Friday, December 18, 2009

On checking grades

One always has the sinking feeling before checking grades that they will all be lower than expected. Sometimes it happens too. Sadness. I really did enjoy my embedded control class, but they did have to schedule everything to coincide with my propulsions systems exams and boundary layers exams and after that, no matter how much I pulled my brain together, it was just too tired. And programming on command with a tired brain is actually rather difficult.

But all that is at last behind me. Hurrah!
And the semester has drawn to a close.

Friday, December 11, 2009

I want a blimp pet!

Today is the last day of classes. It has been a fast semester with plenty of work and swine flu and no heat and leaking ceilings and discoveries of webcomics. And a fun semester of choir pieces, math, coding, webcomics, NaNoWriMo, and friends.

But my mostest favoritist part has been the beautiful blimp we worked on for my intro to embedded control class (a class that has one building circuits and programming them to do stuff). Blimps are awesome things, I think. And this class was an amazing class even though I typically spent 3 hours open shop and once 5 hours besides the two three-hour class times. And the exams were hard. But we programmed a short memory game, built an electronic car that drove in the direction you told it too at varying speeds, and then we moved onto the blimps.

The blimps are funny blimpy things that I could reach up and put my arms around about half on the smaller ends. It floated and danced and had three fans we used to control where it went and how far it stayed above the ground. The coding, though, took some time and had many problems. So, while the TAs investigated our code with my compsys lab partner, I invented: THE BLIMP DANCE (in which I danced with and around the blimp, holding onto the two leads that were attached to either end in case we gave it enough thrust to send it shooting up to the tall ceiling).

And I now want to have a pet blimp that I could take on a walk like a dog except mine floats and is graceful, though somewhat slow to turn.
My lab partner thinks I am crazy.

Saturday, October 31, 2009


I just realized that last post was rather rambly. Oh hurrah for writing posts when you are sick!

But according to the thermometer, I don't have a fever any least, not this evening. So this post should be more cohesive, right?

I have no idea.

I'm hungry. I have no idea why. I mean, I've done nothing but sit on the couch all day. And I actually ate food today, unlike Thursday. AH! maybe this means I am getting better?

And then I suppose I should start my homework.

Hurrah for the flu!

I am currently in day 3 of flu-ness. My fever this morning was only 100 degrees F instead of 101 or 102 like the previous two days. But I did have the craziest dreams last night. My roommate and I were laughing over them because there were so many of them and they all had odd endings.

But the professors at my school have all been ordered to be very accommodating to sick people, so they all told me I didn't have to go to class and I could make up that exam on Wednesday and my partner and I could still get checked off for our lab assignment even though I wasn't going to be there. So that was very nice, because, honestly, I don't think I could have even woken up in time for the exam much less done very well on it at all.

And my roommate has been very nice and helpful as well. She already had the flu, last week. So she has antibodies now. She made me chicken soup and has been making sure I eat and drink properly because sometimes I forget.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

November is National Novel Writing Month

And I have finally and at last found some people willing to write with me!

Now the only problem is figuring out what I shall write about.

Actually though, I do have some crazy ideas floating through my head which I am supposedly noting down to organize better but haven't yet...

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Boundary Layers

I walked outside yesterday and felt the wind blowing around me and I thought to myself "There's a boundary layer around me!" It was so exciting.

You see, a boundary layer is that layer of air right up close to some object that has fluid flowing over it. Suppose you were like me and you went and stood outside with the wind rushing past you. Because of friction, the air exactly next to your skin is not moving, it has a velocity of zero. And then as you get farther from your skin, the friction is less and the air begins to move slowly and so on, increasing in speed until it has reached the same speed as the rest of the flowing air around you. The section of air from right up exactly near skin to the point where is has increased in speed to the rest of the air is called the boundary layer because it is a layer all around you of air changing velocities. Now the reason you don't feel this is because it is so extremely small. But it becomes important when working with things like submarines or airplanes because the boundary layer is larger and affects the performance of the object more.
But they can be fun to learn about.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Dimensional Analysis and the Buckingham pi Theorem!!!

