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Friday, December 5th, 2008
7:30 pm
 It's the end of an era. And the first time the general public gets to know HM's real name.

(1 brave cow | Jump over the moon!)

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008
9:42 am

(1 brave cow | Jump over the moon!)

Monday, August 4th, 2008
12:20 pm
the battle between formal and informal
This is an email I got from someone who wants to participate in something I'm running. It made me smile:

To whom it may concern;I am interested in participating in your all's study. Please forward me any information.Thank you

(Jump over the moon!)

Sunday, July 13th, 2008
3:22 pm

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Saturday, July 12th, 2008
1:00 pm
good food day
Yesterday was a day of good food. We had the first 'bag lunch Friday' in my lab and there were five of us with our lunches and some other food to share. I brought olive tapenade with a baguette and some goat cheese with blackberry jelly. There were also two types of sushi there. Hopefully bag lunch Friday becomes a success. I like food and I like eating outside if it's not too hot. Then at dinnertime we had surprisingly good food - it was half an hour late but I forgive it since everything was made pretty well. I think our Friday dinner chef is going to do well for us.

Today I went to the farmer's market for the first time in a while and I ran into Dana and Mary and Steffie (sp?). It was actually their first time. I agreed with Dana that the farmers market was rather underwhelming, especially considering how everything is supposed to be bigger in Texas. I got some peaches and I'm going to try to dry them in the dehydrator Dacia is letting me borrow for the summer. I have to say, though, that the person selling the peaches was less than helpful. He didn't let me sample any even though I was going to buy quite a few and then when I said I'd buy them anyways he didn't give me advice on how ripe any of them were when I asked him to help me out on that. I thought people at farmers markers were supposed to be cool like that but I don't think I'm going to deal with those peach people anymore. On the subject of farmers markets, this thing about urban farming in Detroit was pretty cool. We should do that here, too. Maybe we would have bigger farmers markets...

Current Mood: good

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Thursday, July 10th, 2008
12:31 am
random thoughts for July 9th/10th
Just a few random things to put in here:

On the way back from Canada, the pilot was doing his last flight after 25 years of service. At the departing as well as incoming airport, firetrucks from the city sat on either side of the plane and sprayed it down with the hoses as he taxied to and from the runway.

Secondly, I was super-happy to be back in the Pacific Northwest when I was in Canada, simply to be back with the trees and other flora I know and love. ::siiiiiiiiigh:: All y'all wish you had trees like me. I miss them SO MUCH!

I wasn't particularly excited about July 4th this year but since I was hanging out with Andre at a bar for dinner/drinks, we were in time to see fireworks from the parking lot. It was cool because it was his first time seeing 4th of July festivities in America. For some reason, July 4th always resonates with me, no matter if it's good or bad. I remember watching Stanford fireworks twice from the Paly soccer field, watching them from the Oval after swing dancing to Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, watching Great America ones from Cisco, and protesting 4th of July last year by taking a walk in practically empty downtown Palo Alto.

I took off my shoes the other day at work because my foot was hurting. It was cool because I was in my office but then I had to go to the bathroom. I figured, "what could possibly happen on the way there? not like anyone will notice since it's such a short walk." Then, as I was walking there, this other grad student I'd never been introduced to looked at me, did a double take and stared at my feet then at my face again. I was like "Hi." He was like "Hi, I'm Kyle." I said "Hi, I'm Kat. Yes, I'm wearing socks right now." He told me it was okay, but what do you say the next time you run into him, huh? "Hi Kyle! Look, I'm wearing shoes this time!" Puahahaha.

Lastly, something from years ago that has always stuck with me. I spent a few days with some Girl Scout people who were interested in backpacking when I was in middle school or early high school. This backpacking leader was telling us about his experience leading both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. It went something like this: "Boys will trust you and let you lead them from the beginning but when it gets really hard and really matters you find out they don't actually trust you THAT much. Girls are different. They don't trust you at all in the beginning. But when you have finally gained their trust, they will follow you through ANYTHING."

(2 brave cows | Jump over the moon!)

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
7:37 pm
looks like I'll be hanging around some more :-)
Dear Kat,

I am very pleased to inform you that at the May 16, 2008 Departmental First Year Evaluation, the Psychology faculty voted unanimously that you be continued in the doctoral program.

