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|Monday, October 18th, 2010|
I've been reading a primatology book recently and came across a description of Chimpanzees going to war. This has really freaked me out for some reason, I think its the evolutionary implications that there exists a hard wiring in male brains to organize and kill other groups of the same species. I'm really not sure why I've been so disturbed by this.
Anyway, via FARK, I came across a Cracked article that deals with the topic: http://www.cracked.com/article_18766_5-creepy-ways-animal-societies-are-organizing.html
|Thursday, March 11th, 2010|
|Thursday, February 25th, 2010|
|Monday, October 19th, 2009|
I really think the only logical outcome of the current state of the world is WWIII. So here is my prediction of how it goes down:
1. N. Korea finally gets its balls up and bombs S. Korea. America comes to fight (again) and China gives lip service to supporting S. Korea, but it turns out is actually supporting N. Korea AND invades Taiwan. America and China go at it, and that is the beginning of the end.
2. Iran makes a feeble attempt to attack Israel (and manages to kill about 5 people). Israel feels justified in nuking Iran, given Iranian politics. Lebanon and Syria take it personally and go after Israel, and Jordan breaks peace treaty and does the same. Western Europe comes to Israel's aid.
3. Egypt stays out of it, but mostly because they're dealing with large armies from Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia.
4. Mass genocide of non-Muslims occurs in Indonesia.
5. Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq get ignored and go into large scale civil war.
Damn, this is SO much easier than doing lab work.
|Friday, October 16th, 2009|
|The Real World
I'm trying to be sensitive to the drama on ReedLJ, and not just snarky. So I'll post my favorite 'tard net image here:
|Monday, October 12th, 2009|
*biking down down 4th during rush hour*
Dude "Pardon me, do you mind if I pass you on the right and send you swerving out of my way?"
Me "Yes I mind, but you're going to do it anyway."
Dude "How could you tell?"
Me "You're male and wearing spandex"
|Monday, July 6th, 2009|
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|Monday, May 25th, 2009|
|Thursday, November 20th, 2008|
|World philosophy day.
Something to contemplate (a la FARK): Could Jesus microwave a burrito so hot, that he himself couldn't eat it?
|Thursday, November 13th, 2008|
|ACK! fire in Santa Barbara
So my parents are in Costa Rica (screw them) and there is a fire just above their house. Fortunately the people house sitting are very competent and surprisingly unexcitable English friends who rounded up the cats into boxes, and the few drawers I told them to grab. The area where my house is hasn't officially been evacuated yet, but its still kind of scary. I'm not hitting the refresh button for this news story quite as much as I did last week, but well, you know. Its the house I grew up in and still has more of my crap in it than I'm comfortable admitting here, not to mention memories and plants.
So here's hoping I'm still going to Santa Barbara for Thanksgiving.
*UPDATE So the area was evacuated, and according to a few witness reports a house or two on the block burned down. No word yet on my parents house.*
UPDATE - parents are back from Central America, are at home which didn't burn. w00t.
|Saturday, September 27th, 2008|
|My Google 10^100 idea
No one seems quite as excited about my bamboo forests as I do, and I'm a little worried that means I'm destined to become a super villain: Poison Anna.
anyway I made a dumb little video
classes start on Monday. eep!
|Sunday, June 15th, 2008|
|Sunday, June 1st, 2008|
So, my pop-economic reading list has been expanding and is keeping me very entertained as otherwise I'd probably slip into a state of walking mindlessness. I could totally be a zombie, I even live next to a grave yard.
"The Paradox of Choice" by Barry Schwartz is my favorite so far, simply because it is the most well argued and clearly relevant to current society ("Atlas Shrugged" is also fairly relevant but that is in a different category). While a little too much of the book was spent describing slightly subjective thought patterns that I'm not sure I'd agree with if I hadn't noticed myself having them prior to this book, in general it is a great argument and he has a lot of fantastic points. Although little long winded and overly stated, I do agree with this guy and wish he was my grandfather.
"Generation Debt" by Anya Kamenetz was interesting, and while I don't have mounds of student loans or any credit card debt (nor credit cards) owing money that a given career path doesn't seem likely to be able to pay back strikes me as a problem my generation is going to deal with. I liked the parts of the book about ageism, and hearing about the financial problems of other people my age, which, and call me sick if you must, makes me feel better about myself.
"The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell and "Freakanomics" by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner - I'm going to give both the same review of: Interesting read, great examples of modern applications of economics, but ultimately pointless. The difference is "Freakanomics" knew exactly what kind of book it was and made no pretensions, and "The Tipping Point" was almost pathetic in its attempt to be an argument. Also, the writers of "Freakanomics" were clearly economists, and Gladwell was what I have come to think of as a New York writer; namely overeducated for their ability and well trained to take pure abstract ideas and reduce them to pop-literature. Like taking a fine french pastry and mashing it to baby food, so everyone
can taste it.
"Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand - I'm not actually though this one so this is a premature review, but I really like her argument, I just wish she wouldn't do it in the guise of a romance novel, it sort of ruins it. So far "The Fountainhead" was much better, although the premise of Atlas shrugged seems to be more unique (I'm pretty sure I know where this book is going).
I think I've read a number of fantasy novels as well (notably Robin Hobb's new series, which is... weird, and an anti-fat-discrimination argument? A little long winded, but worth the read if you're looking for some fantasy that is a little different from the the usual). I've recently read no other fantasy books worth mentioning because they were crap.
Having now read almost everything by Alexander McCall Smith, he has become one of my favorite writers. He just oozes grandfatherly detachment, observation and contentment which translates into an interesting and somehow "peaceful" read. I'd be hard pressed to decided if I like the Ladies' no.1 detection agency or the 44 Scotland street series better.
Next up I have an academic collection of articles from a conference trying to clarify the field of Risk Assessment, which might actually get my brain kick started, but might also make me decide it IS summer and to go back to reading the fantasy novels I have with wolves on the cover. I also have one more pop-econ book, "The Undercover Economist" which I'm looking forward to. Ariana, I have your Handbook of Experimental Economics in my Amazon cart, but possibly not the chutzpah to read it. We'll see how desperate I get this summer.
|Tuesday, March 11th, 2008|
This is the third night in a week I've had an undergraduate thesis nightmare. I used to have high school nightmares in college (like I have to go back even though I graduated and just do another year). This time I'm in grad school having college nightmares about having to go back, and write a Bio thesis in one semester although no one wants to be my advisor and I live in an orange tent in Schultz which disappears so all my stuff is left on the floor. Also its March and I haven't actually started doing any of it yet, but I have to complete it this semester because I don't have enough money for another year. PANIC.
If someone handed me 5k right now I would say "screw you guys" and spend the summer on a Vietnamese beach reading trashy romance novels and burning my white ass. I even know EXACTLY which beach I'd be on, I'm just not sure who is sending me a 5k check yet.
|Tuesday, December 4th, 2007|
I think I had an Existential Crisis when I took Philosophy at city college when I was 16. Class in the morning and I spent the afternoon working mindlessly in a Record store, thinking
. It was deep. Certainly my own mortality was contemplated to the point of depression (I gained quite a bit of weight that summer) but the CRISIS I feel like I've been living for almost 2 years now is verging on the edge of comically dumb.
"There are more ways and variations on how to handle an existential crisis, however. One may decide, for instance, that thought is pointless and existential truth or security cannot be obtained through it. Others may decide that it is not important to know what happens or how things work, all that is important is the present. Others may decide that being happy is the pursuit of life and strive to increase their knowledge base to accomplish this."
I spend too much time thinking about "greater truths" (or for the most part psychological motivations for my and other people's actions). I cannot bring myself to even think about buying any clothing in anything but black, which probably means I'm very close to taking up smoking. I used to relish the idea that I was and had nothing, therefore eveything in my life was a positive. But now I just don't want to do anything. I think America is too much hard work.
Also, the cat got stressed out and licked a bunch of hair off her butt over Thanksgiving. I should post a picture, but would you want your naked ass on the internet? Is your naked ass on the internet?
|Saturday, November 3rd, 2007|
I hate standardized exams more than anything. Well, more than a lot of things. After taking a 3 hour one today, the only thing I could think of was how much I wanted Bush to take one of the stardardized exams required of high school students, and give the results to the media.
THAT would make me happy right now.
I guess I should add this a manifestation of me oozing ANGRY out of every pore at the moment, which I think has to do with, well, things. I hope it will go away at some point.
|Monday, October 22nd, 2007|
The Butthead moved back in with me. She got like 7x nicer, which is weird and unexpected. she hasn't peed on anything, and mostly sits on her piece of grass and squawks for me to play with her.
My life is pretty un-interesting. I work like 7 days a week, and go to school, and ride my bike everywhere. I'm taking the GRE subject test in a few weeks which is going to kill me, so I am in ANGRY mode.
That is really about it. oh, I am going to Israel in December, but that seems like a lifetime and a half away. oi!
|Thursday, August 16th, 2007|
|China takes one last pot-shot
I sent myself a few boxes of stuff before I left Wuhan. One of them had 10 English Biochem text books in it. I recieved the box yesterday containing 7 of my books (dunno what happend to the other 3) plus 13 random books in Chinese with paper slips in them for the UC Berkely library.
No fucking clue.
|Sunday, July 22nd, 2007|
|New Hair (reposessed from an 80's glam rock band)
I done gone and cut all my hair off. I was planning on shaving it to give it a chance to grow back after losing most of it in China, but I didn't. Just real short. I don't like it, but I've been getting a lot of positive feedback, so I'm pretty convinced everyone is lying to me and I don't actually trust anyone anymore. Although I do sort of like these pictures. My gay-dar goes off when I look at myself in the mirror.
I'm also working as a hostess in the Bridgeport pub in NW if you want to come visit me. ( Boy hairCollapse )