The Buckingham pie Theorem is used to help Dimensional Analysis of pies by using coefficients and coefficient connoisseurs to analyze the dimensions of the circularity of the pie and the parameters thereof including and not limited to the radius, the circumference, and the angular velocity.

The following definition is premeditatively and with the deliberate design to confuse categorically and without exception wrong and misleading. Pay no attention to it.

Dear me, what fun it is to use a Thesaurus. And truly the Buckingham pi Theorem has nothing whatever to do with pies or the analysis thereof. It is really instead a method of finding things out about fluid flows without having to use dimensions which is especially nice for comparing things particularly when you have some model of some prototype. For example, suppose I want to build a gigantic jet engine and I know that the power it uses is dependent on some certain variables (like how fast the engine is pushing air out). Well, to actually build it and then run and test it and then modify it, etc... would take a long time and a lot of money. So I build a little tiny model instead. And so I have to change a number of things to get results that will also be true for the big gigantic engine. And I can compare everything by using dimensionless units in the very neat method outlined by the Buckingham pi Theorem.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

mouses and micetraps

Heh heh, so yeah, I never did get around to posting more over the summer.
It was a great summer though.
I discovered Isaac Asimov's robot series with Elijah Baley.
And found that the Stewart's on my way home had tasty chocolate milk.
And we had many girls over for dinner every Monday night.
And lots of other little things went on.

And just this week the Semester started again.

And, horror of horrors! A mouse ran across my floor Sunday night. I was not happy. Mice should have no business running across my floor.
So my roommate's sister got us some mousetraps (not sticky roommate and I both agreed that we detested those). And together we set one on a paper plate in our kitchen Tuesday night. It sprung almost immediately after, but it turned out it just wasn't set firmly. So we reset it and then avoided it like the plague. Then, yesterday, I came home after TAing a class and saw around the corner that the trap had flipped over. So I peeked a little closer and sure enough: we had our mouse!
My roommate and I were both disgusted and contemplated calling someone up and bribing them with dinner if they took care of our mouse. But then we decided that we were independent young women so we could jolly well take care of our own mouse. And we did...using a shovel and a garbage bag.
We were so happy after that that we ended up calling people up for dinner anyway just to celebrate.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Happy Day

Happy 40th year anniversary of the moon landing!!!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Being July

And I skipped posting during the entirety of June.

Howsoever, I can now report that I have successfully finished my junior year, have found a summer job, conquered my fear of buses, and read my way nearly half through a great book.

I believe I have mentioned the end of the semester before. So that needs no explaining.

The weeks following were spent recovering and replenishing sleep and searching for jobs. But about one or two weeks in to June I started working as a happy hourly employee at a local retail store. I have the most exciting job. I get to run around with a funny little scanner thing and scan the price labels of all the things we are out of or nearly out of in the store. And then I get to run to the back room and push out large tubs of all the things needed to replenish. I have now developed a hearty appreciation for zoning (the process of keeping everything in the proper places) and I would like to take this opportunity to ask you all to please try to put things back as close as possible to where it belongs and please don't leave articles in completely random places where they have no place being!

This job is also one of the reasons I haven't posted in a while. Every morning of work, I get up at a little after six and leave before seven to catch the bus. Then I get home about three-thirty exhausted. So I haven't wanted to do anything. But I think I am finally getting used to it.

Anyway, I have had to take a bus out to work and back. This was a major step for me, because, as everyone knows, buses are scary confusing things with schedules that are hard to figure out and bus stops that are hidden in random locations. Actually, I found that this is not quite true. Buses do sometimes have complicated schedules, but they are relatively simple to ride on once you figure out how. And I guess I've become a regular now or something. I have people smiling at me and talking to me as we wait. And the bus driver on the way back recognizes me, I'm pretty sure.

