Jareth "Bah"

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I returned a week ago from Napa. I saw relatives that I haven't seen in about seven years, as well as my parents. It was peaceful, and a much needed vacation.
Jareth "Bah"

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I finally found a pair of shoes with the right grip for parkour. Now that my ankle's healed and I have a pair of shoes with good grips, I want to do it again.
Marie and I went to the park this afternoon, since she needs to learn some, too. I've lost a lot, but I've got a good idea of where I need to go from here.
Having Marie with me tonight made it easier.
Tentatively, we'll be doing it two nights a week- possibly Sunday mornings as well.
Jareth "Bah"

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I'm still around, despite my being quiet. I've still been working far too much.
I've finished the Botany of Desire, which I was forced to run out to Powell's and purchase, as my online book purchases were taking far too long to arrive. They've finally gotten here, giving me another round of biology, as well as some Scottish history to dig in to.
The oleic acid for one of my pet projects gets here next Monday. Thanks to the minimum order requirement, I had to purchase a gallon instead of a liter- and I didn't even need a full liter.
Jareth "Bah"

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It has been a good day.

It's been the sort of good day where I find myself humming Dr. Horrible while working on my current pet science project, and wondering how expensive or difficult it would be to patent this.
Jareth "Bah"

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I've finished Hunting Pirate Heaven: in search of the lost pirate utopias of the Indian ocean. It was not what I'd hoped- far more travel story, and less history, than I'd been looking forward to. I also finished The Island of the Colorblind, by Oliver Sacks.
UC Berkeley had a wonderful lecture series a while back on human consciousness. One of the things which is went over was that consciousness, as the lecture series was defining it, required understanding that people around you have different thoughts than you do. The same lecturer, this semester, has another webcast lecture, this one on how people perceive society. It appears to be an expansion of what he had to say about the whole understanding that other people have different thoughts matter.
For now, I'm trying to down enough caffeine to wake up. Tomorrow, I'll be spending the day doing housework- finishing up the cooking, including a bit of work on the zombie cookbook recipes, getting the kitchen clean, and doing a bit more work on the steam punk jacket.




Okay, the aforementioned lecturer just made a Terry Pratchett reference in his lecture. Win.
Jareth "Bah"

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I'm still alive, despite the hours that I've been putting in at work. Surprisingly enough, I've had time to read, and have been going through quite a few things lately. Recently, I've read:

The Sextants of Beijing, a history which re-examines the view of the Chinese as introverted and xenophobic.

Lost Names: scenes from a Korean boyhood, an autobiographical account of growing up in Korea during Japanese occupation.

Gang Leader for a Day: a rogue sociologist takes to the streets Sudhir Venkatesh's riveting account of his time spent with the Black Kings.

All three are excellent books, though the latter two are certainly less dry. In addition, I'm about half way through Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief. I'm awaiting the arrival of three more: Serial Murders and Their Victims; Hell or Connaught: the Cromwellian colonization of Ireland; and Hunting Pirate Heaven: in search of the lost pirate utopias of the Indian ocean.

I've also had a bit of new music to listen to lately. Jessi got Njord for me, which wasn't quite as good as I'd hoped, but still very good. He also found me the two disk CD set from Epica performing at the European International Opera Fest. My father sent me four Dar Williams CDs. Her song subject matter certainly seems to have changed since dad took me to see her as a teenager.