Saturday, December 24, 2011

My New Roommate?

Looks like this house cricket decided to live with me this winter! I don't mind she stays, if she can find some food in my room and survive. I'm okay to live with insects as long as they don't bother me.


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Happy Birthday from Shpongleland


Happy 16th birthday! My sweet, artist-will-be sister!
I hope you've arrived the US safely and enjoy your first four days in Seattle! I'll see you soon!

Will you eat LSD's cake?

P. S. Some parts of the cake are supposed to be bright yellow, but somehow the scanner doesn't recognize it. I can show you the original pic in Seattle.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Angry Birds the Movie


I nearly thought it was real until I saw the "birds".
Never played Angry Birds but I DIEEEED!
These guys are PRO!!!

Don't forget to check out behind the scenes.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Bird in Space

I don't usually appreciate the sculptures we went through in art history class, but Brancusi's Bird in Space really caught my eyes. It's such a beautiful sculpture!

People debate for a long time whether Bird in Space looks like a bird. For me, it represents the concept of a bird rather than the bird itself. Well, it's abstraction!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Man Who Understood Symbolism

From O'Keeffe's Femininity (one of the reading assignments of my art history class)
Anne Middleton Wagner, Three Artists (Three Women), p. 40

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Arms

I really shouldn't be drawing because I had much to do, but I did.
Little was done in this afternoon. I guess I'm just sick of studying.
I felt like drawing this although I don't even know if it's needed ...

It's the arms of an ancient family with good tradition.
This is probably passed down from Medieval or so.


Would the non-psychedelic members have objection?
I know it's lame. The shapes should probably be put more tightly together. If I've got better ideas I might change some parts and the words later.

P. S. The word "veritas" might be more appropriate instead of "veri".

微波爐 LOL

(from Facebook)

今天突然想把微波爐換個位置,這 . . . . . 為什麼有種好想打它的衝動!!!

Friday, December 9, 2011

化學第三次期中考

今天一接到化學考卷,因為這次忙到沒空好好讀書,跟預期的一樣,慘了,64分,還好沒有不及格。
教授公佈,平均是51,沒有人達到80分,還有不知那位仁兄或仁姊只有17分。
突然覺得,嗯 ... 好像64分也不錯嘛!

教授問什麼地方最難,同學說mechanism和synthesis。
教授說,嗯,沒錯,是很難。喜歡嗎?不喜歡你有得受了,因為下半學期的有機化學全都在教mechanism跟synthesis!

Review on Wassily Kandinsky’s Black Triangle

Just some parts from my 5-page-long art history final paper. Taking the components of the painting apart, I felt like studying the anatomy of an organism. I should have started it a few weeks ago, however finished it in the last day. Whether it's good writing or junk, it's done now! Consider how much time I put in, I'm satisfied. Hope prof. MC will like it.


Wassily Kandinsky, Black Triangle, 1925
Source: Paul Overy, Kandinsky: The Language of the Eye 
New York, N.Y., Praeger Publishers, Inc., 1969, p. 91

Best Logic Question Ever

 "If I ate myself would I become twice as big or disappear completely?"

 Saw it somewhere on Tumblr. They should totally teach this in philosophy class!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Weary

I just came back from the last organic chemistry midterm. It's such a tough week for me so I haven't been updating my blog. Broke my record again. There was a time I was awake for 22 hours, going to classes and studying.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Kandinsky!

The deadline of final paper for art history class is coming fast. It has to be about an artist we talked about in class and one of his/her works that we didn't talk about. I picked Wassily Kandinsky. His paintings often have the prettiest colors, mainstream yet spiritual (that's what he tried to emphasize and achieve for life), and frequently induce synesthesia of sounds in me. They're like candies to my soul. Can I say I'm becoming a fan of this Russian artist? X))))))))

My Art History Professor ... The Warden?

I just realized that my art history professor reminds me of the Warden of Superjail a lot. The same slender, soft build, similar way of speaking, similar voice (though even softer), and the same gestures, wow! Not to mention he's often in suits or something formal-looking. When he strides across the platform elegantly yet flamboyantly, his waist and legs curve when he turns, with fingers of both hands spreading just below his face and a vibrant expression, spouting ... oh ... especially his half-sarcastic, half-silly, high-pitched laughter "ha-ha!"