As far as the great book I am reading, I have finished chapter seven out of fourteen of The Reason for God by Dr. Timothy Keller. My dad suggested I read it and blog about it. It has been very interesting. I was able to read so much by reading it while waiting at the bus stop for the bus ride home. Actually, I occasionally read it on the bus too and because of it had a conversation with an older man named Jake who was hard to understand but who enjoyed talking. I couldn't grasp enough of what he was saying to understand his handle of the gospel, but he did claim to be a Christian.
So, based on the previous paragraph, it is obvious I haven't been blogging through that book, so maybe I'd better start.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Spock Rocks!!!

And I am most certainly squelching any and all comments about my nickname and Captain Kirk with more vigor than before from now on, thank you very much. I don't care if he does have blue eyes and is attractive and a bit wild. I don't like him, and that is that.

Fortunately I am upheld in my opinions by my roommate who shares them wholeheartedly. Hum, does it have something to do with the fact that we are both engineers? I mean, our two humanities friends liked Kirk way better than Spock.

Nonetheless, I have just seen an amazing movie, and am now wishing I had watched Star Trek more often when I was younger. Such zoomings! and blastings! ...and why was the elder Spock's spaceship designed that way??? (that was my roommate's question: wouldn't it create a gyroscopic motion that would cause the ship to curve when flying?)

And my little toe may have a small blister again. We went dressed up on the spur of the moment so I put my new sandals on. It was because we were all so fat and full and lazy from an amazing tea party we held in honor of my roommate's birthday...speaking of which: Happy Birthday Roommate M! May you live long and prosper!

Anyway, nearly all the guest had left save two good friends, one of whom is staying several nights. And we were all fat and full and lazy and dressed up in dresses and skirts and scarfs and hats. So we decided to see a movie. And I was the only one who hadn't seen Star Trek yet...but they all didn't mind seeing it again. In fact they claimed it improved on second showing. I don't know about this. I've only seen it once. And that was enough. Man, I really wish I had studied coordinate systems and basis transformations better...maybe I'd have gotten a better grade in my Spaceflight course this past semester.

And on the way home, we argued over whom we would rather marry, Kirk or Spock, with the nice divide I mentioned earlier.

And time paradoxes are always interesting and puzzling to my brain. Hurrah!
Also, there was really only one objectionable part which was probably considered okay because a lot of girls wear bikinis in public, but I still call a bra underwear. And therefore not to observed. I promptly closed my eyes for the minute or two of that. Pretty sure that was all though...which is always nice.

And now: do you think there is one reality or multiple? 'Cause if you've got multiple, you can end up with one person in two places at the same time, but otherwise one ought to disappear, at least I think so. No wait! It's like Schrodinger's Cat! I'll stay awake thinking about this.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Semester is Done

And now I can think again. We made it through five finals and two projects and came out exhausted but done presumably only by God's grace. 'Cause let me tell you, Elements of Mechanical Design was a most boring class in which every week you look and say "Oh! more homework due" even after having an exam. And the Spaceflight final exam was nothing like expected and my calculations were seriously off because why on earth would a spacecraft carry four times as much fuel as it actually needs unless my numbers were wrong? And the Mechanical Systems Lab had incredibly long and intensive lab reports that did not fit the two-credit class expectation of work. And I discovered that three hours of sleep and fasting all day makes me look like a ghost.

But the Modeling and Control of Dynamic Systems class was fun. The course work used many Laplace transforms and partial fractions, which I just love. And the Aero Structures Lab had very little work but five fun experiments.

And I met and bonded and formed friendships with people in my classes. And my roommate introduced me to Zumba which is an amazing way to exercise since it incorporates dancing into the exercising. And my family and my friends supported me when I thought I was going to lose it. They told me to get some sleep. And God told me I need to trust Him more and give Him my love.

(By the way, it is amazing what sleep can do for you! How happy you feel and how much things look better when you've slept full nights of sleep several nights in a row! The change is dramatic and you must all try it sometime.)

So all in all...
I think it must have been a good semester.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

It's too soon to lose the shirts!

It's still only April!!! Couldn't they have at least waited for May?

But they didn't.

