Archive for April, 2011

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

Posted by: Frances

April 29th, 2011 >> Educational

So, I finished reading Spook, by Mary Roach.  It is about her researching the soul, reincarnation, ghosts, and much more.  After reading her book, I am not sure if I believe there is an afterlife.  If you are interested in finding out the research and evidence behind this and more you should definitely read this book.  I personally did not like this book even half as much as I enjoyed Stiff.  At the end of this book she as Mary says, it is all just what you choose to believe in evidence or not.

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Now I am reading her third book Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void.  So far this one is pretty interesting.  I am reading about the selection of astronauts and the building of the space shuttles.

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Prince, Chaka Khan, & Sheile E at the Los Angeles Forum

Posted by: Frances

April 24th, 2011 >> Concerts

So over Easter weekend, I went to the Los Angeles Forum to see Prince perform his Welcome 2 America 21 days tour.  I don’t even know where to begin.

First, Chaka Khan was the first to perform and she came out on stage at 8:15pm.  (45 minutes late!  Concert was supposed to start at 7:30pm!)  She was fantastic and energetic and all over the stage.  She sounded just as good as she does on the radio.  I was completely surprised she performed and was the surprised guest.

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Second, Sheila E also prefer and she was a knock out.  She looked great and played the hell out of some drums.  She was really entertaining too.

Third, Prince was really really really great!!!  He is an amazing guitarist, performer, dancer, musician, singer, and much more.  He was very energetic and looked like he was loving every minute on stage.  He didn’t look like he was just up there performing, but like he was really enjoying himself.  He was very expressive and a very sexy man on stage!!!  I would go back to see him again, hands down!  I only paid $25 dollars to see him and had great seats.  I must say out of all the things I have paid $25 for, this was buy FAR the best $25 I have EVER spent!  The purpose of his 21 days of tour is to try and save The Los Angeles Forum from closing.  He is a really original and amazing man!  I had soooo much fun!

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Matt and I having sooo much fun!

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Trip to Austin & then Santa Barbara for Hang Gliding Lessons

Posted by: Frances

April 9th, 2011 >> Educational, Hang Gliding, Outdoor Activities, Travel

I went home to Austin, TX this last weekend.  I had a great time seeing everyone as usual.  I wish I had more time to see the LC Rocks crew, but maybe next time.  On Saturday night when I flew in, I went to Amanda’s Baccalaureate Party, needless to say it was quite eventful for myself.  Then, Sunday I spent the day with great friends and family over breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Monday was a short day, but lunch with mom and dad which was really nice.  I miss everyone so much.

On Tuesday, after being back in California, I drove to Santa Barbara to Elings Park training hill to complete my Hang Gliding Lessons FINALLY with Zac Majors.  His website is:   http://www.hangglidingacademy.com/ and he is one of the top Hang Glider Pilots in the United States.  He does lessons and tandems.  So we went out to the hill and did about 20 flights off the hill between a 1/4 and 1/2 way up the 200ft hill.  Wednesday we went back out and I did another 20 flights or so off the hill between 1/4 and 1/2 way up the 200ft hill.  Then, to top the day off, I did 3 flights from the top at 200ft.  My first and third flights were pretty good, but my second one was good until the landing.  I wacked and my nose went landed right in the nose of the glider.  I have a nice purple bruise on my nose to show for it.  (Just a little bruise and soar, but no blood THANK GOODNESS!)  I passed my Hang 1 Pilot test and the written part of the Hang 2 Pilot test.  Hopefully next week I will complete the flying part for the Hang 2!  (At least that is the goal!)

See my video on facebook

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Elings Park Training Hill: What I get to see as I launch from the hill!  GORGEOUS!

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Elings 200ft Training Hill

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Posted by: Frances

April 9th, 2011 >> Educational

I was told by a friend to read the Book Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach.  Come to find out, my sister read this book and another one of her four books.  I thought the book was very educational and interesting.  I sure did catch my attention and make me rethink some things.  I think it is worth while to read, but beware there are some gruesome parts.  I am glad I read this book and I am excited about reading her other three books.

Just to give you a little background about Mary Roach…  She is just an average civilian like you and I that was curious about some really random things.  She did extensive research about the topics she was curious about and wrote these books about her discoveries along the way.  Interesting perspective and eye opening.

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Her other books include:

1. Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

2. Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

3. Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife