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The Profile

Age. 36
Gender. Female
Ethnicity. that of my father and his father before him
Location Altadena, CA
School. Other
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The World

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
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
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
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 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
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
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
The Help
Zion Andrews
The Unit
Quantum Brain
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
No One Ever Told Us We Were Defeated
Memento Nora
The Name of the Wind
The Terror
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
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 � la Lune (ip)
In the Light of What We Know
Devil in the White City
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
Red Mars
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
The Juanes Module

Juanes just needed his own mod. Who can disagree.
Monday. 5.11.09 9:01 pm
Dearest Mama was reading to us this poem of Rudyard Kipling's this weekend, I thought I would put it here for all of you:

IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

-Rudyard Kipling

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Lady Gaga
Thursday. 5.7.09 3:24 pm
I want to kiss you
But if I do then I might miss you, babe
It's complicated and stupid
Got my ass squeezed by sexy cupid,
Guess he wants to play, wants to play
a love game, a love game

Hold me and love me,
I just want to touch you for a minute
Maybe three seconds is enough for my heart to quit it.

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Controlling the Solar System ::EDIT:: WITH PICTURES!
Monday. 5.4.09 3:22 pm
So I made a lot of progress on my project. There was a huge amount of math involved, not to mention spherical geometry (spherical triangles? didn't even know those existed!), but I finally found a book that made sense and did most of it out (it was from 1965, I don't think anyone had even checked it out since 1973.)

I'm trying to create a computer model of the solar system starting from a simple one that my professor put together (gravity, conservation of momentum... go!)

I finally got it to work sometime yesterday and since then I've been modeling every imaginable planet/satellite/comet that I can think of. Most recently I've been simulating the orbit of the MESSENGER spacecraft (that's the one I work on that's going to Mercury). You can see how the orbit just touches the orbit of Mercury. Every time it passes by Mercury, it slows down a little bit, until it finally goes into orbit in 2011. I also simulated the path of Pioneer 10, which launched back in 1972. In order to do that I had to look up its current velocity and position vectors and then integrate backwards ~40 years to try and see when it went past Jupiter in the 1970s. Behold! You can see the kink in its orbit when it interacted with Jupiter! Sweet. After a while I also put in the orbits of Halley's Comet and Hale-Bopp. Hale-Bopp's orbit is insane... we're definitely never going to see that one again in our lifetimes.

Anyway, it is still going to be a mad rush until the end... probably involving staying up all night tonight instead of having fun at my friend Samwise's exam-passing party. I'm supposed to add the precession of Mars on there somehow, and I really wanted to add a Julian date converter so that someone could just type in "April 27, 1972" and it would tell you where all the objects of interest were. I also kind of wanted to program in a thing that would tell you at what date two objects passed close to each other, so I could see if it predicts the correct date for when Hale-Bopp passed by.

All in all, I feel a bit like the genie in Aladdin when he talks about his PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWERS, but luckily without the little bitty living space. I'll put up some graphics of my results when I get the chance.

The planets:

The Inner Planets:


Pioneer 10!

Pioneer 10 from a different angle:

Comets Halley and Hale Bopp!

Comets Halley and Hale Bopp from a different angle!

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Saturday. 5.2.09 8:47 pm
Or perhaps I should say, I hate it when someone beseeches you to get the professor's permission so that you can do a project together, and then a) can't even start on the project until two days before it is due b) doesn't show up to do the project c) shows up two hours late, saying "Sorry I'm late, I woke up late and then my roommate made me breakfast, so I had to eat it", d) takes a series of phone calls/texts/gchats while you're working e) leaves in the middle to "run a quick errand" (which turns out to be going to the gym), f) leaves 6 hours early to go out to dinner with some friends and then go out to a concert, g) decides to run a 5k race on the only remaining work day instead of working, h) complains about how "demanding" you are to your mutual friends over the phone in a loud voice from the adjoining room.

I've said before that girl friends are a nice thing for girls to have, but one downside to having girl friends is that they don't think you're cute, not one bit, so when you cutely say "omg, im soooo sorrrry ::frowny-face::" they want to punch you. And when you say, "You must like hate me soooo much." Then you say, "Yes, I do."

