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About Me

(Last updated: 2/25/2006.  Ergo, in serious need of revision.)

I am April.

I live with a mother who cooks and walks with a passion, an older sister who plays viola with equal amounts of passion, and a dog who howls and sleeps, probably passionately as well.

I play classical piano, particularly 19th-early 20th century stuff and the occasional fugue.

I like sunsets and coconut and the smell of new books.

I write stories that I never finish and poems that I pretend are good.

I choose to think of myself as 100% Chinese biologically and 100% American culturally.

I make my humble home in the little town of Ithaca, where there are colleges, trees, the Commons, lamp posts, hippies, and whatever else is commonly associated with towns.

I take walks when the weather’s nice and wander around the internet when it’s not.

I break piano strings with surprising frequency.

I interest myself in a large and ever-growing number of topics, including astronomy, etymology, psychology, string theory, technology, and pretty much anything that shows up in Douglas Hofstadter’s Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid.

I take far too many photographs than should be healthy, most of them not even mediocre.

I trip over nonexistent stairs and my hand-eye coordination shouldn’t be called that.

I travel when I can and read books when I can’t.

I read a lot. Besides GEB, I enjoy books such as (in no particular order) Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Life of Pi, The Chosen, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, A Tale of Two Cities, A Short History of Nearly Everything, Jane Eyre, The Devil in the White City, The Elegant Universe, Everything is Illuminated, virtually every book in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, and many more.

I also read nutrition facts labels.

I puzzle happily over paradoxes and relish the joy of explaining the Monty Hall Problem to anyone willing to listen.

I use Gmail, Firefox, and a Mac, because they are superior.

I ramble about everything and nothing, daydream and nightdream, sing with enthusiasm (if not talent), and procrastinate compulsively.

I make up words when the ones provided do not suffice.

Oh, and before you even ask: Yes, I was born on a Tuesday in April. The 9th, if you must know.

I’ll be expecting a birthday present from you now.




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  1. adlawrence / Mar 16 2008 4:31 pm


    …and I have cared to post a comment like that before.

    Make sure you do SOMETHING with your talents.

    and keep it up 😉

  2. April / Mar 16 2008 5:04 pm

    That is high and probably undeserved praise, my friend. But I thank you all the same.

  3. adlawrence / Mar 16 2008 5:37 pm

    haha, I meant I “have NOT cared to post a comment like that before.”

    Sorry about that.

    You’re more than welcome.

  4. Marz / Apr 11 2008 1:15 pm

    Amazing young lady. I feel blessed to have stumbled across your blog today. Enjoyed your writing very much, take care.

  5. April / Apr 11 2008 2:16 pm

    Thanks to you as well– I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it. 🙂

  6. patty / Sep 12 2008 3:22 am

    You made me laugh. Thanks! You are quite the witty one.

    And if you ever pick up oboe again just keep in mind that we oboe players are all pretty neurotic. So never mind, eh?

  7. April / Sep 12 2008 10:48 pm

    Hah, indeed– you’ve got to be, with the whole world thinking your instrument is a clarinet. Thank you, and thanks for commenting.

  8. patty / Sep 13 2008 9:51 pm

    Hey, I’ve even had people call my oboe a FLUTE.


  9. Douglas Mcleod / Nov 11 2008 5:14 pm

    Good blog. Perhaps in years to come those words will evolve into a form of greeting.

  10. darksorceress / Nov 25 2008 5:46 pm

    Yay, someone else who likes the book Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell!

  11. Son of Groucho / Dec 31 2008 2:35 am

    Greetings from me, and a Happy New Year! I follow your links with great interest!

  12. fhxh / Oct 31 2009 7:17 pm

    hi April

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    hey, do you still keep up with this blog? you have a picture of LMC 2006 with people who I knew when I went there… so awesome!

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  16. simplewithsyd / Jan 22 2014 2:02 pm

    I don’t want to miss your birthday…he he…so I’ll say Happy Birthday in January! 🙂

  17. greg / Apr 10 2015 3:47 pm

    Happy Birthday!
    Thanks for the enjoyable reading.

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