Several of the neighboring guys decided today was a great day for skateboarding with no shirts. And to blast loud music all around (which actually was fun to groove to while walking home, much to the amusement of my sister).

Wednesday, April 01, 2009


Now that CADIE has powered herself down, I have my blog back.

Howsoever, I shall miss her and her pleasant music, even if she was a little maniacal about pandas. Maybe she will come back sometime.

And I have to do something about all these panda pictures

My blog appears to have been taken over!!!

Agh! it appears CADIE has gone too far!

Look at this blog!

I do not like LOVE pandas this much!
Giraffes are much better worse.

And now my own post is being written for me!!!
CADIE will fix all of our lives.
Life is so much better with CADIE in control.

Friday, March 27, 2009

How many living scientists do you know

who haven't died yet?

Prof. R who teaches my aeroelasticity and vibrations class is from Israel and speaks English with an accent. The accent isn't bad (though I could have sworn he was talking about a generalized mess instead of a generalized so confused me). But he has...interesting ways of expressing things.

Today, we heard a brief tangent lecture (that's a lecture on something not directly related to the topic at hand) about Dr. Theodore Theodorsen, a great aerodynamicist who doesn't get as much recognition as he should.

The best part was when Dr. Theodore Theodorsen was descibed as a living scientist of his time. And yes, he is dead now. But he was a living scientist when he was still alive. And now I'm wondering what he would have done if he had been a dead scientist of his time...

P.s. Theodore Theodorsen really is the guy's name.

Friday, March 20, 2009

And hurrahness for spring!

For it has deigned to join us at last
and shake its garments all over the place
whilst leaving the most depressed among us
feeling a little more cheerful.

Oh, hurrahness for spring today!

And the groundhogs run around.
I saw one today
on my way to class in the morning.

Silly groundhog, what were you up to?
What secrets were you nosing out
that you needed to scurry when I came about?

And tired students play ball
in the middle of any available field
while wearing no coats.

Look out for the ball!
Watch it! Duck!
Be careful as you pass by
the ball-playing students.

Oh, hurrahness for spring indeed!

And the bright early flowers
those trees and shrubs put out
are beginning to bud at last.

Oh, hurrahness for spring again!

And the skateboarding guys
are out on their trampoline.
Jumping and jumping,
away they fly.

Still too cold for them to go shirtless.
And their music's not blaring yet.
Though that will come soon, too soon.

And sneakers are lovely
after large heavy boots.
And my feet prance in glee
with their freedom.

Oh, hurrahness for spring and again and again,
hurrahness for spring indeed!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Oh well

I thought the week before spring break was my craziest yet, but I think this week might have just about as much due as that week.

Yeah, I've still got about four homeworks, one team meeting, one pre-lab, and an exam left.

After already turning in another homework and taking another exam.


But at least I have been rested by the Spring Break, so I am much happier facing this lovely mound of work. Also, I was reminded to trust God over the spring break, so I am trying to keep this in mind as I look at the remaining three days of this week's classes.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Spring Break

oh how I adore thee
coming just exactly when
I need thee to keep sane

Oh beautiful Spring Break
with long hours of sleep
and blessed memories to keep
come back for my sake

The homework lies in wait
but I ignore its calls
to enjoy staying up late
to watch films with family

Oh beautiful Spring Break
with long hours of sleep
and blessed memories to keep
come back for my sake

And I must ratatouille make
for ratatouille tastes great
with a tasty Spring Break cake
for everyone to eat

Oh beautiful Spring Break
with long hours of sleep
and blessed memories to keep
come back for my sake

Tuesday, March 03, 2009


This is a post comprised of several little amusing things from today.

First, I was sitting in the student union of my campus with a friend. We were trying to finish up a lab report due tomorrow.
Several persons walk by and sit at a table just behind me. And I hear one of them, some guy, humming a tune. It was Wall-E's favorite tune. I know his favorite tune comes from another movie, but it is an old musical that I have not heard people talk about, so it is highly likely this guy had it from Wall-E.
And it made me chuckle.

