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October 10 2009|
Two grants are done now and maybe will be the end of grant-writing for this year. (fingers crossed)
Went to Tenshi Sushi & Japanese Noodle up in NW Houston with J &LA. Food was excellent (their on personal terms with the chef) but service was spotty - mine came out immediately and zen_oven's came at the end of the meal. They gave us some extra spicy tuna roll and an appetizer with a crisp wrapper that was unique and filled with different sectors containing tuna, veggies, and roe. Afterward we saw Zombieland at Willowbrook theatre. Woody Harrelson and Bill Murray were excellent!
Today went to the Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival. Had low expectations and about 60% were met. Lots of odd looking people (but less than the horror show on Thursday). I had some crawfish pie and heard the last quarter of the set by the Zydeco Dots (http://www.zydecodots.com/). I was mostly interested in hearing Cajun and zydeco music. Unfortunately the rest of the afternoon didn't have any. They are playing at the Katy Rice Festival (http://www.riceharvestfestival.org) tomorrow, but they are a local band so I'll wait until they play in Houston again.
We stopped afterwards to buy a skeleton mermaid holding a bouquet of roses for our Dia de Los Muertos display at Las Manos Magicas (http://www.lasmanosmagicas.com/). I'm slowly collecting holiday decorations for the holidays that people don't typically decorate for (Mardi Gras, Valentines, Halloween/Dia de Los Muertos). I need to find some paper flowers that look like the Mexican marigolds that they normally put on their altars.
Here are some of my other favorite places to buy Mexican art available online too.
Tesoros (Austin) http://www.tesoros.com/homepage.html
Milagros @ Pike Place Market (Seattle, WA) http://www.milagrosseattle.com/index.html
It's Cactus (Carmel, CA) http://www.itscactus.com/catalog/Peruvian_Retablos-62-1.html
The retablos with the bakery, flowers, and cloth shops are really cool.
Tags: conroe cajun catfish festival, dia de los muertos, sushi, zombieland, zydeco
I've writing grants for eight weeks now. Last week sent out grant #1
and tomorrow will send out #2
. Unfortunately, no time to celebrate my birfday last Monday. I had hoped to turn grant #2
in Friday, but helping my boss with #1
and him writing a second one at the same time made everything overrun into the time I wanted to be finishing my grant. Due to grant writing I was unable to do the following plans: celebrate Octoberfest at St. Arnold's brewery, listen to Houston Symphony play "Ode to Joy" (one of my favorites), go to the farmer's market, attend the Rice festival, and bake a pie. Unfortunately, I need to get some funding to keep working after next July so I have to stick to priorities. Only 10% of grants are getting funded, so my boss and I are writing four grants hoping to get at least one. It's tough when Houston has finally hit fall weather and is prime for all kinds of activities. I am glad for the opportunity to learn grant-writing and I am finally getting along (mostly) with my boss. I enjoy the grant-writing, just not what has to be done in the last week to meet the deadline. After this grant is done I still have another grant and a paper to write so I may be missing more activities that I had planned for the rest of the month.
I did at least go see Moby in concert with Zen_oven last night. The concert was great. I especially liked the dancing by his African American singer and his playing of the bongo drums. They do a great job with the lighting. I'm getting too old to stand for four hours. My back starts to hurt although dancing did help. I guess the lesson is that if things don't move, they hurt. That has some spiritual meaning too. We were distracted by some obnoxious woman smoking in the club next to us and hollering in her drunken excitement in my ear. Grayanna got into an arguement with her because she is sensitive to smoke. I spent too much of the time afterward thinking about revenge fantasies. I even thought about carrying some handcuffs and slapping her in some so the cops could catch her with her pot. Afterwards I thought that I should treat this like I do in meditation - label it as "thinking" and refocus my mind. I think this strategy might have promise.
Tags: moby, work
Sep 25: Surrogates
Oct 2: Whip It (Austin roller derby)
Oct 9: Zombieland
Oct 9: 9
Oct 16: Where the Wild Things Are
Oct 23: Amelia
Nov 13: Fantastic Mr. Fox
I just finished reading "A Voyage Long and Strange" by Tony Horowitz. This is about his travels following the explorers during the pre-colonial period in the U.S. I am always interested in how things begin so I've been to many of these sites on vacations. We'll get to see Zuni pueblo on our trip to Santa Fe at Christmas this year. I've read several of his other books about his travels in the footsteps of Captain Cook's voyages and "A Confederate in the Attic". The book identified a number of cases of racism and discrimination between Indians and blacks. I had no idea that a county official, by declaring many of Virginia's Indians to be negros, effectively barred them from collecting any government Indian benefits contributing to its status as the state with the lowest Indian population in the U.S. They all left the state to find places they could qualify. So you can't say that county officials don't affect anybody. I also didn't realize that the Lumbee in N.C. intermarried with the Lost Colony people and free blacks. This is why they don't have classic Indian features and there is tension between them and other non-Lumbee tribes in N.C.