P.S. But yea, he doesn't look like the Warden.

Monday, November 28, 2011

End of the Road


It might not be Infected Mushroom's most notable song, but I like it.
Sure The Legend of the Black Shawarma is an interesting song.
Overall, the tracks from Legend of the Black Shawarma are great. I love the album!

Count down 3 days to Infected Mushroom's concert in Madison.
Erez and Amit I'm cominggggggggggggggg!
I think this time someone is going with me. :D

P.S. I see how much Infected Mushroom love food. Shawarma is a Middle Eastern sandwich warp. 沙威瑪, right? XD

Bug Bites

"Where did you get those?" I asked. My entomology professor said, "Willy Street Co-op."
I'm so excited to open them.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

My New Room

Best thing about my new room: two desks, one for laptop and studying, the other for books and insect specimens. I don't have to kneel on the floor to work on specimens anymore. :)))



Good Memory from Thanksgiving

Thanks my previous roommate Yuli, who invited me to her friends' to have a heart-warming Thanksgiving feast.


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Does Neil Sing Like A Girl? LOL

When I was at my roommate's friends', I mentioned Pet Shop Boys and one of the girls asked me to play some of their songs. When "You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk" was playing, she said it sounds almost like a woman singing and reminds her of Enya.

While I was eating dinner today, I played Pet Shop Boys in my new apartment. My new roommate expressed her liking for Paninaro '95. I said PSB is a British duo. "Are they a man and a woman?" she asked. I said they're both male. "Then who is that girl singing?!" she said surprisedly, referring to the chorus, "Paninaro, Paninaro, oh-oo-oh" sung by Neil Tennant.

Is Neil Tennant's voice that feminine? LOL
I love his voice no matter how you'd like to describe it. Also his lyrics, and his sentimental, mild-mannered, sometimes sarcastic tone of singing/rapping.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Sleep All Day

It's Thanksgiving. Most residents in Madison have gone home. Most stores are closed and few people are on the street.

It's a short break. I don't know how much I can accomplish before school starts, but I'm sure I'll get enough sleep. I feel so sleepy today that I slept in the late afternoon. All of the noisy neighbors are gone. So quiet! So good!

Tomorrow will be my moving day to another apartment.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Not An Teenager Anymore

My 18th birthday: spent alone in Singapore as a delegate of MUN
19th birthday: gave a little performance in Bradley and spent the day alone
20th birthday: with my good friends in Madison!

What could I ask for more? It's the biggest birthday celebration in my life so far!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Horny and the Hardy Weevils

Prof. Y, "This is a Tenebrionid. It has horns. Here the horns are not referring to the antennae, as long-horned beetles, but the extension of the pronotum. This is a male, as in most biological cases, males are the hornier ones."

*The class laughed*

Prof. Y, "Some weevils are so hard-bodied that they were eaten by toads and passed through the whole digestive track and came out at the other end alive."

The class, "Woaaaw!"

Prof. Y, "Pretty bad experience for both participants."

*The class laughed again*

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Paintings of Music

Oh those wonderful synesthesia-inducing artworks!
Can you hear them?

Funfte Dimension

Funfte Dimension, one of my fav songs by Peter Schilling.


He also wrote an English version of it: the same melody with completely different lyrics! (a two-in-one song) As moving and great as the German version!

Monday, November 14, 2011

下飯好菜

中東咖哩羊 + 印度餅

黑胡椒牛柳

不同天做的。好好吃,只是肉有點硬。超好下飯,再燙個青菜就完美啦!

Yay Fan Art!

I had a terribly busy weekend. There're still more to do than those are done.

I'll say the happiest thing this weekend is that I received a fan art from my sister: a cute colored drawing of my OC DMT. :D

Thank you, Catrina. Now the drawing is my desktop. <3

It made me want to make another drawing of DMT. So that's what I'm doing, at least trying, now.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Kevin Rowland's Covers

Cover of The Long and Winding Road by Kevin Rowland, the singer-songwriter and frontman of Dexy's Midnight Runners.


This song is found in his solo cover album, My Beauty.
Even though he didn't write the songs, he tried to adopt his own style and depict his painful experience of fighting with drug addiction through them.

I didn't listen to the whole album, but Allmusic review says that this album is not good, gives it a somewhat low rate, and says his version of The Long and Winding Road is laughable. Why? I didn't find anything funny.

Also, the reviewer said he doesn't look good in drag on the album cover. Hey ... it's random and disturbing but very brave. (Well, the video of Concrete and Clay IS disturbing, but good song. XD)

Kevin went to some festivals in drag and was pelted with bottles. Ahh, those people were mean to him!

Video of Concrete and Clay for whoever wants to facepalm:

下雪了

下雪了,不過今年的初雪一點也不美。去年是輕飄飄的雪花在月光下厚厚覆蓋整個校園,今年是在風雨交加中下雪,行人紛紛打傘拉緊外套。雪花落到地上馬上融成水,伴隨著滿地落葉和泥巴,好個寒風刺骨外加落花流水!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

本尊現身

(from Facebook)

打三國志 ... 媽呀!本尊現身啦!


兩位老兄扮得真帥!
但 ... 三弟呢?

Two Lizards

(from Facebook)

What are they doing in the middle of the road? Fighting?
And there're so many people taking pictures. XD

Sunday, November 6, 2011

At the Football Game

So, I went to the first football game in my life with some new acquaintances.
It wasn't a very comfortable place to be, because all the fans were too excited to sit down, so everyone had to stand for hours. Also it was cold.
I was still happy to see our school team kept scoring and won and big victory versus Purdue.

What surprised me was not the excited crowd or the game itself, but the non-written rules (traditions) the audience should follow at specific moments, such as take out keys and shake them, shout out swear words, or jump around with music at some points.



The people who invited me to the game.

想吃燴飯

星期五突然好想吃燴飯,就用之前剩的醃雞肉、蝦仁、彩椒、和黃瓜做了,真好吃!
一邊吃著一邊覺得這真是窮學生的五星級享受啊!
五色龍鳳燴飯。啥?

龍 = 蝦子
鳳 = 雞
XD

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Phytohormones 4+1

We are going through those plant hormones in biology class so I think it'll be fun if I draw them. Plus, it's "sort of" requested by my botany professor when I told him I'm personifying some molecules.

Biology + chemistry is awwesoooomme!! I'd love to have them as characters even without any story. Here's the sketch of how they might look. What do you think?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Is That Philosophic?

My art history professor was trying to explain how surrealist artists produce the sense of uncanny by making familiar things seem strange and unfamiliar.

Prof. MC, "One of my favorite things to do is to look at myself in the mirror. Hehehe. The more you look, the stranger and more alien the familiar face becomes. Believe me, just give yourself a minute. I give myself a minute every hour."

LOL I can't tell if Prof. MC was being philosophic and psychoanalytic or just plain narcissistic.

Shared by My Chem Prof.

What does this remind you of?


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

WTH Did I Just Watch?

The Warden of Superjail is so cute.
Oops, did I say something wrong? XD

The Gay Wedding episode, awww.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Cicada Attack!

This article was read out loud by Prof. Y in class. Prof. Y is funny enough usually, but I haven't heard of something this ridiculous.I know I shouldn't laugh at people's injuries and misery, but this is ...

Prof. Y, you could be an actor!

Blame it all on the 17-year cicadas! Those insects emerge every 17 years in 100 millions. Lots of kids were hurt either because cicadas "attacked" them or they tried to attack cicadas. Some fell from the bike or run into the wall because cicadas fly into their faces. A girl was bitten by a dog because a cicada perched on her leg. Some kids were hit or stabbed because their friends were trying to kill cicadas by throwing soda cans or stabbing with a knife. One boy was injured because he kicked a cicada on a lawnmower's wheel (ouch!). Another boy's hand got ran over by car wheel because he planned to put a cicada under his dad's car.

