehouse (you carry cement, why don't you carry cement PIGMENT! You're sitting on a gold mine, Trebek!) I miss T and the forklifts we used to ride in the old days. Lowe's has inferior forklifts in many ways, but I bet T and I could still unload a Hays with them, and that's all you'd really ask. I love the way that everything smells like Hardware store... is it the lumber? Is it the drawers upon drawers of tiny screws and nails of all sizes? I love the way that everyone is carrying around fifteen foot long plastic piping and disembodied doorknobs and drawer handles! I love the show countertops and the dozen bathtubs organized into fake bathrooms and the display with tons of different showerheads sticking out everywhere. I love thinking about what I am going to buy and planning to make my own shower floor out of Labradorite. I think to myself that that awesome ceiling fan is about the same price as my longboard was- and wouldn't I use and appreciate a ceiling fan as much as my skateboard?
Hardware stores make me want to have a house so I could decorate it and build a deck onto it and cut down a Christmas tree with a sharp-toothed saw and put it in the window I sealed from the winter looking over the deck with a candy-cane tree skirt around the trunk.
Hardware stores make me want a house and a husband and children and a job that helps us get by and snow and Thanksgiving and Christmas....

...and then I walk into the garden section. You have to go through a door, and you are immediately greeted by the smell I always associate with The Big Toolbox back home... it smells like garden hoses and coy ponds and good, clean dirt and the air rings with running water. Suddenly my life has expanded to summer! There was a little juniper-type bush for two dollars, I could hardly restrain myself, but it had to be grown in full sun and my room is very shady. They had a plant called Chocolate Mint, and when I rubbed its leaves between my fingers, it smelled like Chocolate Mint!! Again, I had to physically restrain myself from buying it because it too needed full sunlight. $1.49!!!
My polka dot plant, Herbert, has been doing pretty well in the shade but you don't want to press your luck.

By the time I left that section, I had added a beautiful garden to my dream Lowe's-fabricated life, with climbing roses and Chocolate Mint and Peppermint and Oregano and Chives and Juniper and lots and lots of MUMS! Plants right now are the anti-gas.... that is, they are really cheap.

Gas prices are up to $2.40. They are CRIPPLING ME. But not Lowe's. Ah, Lowe's is setting me free.

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Sunday. 10.10.04 2:09 pm
The fire flies began their dance over the countryside.
With love in their veins, they left wandering trails of light across the meadow.
Back and forth they weaved, blinking slowly in and out.
It seemed as if they were there only to make the night more beautiful,
as if they had been summoned only so that I could see them
as I trailed my hand among the heads of the ripe wheat,
as its silky hair tickled my palm
and the grass swished between my bare toes.

The night was not dark, it was a deep blue lighted by the sorrowful white moon.

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