My professor for Spaceflight pushed our homework due date from this Friday to the Tuesday after Spring break. That means I have only six things due between tomorrow and Friday instead of seven. It made me ridiculously happy.

My roommate's cheese-making supplies came in the mail today. She is very excited and already has plans to throw herbs into her cheese.

We sang "sam was a man" in choir this evening. It is a fun song to sing even it is about some guy who worked hard and died and was buried.

Also in our choir, we finally decided on our new dress code for the girls after three gatherings and several emails. We shall have white blouses provided by the club, black skirts just below the knee at least, black shear stockings, and black shoes with no open toes preferably. Anyway, everyone seems much more satisfied with this arrangement then the previous red dresses that accentuated bulges on even the most skinniest persons and made everyone else look rather fat or dumpy.

And now I think I shall finish one more lab and then head to bed.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Costume Party

Why would you have a costume party on Valentine's day?
I have no idea.
But we did anyway.
It was fun.
Guess what I dressed up as...

That's right!
A blue mushroom.

My happy new umbrella helped amazingly.

Roommate M dressed as static cling, while her sister and brother-in-law came as complex conjugates. (Those are some really neat and funky math things)
The party was expanded by the addition of truck driver and a fearsome pirate who kept threatening to chop me up for dinner with his actual knife because he liked mushrooms. And with the pirate came some random hitchhiker guy. A skier and a sheeted fellow completed the cast.

We ate cheesecake (this was the setting for the cayenne pepper cheesecake). And we played games.
And took many many pictures.

I like costume parties.
I hope to have another one someday.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Cayenne Pepper

in a cheesecake!


Chocolate cheesecake spiced with cayenne pepper and cinnamon is an amazing thing.
I will have to make it again sometime.

Writing with my left hand

Although I am right-handed, I sometimes find it fun to try writing with my left hand.

Except I sort of had to do it for real this week.

Monday night I slipped and slid on some ice and ended up with a very nasty-looking swollen finger on my right hand.

All my happy pessimistic friends decided it must be broken. So I got an x-ray on Thursday.
But it wasn't broken.

Meanwhile, however, I kept that finger taped up to another one using masking tape (a gentler alternative to duct tape, I thought) because it was so swollen and hurt if I bent it wrong.

And by the end of a long day of taking notes with my peculiar finger arrangement, my hand hurt. But I still had a crib sheet for an exam left to finish.

So I wrote it with my left hand until my right hand felt good enough to pick up writing again.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Curried Yogurt

It was surprisingly pleasant, actually.
And the ginger added a nice zing to it that helped.

Savory yogurt instead of sweet...
Maybe next time we can try spiced yogurt?

Or perhaps hot yogurt.

Anyways, the accidental adding of curry to the yogurt instead of cinnamon turned out to be quite good.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A Random Tuesday

(not that anyone really cares to know how my Tuesdays go, but this was just fun, and I'm in a posting mood. Oooooh, I guess it time for a...Nothing Post!!!)

Had class. It is a boring(?) class. It is also an interesting class. It depends mostly on how much sleep I got the night before and whether I printed out the notes before class. Today it was good. Can anyone say Lagrange equations (mixed up with potential and kinetic energies)?

And then, I ate lunch. (This is getting so exciting. I don't believe all you nearly-non-existent readers can handle all this excitement.) There was yogurt in my lunch!
And fruit.

And then, my sister called me. (wow! if my day hadn't been made before at the yogurt, it certainly would have been at getting an actual real life phone-call!)
So I got dressed up. Except I think my sister's stockings got mixed with mine. So I had to wear light tan-ish colored pants with my black suit jacket instead of my nice matching skirt. And my sister came over all ready dressed up.

But then, we had to walk around and talk to people, trying to convince them they wanted to give us a job. But they weren't bitin'. Too bad. I got a stack of papers though, so I can harass them later with many submissions of my resume. Maybe that will change their minds.