I wish I can witness the emergence of 17-year cicadas too. Sounds like a gigantic insect party.

There're a lot more cases in this short article. I hope you can enlarge it and read. (click and click "show original")

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween This Year ...

I went out as a Harmonia axyridis!
I'm doing a library meta-analysis on this species this semester. Gees, look at me. I'm so into my project.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Green Porno

It's a whole series on Youtube. Prof. Y sent us the mantis one.

Green Porno Praying Mantis

Green Porno Bee

Why can this woman seem so serious but the videos are hilarious? Ahhahhaha!
And sometimes it's just sdkgjwieogdkmflgle ...
So pathetic to be a male insect.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Mysterious Worm

I don't remember in which exact year I visited Penghu, but I saw a creature on the ground near salty water that freaked the hell out of me. The worm was slender and long, soft-bodied, had numerous legs, and most weirdly it was light blue. I thought it was absolutely disgusting.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Indole-3-Acetic Acid

I have no reason to draw this molecule first, but we're learning plant biology in Biology 152 recently.
So this is Indole-3-Acetic Acid (IAA), who looks a little bit like my botany professor. ^ ^
He is not one of the drug molecules, but a plant hormone.

  
His greatest ability is to make plants grow roots, and then they'll grow new shoots.
Each of the four pockets on his shirt is full of different kinds of seeds.
If nothing changes my original character description, he's French!
He's also a distant relative of the Tryptamines.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Memory with French Horn Rebellion

Oct. 15, 2011, party with French Horn Rebellion

I chatted with the two members after the party until I was kicked out by staff.
They were impressed by my knowledge about electronic music.
An interesting group. I'll miss those guys.


They look adorable in these pics! Now they're busy at touring the world. Told me that they own a recording label in Taiwan, will they ever come to Taiwan to DJ?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Two Quotes from Prof. Y

Prof. Y., my entomology professor, is experienced, bright, very friendly, and hilarious!

Prof. Y., "(not exact quote) Everyone is wearing moth spit and eating bee vomit, and thinking they're things of luxury ... like the next time you wear silk and taste honey."

Prof. Y., *points at the picture of a dragonfly and looks at a boy* "Tell me what's the family of this sucker."
Me, "It's not a sucker. It's got chewing mouthparts!"
*the whole class laugh*
Prof. Y., "Okay ... *points at the picture again* This chewer."

Thursday, October 20, 2011

So Much Sacrifice

Entomology 1st lecture exam: 94/100
Biology animal physiology unit exam: 98/100

I sacrificed so many things that I feel like dying. DX
My head aches.
Thanks for the biology course coordinator's caring and talking to me.
Gotta fix many problems due to lack of sleep.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Straight Wings I

At this point of evolution, insects can fold their wings!

The current phylogeny tells us two things:
1) Termites are nothing more than social cockroaches.
2) Mantises are close relatives to cockroaches.

The Orthopterans are all legs ...

Monday, October 17, 2011

Hello Non-Insect Hexapods and Primitive Insects

I feel so tired of doing homework ... but that's sort of preparing for my exam right?

This is the Insect ID Project for Entomology 302.
They are arranged from the most primitive to the most advanced, in the evolutionary sense.
Being primitive doesn't mean they're inferior, just means that they still possess more ancestral features.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Men-ups

LOL nice photo set!
And so colorful too!

Men-ups!


By the way, an interesting track.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Post-Midterm Movie

I had enough! I've been generally very busy, but since last week, I've done nothing except studying and eating, and have not gotten enough sleep.

Finally the midterm week ended (for me), so I decided not to study tonight.

I made myself Thai chicken and eggplant yellow curry and ate it with baguette.


I believe it's a Vietnamese thing to eat baguette with curry.
The baguette was the kind hard enough to hit people with. It was so hard to cut.
French people are so smart to invent this. If you carry a few while traveling, eat them when you're hungry, and use them as weapon when attacked by bandits.

Although I was tired, I went to the movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part II.
That was a great choice after midterm, wasn't it?

