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June 28, 2014

I have exciting plans to dig through my finances this weekend and see how we are doing so far this year.  I may have some topics next week.  In the meantime, here is some interesting randomness!

Women in STEM

Love this video!   I’m so glad my parents were so encouraging of everything we girls did.  Sometimes I feel sad that I’m not working in STEM anymore, but I may go back someday.  And even if I don’t, I will always be an engineer.  That stuff doesn’t wear off.

The Brain

This short podcast on applying electrical current to the brain in order to stimulate learning blows my mind.   Especially since someone could buy something that does this,  it is completely uncontrolled.  Seems a bit scary.

I’m listening to this book on audiobook while running, and it is crazy interesting.

Dr. Gazzaniga […] created an experiment in which the (mute) right brain could “talk” by using Scrabble letters. He began by asking the patient’s left brain what he would do after graduation. The patient replied that he wanted to become a draftsman. But things got interesting when the (mute) right brain was asked the same question. The right brain spelled out the words: “automobile racer.” Unknown to the dominant left brain, the right brain secretly had a completely different agenda for the future. The right brain literally had a mind of its own. Rita Carter writes, ‘The possible implications of this are mind-boggling. It suggests that we might all be carrying around in our skulls a mute prisoner with a personality, ambition, and self-awareness quite different from the day-to-day entity we believe ourselves to be.

I’ve been thinking about my mute prisoner ever since!

Expensive things I want buy will not buy (yet?):

Maybe if I learned how to make affiliate links and convinced you all to buy them too, I would feel OK purchasing?


Partially inspired by this article, I have finally got around to developing our earthquake disaster kit.

Over the past few months, I’ve acquired:

We have first aid and other random supplies for backpacking, but they aren’t organized in an “emergency” fashion.  I think we have the most major items from lists I’ve seen online.  What do you think?  Now we just need to figure out what we should keep in our car and offices, if anything.

I also learned about liquefaction (which I intentionally like to call liquefaction, because it sounds scarier), importance of the type of soil a home is built on, and earthquake retrofitting of homes.  Also, more scared than EVER to buy a home in this area!

Mountains / California

Netflix has a new documentary available on streaming:  Mile, Mile and a Half.  The title immediately made me smile.  It is about a group of photographers / artists who hike the 220 mile John Muir Trail.  Highly recommended for outdoor lovers.

We’ve done a few sections of this (particularly in the Ansel Adams Wilderness and Yosemite areas) and it renewed my desire for another backpacking trip.  We are planning a 5 day one late this summer, and I am SO excited!

A few weekends ago, I was up in the mountains and lucky enough to fall asleep to 6 waterfalls, no one but me, T, and our friend in sight.  That is 2 personal waterfalls per a person, if waterfalls were the type of thing you divided among friends.



On that note, I’m off to enjoy the rest of my day!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 28, 2014 11:20 pm

    Hmmm I don’t have any natural disaster preparedness kits. I do have a really awesome and big LED flashlight that will light up an entire room for when the power goes out. (I lost power for about 12 hours last summer and my flashlight died, so I stocked up on batteries and bought a bigger one.) That’s not on your list!

    Hope you have fun checking up on your finances this weekend 🙂 Sometimes I don’t look forward to combining finances and seeing how much we spend totaled rather than separately because it’ll probably be a scary number. We are adding up the values of all of our belongings to make sure we have enough insurance since my boyfriend is moving in soon! And maybe we will combine insurance! Exciting 🙂

    • June 29, 2014 7:12 pm

      Ah, the radio is solar and crank powered, with a flashlight! It’s almost hilariously multi-featured.

      But a basic flash light makes sense. I added some of our backpacking gear to the box, which includes two headlamps. Batteries is a great idea.

  2. July 7, 2014 6:36 pm

    Tell you what, I also have been hankering after Bose noise cancelling headphones for travel; how about we affiliate link them and trade 😉
    I’m going to add the freeze dried food to our kits, I’d hesitated to get any of those packs when we’ve had no experience eating them. I spent a whole bunch on our medical kit so I haven’t filled out the rest of our EQ emergency kit but I’d better get on that. And I’ve been looking for a radio and a flashlight that’s crank/solar powered! Have you cracked it open and tried it? Also, what headlamp do you use?

    • July 12, 2014 4:00 pm

      It seems OK – not super high quality, but should serve the purpose. It works, but you know, I haven’t tested out the solar charging aspect. We have something like these (same brand / model, but ours are 5 years old or so).
      I’m not sure you’d need to spend much if they are just for emergency kits, but I guess you don’t want it to fail while you are trying to fix your car or the like!

      I have a feeling those meals are better when you have been hiking all day and they are the only hot options, but I find them to be OK, and at least better than just having bars and such.

  3. July 15, 2014 8:03 am

    Bose headphones are worth it. I cannot travel without them now!!!!

    Oh you got the Sony? I am eying the newest RX100 III because I own the RX100 and love it. I will probably wait… I don’t need an upgrade.

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