Little Things

every time i have a short something to blog about i just add it to this post. it's a couple months old and getting long so i guess i'll un-draft it now. :)

once, i was humbled by a lab assistant. he told me he was going into the nursing program but before he was in the military he was planning to be an engineer. he took a lot of higher math classes. i need to take calc 1 and 2 for a BS in microbiology and said that math is hard. an mlt chimed in and said, how do you even use calculus?! it's not applicable in the real world! but the lab assistant said, "you do use it. calculus is everywhere but you just don't think about it." :) that is so zen. next time i have to do math i'm going to think about that statement.

while filling out a health examination form, there was a section that asked if i had been exposed to dangerous substances. i kind of chuckled and wondered how many people had to check the "yes" box. glacial acetic acid, ethidium bromide, phenol, chloroform, and live tuberculosis... i feel like superwoman! i survived! but it's not something to be taken lightly, i guess. people can die from bad reactions. i would not be laughing if it was P32 or something else radioactive.

i just read an article from the discover magazine that schizophrenia might be linked to a virus. hmm hmm hmmm... can you see where this is going? what are the symptoms of schizophrenia? can't tell what's real or not. can't control/lack of emotions. erratic behavior. delusions. paranoia. hallucinations. catatonic behavior. does this sound familliar?! does it sound like zombies?! i think so!! i thought zombie apocalypse was a flight of fantasy. but after finding out about the schizophrenia-virus link (the article had nothing to do with zombies, it is a scientific account that is interesting on its own; it observes that many patients were cmv positive and you do NOT have to be genetically predisposed.) i am suddenly seeing zombie apocalypse as a real and possible thing. also, i am sure you know of my robot obsession. yes, i am still worried about robots but i foresee a zombie apocalypse much MUCH sooner than robots turning on humans. we haven't really perfected the AI part of it yet (although things like robots that feed itself or biocell batteries are very real, very ingenious, and hella scary in robot attack context) but viruses, bacteria- everything made by nature- is capable of mutating on its own. hope you have your crowbars and shotguns ready.

there's a street in moili'ili near the restaurant camellia... no, actually closer to a japanese restaurant called minato... and it's called algaroba. i used to think of it as algebra street. but i've just realized that the kiawe tree is called algaroba. and i'm reading an interview of a japanese man who grew up there during the war time (near the hongwanji temple) and he is mentioning kiawe trees. there must have been a lot of them there. he is also mentioning about the blind fish in a pond under king street and chinese taro patches. i really enjoy this type of history. it's applicable because i know where these things are but it's so different from any other history i've learned. so much of my history education is based on early early hawaii history or only major events in american history (ie: at this point only things being mentioned are great depression, wpa, dust bowl, the wartime). not much culture- relevant culture- was ever taught to me. you can really learn a lot from older people. they provide an interesting perspective never taught in a class or a text book.

two of my favorite chef quotes:
"inside every great chef is a little chinese man"
-anthony bourdain

"the only things a chinese chef needs to rule his kitchen: cleaver, chopsticks, and wok."
- KW

i went to funeral on saturday. while waiting for the ceremony, i saw a LLAMA being trucked in. for someone else's funeral, obviously. I AM SO CURIOUS. who the FFFFF brings a llama to their funeral? i am intrigued. maybe it was a pet llama? a llama. a white llama. DO WANT! and since we are on the subject of funerals, i think in my life time i've been to 8 or 9 of them. interesting and different experience each time.

the best perk about my new job is the cafeteria brews starbucks in their coffee machine. and i can get a cup of it steaming hot at any hour of the day. and it only costs 99¢. <3!!! i may never leave...

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