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Dill Grew Up

I was so worried that I would run out of dill and Dill would be starving. I knew butterflies in this genus eat plants of the family Apiaceae, but I wasn't sure if Dill would accept if I suddenly switched its diet. It turned out that it seemed to like parsley even more, and got fatter each day. I was so happy!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

How Early Chemists Analyzed Spectroscopy

The spectroscopy we studied in class was first used in the early 60's. In infrared NMR, the position of the peaks represent the functional groups the protons attached to. In proton NMR, the integral (area) under the peaks represent the number of the group of chemically equivalent protons. There were no computer to help draw the diagram or calculate the integral. How did the early chemists complete the task?

My chemistry professor said, they adjusted the infrared frequency a little each time, dotted down the absorption, and then hand-curved the dots.

How about proton NMR? Did they used grid paper and calculated the integral by calculus? It would be hard to do because the peaks are not perfect, smooth curves. They used a even more primitive method: printed out the diagram on paper of uniform thickness, cut the peaks, and weighed them to obtain the ratio.

Early scientists are great people ... Phew, I'm so glad that we don't have to do that today

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Kooky Isomerism


Wait, those things are molecules? I hesitated for a second to decide whether it's a real molecules or just a flattened box.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Recipe: Golden Harvest

I actually made this dish last week. I got a bunch of radish and the farmer told me to eat raw. They were too spicy! So my initial idea was to cook it to get rid of the spiciness. I ended up adding everything left in the fridge into it.



It actually tasted great! I decided to write a recipe.
It's named because most of the ingredients came from FH King CSA, Farmers' Market, and Willy Street Co-op.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Watch Out the Action Potential!

Hi psychoactive molecules,

Neurotransmitters are generally pretty benign and non-aggressive; but if you do piss them off, some of them can drain your psychoactive power and some can fire out an action potential!
 
For your info, action potentials are fired out by excitatory neurotransmitters. When you meet inhibitory neurotransmitters, your power just doesn't work at all. Sometimes watch out for the tiny calcium ion bullets too!


P.S. The appearance/clothes of Dopamine and Serotonin are just temporary and random.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Dill

I found out that the herb I put into my saute dish and rice was dill. There were a lot of farmers selling dills at the Farmers' Market.

I found a caterpillar on the dill. Because the idea of boiling it and making it into a specimen made me cry, so I decided to keep it.

My classmate told me it's a black swallowtail. Well, I'll have to keep it outside when it turns into a pupa so it can emerge successfully in the spring. That's what butterflies in cold places do.


Should I call it Dill? It apparently eats dill. lol
Good taste. This genus of butterflies only eat those aromatic plants.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Friendly Restaurant Owner


Campus Biryani, a restaurant just across the street of the Regents. I met the Moroccan owner, Jami, there.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Chinese Dinner with Friends

I invited Jodie and Linda to dinner on Saturday and cooked (and re-heated) several Chinese dishes. Getting their three meals normally at the school cafeteria, they were so satisfied with my food and kept complimenting. Unfortunately we're all too busy for the midterms next week to chat.

Now whenever a American person asks me, where can I find good, authentic Chinese food around Madison? I'll smile and said, I don't know, but I cook good food!

(Because Linda said she wanted to vanish on Facebook, so I'm not going to post her photos.)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Free Organic Veggies!

The FH King CSA is handing over what they left from their harvest to students for FREE!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Braised Napa Cabbage

I'm so obsessed with braised napa cabbage! Yesssss!

Ingredients: napa cabbage, black mushrooms, dried shrimps (or ham), a little bit vegetable oil (to stir-fry the mushrooms and the shrimps), a little bit soy sauce, a little bit sugar


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Internal Beauty of A Cricket

Just a quick mention about the drawings I did in the entomology lab last week.
We made drawings of the head and the leg of cockroaches that were killed in 1966 (!!) and preserved in ethanol.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Paul Cezanne, Mountain at Saint-Victoire


Paul Cezanne, Mountain at Saint-Victoire, 1902-1904

This painting made my day!

