Sometimes it take 15 years....


Sometimes, fortunately rarely, but sometimes, the most brilliant comebacks take 15 years to be realized. And tragically sometimes, even more fortunately rarely, the target of the comeback is dead.

My sophomore year at college, might have been my junior year, I was taking Physics 7 something, which was a classical electrodynamics physics laboratory class. We were doing all sorts of experiments dealing with electromagnetics, magnetism and the like.

I hated this class. I was awful at physics. I was terrible at seeing how formulas came out of data. I was terrible at seeing how data could be confirmed with formulas. I did the calculations but never really understood the theory or how to apply it to new situations. I couldn't stand the class. I had no patience for the experiments. In a nutshell: was doomed to be a failed, frustrated scientist if I chose research in my future.

I was saved from that fate by a boyfriend (who woke me up, turned me around and helped me change in ways he'll never know, for which I thank him, but that's another story for another day). But before I was saved, I was humiliated.

I hadn't been doing well in the class. My TA was a friend, Andrew Kaluzniacki, a housemate (which means different things at Caltech than it does in the Real World or even other colleges), and that made things more complicated (or maybe I projected complication onto the situation - at that time, everything was complicated).

During one session, the professor of the class comes up to me and starts asking me questions about the experiment I was doing. I suspect the questions weren't hard, and I should have known the answers, but I didn't. I was frustrated that I was doing poorly and felt the professor was badgering me to deliberately humiliate me. It didn't help that I didn't like the professor, who I thought was a drunken waste of potential.

At one point, the professor asked me what results I should expect from the experiment I was doing. I didn't know. I humbled something incoherent, got up and walked out of the class. I don't recall if I finished the class or dropped after that. I definitely dropped the Physics major soon afterward.

I believe dropping the physics major was a Good Thing (tm). However, my answer to the professor should have been, "I have no expectations for this experiment. If I did, that would affect my results, biasing them towards what I expect the data to be."

If only I had the foresight, intelligence, wit and confidence at that time to answer the question correctly.

Sometimes comebacks take fifteen years. And sometimes, the monkey jumps off at the same time.

More fast zooms!


[image:27,left]At today's Mischief team party, I brought out the Powerball again. Some peaks we have:

Max Chuang 11500 right handed, 10903 left handed.
Me: 9450 Whoo! 8973 left handed.

I'll have to see what other people spun and post them, too.

Quotes from my Aunt Mary


Every once in a while, a person's email system can become, um, confused. When this happens, email sent out can end up places you don't mean it to.

Take for example, my wedding site. The domain name has "kris" in it. When my Aunt Mary received an email from me from that domain, her email program replaced her daughter Kristin's email address (think "Kris", her nickname) with my email address. I then started receiving emails from my aunt that were clearly intended for my cousin.

Not a problem, really. I informed my aunt of the issue, she updated her email address book, and all was good.

But not before I received this email from Aunt Mary. I liked it, so I kept it.

Date:    Fri, 2 Jan 2004 14:03:38 -0500
From:  	 Magnut Mary
To:  	 Kitt Hodsden, Michael Mendez
Subject: Notable Quotes to live by!

I would like to share with you some thoughts on Success, written by 
Brian Tracy:

"I found every single successful person I've ever spoken to had a
turning point.  The turning point was when they made a clear, specific
unequivocal decision that they were not going to live like this 
anymore; they were going to achieve success.  Some people make that
decision at 15 and some people make it at 50, and most people never 
make it at all.

The single common denominator of men and women who achieve great 
things is a sense of destiny.

The establishment of a clear, central purpose or goal in life is 
the starting point of all success.

Make a decision to be successful right now.  Most people never 
decide to be wealthy and that is why they retire poor.

Every study of high achieving men and women proves that greatness
in life is only possible when you become outstanding at your chosen

Resolve to pay any price or make any sacrifice to get into the top 
ten percent of your field.  The payoff is incredible!

Whatever you believe with emotion becomes your reality.  You always
act in a manner consistent with your innermost beliefs and 

If you could find out what the most successful people did in any 
area and then you did the same thing over and over, you'd eventually 
get the same results they do.

Develop a benevolent world view; look for the good in the people
and circumstances around you.

Every great success is an accumulation of thousands of ordinary 
efforts that no one sees or appreciates.

The future belongs to the competent.  It belongs to those who are
very, very good at what they do.  It does not belong to the well

The great breakthrough in your life comes when you realize that you
can learn anything you need to learn to accomplish any goal that 
you set for yourself.  This means there are no limits on what you 
can be, have or do.

Ask for what you want.  Ask for help, ask for input, ask for advice
and ideas - but never be afraid to ask.

Happiness comes when you believe in what you are doing, know what
you are doing, and love what you are doing." 

BRIAN TRACY (excerpts from The Treasury of Quotes). 

Too many projects.


At some point, I need to realize (not just intellectually, but also emotionally) that I am not going to get everything done that I want to get done unless I have people help me. I suspect that means by paying them, which isn't a bad thing.

Current projects include:

  2. (website and pattern making software)
  3. /

And, of course, Books on CD lending library, gallery integration, OSCommerce integration, code download, links, on this date, and countdowns. I'm sure I'll think of more functionality to add to this site. I'm having too much fun not to add more.

Of course, after I get a couple of these started, I'll need to update to reflect the subsidiaries and companies of Hodsden Enterprises, Inc.

But that's just the web side of things. What about real life?

  1. Wedding plans
  2. Front yard
  3. Back yard
  4. Living room redo
  5. Office cleanup

So much to do.