Well, since apparently my "friend" feels "so bad" for abandoning me, (but not bad enough not to do it), she must be pretty confident in the idea that I'm going to eventually forgive her for this. Not to mention let her have the work I've done on the project so that she won't fail the class.

I think I'll just take a new approach: telling her to figure it out for her own damn self.

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Friday. 5.1.09 10:30 pm
Nothing like eating hotdogs and pickles and watching heartwarming clips of Britain's Got Talent on YouTube to make a wild and crazy Friday night.

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Almost Over
Wednesday. 4.29.09 10:32 pm
~~~~~~~Me and Sethifus, once again discussing marriage~~~~~~~

Sethifus: So... what about you? How are things with boys... anything to tell me?
Me: Well, there was this one guy at church... we went to the choir concert to see him.
Sethifus: So...?
Me: Well then we figured out his name from the church bulletin and stalked him online and found out that he had a long term girlfriend of at least five years.
Sethifus: Wait, you talked to him online?
Me: Don't be ridiculous, we didn't TALK to him online, we're not MARRIED or something... we STALKED him online.
Sethifus: Oh, so you're *practically* married then. You're very close.
Me: Exactly.

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One Must Occasionally Fill Out Surveys
Tuesday. 4.28.09 12:58 pm
This was from Helena's blog

1. First thing you wash in the shower? Changes every time.

2. What color is your favorite hoodie? Black. It says "I ::heart:: TSL" on it, for "The Student Life", my college paper. I worked for them for a semester. I don't like it because I always have to explain what "TSL" stands for, but it is so warm and comfortable and fits so well that it doesn't matter.

3. Would you kiss the last person you kissed again? No.

4.Do you plan outfits? Never more than 5 minutes in advance

5. How are you feeling RIGHT now? STARVING!!

6. Whats the closest thing to you thats red? My uncooked lunch, Chef Boyardee spaghetti. But in order to cook it I would have to leave my laptop unprotected whilst I descended 11 flights of stairs.

7. Do you say aim or a-i-m? Aim.

8. Tell me about the last dream you remember having? I had a dream that I was hugely pregnant and about to give birth and I kept meeting other new mothers who kept reminding me about all the things I would need in order to care for the baby and I didn't have any of them. I kept thinking, "Shouldn't I have had 9 months to prepare for this? What was I doing during all that time?" Then I would panic because I didn't have any money saved to buy all of this extra stuff. This is the second time I've had this dream in several months, I'm beginning to think it must have some kind of meaning.

9. Did you meet anybody new today? Hard to meet people when you exile yourself to the 11th floor of the library in the "Absolute Silence" study section.

10. What are you craving right now? A hug, Chef Boyardee

11. Do you floss? Yep. No cavities here!

12. What comes to mind when I say cabbage? Zach used to always say that I smelled like cabbage... I just looked it up in the urban dictionary about apparently you say that when you have no words to express how lame a person is. That's nice.

13. When was the last time you talked on aim? A while ago... AIM was a waste of life and I'm glad it is gone. Death to gchat.

14. Are you emotional? Some vestiges of emotion remain, but I am in the process of smiting them.

15. Would you dance to the taco song? If it is a catchy tune with a beat, I would dance to it.

16. Have you ever counted to 1,000? I think we had to do that in kindergarten. I remember writing all the numbers from 1-1000 on pieces of graph paper, one in each square.

17. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it? I lick it.

18. Do you like your hair? S'okay. I need a hair cut.

19. Do you like yourself? Yeah, we hang out all the time, we're like BFF.

20. Have you ever met a celebrity? I met John McCain! And the Clear Eyes guy. And the last NASA administrator. And two people who have walked on the Moon! A couple authors... GUNTHER... that's about it.

21. Do you like cottage cheese? NO.

22. What are you listening to right now? "Song for Dad" by Keith Urban

23. How many countries have you visited? 20, hoping to add two more at the end of next month.

24. Are your parents strict? They're reasonable.

25. Would you go sky diving? YES.

26. Would you go out to eat with George W. Bush? Sure. We could go to Texas Roadhouse, I'd get the ribs. I'd buy him a lemonade.

