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

Gravity!

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!

Yes!!!!
Hurrah!!!

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 PĂ©lagie 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.