I started reading "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell. He's pointed out a number of factors that allow individuals to succeed or fail in spite of high IQ. Once your IQ is over 115, there is no relationship to your success. Many Nobel Prize winners went to state colleges. The key was not IQ, but rather their ability to think creatively. It turns out that being in your mid-thirties when a major technical breakthrough occurs in your field, having access to technology in advance of your peers (like Bill Joy or Bill Gates with real-time computing vs. punchcards), being born just after the great depression (less people like after the Great Plague in Europe = more resources per capita), being born middle class vs. poor (key factor is that middle class parents cultivate opportunities outside school to determine your talents and a sense of entitlement that makes kids emboldened to achieve their goals), and being born just after the cutoff for a sport or school (best hockey players are the biggest in January when the cutoff is, while students born in September/October tend to outperform others). His goal is to show how many people our education system fails because we hold the myth that people lifted themselves up by hard work or were born gifted. There are a lot of systematic biases that allow some individuals with the good factors to succeed while others with similar IQ and talents fail that lack those factors. It's highly readable and now I'm thinking about using some of this knowledge to affect my management in the future.
This weekend we went to the Diamonds exhibit at the Museum of Natural Sciences. It was interesting but I would have liked them to integrate the major mines with the jewelery examples and the technological part (ex. during the medieval period most diamonds were from secondary river sites in India and were uncut resulting in necklaces with octagonal stones with the lower half set in gold). I could see they were trying to sell to the folks that a) liked rocks, b) liked history, and c) liked technology and engineering applications, but they could have integrated these three sections and made it a lot more interesting. I realized that I could have seen U2 3D all summer and now it's gone. Their upcoming exhibit for 2009 is
Spirits and Headhunters: Vanishing Worlds of the Amazon October 9, 2009 – January 10, 2010
http://www.hmns.org/exhibits/special_exhibits/vanishing_worlds.asp?r=1Sep 12 is Museum District Day
with free entrance to 17 museums in Houston
http://www.houstonmuseumdistrict.org/default.asp?id=1MFAH upcoming exhibits for 2009 are:Arts of Ancient Vietnam September 13, 2009 - January 3, 2010
http://www.mfah.org/exhibition.asp?par1=1&par2=2&par3=607&par4=1&par5=1&par6=1&par7=&lgc=4&eid=¤tPage=The Moon: "Houston, Tranquility Base Here. The Eagle Has Landed September 27, 2009 - January 10, 2010
Chaotic Harmony: Contemporary Korean Photography October 18, 2009 - January 3, 2010
Your Bright Future: 12 Contemporary Artists from Korea November 22, 2009 - February 14, 2010
Tags: books, hmns, mfah, museums
Weekend and Fall festivals|
This weekend we're going to be busy: the LUMA light show Friday night at Miller Outdoor Theatre, A/V Geeks at Aurora Picture Show Saturday evening, and Depeche Mode Sunday night.
Here's some of the interesting events for Oct and Nov:
Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival Oct 10-11 (would be a good weekend to have BBQ around the Chapel Hill - Brenham - Round Top area)
Texian Market Days @ George Ranch Oct 24
Renaissance Festival Oct 10-Nov 29
Halloween (Austin) Oct 30-Nov 1
Houston Arcade Expo Nov 6-7 @ Crown Plaza Houston @ Reliant Park http://www.arcadecenter.com/
play lots of classic arcade games and pinball
Turkic Festival downtown Nov 7-8 www.turkicfest.org
Daughters of the British Empire Bazaar Nov 7 10-4 http://dbetexas.org/houbaz.html
Chocolate Festival of Texas @ Sheraton Hotel @ International airport Nov 7 10-5
Chapell Hill Pointsettia Celebration Nov 21-22
Tags: a/v geeks, depeche mode, festivals, miller outdoor theatre
I received the news this morning that my manuscript was accepted to PLoS Genetics! This is my first post-doc publication so I need a few more before I can look for my next position. It's been a long time in coming, but hopefully the time to the next one will be shorter.
