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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.
Wednesday. 10.1.08 3:13 pm

If you were here we would have an adventure and go into the locked room in the music building and we would play all of the instruments in the Javenese Gamelan. Especially the gong that shakes the floor like the THX intro at the movies.

But you are not here, Lieblingsfarbe, so instead I must miss you, and play the gong alone.

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Ivory Tower Immunity
Tuesday. 9.30.08 11:14 am

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That hurt Hashmir like a thumb tack
Tuesday. 9.30.08 8:00 am


I like playing it.

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Money Matters
Sunday. 9.28.08 7:05 pm
The future always looks a bit brighter when you sit down and calculate it out.

Granted, the whole "student loan" thing from undergrad doesn't help my rosy outlook, but I think if I can put away 17.5% of my paycheck each month, I should be able to save enough money by the time I graduate to pay them off. I think I'll go to the bank tomorrow and make myself a savings account that does this automatically. Since I'm in school full time, my loans are not accumulating interest, but as soon as I graduate, they will. This is why paying them off all at once as soon as I go into repayment is a priority. Plus with the money in a savings account, I'll be the one earning interest for the next three years.

Meanwhile, I am after:

"Anyone Can Learn 7 Languages" CDs
A trip to Japan & Korea
A new (used) car

In that order. Though depending on how long it continues to rain, the car might move to a higher level on the priority list.

I calculate that these items together would cost about 47% of my total yearly income. :(

However, given my spartan lifestyle and relatively low rent, this could be possible. 47% + 27% for rent + 17.5% for savings... this leaves 8.5% for all my other expenses (including food and insurance!) Insurance is about 3.5%... 5% for food, clothes, and entertainment. Hmmmm... who needs entertainment when you have work? But food costs about 7.6% at minimum. :\

I might have to go on the multi-year plan with these things as well.

It's all complicated by the fact that someone of my advanced age should start thinking about retirement. I looked into getting a Roth-IRA but at the time I didn't even have enough money to open one (who knew you needed money to open one?!)
I think I'll wait on that... after all, my worthless [hypothetical, future] kids will probably waste all that retirement money on worthless liberal arts educations where they'll become worthless geology majors who spend most of their 20s hiding in grad school instead of getting a real job.

Speaking of which, if I somehow got a job that pays 10x more than I make now, my spending goals would seem a bit more reasonable. I knew a guy who was hired right out of college with such a salary (you could, too, if you have a penchant linear algebra, matricies, and high finance.) Even 2x or 5x would make a difference. x1.5 more. Throw me a bone here.

hmmmmmmmmm... the possibilities... too bad I plan to spend the rest of my twenties being an adventuring vagabond instead of compounding interest and building equity.

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Guten Herr Morgan
Friday. 9.26.08 9:22 am
Mr. Morgan:

"When I came down this morning I thought everyone knew who I was because they kept saying, 'Morgen, Morgen, Guten Morgen'."

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Life on Planets Around Other Stars
Thursday. 9.25.08 5:42 am
Clouds are extremely complicated. Perhaps you are well acquainted with the complexity of clouds from lying on your back in the grass some fine summer day and studying their slow, graceful billowing movement across the sky, but clouds are complicated are extremely difficult to model properly, as well.

For one thing, they can cause either global cooling or global warming. Many clouds are white, so they reflect incoming radiation back into space, causing cooling. However, they are also rather opaque at the longer, thermal wavelengths where the Earth emits its strongest radiation. Thus they contribute to the greenhouse effect and cause global warming. Oftentimes, the effects of clouds depend on where in the atmosphere they are forming (tropospheric clouds? statospheric clouds?) On the Earth, the air tends to cool as you go upwards into the troposphere. At the boundary of the troposphere and the stratosphere, the trend reverses, and the heat goes up. You are losing the Earth's radiative heat, but you are approaching the ozone layer, which traps a large amount of radiation in the upper stratosphere (as a side note, the fact that the stratosphere has its hot layers above its cool layers means that it doesn't have to convect, which is why it's such a nice smooth place to fly planes). As you go further into the vacuum of space through the mesosphere, thermosphere, and exosphere, the temperature goes down again.
A lovely fellow here at the meeting has been working on something quite interesting… he has been modeling the effect of clouds on planets around other stars. Now some extra-solar planets can be seen with telescopes (the large ones) but the majority of planets can only be inferred by the gravitational effect they have on their parent star or the slight dimming of the star when the planet passes in front of it (occultation). Naturally we can’t tell if these planets have clouds at all, making the effort mainly a thought experiment. But the results are actually quite stunning: if you take a planet with an atmosphere like the Earth’s, and you place it at the distance from its star to deliver an Earth-like heat budget, you can isolate the effect that the dominant wavelength of the star has on what the clouds do. The size of the cloud particles do not change, you see, but since the wavelength of the light is changing, the degree to which the cloud particles scatter and reflect the incoming light changes- even the type of scattering that takes place can change. This leads to either a cooling or warming feedback loop that completely changes the thermal structure of the atmosphere, and the temperatures of the surface. Thus even if you lived at the absolutely appropriate distance from a star, even if you lived on a planet exactly like the Earth in every way, the fact that your star was an M star or whatever crazy kind of star would make your life completely different, even, perhaps, impossible.
One woman even took this consideration to determine what color plants would be on planets around extra-solar planets, and you could get purple plants or blue plants or any number of shades of planets as the plants would optimize the way they gathered their light. If humans existed there, they might see in a totally different wavelength range, because what we now call the “visible” spectrum is really just where the sun’s maximum light output is, making our eyes perfectly attuned to make maximum use of the energy that is available to us.

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Totally Unexpected
Thursday. 9.18.08 4:38 pm
Turns out they have the internet in Germany. Who would have guessed? I'm still not going to write a real entry though, because I'm LAZY!!!

I also haven't slept in 32.5 hours. But I ate chocolate mousse. And pretzels.

Bis Morgen! TchuuuuuusssssSSSSSS.

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Entries I Planned to Write
Tuesday. 9.16.08 1:31 am
I was planning to write an entry about the creature that has wreaked more havoc on the Earth's atmosphere than any other in geologic time, changing history and the very course of the evolution of life itself.

I am, of course, talking about photosynthetic algae.

But I have to go to Germany for 1.5 weeks. So tragic. I will see if I have time before I leave.

Meanwhile, ponder the skeletons of these mindlessly polluting creatures:

A CLIFF of skeletons!!

See what horror they have wrought!

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