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The Profile

Age. 37
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.
Christmas Wishes
Saturday. 12.20.08 3:30 pm
The snow falls in large flakes, buffeted about by the indecisive wind before coming to rest on the rooftops and tree branches. I am safe and warm inside listening to Christmas songs and cleaning the apartment.
Yesterday we were all at work, but there were no professors there. There was a lively spirit of Christmas afoot, despite all the work that we had left to do. Lucia, our cheerful and motherly Portuguese janitor, came by and kissed us all and wished us a merry Christmas.

We ended up having an epic snowball fight, which devolved into tackling and throwing heaps of snow on each other. We built a snowman that looks like my adviser and put it outside his office window. We built a snow-dog for the snowman with a little leash made out of ivy. We all walked through piles of snow on empty, glowing roads to Peter's house for dinner. We had spaghetti and garlic bread and salad and hot cocoa. Mark 3 and I went back to work around 10pm to do the rest of our work and I ended up walking home around 1am, the streets lit by the snow-scattered street lamps and the pink sky.

I didn't finish all my work, but I decided to call the semester done. The trouble with research compared to school is that it is perpetual, and there is never a denouement when you can relax guilt-free.

My wish for this Christmas is that everyone think of the people they love, and think about how they treat those people. Do you constantly point out their failings? Do you constantly berate them for being irresponsible, forgetful, or eating too much?

Do you say mean things to them that you would never say to a stranger? Do you make an issue of foolish or awkward things they say in company instead of smoothing them over or letting them go? Do you overreact to harmless things they say?

Can't you just tell them how much you love them? Isn't that the most important thing for them to know?

Merry Christmas.

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The War is Over
Thursday. 12.18.08 8:47 am
First Problem on Fluids Exam: 2 hours
Third Problem on Fluids Exam: 5 hours
Second Problem on Fluids Exam: 19 HOURS!!!!!!!!


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The Dancing Traffic Cop
Tuesday. 12.16.08 12:25 pm
Today is the day that the Providence Dancing Cop has come to Thayer Street.

Normally I would welcome the coming of this quirky Providence curiosity, but today I am in the science library taking my 48-hour take-home fluid mechanics final exam.


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The Final Countdown
Monday. 12.15.08 12:01 am
I've been popular lately. Maybe I was picked up by some sort of web crawler. I must have mentioned some key word, like "terrorist".

It's a minute to midnight and I'm at work as usual. We were just watching Anne of Avonlea on the big screen in the lab and eating ice cream. Just me, Zebo, and the Welshman's girlfriend (I have to come up with a better nickname for her... how about 'Vermont'). She just such a singular personality it's hard to contain her in a word besides her name, but Vermont will do. Apparently the Welshman's flight out of Antarctica Tuesday got cancelled, and he probably won't make it back into town until the 23rd.

We've been working on the same problem set (#9) now for more than 24 solid hours. It's getting a bit ridiculous. Not as ridiculous as Crater Boy, of course, who is probably near 30 hours working on problem set 8, which everyone else in the class has given up as impossible.

Thalweg is in the recording lab at the college radio recording her radio show that will air tomorrow on how the geology students are teaching science at the local elementary school. Her work was so good! She had such an awesome radio voice, I loved it! She even got the cadence of talk radio down right.

I've no words for how I feel tonight.
It has nothing to do with school.

I had a terrible dream that I was running and running but my quads were so weak that they could barely hold me up, and I couldn't bring my knees up to get a good turnover going. I was running about this evening and I had the same feeling, only it wasn't a dream.

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Root Canal Update
Friday. 12.12.08 12:02 pm
Root canal update:

Nurse-lady: "Oh, oops, actually, I know you already paid hundreds of dollars, but as it turns out it costs $235 more dollars than we thought! Whoopsy!"

Root-canal guy: "Ah, there, you're feeling some pressure."
("pressure" is dentist speak for PAIN, just like "a little pinch" is dentist-speak for incredibly sharp and sudden PAIN).

Root-canal guy: "Oops, I just dropped a sharp instrument on your forehead! I would make a terrible juggler!"

I decided to pretend that I was a POW being interrogated by terrorists about the position of my unit. It was my duty to protect my unit, and in my own self interest to hide my pain so that the terrorists would decide that dentistry wasn't a good way to interrogate me. It sort of worked... at least I didn't cry until I made it to my car. Clearly this is still something for me to work on. Perhaps a couple of years in the French Foreign Legion is just what I need.

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Weather of Sheer Insanity
Friday. 12.12.08 7:51 am
The weather is insane today. The wind is whipping all around, raining like mad, dark as if night refuses to relax its grip on the city. You'd expect some shadowy figure with a bright red tie to leap down from a building at any moment. But I am in a fabulous mood, yes, simply fabulous. Even though the second half of my root canal is in a couple hours. Mail from Antarctica probably has something to do with it, though the sheer insanity of the weather helps, too. That's why I had to move away from Southern California. The weather there can never be described as "sheer insanity". Days like this make those bitterly cold days, where the cold never leaves your bones, worth suffering through.