Congratulations on successfully completing your first year of graduate work in the Department of Psychology. We look forward to your continued successful progress in subsequent years.

Current Mood: accomplished

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Monday, June 16th, 2008
8:46 pm
we got the news, yeah we got the news
It's been a long ride. I remember when we let legislation pass that said only a man and woman could marry in California. I remember Mayor Newsom's "stunt" when he let same-sex couples marry for a while in San Francisco. I heard Vienna Teng's concert with the "City Hall" song. I was coming back from VSS (conference for Vision Sciences Society) when people from my lab told me that a court in California had overturned said legislation (we were in an airport terminal restaurant, and they were facing the TV, but I wasn't). At the time, I said "No, that can't be right," because it was too sudden for me to believe it was true. Now the first same-sex marriages are taking place. I am hopeful for the future, although I know that the current polls may not reflect how people actually vote. I'm now stuck trying to decide whether to vote in California or Texas - on the one hand, Barack Obama could use the vote in Texas, on the other hand, same-sex marriage could use my vote in California.

Current Mood: hopeful

(2 brave cows | Jump over the moon!)

Sunday, June 15th, 2008
7:02 pm
director at laurel house
So I guess I should mention that I'm going to be director (or some call it trustee) of Laurel house next year. Laurel is a co-op run by College Houses. I'm staying now at 21st Street, a different co-op run by College Houses . Laurel is specifically for graduate students and upper-level undergraduates. Being trustee is kind of like being head-RA or RF for a dorm, you're kind of in charge of the entire team. I'm pretty excited about the position.

I joined a co-op this year because I enjoyed living in Kairos my junior year, and so it was really about the community atmosphere and the environmentalism and the pride you take in your house - if you have to clean up after yourself and make all your own food because you know no one else will do it, you really put more care into it. It was a side-affect of that that co-op living tends to be cheaper than most other living situations.

As Austin housing prices get higher and higher (most likely because of tech stuff getting bigger here) it becomes harder and harder for students to afford rent. Actually, Laurel's rent is pricier than I'd prefer, but it's cheap compared to most other things in West Campus - and you can walk to school from West Campus. Students should be able to have affordable housing close to campus - oil crisis, anyone? While I am willing to pay my "hippie tax" so that I can walk to campus, not everyone is willing or can even afford to do so.

I hope that, during my term, I help make the co-op a fun, worthwhile housing option for the students who live there. I like that I will be part of a group for affordable student housing close to campus. It would be nice to have options for those who are less co-op-minded but this is a start.

Current Mood: hopeful

(6 brave cows | Jump over the moon!)

Saturday, May 31st, 2008
10:15 pm
normal friends
I had a realization the other day that what I think is normal for people to do is not normal anymore to people I know. I was talking with the Brians at lunch the other day and one of them has crazy crazy friends that I'm always hearing about and I was just like "Brian, do you have any NORMAL friends?" and he was like "what do you mean by normal?" and I guess I was surprised to think we wouldn't have the same standard of normal.

That must sound kind of stupid of me but hear me out. "Normal" was pretty much the same between high school and college although I'm sure that also has a lot to do with those being in the same town... even so, those were entirely different sets of people who shared pretty similar values. I guess I'm used to cultures being different between cities, states, and countries, but I've found that, for example, people from large cities seem to have more in common than people from small towns, and people from academia have more in common with each other than most other groups of people. (Example, academics tend to hold more liberal views). So yeah, even though I'm in Austin where there are way more tattoos and motorcycles and dreads than back home, I don't see 'normal' as being different when talking to other grad students. I count that stuff as the culture of Austin - and academic culture trumps local culture as far as I am concerned. It seems I may need to revise that belief.

(Jump over the moon!)

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008
12:56 am
prayers, deep thinking, and snapping back into life
So Jessica from the co-op had a shrine dedication ceremony which was half-joking, half-serious. We all wrote prayers on pieces of paper and then she burned them and put them in the shrine she built in the corner of her room. It was hard to come up with a good prayer or wish or whatever, I ended up using lyrics from two different songs.