27. Would you throw potatoes at him? Nawwww, why do people gotst to hate? Drinking too much Haterade.

28. Is there anything sparkly in the room youre in? My purse, this girl's earrings

29. Have you ever been in a castle? Several castles. Some built by yours truly.

30. Do you rent movies often? More often now than before. That means I'm up to about ~1 per 6 months.

31. Who sits in behind you in your math class? Well... in fluids it is Rick.

32. Have you made a prank phone call? Not for a really long time. "Hello? Would you like to buy a vacuum?"

33. Do you own a gun? Several water guns.

34. Can you count backwards from 74? Yep.

35. Who are you going to be with tonight? likely Thalweg y los dos gatos. (gateaux?) ;) Possibly the wasp that is stuck in my window frame.

36. Brown or white eggs? I get brown so that I feel better about not buying expensive humane-cage-free eggs like Thalweg buys because at least they look like hers.

37. Do you own something from Hot Topic? Hot Topic owns me. It's where I became a psy-vampire.

38. Ever been on a train? Many trains.

39. Don't like this question.

40. Do you have a cell-phone? Yep.

41. Are you too forgiving? I get less forgiving as people abuse my propensity to forgive.

42. Do you use chap stick? Chapstick is an evil drug that perpetuates the need for its own existence.

43. What is your best friend doing tomorrow? hmm... probably working. That's broad.

44. Can you use chop sticks? why yes. They come with instructions.

45. Ever have cream puffs? Not a fan.

46. Have you ever seen The Butterfly Effect? Nope.

47. What was the last question you asked? "Are you sure it's not the swine flu?"

48. What was the last CD you bought? Lady Gaga

49. Boys or girls? All the same to me.

50. What is your bus number for school? No bus. No school. (Helena's answer suffices)

51. Is your hair curly? In the humidity it is. Also if I wind it around my fingers as I've gotten in the habit of doing lately.

52. Don't like this question.

53. Ever walked into a wall? Not that I remember, unless you count doorframes.

54. Do looks matter? Depends on what you need them for.

55. Have you ever bought anything from Pac Sun? I used to shop at that place all the time. One time I saw a girl shoplifting some sunglasses, and I wanted to rat her out but I didn't. I wish I could go back and rat her out. Shoplifting bitch.

56. Have you ever slapped someone? I've always wanted to, but I probably never will.

57. Favorite time of the year? Summer

58. Favorite color? Green.

59. Are you sarcastic? NO. {sarcastically}

60. Do you have any tattoos? No. I would only get a tattoo if I was in a secret society of watchers who recorded the events in the lives of the immortals.

61. The last person you held hands with? Don't remember. It was probably whoever was next to me at our church retreat.

62. Do you sleep with the TV on? I can't, it's impossible.

63. Where was your default picture taken at? Default picture, what does that mean?

64. Do you hate or dislike more than 3 people? Not at the moment.

65. Do you like your life right now? I'm way too hungry for this question, but yes, things are pretty sweet right now.

66. How often do you talk on the phone? As little as possible.

67. What is your favorite animal? Cheetah of course.

68. What was the most recent thing you bought? Dinner at Texas Roadhouse.

69. Do you have good vision? It's ok. No glasses here.

70. Can you hula hoop? Hells yeah.

71. Could you ever forgive a cheater? No. The level of respect I have for cheaters is probably a negative number. I think cheating is often the tip of the iceberg for a dozen other equally serious moral deficiencies. Not to be judgmental or anything.

72. Do you have a job? Yes. (Praise the Lord!)

73. Can you handle the truth? It is what I would prefer.

74. What are you wearing? Jeans, shirt from my friend in Japan.

75. Have you ever crawled through a window? Many. The most interesting being those at my high school, the most tricky being the window of my last apartment which required me to climb on my car, jump onto the fire escape, climb the ricketty fire escape, and carefully slide my window open from the outside, climb over my plant, and get my forgotten keys.

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The Wisdom of Thalweg
Tuesday. 4.28.09 12:01 am

"Now I can totally see why chicks dig Twilight, because I mean, here is this guy, and you don't have to worry about him trying to rape you while you sleep, yeah, like he just protects you and watches over you like a big cuddly bear."

True dat.

As an aside, my paper about Mercury was accepted for publication. YEssssss. I shall be in print!

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