Tags: paper, work
July 4 2009|
Busy weekend of the fourth. Friday morning I subjected zen_oven to Dark City. One of my favorite SF films. I just love the plot device that the doctor uses to train the main character to use his psychic abilities and time perception. I wish I could "tune". Later in the day we toured five apartments in Midtown/Montrose that we drive by all the time. We don't plan to move until it cools down and is closer to the end of our lease, but we thought we'd get a jump on it. We liked the New Orleans styled Calais the best and it is the newest of the bunch and comparable in price. Here's pics:http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.texasexplorer.net/calais1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.texasexplorer.com/MidtownHouston.htm&usg=__bj7hvfadiCQTMgZS_SMWGxn4Pvg=&h=432&w=720&sz=181&hl=en&start=14&sig2=rGB_UlRC7xqKdYiY7-1lyg&um=1&tbnid=SpVLNSi7ktO6yM:&tbnh=84&tbnw=140&prev=/images%3Fq%3DCalais%2BHouston%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26sa%3DG%26um%3D1&ei=5n5RSqu6J6C-NPqC9PUP
Later that day I made a blueberry pie and squash casserole to have with the lamb chops that baalin grilled. Then we watched "Repo: the Genetic Opera". It was interesting, but not as engaging as Sweeny Todd or Moulin Rouge.
Saturday morning I went on the ice crawl with the Houston Chowhounds. I passed on the pork cooked in blood, but I did brave the rice with chocolate topped with a dried fish. Not my favorite. I won't push to have dinner at New Phillipiana from now on. I did enjoy the halo halo though. It was shaved ice with milk, coconut fruits, congealed coconut, jellied fruits, and two kinds of paste (one purple that was related to taro). This was followed by Malaysian at Banana Leaf (beef rendang, dried fish fried rice, etc.) and another bowl of frozen dessert Chinese style at Star Snow Ice. Very similar to the first but with many kinds of sweet beans and swelled grains, fresh cut fruit, and gelatins like grass jelly. In the afternoon I visited Central Market and bought cloudberries, gooseberries, champagne grapes, and several kinds of apricots and plums. I got stuck on the Apple movie trailers site for a couple of hours watching previews of summer films. We had tacos and margaritas for dinner at La Mexicana (guisada de puerco is fantastic) and then hiked a few blocks north to watch the fireworks at Buffalo Bayou from a vacant lot at West Gray and Taft. Lots of new fireworks styles. Shaped charges that looked like mitotically dividing cells, corals, and gnat clouds were shown. Afterwards we watched "Step Brothers" and Rome Season II episodes 9-10.
This morning we watched "Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay". I made hot dogs with purple German potato salad with olives, capers, and some Branston pickles. Housecleaning and watering the yard (we really need rain) took up the afternoon. Finally, I made my own tomato ragout with grilled venison sausage, roasted green peppers, and spinach linguine. Over pasta, we watched the preview of Ken Burn's National Parks. Ken is truly a great person. I think his projects bring out what is good in America and I get proud and teary when I think about the effect of his films have had. I hope that his work galvenizes national support of our parks that have been dealing with more travelers and contracted budgets.
Tags: apartments, cooking, ice crawl, movies
Today is Zen_oven's birthday. She's been feeling down about some things over the weekend and not feeling well, so please give her some B-day cheer. Yesterday I bought her a dozen pink roses, chocolate cake from The Chocolate Bar, breakfast at Baba Yega, and money to buy some new clothes (since she lost all the weight she hasn't had the money to get replacements). We may go out for a nice dinner at Mark's or Mockingbird Bistro, but not tonight because Monday is the worst day to go the restaurants since the head chef is off and their food shipment is the oldest while Tuesday and Thursday are the newest.
Over the weekend we bought a new camera (the old one stopped working) and lots of nice fruit at Central Market (white peaches, canteloupe, nectarines, cherries, blueberries). I'm working my way through my honey do list including clearing out furniture we don't want to move this winter when we find a new apartment. I sent my 1 year-old niece some boots that look like cows with tails on the back, a cloth book "Goodnight Bear", her name carved in wood, and a sippy cup that looks like a monkey head. I sent my dad some Buds 'n' blooms organic fertilizer for Father's Day from the online store at Maestro Gro. This stuff will make anything bloom. I wanted to send some Minerals Plus too but it's fertilizer so I can't send it through the mail.
Tags: birthdays, father's day
Last night we went to see Ed Miller and Brian McNeil (one of the original Battlefield Band members) at the Mucky Duck. We were treated to a great Scottish traditional song medley with union songs, "We're going to South Australia", and shepherdess jokes. Mucky Duck is really a great Houston resource. I overdid it with the food though. I had three trios. First three mini pies (beef and mushroom, chicken pot pie, and shepherd's pie), then a flight of three beers, then a flight of three ports, and a sherry trifle.
Tomorrow is the Houston Chowhounds slider crawl. We're eating sliders at several places nearby. We've got several eating marathons planned in June. We're doing a BBQ Throwdown, a Fried Chicken Throwdown, and an ice crawl (different ethnic frozen desserts).
After I finish the re-write of my paper on Sunday I'm going to the Accordian Festival at Miller Outdoor Theatre. I'm hoping to hear some zydeco music.
Tags: chowhound, miller outdoor theatre, mucky duck
I just posted to lolscience
Tags: emo, ribozyme
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