10:16am April 23, 2014

Yesterday the transormer near my apartment blew and sparked for a while. Right now I am sitting outside because of a fire drill…

On the bright side it is super nice out. A beautiful spring.

8:56pm April 21, 2014
zakhiwatari asked: Once you get this you have to say five nice things about yourself publicly then send this to your ten favorite followers!

Oh wow. Um Ok.

1) I’m good at engineering -I passed my quals so I feel on top of the world at the moment-

2) The backs of my cross stitch is getting neater, and even if the backs aren’t a work of art yet I’m proud of the progress.

3) I’m a kick ass LARP GM.

4) I’m got a pretty cool accent that no one can ever place. (Been described as lightly British, but really it’s the accent that comes from 2 years speech therapy

5) Since getting Skeets I’ve been able to look at my paper more while in lecture. And well I’m proud of the results (even if it is rushed and drawn w/o reference)

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6:41pm April 19, 2014





i think it’s a universal truth that everyone in our generation takes pluto’s losing its planetary status as a personal offense


pluto is smaller than russia. why did we ever even consider it a planet?




Oh sure Pluto gets to be family and never left behind.

But what about Ceres? It was a planet long before Pluto was even discovered. 

11:39pm April 14, 2014

Yesterday was one of those days…

It was one of those days when I felt totally left out and alone even though I was sitting in the midst of a group of perfectly nice people. I realize that letting people know what I need in order to communicate and understand is just one of those things I need to work on.

I’d typed out a little story about feeling alone during lunch with the other young adults from my church, but I’m reminded that if you want people to read your blog, then you must curb your verbosity. So I’ll give you a list. That’s the trend these days, right? People like lists? However, I refuse to include obnoxious gifs like Buzzfeed. Here goes…

How to Include Hard of Hearing Friends in Group Conversation

1. Always Face Us

It’s much easier to understand someone if they are facing us. For one thing, their voice is directed at us. For another, most hard of hearing people read lips, whether consciously or not.

2. Choose a Quiet Setting

It can be difficult to find places to eat that aren’t loud and crowded. If you must eat out, choose a restaurant that is typically less crowded. If you can’t avoid crowds, choose a restaurant that has good acoustics. Places with cement floors are to be avoided. Carpeted spaces and/or booths are preferred.

3. Slow Down and Speak Clearly

You don’t have to shout! Usually we can hear you just fine. We may just have a hard time understanding what you’re saying. Rather than raising your voice, slow down, and make sure you enunciate clearly.

4. Don’t Just Repeat, Rephrase

If you repeat something and we still aren’t getting it, rather than repeat the same thing a third time, rephrase it. Use different words to convey the same message. For most people with hearing loss, certain speech sounds are more difficult to understand than others. We’re more likely to get what you’re saying if you use different words.

5. Use Visual Cues

Sometimes a gesture, a facial expression, or even a little sign language if you both know the sign, can come in handy when trying to clue your hard of hearing friend in on what’s happening.

6. Know Your Friend’s “Good Side”

A person with hearing loss will often have different amounts of loss in each ear. I personally am profoundly deaf in my right ear and wear a hearing aid in my left. I get nothing out of my right ear, but I am not a cochlear implant candidate. Therefore, it’s preferential that my friends talk to me from my “good side,” that is, into my hearing aid on the left ear, if not facing me.

7. Acknowledge the Limitations of Hearing Devices

Don’t just assume that because someone uses a hearing aid or cochlear implant that they can hear and understand “like a normal person would.” Hearing aids and CI’s don’t just pick up the stuff we want to hear, like the person talking to us. They also pick up all the background chatter, music, drinks being blended, etc. This can be very frustrating.

8. Speak One at a Time

See above. It’s difficult to pick out the voice you want to comprehend when there are three other voices talking at the same time. In addition, if everyone starts laughing but your hard of hearing friend looks confused, feel free to fill her in on the joke.

9. Don’t Talk With Your Mouth Full or Your Hand In Front of Your Face

This goes back to the lip reading thing. It’s pretty difficult to lip read someone when their mouth is full or otherwise covered up. Facial hair can create similar issues.

10. Be Willing to Relay a Change of Subject

If the subject changes all of a sudden, and your friend looks a bit confused, be prepared for her to ask what the conversation is about now and fill her in.

11. If All Else Fails, Text or Write it Down

Everyone loves to text these days. Go ahead and text. It’s the one context where it’s perfectly fine and normal to text someone in the same room as you. If you don’t have a cell phone with a text plan available there’s always the old standby of writing using a paper and pen.

12. Have Them Repeat Important Info Back to You

If you’re communicating something really important like an address to meet you at later or an emergency phone contact, have your friend relay it back to you, so you can be sure she got it right.


-Communicating with Hard of Hearing People (via whichfandomdoipick)

Good advice!

(via gailsimone)

8:43pm April 10, 2014

Passed my Quals, :) so now I can get back to worrying about important things, like science and robots.

7:34pm April 2, 2014

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7:28pm April 2, 2014

The closer to the end the more satisfying it gets…


The closer to the end the more satisfying it gets…

2:40pm April 2, 2014

T-20 till my second and final oral exam…

7:51pm April 1, 2014

Freshmen Invasion, ‘sophomore’ invasion week. Karen Beecher cross-stitch.

1:17pm April 1, 2014

portabellogna and fate-hates-faraday, thank you. First oral is done… Not alot of questions. Last one is tomorrow…