Sunday, December 14, 2008

Fiberoptic-like data on Immigration

A pretty video showing immigration from different parts of the world to the U.S. !

Immigration to the US, 1820-2007 v2 from Ian S on Vimeo.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Love my friends....

My good friend, S, is giving away some books. I got dibs on the below. While they're all old titles, I've just never gotten around to them. I'm pretty excited, and I love it whenever I can somehow take advantage of media mail rates!

Cha, Theresa Hak Kyung "Dictee"

Pound, Ezra "Selected Poems"

Wright, James "Above the River"

Alexie, Sherman "Reservation Blues"
Borges, Jorge Luis "The Book of Imaginary Beings"

Kingston, Maxine Hong "The Woman Warrior"

Kundera, Milan, "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"

Lahiri, Jhumpa "Interpreter of Maladies"

Here's a strange graphic I found (source)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

this is my prom date's niece

you should vote for her as the GAP kid. also, audrey's mom, jen, is a solid woman. oh, jersey city, how you bring me back!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

daniel henney and i had a baby.

Create Your OwnMake a Routan Baby

dumb meme time!

what better way than this to start updating this space regularly?

Things I've done so far in my life (in bold.)

1. Started your own blog (ha!)
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band (I was in choir?)
4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland

8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis (Scary! It will ty to bite off my head after having sex with me)
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee Jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child (Most likely)
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France

20. Slept on an overnight train (UGH! my dream!)
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked (Scary!)
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort (AND! my very own igloo back in 1994..)

25. Held a lamb (SALMONELLA!)
26. Gone skinny dipping (too large a window for hijinx!)
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse saw a partial eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught yourself a new language (Oh, Port. Love you.)
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (I'm happy with no money. That counts.)
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo's David
41. Sung karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant (I gave a stranger a dime once to make a purchase at the food trucks on campus?)
44. Visited Africa (That's a mighty big continent. I want to go to Ghana, South Africa, Madagascar, and Mauritius.)
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted (I had my caricature done at 6Flags?)
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater (I want to do this before they all go extinct!)
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China (this will be done.)
57. Started a business (Uhm. I've claimed sole proprietorship?)
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia (I just wanna go to Moscow; I don't really know what's further out in the eastern portion.)
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching (M told me that there are fantastic places in Cape Cod to do this.)
63. Got flowers for no reason (Oh, boyfriends! <3)
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving (I want to prioritize this over bungee jumping.)
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp (My mama told me that I will cry.)
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job (Sighhh...)
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone (Thankfully not)
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem (I'm a lil scared to due to political conditions.)
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible (I feel like I should understand it from a literary perspective.)
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had Chickenpox

89. Saved someone's life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person (I find San Antonio charming...)
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake (Ew. That's kinda gross to me.)
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

Monday, December 1, 2008

Temp page! has been updated! It's clean and connected to everywhere else I frequent.
Not so sure how "temporary" this layout will be, but I like it for now while I get the rest of it together! :)

Been M.I.A. because life is fantastic. Hope you've been well in the along...

More "personal" updates to come! You know, about my life and all that. :)


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Hanalei Ramos is a very nice person and a stereotypical aquarius. FACT: while it is a common misconception that “aquarius, the water bearer” is a water sign, it is not. It is actually an air sign! Other than that, she is a proud founding member of Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment, a mass-based organization for Filipinas in the NYC area. Hanalei has also toured around the country as a performer and is the author of Foiled Stars, Letters to Martha, and the one-woman show, Guns and Tampons: A History of Violence Against Women I Know. Hanalei currently lives and works in her native Jersey City, NJ. For more information about her, please visit

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