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Wednesday. 12.10.08 10:09 pm
1. Put Your iTunes on Shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. You must write down the name of the song no matter how silly it sounds!
4. Put any comments in brackets after the song name.
5. You can do it too!

1. If someone says, Is this okay? You say?
I'll Do It [Annapolis Soundtrack]

2. How would you describe yourself?
Ophelia [Kashmir]

3. What do you like in a guy/girl?
The Foggy Dew [The Chieftains] really...

4. How do you feel today?
Big Star [Kenny Chesney]

5. What is your lifes purpose?
Incomplete [Sisqo] :(

6. What is your motto?
Paso Doble #5 [Various Artists]

7. What do your friends think of you?
Wishing Well [Jo Dee Messina]

8. What do you think of your parents?
The Happiest Place on Earth [Desaparecidos]

9. What do you think about very often?
I Knew I Loved You [Savage Garden]

10. What is 2 + 2?

11. What do you think of your best friend?
Angel Loved the Devil [Kenny Chesney]

12. What do you think of the person you like?
Le'kol Ehad [Lior Narkis & Shlomi Shabat] here are the lyrics translated from Hebrew:

Every man has a woman
who will close the circle with him.
Every woman has a man
who is destined for her.
Like cloth for the body, like air for breathing,
And among the madness they find comfort.

And you are my sweet soul,
the only one to set me on fire.
With you I am the whole world,
with you I am the universe.
Without you I am half a human being,
without you I am really nothing.

Every man has his dream,
that looks like is coming true,
Every woman has her dream,
that he will come and storm her heart.
Like water to the thirsty,
like hope for despair.
And among the coldness of the sea,
they have love.

13. What is your life story?
Across the Ocean [Azure Ray]

14. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Knuckle Hungry [Planes Mistaken for Stars]

15. What do you think of when you see the person you like?
Amselpolka! [Verschiedene]

16. What will you dance to at your wedding?
Beautiful [Christina Aguilera]

17. What will they play at your funeral?
Play [JLo]

18. What is your hobby/interest?
These White Lights Will Bend to Make Blue [Azure Ray] Aw, my hobby is optics!

19. What is your biggest fear?
If She Knew What She Wants [The Bangles]

20. What is your biggest secret?
Mellow Yellow [Donovan] Don't ask.

21. What do you think of your friends?
Irish I- Unit 2 [Pimsleur] "Do you speak Gaelic?"

22. What will you post this as?
Rodeo [Garth Brooks]

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Jews, Dolphin Vortex Rings, and the Javenese Gamelan
Monday. 12.8.08 9:53 pm
I had a good weekend. I went to Shabbat at the Hillel, because they said that you didn't have to be Jewish. I was still the only non-Jewish person there, but it's the thought that counts. I met a lot of really nice people and learned a lot about Shabbat and whether not doing things is more passive or active than remembering things. I also went to some services-- they recommended I go to the service that was only singing. Jews are a pretty excellent bunch for singing and dancing, and everyone got into the swing with the clapping and the dancing about and the praising God in Hebrew and all that. It was transliterated in the hymnal so I could follow along. Surprisingly (though perhaps it shouldn't have been) a lot of the songs were very similar to our prayers, so I felt like I was back home in my church only singing better hymns in a key that a normal person could actually handle. It was a special Israeli Shabbat this week so we had Israeli food and challah. It was very doughy and delicious. I had an excellent time, I might go back (perhaps I will become like the boy in Life of Pi who was regularly going to three different religious services a week).

I spent the rest of the weekend going to a formal and the office Christmas party. On Sunday I spent all day playing Javanese gamelan until our concert at 5pm. We screwed up pretty badly a couple of times, but we pretended like we knew what we were doing and since people didn't know what to expect I don't think they noticed too much. A bunch of my friends came. :D I let them play the bonang after the concert and they all seemed very appreciative of the strange and wonderful Javanese sound. Afterwards I went to Zebo's orchestra concert. Tonight I went to my friend Lish's Greek chorus concert. It was in a huge church with a huge balcony but the fire marshall wouldn't let anyone sit up there, so everyone was crammed standing up in the back and the aisles. The entire program was in Latin with a little bit of Greek, including the announcements, so you never really had any idea what was going on. We sang all of our favorite Christmas carols in Latin, which really got me in the Christmas spirit. Walking through the freezing, freezing cold also made me awake enough to finally do my fluid mechanics homework (and before 3 am, too!)

Today was the last day of fluid mechanics, so it is only right and salutary for me to post a fluid mechanics-y video:

As my prof said, this video is the one that makes you realize just how little we really know about fluid mechanics. Or in my words, "wtf? That's awesome!"

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