Monday, May 28, 2012

STLF Tour - Memphis Zoo (Memphis, TN)

Date: April 3rd
Stop: Memphis, TN

When I've heard about that we were going to volunteer at the Memphis Zoo, I thought we would do things like cleaning animal dung and cages. But they wouldn't let us do such dirty works. My job was simply folding ads and membership info with a Danish girl named Cecilie. Other people helped selling tickets, guarding doors, keeping children safe, guiding direction, or putting back puzzles after they were messed up by children.

The Memphis Zoo was not big. Two pandas from China were the biggest stars there.

There was a dinosaur area, with those vivid moving and roaring machines, though I don't know what dinosaurs have to do with zoos.

This mascot was one of our travel partners. People who were mascots were so hot and sweated all over! Their works were probably the hardest.

The male gorilla.

The zoo built an area looking like a Chinese temple for the two pandas. They even had a Chinese garden with crappy festival couplets on the wall. I was lucky enough to see the panda eating. The other student complained she only got to see panda butts and lazy, sleepy pandas.

Those monkeys had mohawks!

Bald eagle, beautiful bird!

It was very touching to see two young bears chasing and playing with each other on the meadow. They did it for a long time. Cute!

We browsed through almost all the animals after our volunteering time ended, but didn't have time to see each one for more than a minute. Ryan, a boy who toured with us, had a special fondness for kiwi bird, but had never seen a real one. He said, "Let me spend a minute with it quietly," and stood in front of the glass cage, looking at the bird. Before he left, he said he would miss it very much.

Things got fun when Ryan saw a cage-full of Madagascar cockroaches. This biology major was afraid of cockroaches. I laughed silently in my heart at his face of disgust. When we were at Mississipi there were cockroaches in the old building and the poor Ryan was scared. I reminded him about the cockroaches and pretended that I was there to protect him, just because I kind of liked him and felt like teasing him. Okay okay I was kind of mean. LOL

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Goose in Shoes

LOL The owner of this goose made it a pair of shoes, because the hot road hurt the goose's feet. What a loving owner and a fashionable goose! (Uh, but how does it swim?)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Go to Google Translator and ...

I wanna upload this just for record. It's just too funny for me to forget it!

1. Open Google translator.

2. Turn up computer's volume.

3. Paste the following:
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4. Set the language to German.

5. Click on the pronunciation button.


Sassy Pants

The character in this pic should totally be 2C-E.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

First Successful Exam Synthesis Problem

This is from my 4th chemistry midterm. It was the first synthesis problem I ever successfully answered on an exam! Except I got one point deduced for a careless mistake of writing a bromide instead of a Grignard reagent. I ... was so happy! I got 84% on this exam, which was much higher than the average 54%. Now I'm preparing for the final. I hope I could perform as well on final. We've learned about 150 chemical reactions this semester. Hard to believe right?

I read someone's webpage about Nikola Tesla (the inventor of alternating current, modern electricity system, and many other electronic-related stuff). The person was basically explaining how Tesla was the king of inventors and geeks and Edison was a dickhead (the insults are a thousand times worse on the webpage; the lack of objectivity made me doubt the "facts"). Seems like Tesla had investigated and invented more things than Edison, but he just frequently forgot to write them down or patent them. If the "facts" on the webpage are true, what a shame it is that all the books and textbooks I've read told me that Edison was one of the greatest scientists/inventors and I've only heard about Tesla's name a few months ago! (The webpage said Edison did a lot of bad things in the rivalry with Tesla.) Edison enjoyed the fame and profits brought by his inventions, but Tesla was never married and eventually broke and died alone. (That's sad, he was a handsome guy too ... but consider his exceptional passion for lab works and mental illness, it was probably better that he was single.) There seem to be a lot of underrated scientists in history, while some others became world-famous not entirely due to their works ... I guess now I understand why Tesla won the majority of people's support on Facebook in a humorous comic battling with Edison.

I don't know how much those were true, but just look at Tesla manipulating electricity and lightening in his hands and lab, and claiming that he had the design of devices that could charge a building from lightening (so we don't need wires) and death rays that could kill an army 200 miles away ... OMG so badass!

Btw, the webpage is here:

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Second Shpongle Live

Someone said something like people commonly feel a change in consciousness or hallucinating while listening to the music of Shpongle.
I agree. Once I was definitely tripping out of Star Shpongled Banner and A New Way To Say Hooray while listening to Shpongle's 2nd album.

I was very lucky that Simon Posford decided to perform in Madison again this year. This time I was a fan, so I had to go! Even though I had exam the next day and I was sick. My throat hurt like craps when I biked to the theatre.

Shpongle is not only a musical experience but also visual. The projections are the prettiest things ever!

This was the stage design this year. Somehow I liked last year's better. (Last year's looked more badass hurhurhur.)

Shpongle's logo, of course!

There was a guy who made a sparkling mask like that. Excellent!
Simon played the Prometheus remix of A New Way to Say Hooray. Ohh I love that remix.

Everyone cheered as (DMT) Divine Moments of Truth started to play. It was a remix as well.

It was so funny that Simon not only swung to but also sang along to those "lyrics" and even weird sounds in his songs. The DMT remix had a "DMT ... LSD!" in the middle. I laughed when Simon opened his eyes widely and squealed along with it.

Is it just me or I think those projections are leaning more toward the tryptamines (as opposed to like phenethylamines and LSD)? But for Shpongle, of course, haha.


Another picture of the mantis.

Around the World in A Tea Daze, with different cultures as projections. Here are Taj Mahal with an Asian paper umbrella and a Chinese character. How sweet!

I met a few very interesting and passionate cosplayers. I asked for photos with them.

A guy dressed as Raoul Duke from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I told him he'd look even better with a cigarette.

A "fake Simon". This big fan made the hat and dressed like this to look like Simon. He kind of does if his beard was a bit shorter doesn't he?

I don't know what this person was supposed to be. I said you look like a shaman. He replied, I like to think of myself as one. But he doesn't know any spell or magic.

Sadly Simon left immediately again after the show. No one got to really talk or interact with him. Except he touched the finger tips of a few people at the very front.
So I guess I have to post one of my drawings on his FB one day.

I was so Shpongled. For a long time ringing in my head was all Shpongle's music.

Friday, May 4, 2012


1. 打開Notepad (text file)
2. 打上以下句子: CreateObject("SAPI.SpVoice").Speak"I Love You"
3. 存檔為 xyz.vbs
4. 雙擊打開

5. 看聽到男生或女生的聲音。


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Done with Chemistry? Almost

I think I probably don't have time to continue to update my spring break travel notes at least until this Friday. I was so stressed last night that I lost my sleep except a few naps. Now I have to write some more lab reports and prepare for the chemistry exam on Friday.

Last evening was my last Chemistry 344 lab. We'll be done for this class after its final exam next Tuesday. (Very fortunately, it means I can go to the Shpongle concert on 10th of May. Simonnnn! :DDDDDD)

So by the end of this semester I'll be done with my college chemistry requirement. Chemistry is hard, but I'm actually feeling kind of sad. I'll say good-bye to chemistry ... and hello to physics! (D:) Nevertheless, I think I'd still prefer to take more advanced biology classes than advanced chemistry.

The few upcoming weeks would be rough. At least I've got a few things that make me glad: the yummy food I cook for myself (even if they make me fatter), a TA (the art TA) who cares a lot about me and always wants to cheer me up, more friends around campus whom I'm probably too busy to meet before the semester ends, and all the molecule characters I've created.