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Saturday, September 17th, 2011
2:00 pm - Sept 24
Next Saturday, September 24th, is Public Lands Day and Museum Day.. This means most national lands will have free entry that day and with a printout of the Museum Day ticket, you can go to a participating museum for free.

I highly recommend everyone take part in Public Lands Day if there is a participating location near you.

And use free museum day to check out the local museum you've always wondered about.

-Sassi

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Monday, May 9th, 2011
8:10 pm - Thor
GODAMNIT SKYE! You got my hopes up! I was expecting so much more man cleavage.

Still, that was some nice shirtless Chris Hemsworth and I hope there's more of that in the Avengers movie. I mean, how hard will it be for the writers to come up with a reason for Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Chris Evans (Captain America) to rip off their shirts? :D

-Sassi

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Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
9:55 am - Troubled Nuclear Plants = Cartoon Characters with Indigestion
Copied, with permission, from midorigirl:

"And only Japan could describe the nuclear problem in terms of the power plant needing to take a shit. *siiiiiigh*
Farts = Hydrogen explosions
Shit = "Meltdown"
Medicine = Sea Water and Boric Acid
Diaper = Containment unit
Doctors = Nuclear scientists

Summed up, Fukushima has a really bad stomachache and wants to poop. But people won't like that since it will be really smelly. So, it farts in an effort to hold it in. Doctors feed it medicine and slap a diaper on it.
Three Mile Island also had to poop, but it held it in.

...Chernobyl? Wasn't wearing a diaper, was running around while pooping and having diarrhea. *groans*
And nuclear shit is too heavy to fly. Thank god. Flying shit is the last thing this country needs. ^^ "
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I have to admit - after that video, I feel like I understand the situation a little better. The average person knows very little about nuclear power, but probably understands indigestion. The US media is confusing and full of conflicting, fear-inducing reports. It shows, too, when I eavesdrop listen to the conversations of those around me and many people say they're buying iodine tablets or that they say a cloud of radiation will cover the world by 2015.

-Sassi

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Friday, February 25th, 2011
1:19 pm - Kei and I could be sisters....
The last two updates of Blip? (Here and here.)

So me. :D

-Sassi

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Tuesday, January 25th, 2011
10:37 pm - What do you mean eating bugs isn't normal?
It's not really a surprise that moving means I'm going to experience culture shock, even within our own country, but when it happens, I'm always left with a one of two feelings:

1.) "What the hell is that? Why are they all acting like it's normal? Things are weird out here...."

or

2.) "Why the hell are they looking at me like that? Did I do or say something strange?"

Not always the exact thoughts, but those are two general feelings.

Today in class was no exception. Our professor was telling us that humans have trehalase, an enzyme needed to break down trehalose, a sugar found in bugs. This then led to a quick discussion about some cultures eating bugs as food. Everyone else in the class proceeded to express disgust and shock at the thought of eating bugs. I was left sitting there with a "So what?" reaction. The strength of my classmates reactions puzzled me, so at break I asked my study partner if bug candy was common on the East Coast. She looked baffled, so I tried to explain. When I mentioned that bug lollipops were commonplace in Southern California (seriously, you can find them in most candy shops, roadside stores like Hadleys, and in gas station marts) her eyes got really large. "With real bugs?" She had never heard of them and I'd be willing to wager that most of my classmates are in the same boat.

So, I'm now curious. Flist, have you heard of the bug lollipops or chocolate covered ants? Have you seen them? Have you eaten them? Is it just a Southern California thing?

-Sassi

PS - If you're curious, you can order the candies online.

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Monday, January 10th, 2011
7:58 am - Snow day!
My first day of classes might be delayed due to snow.

I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the "snow day" thing. Oh, don't get me wrong - I'd appreciate an extra day or two to unpack and get settled in. It's just.... a "snow day?" At my age? Hee!

-Sassi

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Friday, January 7th, 2011
7:43 am - 2010 movies and plays
Looking at a list of 2010 movie releases, I realized I saw five movies and five plays.
Movies:
1.) How to Train Your Dragon
2.) Kick Ass
3.) Iron Man 2
4.) Prince of Persia
5.) Harry Potter 7 Part 1

As for plays, in 2010 I saw:
1.) Whisper House
2.) Boeing Boeing
3.) King Lear
4.) Taming of the Shrew
5.) Madness of George III
...all at the Old Globe.

Man, I have a lot of catching up to do!

-Sassi

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Monday, November 1st, 2010
2:16 pm - *facepalm*
Can anyone else see why this makes me facepalm?

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9:49 am - Comic Con 2011
Comic Con 2011 registration is now open. $105 for all four days. I recommend buying your tickets ASAP if you know you're going. They've only been available for about an hour now and are 13% sold out. (I think because it includes the four-day passes that were sold at con.)

-Sassi

[EDIT: Comic Con is apparently having server problems, so who know when registration will work. The Twitter search results for #sdcc have been entertaining, though.]

[2nd EDIT: Goodness. The servers crashed so hard, a new registration date will be announced next week.]

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Monday, September 20th, 2010
9:44 pm - Hey SoCal cosplayers (or anyone near LA on Oct 2.)
You can help Will Ferrell set a new record.

