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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
12:36 am - Honduras
Here are some interesting facts about Honduras. Thanks, myrch for sponsoring this event.

Look at this bird. This bird is native to Honduras and is called Amazona autumnalis, or, more commonly, the Red Lored Parrot.
Amazona autumnalis

In 1899, the Vaccaro Brothers shipped their plantation's first batch of bananas to New Orleans. Bananas and coffee are the chief exports of Honduras to this today.

"Honduras" means "depths" in Spanish. Honduras got its name from Columbus' quote, "Gracias a Dios que hemos salido de esas Honduras", in Enlglish "Thank God we have come out of those depths".

The ancient city of Copán is located in Honduras, near the border with Guatemala. It was a major Mayan city from the 5th to the 9th centruries, and is now famous for its distinctive statues and style of architecture. "The city suffered a major political disaster in AD 738 when Uaxaclajuun Ub'aah K'awiil, one of the greatest kings in Copán's dynastic history, was captured and executed by his former vassal, the king of Quiriguá." See this wikipedeia article for more information.

According to Wikipedia, which cites the World Bank for this statistic, 50% of the population are living at or below the poverty line. Though, in my search on the World Bank website, the "Poverty headcount ratio at national poverty line" section on Honduras was left blank. According to the CIA World Fact Book, that number is 59%. In the US, it's 12%.

Another economic fun fact from the CIA World Handbook, the unemployment rate of Honduras is 6%. Doesn't seem too bad, right? The underemployment rate is 36%.

I certainly didn't know that in 2009, there was a coup that deposed President Zelaya after he called for a Constitutional referendum. The referendum sought to change the presidential term limits.

90% of the population is Mestizo, meaning that 90% of the population is a mix of indigenous and European bloods. I'm surprised that the natives survived European guns and diseases so well.

Now I'm feeling lazy. The capital is Tegucigalpa.

And, the city was founded on September 29, 1578 by Spanish settlers.

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Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
5:32 pm - Open-Water Swimming
I think I'm going this Sunday. Woohoo!

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Sunday, February 22nd, 2009
8:22 pm - Opera
I want to go to the opera. The San Francisco Opera is playing La Traviata from June 13 to July 5th. Good seats are about $100. It's probably worth it, but I don't want to go by myself. Anyone want to go to the opera with me? Details can be found at http://sfopera.com/o/275.asp

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Thursday, December 4th, 2008
2:07 am - Mail
Today, I got a few books in the mail.

1) Ulysses by James Joyce.
2) Daniel Deronda by George Eliot.
3) Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by by Robert M. Pirsig
4) 24 Italian Art Songs and Arias - Medium Low Voice (w/ accompaniment CD)


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Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
9:44 pm
I want to move out as soon as my grad school applications are finished (December 15th). I've had enough living with my crazy landlady. She was great for conversation at first, but now her eccentricities have become too much for me. I'm looking for a room in a house of young people in North Berkeley, Elmwood, Rockridge/other nice parts of Oakland. Rent $700 and under unless the place is amazing.

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Sunday, September 28th, 2008
10:50 am - Lovefest
SF Lovefest is next week. I will be there. What to wear?

[Edit: I'm not going. GRE is in two weeks. :-/]

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Monday, September 15th, 2008
8:13 pm - Free Love
Comment with your username and I'll give you an honest compliment. Then post this in your journal and spread the love.

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Thursday, August 28th, 2008
11:34 pm - Wicked
Wicked is coming to San Francisco, but are tickets expensive. $110 is the lowest price. What's up with that? I saw it in London for 32 pounds (64 dollars). Isn't London supposed to be more expensive?

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Monday, June 2nd, 2008
1:18 am - Job
I think I chose where to work for the next year before graduate school.

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Monday, May 19th, 2008
1:31 pm
SurveyCollapse )

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Sunday, April 6th, 2008
3:39 am - Clubbing
I went clubbing in San Francisco for the first time. It was lots of fun.

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Saturday, March 1st, 2008
1:58 pm - I'm so pretty
I admit it. I love wearing eyeliner.

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Monday, January 14th, 2008
6:09 pm - Back in the USA
I'm back in the USA. Go me. On Thursday or Friday, I'm moving back to B-town. Good times await.

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Monday, November 26th, 2007
2:02 am - Glüwein
An awesome drink:

1 shot brandy or Amaretto
1 cup hot hot wine

This tastes great, and goes straight to the head, as you can imagine. A German translation, "Es schmeckt lecker und geht direkt zum Kopf, wie du glauben kannst."

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Saturday, November 24th, 2007
12:06 am - Cooperative Housing
How does one go about getting a roommate assignment for the coops?

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Wednesday, November 14th, 2007
2:40 am - DAAD Scholarships
I'm finished with my Study Scholarship and Research Grant applications!!! Everything is put together, and ready for me to mail off once I get the rec letter from Prim. Very exciting.

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Sunday, August 19th, 2007
11:46 pm
1) Michelle picks her nose.

2) It is important to consider melting curves of all samples when setting the acquisition temperature in a qPCR run.

3) Shake your balla.

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Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
8:19 pm
I finished my first piece of code in Python! It generates the prime factorization of the user input.

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Saturday, May 19th, 2007
2:23 am - Awesome Night on the Town
What a great night.

First, I went to AnonConCon. Though it was a bit boring at first, it became more interesting as I loosened up and we moved to Raleighs.

Then, I caught the bus to Ben 'n' Nick's in Rockridge. What an awesome bar. It has a really nice atmosphere, and talking to Jeremy was a lot of fun. We drank two pitchers, then my roommate came, we drank some more, and we wandered around Rockridge a bit. Then we returned to Ben 'n' Nick's after hanging out at some strange bar. Eugene had bought a gourmet pizza from Zachary's, I had a slice, and it was absolutely amazing. We drank another pitcher (most of the drinking was done by Jeremy and me) and then I rode the bus towards home. But the night didn't end there.

Since I'm one smooth motherfucker, I went to Shattuck Downlow, where I asked to see how the dance floor was. They didn't let me in to check it out, but said I could look around the corner to observe the dance floor. I watched for a bit, and then just went in without paying the $10 cover. Hell yea. I danced the night away for an hour and a half, and caught the 800 home just in time. : ) And now I'm here. Good night.

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Thursday, May 10th, 2007
9:07 pm - Burps are Hotttt
Since I will have a neuroscience final in a few days, I was studying all day today. In the afternoon, I migrated to the VLSB library where I sat across from a group of girls. Out of the blue, one of them utters a loud burp. The rest of the girls give off quiet giggles. I raise my head, and, in a not so indoors voice, say, "That's hot!" Several more people laugh out loud and everyone resumes studying.

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