Monday, November 12, 2007

The Chris and Amber Lincoln Wedding

Chris and Amber Lincoln. This couple is so great. They're absolutely crazy about each other, and the obvious fact can't help from gratuitously spilling all over the place. But somehow, they pull it off with a straight face. A completely off-the-hook good time.

I hope you guys (are you out there?) don't mind if I plaster your proposal story all over my blog. Because it deserves it. How many guys propose in a Chinese restaurant - and pop the question through the paper slip inside a special-order fortune cookie?

So where is this website, anyways, where you can order cookies with themed fortunes?


Congrats again!!!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

2008 Summer Plans

Alright- time to go ahead and confirm the upcoming summer plans. We're going to go to Laos for most of July and August and learn from family members as they go about their work there.

To prepare, we'll study the Thai language instead of Lao, because there's a Rosetta Stone software version for Thai. Thai is very close to Lao in syntax and lexicon, probably about like Portuguese and Spanish. Also, most of the technical writings, translated literature, and all of the TV is in Thai, because Thailand is much bigger than Laos demographically and economically.

So, we have an uncle that manages building construction, an uncle that works for a power distribution group, and more. I'll just follow them around and see what they do. I might even make myself useful in a translation capacity or something. AyJy will find a position looking over shoulders at a hospital or other health care institution.

I feel like the most useful thing we'll be able to do in these short two months/month and a half will be to ask stupid questions and listen to people. So I'll need to focus on polishing up the blarney stone in Thai and Lao.

But, Meera says I need to be a better listener. Meera will put me through Good Listener Intensive Bootcamp (GLIB). But I do need a *little* blarney to be able to ask the naive questions in the first place. Good times good times.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Distance Education in India

I spend way too much time looking at these things...

This morning I crawled across the "Indira Gandhi National Open University", basically a big network of distance education facilities across India.
I haven't found out exactly the materials they use and which courses I could access from way out here, but the site is and the price is right at $10 per credit hour!


cell: 412-600-1959

Friday, November 2, 2007

Half Readings

Over the last few days, I read about half of each of the following of :
- The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman
- Your Healer Within by Doctors James and Rene McGovern
- (watched) "Earthlings" a documentary written and directed by Shaun Monson

And I finished the following:
- The White Man's Burden by William Easterly
- Rich Dad Poor Dad by Richard Kiyosaki, see the post a few days back

I studied for and took my GRE. Passed, so to speak. But I still need to finish filling out the application and writing the essays, and request recommendations from professors etc.

I also was sworn in on Halloween Wednesday as a CASA volunteer. Fun conversation with Judge Steele of Adair County. While asking him where to sign my swearing-in document, I kept pointing at the judge spot. It was funny in a graceful way. I guess you had to be there.