Saturday, July 28, 2007

Paul Rand

It is a rainy day today. Perfect reading day.Recently, Paul Rand's work has been on the forefront of my mind. Combined with thoughts from Marshall McLuhan, I believe that the tension between parts of media that are mutable with the intrinsic qualities that are immutable (things that can be perceived no matter what alterations have been made by the medium) gives us our experiences. The beauty of experience is that it is so subjective. Why can we make subjective assessments when presented with minimal information? Can we make quantitative assessments in the same circumstance? In general, reading the thoughts and philosophic ideas of those masters before me has been enlightening. I have a lot to learn from their wisdom and it is exciting to find new insights nestled in the pages of an old book. Writing is definitely a beautiful way to send a message through time.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Harry Potter and the order of the Pheonix Landing

An ideal Saturday. I woke up late (good sleep!), and Jim made me a sandwich. Then I hung out with my friend J, had a latte, and we saw Harry Potter's Order of the Phoenix. I was on the edge of my seat, it was goood!!! We then met up with V & R at Pheonix Landing. As usual, the food did not disappoint!! :) Then enjoyed the night (although a little cold) by visiting my old favorite 1369 Coffeehouse with V. Caught Minority Report back at home and ended the day on the ole compy. I had a full day! :)

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Determine your bandwith

with Mr. T. Built by Jonah. :)

Rock Band Stage Demo

My friend/student Matt works for Harmonix. He recently gave a live demo at E3 '07 for the release of their new video game, Rock Band. The game is awesome, and makes Guitar Hero even more cool. Now you and your friends can rock out together! Matt can be seen doing his thing (he's the cool guitar player on the right) GameSpot Rock Band Stage Demo

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Back from a beautiful Miami weekend

Jim and I are back from an exciting weekend in Miami. We met with tons of family friends and family, ate a delicious chinese banquet, and had a terrific time on the beach. Joyce helped me shop for my new dress. My friend Dan made it out from California to join us. Jim surprised me with a beautiful new ring, with all the things I like on it. It was quite a terrific getaway. We also got to stay on the beach and swim. I learned a ton of new swimming techniques, such as the prone float and prone float with glide, and we had a relaxing, sun-drenched time. (Maybe these techniques will be useful on my next big trip to an exotic locale.) There was even a small thunderstorm, which Jim really loves. Pix from Dinner Celebration event

Friday, July 06, 2007

Fourth of July Recap

Jim's parents and 2/3 brothers, and Gongke Shen made it up for the 4th of July holiday. We went to Kelly's along with Shannon (congrats to her for finishing her phD!). We also went to Sichuan bay, the Shen's restaurant in Somerville and had yummy spicy Chinese food. It was a food festival.
It was nice to see the Gouldstones, although I missed all the breakfasts because I slept in. The weather was okay, although cold at night when they got here. Then it drizzled rain on the 4th, but we went to see the fireworks anyway. It was the BEST view I've ever had of the fireworks, a full field of vision due to the lack of crowd! The fireworks were thunderous, and I was ecstatic. Pix coming ofcourse *wink*. We had just enjoyed ourselves with sushi and ice cream before, so we were quite happy. Despite the rain, I felt it was one of the best fireworks shows I've seen in years. I couldn't hear Mellencamp sing except for "Unchained Melody", but its due to our proximity to the fireworks. WHOAAA! Go America! Go Boston! NiCE! Of my favorites this year were the 3D cube, smiley face, and parachute lights. The other bifurcating tails and long-shimmer tails were also good, as were the slow motion trails. Simply amazing what fireworks can do.
Side Note: We could have done without the street drama later that evening, some kids had a rumble in front of the Biogen Path on Binney & Ames. They fled like ants when the cops came. I'm sure they made all the noise in homeroom. Kids today!

Sunday, July 01, 2007

back from camping

This weekend we joined our students at their campsite in N Andover. That's me with a burning marshmallow. I'd never been to Harold Parker State Park, and it was nice and green. The stickmen went swimming, and even caught some fish at Field Pond. We made fire, yay! There were hotdogs and hamburgers, and lots of s'mores. I got to sleep outside under the sky and stars for the first time... it was nice until it started raining! Then we went and slept in the car. This morning I learned how to play Rummy and we drove back. Others pedaled back, and others stayed behind for more camping. It was fun, although we got bitten by mozzies. Still, lots of good memories and exciting happenings. Pix up later... props to Anand for the picture here.