October 25, 2004

A not-so-pop quiz

Today from 12PM-1PM we had a wonderful feast with the whole research gang at a nearby Chinese restaurant called Royal East. The occasion? We were welcoming our third secretary in Professor Suh's office in a year. Unfortunately it is difficult to find secretaries that will stay in that position for a very long time. Fortunately, every time a new one comes we go out for lunch!

One of the other graduate students in my lab, AJ, has the same class as I do from 1-2:30PM. One of the first things he asked me is: "So are you ready for that quiz?" I answered, "It's Wednesday, so I haven't started studying yet." He said, "Wednesday? No way, its today!" So we were arguing about the date, so I called my TA and asked him. He laughed and said I was screwed. The test WAS today! So I took a 1.5 hour graduate dynamics exam without absolutely zero studying. I know I didn't bomb, but we'll see how I do. It reminds me of the Stephen Hawking, who was so amazingly bored with school, that he would never study or do homework, but miraculously (or intelligently) he would ace all the exams. Well I hope the Stephen Hawking in me will pull through on this one. Well except for the important difference that I can run, walk, jump, talk, sing...

The moral of this story is ... MAKE SURE YOU CHECK WHEN YOUR EXAMS ARE!!!

Posted by peter at 06:24 PM

October 21, 2004

The Future of the American Space Program

"Rather than sending Americans to Mars or the Moon right now, these people would be better off trying to figure out how to get Americans back from Iraq." -Senator John Kerry

The future of the space program is not considered important in John Kerry's agenda. He has a history of championing NASA budget-cutting measures, and is likely to continue that during his would-be presidency.

George Bush has given NASA a new vision to explore the moon, mars and beyond, which really aligns the entire NASA organization for the next 20-30 years.

If you care to see man on the moon, and preparing for man to go to mars within your own lifetime, then George W. Bush would be your choice. For most people, maybe this doesn't make a difference, but for someone who is planning a career in the exploration of our solar system, it is the deciding factor. So if you don't really care about the space program so much, vote for Bush anyways to help a friend make his dreams come true.

"Mankind is drawn to the heavens for the same reason we were once drawn into unknown lands and across the open sea. We choose to explore space because doing so improves our lives, and lifts our national spirit. So let us continue the journey." -President George W. Bush

The future of the American space program lies in your hands.

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I'd like to thank the 59,017,382 voters that voted for Bush to help make my dream of space exploration a reality.
Added on 11/03/2004

Posted by peter at 12:38 PM

October 13, 2004

Wednesdays...

Wednesdays are long, tedious, but are a culmination of days of work. I can lay to sleep tonight with a burden lifted from me. I think every student lives week by week centered around that dreadful one day where everything is due, and everyone else conveniently piles everything up on that day. Your sleeping cycle, your caffeine intake, the food you eat. It all hinges on that day. And of course, the day after you binge on laziness. Like tomorrow I plan to wake up late, maybe play some games in the morning. Go to school. Lounge around. Check e-mail 20 times.

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Maybe I should plan my "after-dreadful-day-week" a little better.

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心里跟一张白纸一样。 -画上的美人
"The inside of his heart was like a white piece of paper" - The Lady in the Painting

天氣在安慰我們像夢夠到無夢的人 -北島
"Weather comforts us / Like a dream reaching the dreamless" -Bei Dao


Posted by peter at 05:28 PM

October 05, 2004

A New Log

Hello everyone and welcome to my weblog. I've started the weblog today by adding about 8-10 correspondences I've had with friends and family over the summer during my 2 months stay in China. I will continue to update it as I feel like it, as thats the idea of a weblog ;)

Posted by peter at 02:49 PM