Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Milkway Subway

Milky Way Transit Authority

I love this idea so much. Transit map of the universe.

Earthquake info

I don't know what the "..for a changing world" is supposed to imply. (Global Warming, Haarp?) It kind of suggests they wouldn't be doing science if things weren't changing. But living things - plants, humans, nature - is always changing. That's like saying health for humans that breathe.

Earthquake Hazard Program

I found this site that has some great graphs about earthquakes. The have some other information too, but graphs are just so impressive.

The website provides up-to-date information about: quakes that have happened (even minor tremors) in the past 8–30 days, information about significant earthquakes in history, maps, depths, magnitudes, frequencies. It's all in the graphs, charted out for your scientific perusal.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Happy Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Jr. at Home - TIME

In this photograph, Coretta is upset with her husband, who had been attacked the night before by a disturbed white racist but had not defended himself. Though the police urged King to press charges, he refused. “The system we live under creates people such as this youth,” he said. “I’m not interested in pressing charges. I’m interested in changing the kind of system that produces such men.”

via Oh Leoluca

Thursday, January 14, 2010


My mom is so cute, my grandpop just sent me some old photos


It's the time of the year for delicious dried persimmons.

Shibat made these Hoshigaki persimmons for us from Hachiya persimmons. I know I'm just getting into the Japanese. Hoshigaki means dried persimmons and Hachiya are shaped more like a tulip top and really bitter raw, so this is the way he always prepares them. Tasty don't do it justice!! Domo Arigato!


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Books to read in 2010

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
By Jung Chang

I'm currently finishing up this book. We laughed before because the cover and title allude to a romance novel. However, it's a memoir telling the story of three generations of Chinese women, including the life of the author, which I haven't gotten to yet. It's an excellent look into communist China and the plight of women.

The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge
By Carlos Castaneda

My brother got me this book for Christmas. I read a little of it a few years ago, so I'll probably finish it. The right books come around at the right time in my opinion.

"We are incredibly fortunate to have Carlos Castaneda's books. . . . One can't exaggerate the significance of what he has done." -- Roger Jellinek, The New York Times

The Holographic Universe
By Michael Talbot

This is a book I got for my father, but I shipped it to the wrong address for Christmas so I guess I'll be reading it first ;)

"Beginning with the work of physicist David Bohm and neurophysiologist Karl Pribram, both of whom independently arrived at holographic theories or models of the universe, Talbot explains in clear terms the theory and physics of holography and its application, both in science and in explanation of the paranormal and psychic. His theory of reality accommodates this latest thinking in physics as well as many unresolved mind-body questions. This well-written and fascinating study is recommended for science collections." - Hilary D. Burton, Lawrence Livermore National Lab., Livermore, Cal.

Climbing Brandon: Science and Faith on Ireland's Holy Mountain
By Chet Raymo

My mom recommended this book (and let me borrow it). We traveled to Ireland together with my father and grandfather. It was a lovely trip and this book might be a nice reflection.

"In carefully wrought, short essays, philosopher and scientist Raymo uses his own decades-long knowledge of the mountain as a springboard for meditations on the juncture of science and spirituality. Raymo, longtime science columnist of the Boston Globe, shows how science, far from being in conflict with spirit, can inspire and illuminate the mystical mind." - Patricia Monaghan, American Library Association.

Strength in What Remains
By Tracy Kidder

Oh the name of the book isn't Tracy Kidder, is that the title in small print? .... I don't like when they do that. Just because he won a prize doesn't mean his name should be more important than the book. That aside, I heard about this book on NPR a few months ago and am interested in Burundi, so I hope to pick it up.

"With an anthropologist's eye and a novelist's pen, Pulitzer Prize–winning Kidder recounts the story of Deo, the Burundian former medical student turned American √©migr√© at the center of this strikingly vivid story. Told in flashbacks from Deo's 2006 return visit to Burundi to mid-1990s New York and the Burundi of childhood memory and young adulthood—as the Rwandan genocide spilled across the border following the same inflamed ethnic divisions—then picking up in 2003, when author and subject first meet, Deo's experience is conveyed with a remarkable depth of vision and feeling." - from Reed Business Information

Mistress to an Age: A Life of Madame de Stael
By J. Christopher Herold

"I just finished the book, and can say without hesitation that it's one of the best biographies I've ever read. It reads like a novel.." - Bruce Loveitt, Amazon Reviewer

Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Years Celebration

New Years was consumed with a very hairy game of Clue. We went head to head and it ended up with me pounding on the table yelling, "who lied to me?" Good cop bad cop. I would have made a mean detective.

Here to a new year - of love, new insights, becoming a better person, travel, creativity, and fun with family and friends.

Happy 2010!