Thanks to the professor, now I see how art evolved from impressionism to post-impressionism, to cubism, and to abstractionism! Realized they come from the same origin, share the common goals to view things differently and seek the structures and orders underlying the surface of the world, just express through different methods.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Why Organic Molecules Are White

I visited my chemistry professor from last year and gave him the gifts from Taiwan. I asked him why are most organic molecules that contain only carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and sometimes phosphorous and sulfur white / translucently white? Those brilliantly colored crystallines usually contain transition metals.

So the reason is that: For a molecule to have colors, its electrons must be able to absorb EM waves, be excited, and jump onto the higher energy level. When the electrons descent back to the low energy level, they emit a certain amount of energy as photons. For molecules with C, H, N, etc., the gaps between the lower and the higher energy level are too big to be excited by visible lights. However, they do absorb infrared light and can be excited by ultraviolet light.

Why some molecules have colors: Some molecules such as the red-orange carotenoid, or the pigment in carrots, possess colors and the trick is located on their series of double bonds. The electrons on the pi bonds have much lower gaps between energy levels so they can be easily excited and emit photons within the visible spectrum. LOL White, or even transparent carrots just sound much less delicious.

Beta-carotene

Glad that I'm leaning new things everyday. Perhaps too much that I can't take them!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A Day with John

I went to the Chinese church with my friend, John, and studied with him in the library afterwards. I don't really like the way the pastor preached, but it's nice to hang out with friends. It's kind of funny that he was the only white person in the church, but he can speak some Chinese! I think one of the reasons he befriends with me is probably finding more people to practice Chinese. He seems eager for the subject and he's really good - considered he has only been learning for 2 years!

Friday, September 16, 2011

My First Trance Party

So I was back from Tiesto's Club Life Tour and had the first trance party in my life. It was surely more intense than any party I've been to (BPM maintained around 130 throughout), and I felt fortunate to see now the world's no. 2 DJ (according to DJMag) in the beginning of my school year!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Do You Want to Be A Hexapod?

Hexapod: the clade that include insects, Collembola, Protura, and Diplura, or arthropods that have six legs.

One lecture plus a lab. I had so much entomology today but I wished the class never ended. It was a lesson of insect external anatomy. It felt kind of weird to know so much about bugs, while my English human anatomy knowledge seemed to be a lot poorer.

"Because they're so darn cool!" the professor said again and again, "Do you want to be a Hexapod?"

Why not? I thought, I want to be small, to have exoskeleton, six legs, wings, antennae, and extended mandibles too! So I'll be wearing light armor all the time, great protection. My legs will be firm and skinny, and I can do more things at one time, especially if at least one pair of my legs are specialized. Then I can fly to wherever I want and dig right into a giant pile of food - and my fingers don't even have to move because the antennae are feeling and tasting everything and the mandibles are grabbing stuff into my mouth.

It's just so cool to have multiple appendages ... and I feel like 10-20 will be the perfect range. But the eight-legged Chelicerates can't fly ... so insects rule!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Library Project

Because I wasn't able to find a lab position, I was put into a library research group for Bio 152. The two boys seem to be interested in some topics about the Asian Multicolored Ladybird too, such as "whether Harmonia axyridis is replacing native species after its introduction". One of them suggest a topic about the effect of hunting laws regarding birds on their prey species. We'll see what topic is better in near future ... now library research doesn't seem too bad to me!

Monday, September 12, 2011

OMG Tiesto's Concert in 2 Days!

I have at least two happy things done today.
I've sent out my signed visa. The post office is located beside the Wingra creek, so I biked there. I should have no problem to continue staying in the US.

I purchased the ticket to Tiesto's concert on Thursday! The reason why I started listening to Tiesto is a bit funny: I like Astrix, and Astrix likes Tiesto a lot; but Tiesto is of course a much more well-known figure. I'm so looking forward to the show ... hey I hope to have some entertainment too, but I need to study double hard this week!

Astrix and Paul van Dyk, I love you! When will you come to Madison?

Saturday, September 10, 2011

I Own Willy Street Co-op!

