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thursday, september 29, 2005
A list because I say so

These are books that changed something about how I think:

  1. The Design of Everyday Things, by Donald Norman
  2. The Evolution of Useful Things, by Henry Petroski
  3. Gödel, Escher, Bach, by Douglas R. Hofstadter
  4. Six Degrees, by Duncan J. Watts
  5. Light and Color in the Outdoors, by M. G. J. Minnaert
  6. How Buildings Learn, by Stewart Brand
  7. The Death and Life of Great American Cities, by Jane Jacobs
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friday, september 23, 2005
Pirates roam the patio

College is excellent stuff. Here are more pictures:

the dean and friends

Those are my professors and my dean. He is holding a pool toy.

my bed and things

That is my side of the dorm room. My grandma made the quilt for my mom when she went to college. You can also see a wooden box of index cards and a mini-refrigerator full of vanilla soymilk.

The people in my house are wonderful. We are wild and play DDR at all hours of the night. Plus, the cafeteria food isn’t bad.

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sunday, september 18, 2005
My dorm talks like a pirate

trees and a lagoon and bikes

I’m officially at college; that is the view out of my window. Things are not much different from summer yet, except that I have a roommate (a nice one!) and no kitchen. Plus, I’m going kayaking on Saturday, I might take a pottery class, and I can swim any time I want to.

I have classes too. This quarter, I’m taking three literature classes (Diaries; Letters; and Islam, Arabs and Arab-American Voice in American Literature) and a freshman seminar, if I can successfully crash everything.

My dorm is beautiful and relatively new. My house has 42 people; my hall has 11 people and four bathrooms. Almost all of us are in the same program for crazy nerds. My mini-refrigerator has a half-eaten burrito inside. All of it is still a little overwhelming, and it is all good.

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