It kinda got me to thinking about things that are important to me. I haven't done that much lately, not to any serious extent.

Today I dropped Ben off at the airport early then went to sleep again for a few hours. When I got up it was back to the grindstone and I was just thinking about feeling sorry for myself when Yao dumped a cup of water over my head. To be fair I had sprayed him with water the day before. (Which was entirely justified since he said Firefly was a stupid show)

It reminded me of a few years ago in high school - I bet I posted this then but I'm too lazy to go check - when I was laying down on the grass during my 7th period prep, feeling sorry for myself. Dinaz walked by and asked, what did I think I was doing, laying there? And so she made me get up and we went across the street to Douce France but on the way there a bird CRAPPED ON MY SHIRT and it was HUGE. And it was so gross and I could not stop laughing because for some reason to have this happen right then of all times was HILARIOUS. And the Douce France guy took one look at me and let me clean up in his restroom.

And the deal is, sometimes you just need something like that to bring you back to reality and the hilarity of life.


Anyways, back to the prayer stuff. I guess the hardest thing now is keeping my optimistic view of life and open attitude toward thing in general. When you're in grad school, it seems like you have to think that you are smarter than everyone and that everything you see is bad science that you need to poke holes in. While it is good not to accept everything you read, I sometimes think that the wonder of learning new things is lost with that attitude. Where is the love of learning and the fascination with new things?

I remember a few years ago talking with Lora - about guys actually - but this easily applies to more than just romantic relationships. She was saying that the difference between guys she hung out with at Stanford and at Berkeley was that the ones at Stanford were excited by the coolness of things and talked about those with animation, while the ones she hung out with at Berkeley were excited by the coolness of themselves. (This is not to say that Stanford guys are one way and Berkeley guys another, these are just the people she had run into in her own circles.) The point, we concluded, was that some guy talking about how smart he is is way less attractive than some guy just hanging out with you, seeing a duck walking around, and saying, "Dude. Check out that duck. It is totally awesome." Trust me, you can have an intelligent, funny, or bizarre conversation about that duck but it will always be interesting and amusing.

I hope to find more people around me who are both smart and yet still fascinated by all the ducks out there.

I wish for you, too, to enjoy the ducks with your friends.

(6 brave cows | Jump over the moon!)

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008
2:47 am

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Monday, November 12th, 2007
7:53 pm
Gir costume
So the co-op has a kind of special dinner, and the theme is cartoons. I was thinking about dressing up as Gir from Invader Zim but I don't know how. Any ideas?? (Or ideas of a better/easier cartoon to dress up as?) I do have the house that comes with the DVD box set so that probably helps.....

(2 brave cows | Jump over the moon!)

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007
11:05 pm
Stanford vs USC
Dear Stanford Football,

I am so proud of you. It's too bad I had to move all the way to Austin before you could kick ass again. But I'm happy to make that sacrifice for you. Unfortunately, UT Austin's team, which is quite good in general, has had 6 members arrested in the past few months. Sorry guys. I'm gonna be here for 5 years. Better think about transferring....


P.S. Finally, a David Beaver sighting! (cue bad English accent) David BEA-vah!!

Current Mood: satisfied

(2 brave cows | Jump over the moon!)

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007
11:26 pm
some more of my columns
I meant to do this for all the other columns I wrote but anyways, I'll just lump them all in this entry:

(by the way, you can just go to www.dailytexanonline.com and search for my name to get all columns)

When the Media Hurricane Hits
(some edits to this one, especially the last sentence is not my own)
Mind the Cultural Gap - revisiting Brown v. Board of Education
Human Rights Reserved for the In-group

Brownie points to anyone who spots the blatant factual error not picked up by the newspaper editors or the general public in comments/letters to the editor.

Current Mood: accomplished

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Wednesday, September 5th, 2007
12:04 pm
where I made news and went to an Austin concert
Pretty good day yesterday. First, on the way to class an editor from the Daily Texan called me to say she liked the article I submitted so much she was going to run it and hire me as a columnist. Forget the rest of the application process woohoo! The article has a few editing problems, but overall I think I did a good job. I haven't written for a school newspaper since 7th grade so this is exciting (and a bit nostalgia-inducing). I kept saying that either I "didn't have time" or "it's too late for me to start doing this again" but I decided to give it a go and SUCCESS!! All I can hope is that I won't be a one-hit wonder and I can actually come up with a good column for next week.....