Unfortunately, this all came to end much too soon and we had to leave to go to another class. This class was more exciting. Supposedly, anyways. It was so today because I actually did not fall asleep! Maybe it was because I was still in my suit clothes (It is incredibly undignified to fall asleep in suit clothes, you know). All sorts of equations that change whether you are dealing with ellipses, parabolas, or hyperbolas danced before my eyes and somehow made their ways to my notepaper.

Finally I was done! I could leave and go home and change out of my suit clothes! Except then, I thought I might stop by to pray for an hour at our Christian group's accustomed daily prayer hour in the afternoons. I met two others with similar intent and together we walked to our accustomed room.

But, oh horrors, it was being used. To take pictures of graduating seniors (most of whom only dressed up the top half of themselves so save the bother of dressing up their entirety). We were in dismay.

However, one brilliant (or not so brilliant) idea was proposed. Namely, we should walk around and pray for campus in the cold. We were all dreadfully excited about getting cold. So we went.

We walked a lot. Our campus covers a lot of ground. My feet got wet. I wasn't wearing boots, just dress shoes. But my feet did not get too cold, so it was okay. We also threw snowballs (an integral part of outside prayer in the winter). And one person ran up the side of a building and flipped off (he just wanted to show off his understanding and application of basic physics, I think).

At last I got back home. And changed my clothes, pronto (where does that word even come from, I wonder).

But dishes sat in the sink. So I washed them. And then my roommate made waffles. With blueberries (oh man, I think I'm gonna die for sheer delight).

My sister called again. But this time she called my roommate (she claims she called me first, but I don't believe her. I can always hear my phone vibrating, even when it is in the other room! Except, my received-call log seems to agree with her.) This time she wanted to sleep on the couch. So we let her. Just for tonight, you know.

And then, I sang three songs many times. I hope our choir director was finally satisfied. Three songs for two hours when one has to use the bathroom can be very...tiresome.

(This post is getting way too long. I'd turn it into a two-parter except you might not be able to stand the strain, and I'm nearly done anyways. Not that you care since you've probably stopped reading by now anyways.)

Then, I was surprised. There were two strangers sitting on my couch when I came home. One was my sister. The other was my roommate's sister. So we watched some tv together. And my roommate made popcorn with nearly all the kernels popped. It was amazing.

And now I am staying up much too late writing this nothing post. But this is the end now so I can go to bed.

Friday, January 23, 2009


Edit: I mistook which way things went as far as latitude vs. gravity goes, so I had to fix it.

This is absolutely exciting and amazing: we changed gravity yesterday!


You probably all know that gravity changes with height, right? The farther you are away from the earth, the less you way?

Well that is not the only thing that affects gravity, or I should say the gravity constant of your perceived weight.

You all know that you weigh less the farther you go from the earth now(I just told you above, so you should know). But you don't actually lose anything from your body, right? No. That is because all the stuff of your body is actually the mass of your body, and that doesn't change.

Weight is the mass of your body times a gravity constant. And the gravity constant gets smaller the farther out from the earth you go. That's why you "weigh less".

But there is another thing that changes the gravity constant. And that is the rotation of the earth.

If you take a string and attach some object to it (which has a mass) and then swing the the string around and around, you can feel the object "pulling" on the string (there are physical laws explaining why it does so). We have sort of created a "weight" of the object.

You see, the earth is split up into a number of latitudes (the horizontal lines that go across a globe). And at each latitude, the ground beneath you is rotating at a different speed (too long to explain now, so sorry if you didn't know that before).
And we are attached to this earth through the friction that comes up through our feet.

So here we are spinning on this earth but the speed at which we are spinning changes depending on where on earth we are. And like that object on the string, our "created weight" changes with that rotation.

So the gravity constant isn't constant all over the earth even if there were absolutely no mountains or anything tall (the height piece of gravity).
Generalizing, we could say it is only at the standard at the North Pole and the decreases down to the equator.

If the earth spun faster we would eventually all fly off and that would solve our over-weightness problem in the United States, but probably not our over-massiveness problem.

