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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.
First Day of School!
Wednesday. 9.9.09 9:14 am
First Day of School!!

... I guess I'll fill in what happened after I get back. It probably won't be much different than usual seeing as I haven't any classes this semester.

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Better Faster Stronger
Monday. 9.7.09 10:11 am
Angle and I went down to the track to go running at 8. Afterwards we threw the pigskin around and finally went to play on the jungle gym. I was telling her how sad I was that I could no longer do the gymnast mount on the bars and as I was telling her I did it easily. WHAT?!? I was somehow under the impression that my strength and agility had retired itself, had been going slowly downhill since I was in high school... turns out that I lost about 12 pounds since the beginning of June and it's a lot easier to pull yourself up onto things if you're 12 pounds lighter.

In light of this discovery, I've decided that at my age I have the ability to be the fastest, strongest, most agile and best looking version of myself that I will ever be. It would certainly be a shame if I squandered this time not being in shape. Then again, my professor has just assured me that no matter what I eat, I will lose 20 pounds in Antarctica from shivering alone. At this point I don't think I have 20 pounds to lose, so I might have to have a bowl of ice cream.

Ice cream, here I come!

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Rabbit-Light
Saturday. 9.5.09 2:35 pm
I spent the morning sleeping in my soft yellow bed while the summer sunlight streamed through the window and the breeze carried the sounds of Americans laughing.

I ate spaghetti and ice cream for brunch. With no responsibilities and no plans, I settled on the futon to read about the adventures of the rabbits of Watership Down for several hours while the whooping and hollering of the boys next door rose and fell like the lapping of lake water on a dock.

What a feeling, to be young and free.

What a feeling, to be unencumbered by responsibilities.

What a feeling, to do nothing because you have nothing to do.

In the depths of dark velvet space, the planet is hurtling 67,000 mph towards winter.

But here in vicinity of my house it is a warm and lazy summer day.

To be, in the grass, in the peacefullest time,
Without that monument of cat,
The cat forgotten in the moon;

And to feel that the light is a rabbit-light,
In which everything is meant for you
And nothing need be explained.

--Wallace Stevens



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Fiesta Fiesta
Thursday. 9.3.09 9:05 am
Tonight is the Fiesta Party, the party where we welcome the new geology grad students to Brown at the end of the school-sponsored orientation.

But this year, it's at MY house.

Yep. That means it's going to be awesome. I mean, both of my parents are awesome at throwing parties. I have throwing parties in my genes. I also have party-jeans. We have a black light. We have hours worth of wild latin music. We have enchiladas out the wazoo. Tiki-torches. Twinkle lights. Streamers. Tablecloths. An inflatable cactus. Life-size mariachi clings for the walls. We're expecting around 50-60 people in my tiny apartment. We invited the neighbors.

It's a good thing my insurance company "enhanced" my renters insurance...

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Pizza Delivery Woman to the Stars
Saturday. 8.29.09 4:01 pm
Near my middle school there is a large property where it is said that the guy who owns Pepsi lives. The complex consists of five separate houses, including a boat house, a pool house, a guest house, etc. It is set on a parcel of land so large that it is difficult to even see the main house from the road. At the gate there is a little plaque that reads, "Private Property: No Trespassing. For Deliveries, Ring Bell". When I was a kid we'd always talk about how some day we'd be pizza delivery guys and we could deliver pizza to that house.

Yeah, it seems weird looking back that we didn't say that someday we'd live in a house like that, or that we'd be invited over to that house as guests or anything, just that we'd be pretty pumped to someday deliver pizza there.

I've had some similar experiences since. One time we went to a fundraiser for our university at a highrise apartment in downtown Houston, and the whole time I was there I could only think, "I've helped cater events like these...." I was treated with professional detachment by the catering staff, who were just my age. I wanted to take them aside and give them a wink and say, "Don't worry, guys, I'm actually one of you!"

Today I went down to Little Compton with my friend to check out her parents' summer house down there that they are massively renovating. As I passed all of the mansions and the perfectly manicured lawns and gardens I mentioned to my friend that I'd always wanted to be a gardener at a house like that. She gave me a strange look and I could tell the thought had never crossed her mind.