:D

-Sassi

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Saturday, September 18th, 2010
8:23 pm - It was worth it
So, Half Doom:

From Untitled Album


That would be me at the top of Half Dome in Yosemite. I wasn't feeling very stable so I crawled instead of walking to the edge and looked down. One "Oh dear god what was I thinking?" and a slightly incredulous stare at the 4000 ft drop below me later, I moved back to a somewhat more solid spot.

I'm still working on a write-up for that and going through pictures, but I thought I'd share that one with you all.

-Sassi

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Saturday, September 4th, 2010
7:05 am - Comic Con 2011
It's official. Comic Con 2011 tickets will go on sale 9 am PST on November 1st.

So mark your calendars!

Now, I start driving to Yosemite in a couple of hours and tackle Half Doom tomorrow. If anything interesting happens over the next few days, let me know.

-Sassi

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Saturday, August 14th, 2010
9:09 am - Quick heads up - free days in National Forests and National Parks
Today and tomorrow (August 14 and 15, 2010) = Fee Free Days at National Forests

For Southern California, this means the Cleveland, San Bernardino, Angeles and Los Padres National Forests will be free.

For San Diegans - if you haven't already checked it out, you should go visit Palomar Observatory. You can either just drive up, or do the nice short 2 mile observatory hike. It's pretty easy and very pretty. If you feel like something a little more challenging, there's plenty of options. If you're a bird watcher, you might want to check out the raptor activity at El Cajon Mountain and Glencliff.

Los Angeles- A hike I keep meaning to check out is Hermit Falls. Backpacker magazine feature the hike in the most recent issue. I didn't realize there were really easily accessible waterfalls with slides and pools. Definitely something to check out on a hot day.


Also, National Parks are free today and tomorrow.



I highly recommend you check out your local park.

-Sassi

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Sunday, July 25th, 2010
3:15 pm
Holy cow! 4 day passes with preview night for next years comic con have already sold out! Guess I'll spend next years preview night getting the free swag outside the convention center if I can't find another way in.

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Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
2:51 pm - I love San Diego
Where else will you see a trolley sign in Klingon?

-Sassi

current mood: amused

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Monday, July 19th, 2010
10:22 am - Can't deny my nerdiness
Glasses, white labcoat, hair in a bun, and a Batman shirt peeking out from my labcoat.

I look the part of stereotypical lab nerd today.

-Sassi

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Monday, June 14th, 2010
9:48 pm - Before anyone else asks...
Yes. I'm okay. Probably going to have trouble sleeping tonight - that shaker was violent enough to send my heart racing and prompted me to call my mom before it became "breaking news." Staving off my mom's panic is usually the first step in any emergency.

-Sassi

[EDIT: Also, totally didn't feel the first part because I was on my exercise ball. Only felt it once everything started rattling loud enough for me to notice.]

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Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
10:51 pm - Theater? Theatre? Entertainment!
Stage performances and Movies 2009Collapse )

2010 is halfway through and so far, the stage performances I've seen are: Kooza, Boeing Boeing, The Whisper House, and Duncan Sheik's concert associated with Whisper House. I'll be going to the Shakespeare festival. Movies: Iron Man 2, How to Train Your Dragon, Kick Ass.

Yup, I don't make it to the movie theater all that much.

As for Whisper House and Boeing Boeing - I liked both. They don't rank high up on my "recommend to other people" list, but they were still fun to see. Whisper House had a main character (the little boy) that I just couldn't like because he was so petulant, but I loved the two ghosts and the songs they sang. I'll probably get the CD by the same name (Duncan Sheik wrote the play and the music, and so released a CD with all the songs.)

Now, if you like The Bridcage, you'd probably like Boeing Boeing. It's a totally over-the-top play with a guy trying to juggle three flight attendant girlfriends. As I've done with other plays, I found myself loving the costumes. I absolutely love the old flight attendant uniforms. Lots of screaming, lots of door slamming and misunderstandings. It's a good little comedy.

-Sassi

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Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
10:08 pm - Bag Lady
California is going to ban plastic bags

I'm all for this. I've been using re-usable bags for quite some time now. I think if more stores had discounts for using them, more people would be using re-usable bags. I do a lot of my shopping at Henry's, where you get a 5 cent credit for each bag you bring. I think Whole Foods and Trader Joe's also have similar policies, but I don't know since I don't shop at either place. Buffalo Exchange gives you a token every time you decline a bag, you drop the token into the box of the charity of your choice, and Buffalo Exchange will make a donation to that charity. IKEA charges for each bag you use.
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If you have a sewing machine, reusable bags are easy to make. (At least, I think so.) You can buy patterns from the same place you buy fabric, but there are also many free patterns online. TipNut has a bunch of free patterns for sewing, knitting, or crochet HERE.

If you don't already use reusable bags while shopping, would you if someone just gave you one? Most places have you buy them and I'm wondering it there would be more incentive to use them if they were just handed out.

Or do you already have the bags, but forget to use them? Or do you use the bags and can't imagine ever not using them?

=Sassi

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Saturday, May 29th, 2010
11:09 pm - X-files and Supernatural
I can watch Supernatural at night, by myself, and not get freaked out.

X-files?

It has to be blazing daylight outside.

-Sassi

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