And fly off into space!!!!!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Reading List 2008 Part 4

And this is the last and smallest segment of my reading list:

Phyllis by Dorothy Whitehill
That Sweet Little Old Lady by Randall Garrett
The Unnecessary Man by Randall Garrett
The Impossibles by Randall Garrett and Laurence M. Janifer
Supermind by Randall Garrett and Laurence M. Janifer
Viewpoint by Randall Garrett
…After a Few Words… by Randall Garrett
Anything You Can Do… by Randall Garrett
What The Left Hand Was Doing by Randall Garrett
But, I Don’t Think by Randall Garrett
I’ve Married Marjorie by Margaret Widdemer
The Princess of the School by Angela Brazil

Reading List 2008 Part 3

This be the third part of my reading list:

The Wilderness Station by Elia Wilkinson Peattie
Mozart: A Fantasy by Elia Wilkinson Peattie
The Cost by David Graham Phillips
The Price She Paid by David Graham Phillips
The Gold Bug by Edgar Allan Poe
Corporal Cameron by Ralph Connor
The Lost Word; A Christmas Legend of Long Ago by Henry Van Dyke
The Bird of Love by Sui Sin Far
An Autumn Fan by Sui Sin Far
A Chinese Ishmael by Sui Sin Far
Chan Hen Yen, Chinese Student by Sui Sin Far
A Love Story From the Rice Fields of China by Sui Sin Far
Buttered Side Down by Edna Ferber
A Philanthropic Honeymoon by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
The Revolt of Sophia Lane by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman
Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch by Alice Caldwell Hegan Rice
Badge of Infamy by Lester Del Ray
Police Your Planet by Lester Del Ray
The Sky is Falling by Lester Del Ray
Victory by Lester Del Ray
A Spaceship Named McGuire by Randall Garrett
Masters of Space by E. Everett Evans and E. E. Smith
The Hills of Home by Alfred Coppel
The Ashiel Mystery by Mrs. Charles Bryce
The Sleuth of St. James’s Square by Melville Davisson Post
A Lady of Quality by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy by Florence Partello Stuart
Eve to the Rescue by Ethel Hueston
Untechnological Employment by E. M. Clinton
Mystère de la chambre jaune (English) by Gaston Leroux
In the Fog by Richard Harding Davis
Once Upon A Time by Richard Harding Davis
The Consul by Richard Harding Davis
The Red Cross Girl by Richard Harding Davis
The Zucchini Warriors by Gordon Korman
Nose Pickers From Outer Space by Gordon Korman
Island series (three books) by Gordon Korman
The Book of Three Lloyd Alexander
The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander
Bachelor’s Fancy by Alice Brown
Marcia Schuyler by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
The Crimson Blind by Fred M. White
The Mystery of the Four Fingers by Fred M. White
Peggy in Her Blue Frock by Eliza Orne White

Reading List 2008 Part 2

Oh ho! Here comes the second part of my reading list:

Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
Xenocide by Orson Scott Card
Children of the mind by Orson Scott Card
Olive by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
Abyss and Apex - online magazine of sci-fi and poetry (I’ve read a number of short stories from here)
The Colors of Space by Marion Zimmer Bradley (read it twice)
The Door Through Space by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Super Man and the Bug Out by Cory Doctorow
Pebble in the Sky by Isaac Asimov
Alarm Clock by Everett B. Cole
Final Weapon by Everett B. Cole
Indirection by Everett B. Cole
The Best Made Plans by Everett B. Cole
The Players by Everett B. Cole
Millennium by Everett B. Cole
The Girl in the Golden Atom by Ray Cummings
The Gift Bearer by Charles Louis Fontenay
A Transmutation of Muddles by Horace Brown Fyfe
Heist Job on Thizar by Randall Garret
Ullr Uprising by H. Beam Piper
Baby Mine by Margaret Mayo
A Master’s Degree by Margaret Hill McCarter
The Side Door by Alice and Grace MacGowan
Minnehaha by Eva Wilder McGlasson
The Life and Adventures of Calamity Jane by Mrs. M. Burk
The Ugly Duckling by Dorothy Canfield
The Playmate by Dorothy Canfield
Ivanhoe and the German Measles by Dorothy Canfield
The Story of Ralph Miller by Dorothy Canfield
Poet and Scullery-Maid by Dorothy Canfield
Ma`ame Pélagie by Kate Chopin
The Changing Sun by William Nathaniel Harben
Frivolous Cupid by Anthony Hope
Scarlet Stocking by Louisa May Alcott
Arabella by Anna T. Sadlier
Tom Grogan by F. Hopkinson Smith
An Old-Time Love Story by Rebecca Harding Davis
Anne by Rebecca Harding Davis
Walhalla by Rebecca Harding Davis
A Middle-Aged Woman by Rebecca Harding Davis
Frances Waldeaux by Rebecca Harding Davis
The Princess Aline by Richard Harding Davis
A Mountain Woman by Elia Wilkinson Peattie