Willy Street Co-op is an unconventional market that sells local and organic products.
It works this way. There's no a single person or a company who owns this co-op. It is owned by everyone who paid a fair share. The co-op uses the foundation to earn profits, and returns the money to every owner. There's discount for all owners who shop at the co-op.

Even though the co-op is quite far away from where I live now, I joined the co-op!
I like their products, and I really appreciate their efforts to promote local and organic products.
Let's do something for the earth and for the other creatures living with us!

Friday, September 9, 2011

My Entomology Professor Said ...

My entomology professor said,
"It's better that you sit in the same place throughout the semester, so that I can learn to remember your names, which is a bitch, because you all belong to the same species!"

Really professor? I remember I said the exact same thing before. We're the same species!

Then he talked about baiting insects,
"If you have some over-ripen fruits, you can use it as bait. Just stuck it into a trunk and put things over it, because the mammals will get it too! ... Or if your roommate is dead, bring your roommate into the forest, and you'll get lots of interesting insects before the body returns to dust!"

OMG XDDDDDDDDDD

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Found iPod Again!

How could I not be happy? I thought I lost my iPod after Monday's outdoor event, and worried for the whole afternoon. It was weird that I could have been so careless. Then people at the front desk of the Regent told me a person named Paul picked up my iPod and returned it to the desk. OMGOMG thank you a thousand times! And whoever Paul is, bless him for being such a nice and honest person!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Art History Teacher

Art 108 came out to be an art history class; art history of modern European and American art.
I love my new art history teacher because he seems so funny!
When we first saw him, he was dressed neatly in a black suit and a striped shirt.
The room was dark that we couldn't see his face.
And he moved with grace, liveliness, and ... a little femininity.
I wonder what gave to his speech such speed and circularity.
When he said, "Those three things are essential for this class," I already forgot his first point.
Teaching us "close visual analysis", he commented on the world-famous paintings:
"A narrow range of hues: white, tan, and hardly black.
The woman dissolved into the background.
She looked at the mirror but saw no reflection of the self." Or
"Composed of several simple things: black lines and huge color blocks.
Some lines don't even reach the end; they were done intentionally.
You can't find a focus on this painting, because nothing is more important than the others!
Why is it that this piece is both systematic and philosophic, both logic and poetic!"
There will be some works, but I think I'll like the class.

Monday, September 5, 2011

No Labs Tomorrow

The Blackhawk Church was giving out free hotdogs and chips right in the Regent Apartments' parking lot, so I went and listened to a local band. Brought back a CD with a few dollars. I felt they're not too bad. I learned that the church actually meets in the Regent every week.

I found out that there're no biology lab and discussion tomorrow, so that's a pretty good news? I can focus on contacting the professors for my project.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

笑死我了之不是竹筍

今天我的中國室友帶了同樣來自中國的朋友共進晚餐,當兩人高興的拿刀切開一物,不禁同聲驚叫。兩位面對這個紫紅色龐大的尖錐形物體,裡面還佈滿了白色的片狀與條狀物,花容失色的向我求救:「那是什麼?」
我看了看,摸了摸,又聞了聞,道:「香蕉花?...」
「阿!我以為它是竹筍!」室友一臉茫然,「這能吃嗎?」
我上網查了一些食譜,聽說燙過再炒菜是挺美味的,也許我下次應該試試。
那白色的片狀與條狀物是花苞和花蕊。
只是 ... 真有中國人不認得竹筍?我當場憋笑憋得好累,直到晚上才跟Abi一齊好好嘲笑她們一番。

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Peppers at Farmers' Market

I went to Farmers' Market to shop for vegetables which I'm going to eat for an week.
Saw a stand full of various peppers. Aren't they beautiful?


Friday, September 2, 2011

Super Nerd?

It's required for my class ... but it's something I've been wanting for years!


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Good Coupons, Good Food, Good Day

I was wandering on State Street and thinking about how to use all those coupons.
I tried something that I wanted last year but didn't get because of the price.
Jamba Juice, a smoothie store. It's quite refreshing. :)
And yep I was playing with my new molecular kit in the store. I don't care if people think I'm a freak.