october 31 2014|interstellar

today i went to mars with bilal. for two minutes, i floated through the voids that stretch far between.

i looked back at earth
it was so far away
and filled with so much more than any of the other specs in the sky
when i looked at it, everything i knew filled my head
and every other spec cleared my mind
then i ran with you in the martian wind
under the martian sun
on the martian plains
above red rock running
below a speckled sky
next time
another planet
so we will know our closest neighbers
and then somewhere else
or somewhere between

Johnny Appleseed is a man with a story worth knowing.
Also, read up on the other notable seed disseminators. It's amazing what life one can bring.

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october 28 2014|rethesis

It's been a while since I worked on anything.

I started taking a crack at my thesis again today, wroting machines to parse, edit, and explore automated circuit simulations. Today I made a machine that moves around a test voltage source to every node of a circuit, simulating each test configuration. Eventually, i'll be able to use the results to re-construct the circuit topology using some sweet matrix math!

Need to work on my server again... until then, I can't post any photos.

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september 28 2014|khulfee muffins

5 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1.25 cups brown sugar

2.33 cups buttermilk (2% milk with vinegar)
4 eggs (1 egg, 3 egg-fulls of apple sauce)
.66 cups butter, melted (left in the microwave)
4 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 tablespoon cardamon
2 cups pistachios, chopped
1 tablespoon rosewater extract

makes 24 muffins

9/27/14 - Slightly too sweet, could add more salt and rosewater. Baked at Pika with Cali.

10/22/14 - A bit too salty, not enough sugar. only used 1 cup unpacked brown sugar, and unsweetened rosewater. Needs more cardamon Baked at Jonathan's house with Esther.

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september 10 2014|big sur

We left veterans memorial campground a bit late, then stopped at the last starbucks and met a guy named Canyon who told us to try working at the Esalen Instutue in the gardening department.

made it to the big sur taphouse, just up the big fucking hill past pfeiffer.

there we met ian, nan, john, and jeff, who have all worked at the (Esalen Instutute)[http://esalen.org]. Ian immediately offered to put us on the guest list at esalen, so we're going to visit the grounds tomorrow!

september 7 2014|watsonville to san diego

Hung out with amy, dan, laura, and spatz at their home in sunnyvale! They're growing tasty vegetables and berries, and scheming to trap more nerds into nerd castles of the future. They cooked an incredible dinner, including home-grown eggplants, tomatoes, basil, reconstituted dehydrated vodka sauce experiment #1, and cider from laura's parents. Conversation ensued and sleep was attained! I trued my wheels and replaced my brake pads in the morning while laura was assembling a new last for shoemaking, then headed off to see danny in palo alto. I got a surprise visit from michelle 'zappa', and through spirited conversation, was reminded of some of the happiest times in my life. Back in the mission, I met up with jim for my first extremely positive experience in a bar.

Getting ready to finish cycling the west coast. Heading over to Szuszi's house tomorrow morning, then taking the next seven days to get to san diego.

august 18 2014|back

six and a half months gone by,

not a post to write

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february 5 2014|a snowy day

the pudgy capitalist slave stirs in the early morning, nervously twitching and itching to unveil his prized machine. the machine that he toiled for in his past. the machine he is so outwardly proud of yet generates no inward satisfaction. the snow falls like rain on this morning. his machine is primed to the best of its half-assed manufactured ability. and all it does is drag him and constrain him. it sloshes the snow around like water in a bath tub. and he doesn't have to put his back into it. the putt and couch of black smoke contaminates the perfectly cold air . but he still sees the value in using a shovel. his now 9-o-clock shadow beginning to show, a patch of snow like a bird's nest on his head. maybe he'll stop and look. watch the rain fall slightly slower, slightly colder than he's used to. watch a particle stop moving as it grabs hold to the fresh coat beneath it. listen to his child in her bewilderment, playing in endless devotion with the snow and space around her. maybe he'll turn the machine off. to give it a moment's rest, allow it to feel the warmth of the cold around it, allow the air to be still in its audible vibrations and dissipate the foul stench that has hung low around it.

And when he gives up the sky will cover it all again. a blank slate, another take, to do what he must.

made some burritos this morning with jasso and gavin and ben, nick came over too then we went kiteboarding on briggs. not too much success.

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february 4 2014|read a bunch of these

the first few are excellent, haven't gotten to the rest.

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february 4 2014|i dropped out of school

didn't see that one coming

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january 11 2014|back in business

Felt much better today. The whatever it was is pretty much gone, just got tubes full of mucous for a bit. Lethargic in the morning, read a bit of catcher in the rye and talked to good people.

We got lunch and ate ma po tofu. The mouth numbing peppercorns are really interesting. They're not spicy at all, and they don't numb your mouth either. They have a distinctive flavor and tingling that spreads over your entire mouth. Not anywhere near burning sensation, just tingling. The flavor is strong, in the same way that cloves are strong, but less pungent. Lots of garlic, and less spicy than I thought it'd actually be. Translates to: "pock-marked grandma tofu", apparently named after some old lady's recipe.

Surprise shipment of pcb's came in today, so I populated the boards and made a cool stop-motion animation.

Then we went out for dinner and walked about 40 minutes to a huge plaza at the civic center. Busted out my kite and flew in the wee hours of the morning. The policeman stationed there really liked the kite, but didn't want to fly it. Kinda light wind. Lots of people rollerblade in the plaza at all hours of the day. A group of three were interested, so I taught one of them how to fly without being able to communicate verbally. He learned really quick, and taught one of the others himself. Really cool to see teaching and learning work like that. Turns out they were cooks at some restaurant alex and i will try and score a free meal from in the future. Took some night photos. HDR ones too.