New England is a weird place where people actually have "summer homes" and "diving platforms" and yachts and sailboats... I guess I had had an idea that these people existed from movies, I just had never met any of them.

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AWESOME
Thursday. 8.27.09 1:40 pm
For people with cervical spinal cord injury, brainstem stroke, ALS and other neurologic illnesses, current rehabilitation options are inadequate. In severe cases, both the ability to speak and move are lost, creating a “locked-in” state of being awake and alert but unable to communicate. But new neural interfaces being developed at Brown could revolutionize our ability to restore lost function to people with neurologic disease or injury. Exciting clinical trials have shown that those with neurological injury or illness can control a computer cursor via their own thoughts. Brain signals are now being recorded, decoded and tested with the hope of not only re-establishing communication, but also restoring movement to paralyzed limbs.

----Brown University People, making telekinesis possible since 2006.

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Less than two months...
Friday. 8.21.09 10:28 pm
...til Antarctica.

We've finally got our deployment dates, and it turns out that I'll be in Antarctica from October 19th until January 20th.

Just me and nine guys in a couple of tents for three months. Priceless.

Let me introduce the cast of characters:

Jimothy: My advisor. Approximately 69 years old, still running around in Antarctica.

Bruce: Mid-thirties. Principle investigator (PI). Easy going, loves to have fun.

Merc: The other PI. 50s? This will be his ~33rd? season in Antarctica.

Mark #3: Fresh-faced, ~23ish, lots of fun. We are trying to get roomed together.

J: ~29, loves gadgets and things made by Apple.

Sethifus: 25, an old friend of mine. Hates the cold and doing most physical activity.

The Welshman: 27, Needs no introduction.

Sean: Late 20s, early 30s. As I do not know him, he must await a pseudonym.

Doug: Ditto for this guy.


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Attempts to Meet Guys: Act I, Scene II
Thursday. 8.13.09 5:21 pm
So Angle met these guys on the street who told her to come to their show at this crazy place called the Mardi Gras. The Mardi Gras is a super-awesome dance multi-plex that I've been trying to get someone to go to with me for about 2 years. One room line-dancing, one room live bands, one room kareoke, one room discotheque. They also have tons of black lights, air-hockey tables, inflatable dolphins, mannequins dressed like pirates, and neon palm trees.

Me: Can we dress like scene kids???
Angle and Cheeky: YES LET'S DO IT!

So we rummaged around for our very best poseur gear and I ended up in ripped jeans, a black band t-shirt, a motorcycle jacket, and a shock of bright blue hair that I'd bought from Hot Topics. Angle had ripped jeans and a black tank-top, Cheeky had ripped jeans, a band t-shirt, and a shiny pink bomber jacket. John came too, he had a Jet Propulsion Lab t-shirt on, but close enough.

One of the guys in the band came to talk to us and we revealed to him that we were at Club Mardi Gras just to see his band, which made him ecstatic.

"You guys are our first FANS!" he said, "Before this the only people that were there were our friends that we dragged along!" He gave us a group hug to commemorate this occasion and asked us if we all wanted autographs. We didn't have anything for him to sign, so we told him maybe later. He was very enthusiastic to meet me, and he immediately asked what kind of bike I had.

"Uh... a Schwinn?
"You have a motorcycle jacket on though, don't you have a bike?"
I leaned in so that he could hear me over the kareoke.
"I'm actually a huge poseur," I said, "I bought this jacket because it was on sale."
I decided last week that honesty was probably the best policy.
"Oh!" he said, "That's cool!"
"No," I said, "it's not really that cool, but thanks anyway."

Turns out that he was originally born in Russia, and that his dad was a geophysicist. We wanted to know specifically what his dad did, and he said that he invented some kind of machine that evaluated rock specimens to determine the abundance of a certain kind of mineral, but he didn't remember which one. Tough luck for a guy in a band with a motorcycle to meet a girl who looked like the kind of girl who would like guys in bands who had motorcycles only to find out that she actually liked geophysics and probably has more in common with his dad.

We soon decided that I should go out man-trapping wearing my handy unix commands t-shirt (printed upside down for easy reference), thinking that in this way I might actually attract the kind of guy I would be attracted to.

I'll report back on that later.

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