OK and later last night I got to see Fastball!! But the details are great to me because it was $8 and in a little coffeeshop oncampus (at one point one guy said to the other that there were only 100 people there, he didn't have to shout, but I doubt there were even 100 people that could fit in there. But who knows, I was near the front!) They played stuff off all their CDs and even some new stuff and a song about Austin because one of them is from here. He sang about how the Starbucks were moving in, and also about the Mercedes-Benzes with "Keep Austin Weird" bumper stickers and California license plates. Now I feel bad for moving to Austin. But hey, grad students always come from far away, I assume I'm an allowed exception. And I don't have a Benz... yet. :-P (I don't even have a car anymore). Anyways, so it was the two vocalists there with their guitars and they played two sets and I got them to sign my CD! When the one guy signed it, he said "Thank you for buying this CD" because it was The Harsh Light of Day, and not the CD that "The Way" (their hit single everyone knows) is from. I felt so proud. Anyways, that CD sucked anyways, and we all know it.

Current Mood: accomplished

(1 brave cow | Jump over the moon!)

Saturday, August 4th, 2007
11:54 pm
outdated scifi "facts"
You know those scifi props everyone uses but aren't true?

So to go along with the one about "we only use 10% of our brains, so a person who uses 100% is amazing" you can throw in the whole idea of destroying a society with an EMP - researchers are talking about making mechanical computers that will be slower than electrical ones but more energy-efficient. Not that mechanical computers didn't exist before, obviously, but they are not very widely used.

(1 brave cow | Jump over the moon!)

Thursday, July 19th, 2007
11:37 pm
Doing School quote
The idea that good grades will eventually lead to great riches may be documented at the national level as well. A recent study by the American Council on Education shows that the number one goal for 74 percent of college freshmen is to be "very well off financially." This attitude represents a shift since 1967, when 82 percent of entering students said their primary concern was to "develop a meaningful philosophy of life." The study also reported that more college freshmen were being admitted with high school grade point averages of 3.8 or better and that students today tended to be more "practical and grade grubbing."

(Denise Clark Pope, "Doing School" - How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students)

(2 brave cows | Jump over the moon!)

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007
11:31 pm
I want to ride my BUSYCLE
So this actually happened LAST Tuesday and for some reason I didn't blog it! I went to the Luce concert in Palo Alto w/Ben and we ended up next to something called a busycle. Well, I had heard of it before because it's been in the Palo Alto Weekly but for those who haven't, it looks big like a bus but there are pedals for everyone and a steering wheel at the front. It seats 15 people, two rows back to back of people along the sides and one or two people steering. So after the concert was done some guy goes around with a bullhorn and says "The busycle is leaving, all aboard!" so we hop on - apparently we're taking it from the concert on California Ave to Ramona near Meadow and Alma, where the busycle lives. Everyone is given some kinda noisemaker for when we pass by intersections so cars can hear us, then we set off. The whole time this one guy is singing into the bullhorn, "I want to ride my busycle!" all Queen - Bicycle Race style, and also things like "The revolution will not be televised, the busycle will not be motorized!" and then we were all just making lots of noise and pedaling. All in all, a good time. People all along Park Ave were coming out of their houses to figure out what was going on, and then they would wave cuz how can you NOT wave at a busycle full of people?? Makes me wonder about communities and stuff - you go by in a car and you never interact with people but if you're on a busycle or a trikke suddenly everyone is looking at you or talking to you... you generally get noticed and people seem to come out of their shells more, maybe something about what you're doing is very disarming. I wish people would walk and bike around more than drive. Busycles are cool, but only for special occasions, they don't go very fast. :-)

Current Mood: contemplative

(1 brave cow | Jump over the moon!)

Thursday, July 5th, 2007
4:18 pm
Putin's Children
::sigh:: Guess I won't be going to Russia anytime soon. That's too bad, because I really want to get better at Russian (and/or remember any of it that I learned).

Current Mood: worried

(4 brave cows | Jump over the moon!)

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