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Beach of the Day #1232

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Something about this venture, in retrospect, seems like we were climbing across gigantic grains of sand on a colossal beach. These boulders are cordoned off by the cliffside in the near distance, and the bay opened right behind me, but I’m driven to imagine this as a beach miles in every direction, with a tide that rises hundreds of feet. Insects the size of dogs skitter out between the sand-boulders, and gulls the size of aircraft carriers dig for them with beaks like excavating drills.

Pearce and I crawled through the gaps of these boulders, standing in deep crevices completely beneath them. Though they probably haven’t budged since they were first placed, there was an uncomfortable sense of fragility there, having so much weight carelessly laid above our heads.

But it’s important to get a sense of scale, and to remember that we’re still physical (and squishable) beings.

I really am very lucky that I get to live in a place like this, and that I get to see it with such good people.

filling the room with a sense of unease

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February 6, 2012 at 12:53 am

Sundae of the Day #1083

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Photographing food is a science and an art, and I have failed on both counts today. Lisa posed with this guacamole-jalapeño-black bean-sour cream-french fry sundae tried to discreetly hang out of the frame, and I took just one quick snapshot to capture the moment. The lights of Saturn, though pleasant enough on the eyes, are not particularly flattering for food – especially for as chaotic a dish as this one.

I like to think it comes from an alternate universe where desserts are savory and entrees are sweet, and its boat-bowl is an interdimensional cruiser. The world on the other side of the gustatory barrier is not meant for our palettes.

It was nice to see Lisa again and to meet her mother, who once studied artificial intelligence and now gets to tell people what to do with their gardens for money. It sounds like a good life.

We are tired and there are more meals to conquer on the morrow, so that is all for tonight.


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September 10, 2011 at 2:00 am

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Couple of the Day #977

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Late at night I’d forgotten about this photo, and crated a slightly cheesier image for today, but I found this afterwards and decided that friends are more important than snacks. Lisa and Jed approached me after organic chemistry lecture and asked me if I thought sulfuric acid would be a reasonable defense against zombies. I thought that a zombie would probably be thoroughly undone by a vat of the stuff, but Lisa was thinking that a moat would be appropriate, and planned to sequester herself in a chemical company when the apocalypse came. To be sure, a moat of sulfuric acid would certainly keep out the zombies, but I’m not sure that I would want to live within breathing range of such a place. . .

The conversation went on to vegetarian zombies who yearn for grains, and I thought of a few others but didn’t mention them – avian zombies who hunger for planes, undead washing machines who hunger for stains, rotting conductors who hunger for trains…

Do be careful in case of apocalypse, because I don’t think I would have it in me to behead any of my friends.

behind the lake of dreams

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May 27, 2011 at 12:55 am

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Face of the Day #974

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Lisa here is showing me a picture of myself on her camera. Of course, I shan’t let you see my face so easily, so I had to make the photo a little smaller, but Lisa’s face was worth saving. She walked into class a little late this afternoon, sat down, unpacked and then gave me a big wave from two feet away. It was a sort of moment that made me feel nostalgic for the present.

If you look at the Photos of the Year videos and watch my life flash before your eyes, you might notice that the photos containing people jump out at you more than the others.The human brain is wired to identify faces even at a glance, and it knows instinctively that they’re meaningful and important. Sometimes when I take pictures of people I immediately think of the photos in this way, imagining looking back over every day of my life and remembering everyone I met. I don’t want to forget a single person.

I haven’t really seen much of Lisa this quarter, and next quarter I won’t even have any classes with her. I need to be sure to keep in contact with her, and with everyone else I’ve made friends with here.

we gonna love each other till the end of time

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May 24, 2011 at 12:40 am

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Hail of the Day #929

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It was a warm spring day earlier this week, but some strange tectonic and atmospheric activity has thrown the skies into total confusion. After Chemistry today, Lisa and I wandered about in the Porter meadow for a while, past a makeshift tree cemetery near the caves. Through the brush we saw a gang of wild turkeys, and though we tried to follow them, I only caught glimpses before they disappeared into the trees again. They finally escaped by flying over a valley, and it soon began to hail – faintly at first, then fervently, until the air was textured with white streaks cutting towards the ground. The hail was soft enough to squish between your fingers, nearly snow, and vanished if you held it for long, but it was there; the proof is in Lisa’s hair.

For a little while at least, I’d like to live in a place where it really snows.

(Emily comes back tomorrow, and so I’ll be home again)

city in a glass bulb

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April 9, 2011 at 12:44 am

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Scientist of the Day #844

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We’ve already moving at full steam in school, and though today was only the first lab of the quarter it feels like we never stopped. Behind us and ahead of us lies an infinite stream of studies. We have to wade on carefully, pacing ourselves; if we try to sprint to the end, we’ll burn out long before we reach it.

Here’s Lisa, with whom I’m fortunate enough to share a lab section, preparing the salt plates for her first infrared spectroscopy test. Our tools are gradually getting more elaborate, and though we’re only doing a very simple analysis using this machine, the work is starting to make me feel like a scientist. It’s silly, but I’m enjoying it, and I think Lisa is as well.

I have had some difficulty adjusting to taking 8AM classes again, and was so tired in lab I could hardly hold the pasteur pipette straight, but by the time we got to the analysis machines I was feeling much better. Science gizmos are always too exciting to sleep through.

hoo hoo hoo

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January 14, 2011 at 12:00 am

Dab of the Day #579

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Here Rob reaches desperately for a dab of chocolate brownie batter which Alex has so playfully placed on the tip of his nose. It was an impossible task, but he put forth a valiant effort nonetheless.

Our evening was certainly sugar-saturated; prior to the brownie incident Lisa and I had made lemon shortbread cookies, complete with homemade icing sweet enough to slow down time.

I very much prefer these sorts of evenings to the silent, empty ones which have been so common lately. It’s good to be with people, to let our minds free to swim about and impress their shapes upon one another.

I can’t believe it’s already this late! I am throwing my dreams and mornings into a typhoon, and watching them explode and scatter across the breadth of time under the pressures of such chaos. To bed, to bed!

click, click

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April 24, 2010 at 3:30 am

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