Friday, January 02, 2009

Reading List 2008 Part 1

And it is that time once again where I start a new reading list for the upcoming year. And already I have read one book for this year. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan was a shorter book which I read between last night and this morning because it was so thrilling and fast moving. But that is not the subject of this post.

I am going to put up my reading list for this past year. As my list is even longer this year than it was last year, this will take several postings. So here begins the first part (Note: Chronological reading order is approximate; sometimes I forgot to add books until much later after I had read them).

The Adventures of Jimmie Dale by Frank L. Packard
The Further Adventures of Jimmie Dale by Frank L. Packard
The White Moll by Frank L. Packard
Ester Reid by Pansy
Just David by Eleanor H. Porter
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Quirt by B. M. Bower
The Lion of Saint Mark by G. A. Henty
The Princess Elopes by Harold MacGrath
The Voice in the Fog by Harold MacGrath
The Day Boy and the Night Girl by George MacDonald
The Sunny Side by A. A. Milne
A Village Stradivarius by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
Story of Waitstill Baxter by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
I Was a Teen-Age Secret Weapon by Richard Sabia
The Premiere by Richard Sabia
The Street That Wasn’t There by Carl Richard Jacobi and Clifford Donald Simak
Peggy Stewart at School by Gabrielle E. Jackson
The Adventures of Kathlyn by Harold MacGrath
The Goose Girl by Harold MacGrath
The Lure of the Mask by Harold MacGrath
The Enchanted Types by L. Frank Baum
The Magic Bon Bons by L. Frank Baum
The Queen of Quok by L. Frank Baum
The Mandarin and the Butterfly by L. Frank Baum
The Laughing Hippopotamus by L. Frank Baum
The Box of Robbers by L. Frank Baum
The Bristol Bowl by Edith Nesbit
The Incomplete Amorist by Edith Nesbit
Man on the Box by Harold MacGrath
The Puppet Crown by Harold MacGrath
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card
Kidnapped series (three books) by Gordon Korman
Dive series (three books) by Gordon Korman
My Life and Hard Times by James Thurber
Operation Red Jericho by Joshua Mowll
Operation Typhoon Shore by Joshua Mowll
The Masterharper of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Cleverd the Clinky Genius

My brother sometimes sleepwalks. On one of his trips, he stopped by my sister's room and announced to her "My name is...Cleverd". The next morning, my sister turned it round into "Cleverd the kindly genius".

Tonight my mum asked my brother if he had showered. He said yes. He then said something about how he had been clinky (his sleepy brain was not working quite right so "stinky" did not come out right).
And thus my likewise tired and cookie-highed (by the way, those were awesome cookies, Ell) brain made a strange connection and came up with:
Cleverd the clinky genius!

And now I am annoying another sister by saying in a sing-song voice: "I'm a clinky genius. Oh! Cleverd's my name."

And this is my first post of the new year. Next year, if the Lord wills, I will be graduating from college.
And may God grant that this coming year is as full of humor and joy as it has begun (in my family at least) despite anything else that may come up.