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 Altadena, CA
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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 ï¿½ 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
A Gentleman in Russia
The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism
Seneca: Letters from a Stoic
Sunday. 5.21.17 10:29 pm
I parked on the shady suburban street and hopped out of my car. As I walked towards my friend's house I heard a voice, and I saw a man sitting in his front yard, surrounded by an impressive garden of well-tended succulents.
"You're not human," he said to me.
"You don't drive a human car like all of the others."
Friday. 2.24.17 10:30 pm
My favorite part of writing a proposal is when I finish writing it. Yes, I like the part where I turn it in... when I get an email saying, "There is nothing more to be done-- your proposal has been whisked away." It's kind of like buying a lottery ticket-- the world seems rosy, luck is in the air-- there is nothing to do but to wait.
But the best part is when I close all of the open internet browser tabs that I have, and I mentally walk back through all of the things that I needed to know in order to write the proposal. Where can I buy smoke-generating fireworks in Argentina? How do I make a pdf into a jpg in a hurry? What are the government per diem rates for Denver Colorado in November? How much does it cost for an 82 ft by 82 ft square of seagull netting? What is the average temperature in Catamarca? How does one visualize vortices on helicopter side panels? What caused wind-faceted stones to form on the beach in Maryborough, New Zealand?
I won't care about these things again for at least 6 months, while NASA decides the fate of my proposal. If it declines my proposal, I may never think of these things again. But if it accepts it-- I'll suppose I'll be glad that I properly planned and budgeted for my fireworks and seagull netting. After all, luck is in the air.
Expectations vs. Reality
Sunday. 1.15.17 4:35 am
Plan for today: Go to airport, fly to Paris, eat a croissant, meet up with M, go to Angelina's and drink the world's most delicious hot chocolate (choc africain), and delicious lemon tart, wander around Paris, following M's 'surprise' itinerary. Eventually go to Jacqueline's house and fall asleep on her king-sized couch bed.
Actual events: Go to airport, board plane... mechanical problem, flight is canceled. Get off plane, wait in line for three hours, get booked on flight for next day which is too late, wait on hold with another airline for 1h15, get someone who doesn't really speak English, try to speak Spanish, get told to call a couple of numbers that definitely don't work, eat Taco Bell in a shady parking lot at 1 am, return home.
The Thunder Rolls
Monday. 1.9.17 6:21 am
I was at work way too late, and I'm only just getting to bed at 3:20 am, but it means I get to hear a THUNDERSTORM!! They are so rare where I live... it's a great joy. It's been raining all week and last week... after so much drought it's really amazing. I got some mushrooms in my backyard, and today Juan Pablo and I climbed up a brilliant green grassy hill and sat over looking the city and the mountains, as he ate the grass and I rocked back and forth with the palm trees.
An Invitation From the Embassy
Saturday. 1.7.17 1:29 am
Into every life some rain must fall... mainly on a plain in Spain
Friday. 12.16.16 8:12 pm
Welllll, I just booked myself a trip to Spain and France for the last half of January. It's a work trip. I'm not really looking forward to it at the moment, because all I can think about are the extremely long flights and the hassle of dragging my suitcase through the metro systems. And who wants to just sit around hanging out with parties of 15 random work people at cafés in foreign cities when you could be at home playing with your dog? Eh? Hanging around with your local friends? Eh?
Clearly the 30s version of me would not even be recognizable to the 20s version of me.
But I will get to be back in that gorgeous city of Paris, mon amour d'autrefois. I met a guy on OKCupid who is also going to be in Paris at that time, so we might meet up and go to a restaurant I know where they offer all-you-can-eat prosciutto. This guy that I met is a moderately conservative American francophone geologist... don't find those very often.
And in Granada I'll spend most of the time listening to talks about the Martian atmosphere, but some of the time I'll go out and dance the Argentinian tango, and if those atmospheric physicists can do one thing, it is dance the tango. (If they can do two things, they can dance the tango and do atmospheric physics).
It was raining today, and I was coding.... UGH CODING IS SO HORRIBLE. I've put off going to France all this time because I'm going to have to do an enormous amount of coding between now and then to get everything ready, and coding / installing things Linux is poison to a man's soul.
Friday. 12.2.16 3:45 am
Fancy Ball Time
Tuesday. 11.15.16 9:33 pm
I got invited to a fancy ball as the guest of someone I don't know who is in management (his wife couldn't come so I'm a last-minute replacement). It should be a good networking occasion but the attire is supposed to be formal... so in the next two days I have to find "networking formal attire". Networking formal attire that actually fits me, no less.... I haven't exactly been on a diet since my last fancy ball.
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