Thursday, January 28, 2016

Reading Challenge 2016 pt2

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6 books! Titles include:

Beautiful Geometry
Edgar Allen Poe: The Fever Called Living
Futurism (fun picture book)
Bad Indians (yes! I finished it!)
In the Garden of Beasts
A Strange Wilderness (I really did love this book..)

This week's mixed bag of titles:
last week of January

Currently Reading for pleasure:
Latinos at the Golden Gate
Koolaids: the Art of War

Silencing the Past (source book for a reading assignment)
Bananas (reading assignment I started a month too early)
Complete Idiot's Gde to Statistics (about 1/2way through.. not picking up much)
Rediscovering the Golden State (for my Ca. Geo class.. got through most of Ch.4 now)

To Be Read,(maybe):
Russian Fairy Tales (includes "commentary by Roman Jakobson" so we'll see..I may just read the commentary & take it back to the library)

Now that the semester has started, I don't expect I'll get to read as much or what I'd like so much. The titles are going to be random and more schoolwork-related. Kind of a bummer, but at least I'm reading something! Yay!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Blue Sky Afternoon

Shattuck and University.. Saturday afternoon waiting for the walk light to change.. It had been raining off & on through the day and as the evening was approaching, the sky cleared up.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Long Life Veggie House

Long Life Veggie House on University..

I love eating here but don't go here near as often as I'd like.. but with $5.95 lunch specials you can't go wrong.. so many choices though! The lunch combo includes soup of the day and a spring roll with your meal..
hot & sour soup
hot & sour soup..

The DH had the Long Life Fish:
Long Life Fish
batter fried fish with brown rice, veggies and served with spring roll.. I'm assuming his was good, as he didn't leave anything on the plate.

I ordered the curry with "chicken"
curry with chicken
curry 'chicken', veggies, brown rice, and spring roll..

closeup of "chicken" curry & veggies:
closeup of curry and veggies

I liked the curry flavor, and the 'chicken' was pretty good.. I wasn't a fan so much of the vegetables as they are a bit heavy on the zucchini, but otherwise really good. Served with hot tea, the meal was, per usual, very filling! I ended up taking half of mine "to go" and shared my leftovers with the spouse as part of dinner tonight.. Good stuff!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Sather Gate

Sather Gate

Today I went on a short walk with a good acquaintance and we found ourselves at Sather Gate. He told me a story I'd not heard about sculptured panels of nudes on either side of the gate. I was advised that when installed, Ms. Sather (who had endowed the school considerably to erect the gate in honor of her late husband) was horrified when she'd actually seen the male nudes as situated above the "erected by Jane K. Sather." They immediately removed the panels and put them in storage for several decades before being found again in the late 70s.

I got a laugh out of that, but I guess the school eventually saw fit to reinstall the panels (eight of them.. 4 each depicting male and female nudes in classic relief,)but switching it up so the female nudes are on the exterior side of the gate above the inscription.. and the male on the interior, the less wordy side, I suppose.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Reading Challenge 2016

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Yep! That's 40 books for this year (last year I challenged myself with 24 books and managed 43..

I have several books started (but not quite abandoned.. and some I didn't manage to finish before the new year rang in..).. Rather than stacking up all my TBR (to-be-read) books, we'll just take a look at this week's plan:
2016 reading
1."A Strange Wilderness" by Amir D. Aczel **FINISHED**
2."In the Garden of Beasts" by Erik Larson **FINISHED** (8 January)

Hopefully starting Today (most are TBRs for my Stats Class later this month):
4. "TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator for Dummies"
5. "Statistics Demystified"
6. "Understandable Statistics: 8th Edition" (we'll be using the 11th edition I think)

Pleasure Reading:
7. "Latinos at the Golden Gate" by Tomas F. Summers Sandoval Jr. (FINALLY! This I had to get a copy from the SF Public Library)

I managed to get a lot read during the semester as I read a lot of classwork related titles to round out what I'm learning in school. In the case of maths, I ended up reading some probability books and math histories, which I found helps me 'get' the why if not the how of maths. People need tools, for me reading about something is a complement to showing me how to solve something. Reading "A Strange Wilderness" was a bit of a muddle in many places, but learning about the lives of people and what drove them to find the answers to questions they had (even if it's things that I don't puzzle over) was enjoyable time spent, and totally relatable! I loved Aczel's book "Chance" also.. that one was fun. yes. I said that, (aloud, even!)

For pleasure I like reading history, quasi-history, the occasional mystery or sci-fi/fantasy book, or random things related to things that interest me.. whaling, true-life adventures (think Mallory or Shackleton), a bit of true crime (like "Devil in the White City" or "Empire of Sin") but pleasure reading seems to be harder to come by when school is in session. We'll see how this year goes!