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Solo by Rana Dasgupta

“You mustn’t think about the other people’s pain. It will never end. Look at the people you know, how much they have suffered, and multiply it by the population of the world. You could never imagine the volume of that suffering. It would destroy your own significance, and there’s no point in it.”

This is a review of a book I haven’t finished, but I just couldn’t wait.

Despite the daily bombardment of our senses by media, the television, audio and video, even the fading newspapers, there are few things that can move one as deeply as a book. This is the type of book that shakes you without mercy. This is a story about a man, a story about history, but more importantly and shockingly, this is a story about humanity; about the wars we wage and hearts we break and the things we can’t fix no matter how hard we wish for it. It is down to earth and heart breaking in it’s entirety, so real it feels like it could crumble in my own hands, and yet whimsical enough that on reflection I may not believe it ever happened.

This is not a book for people who merely like pretty stories.

I mean it’s brutal, and dreams are torn to pieces, and it feels like it’s too much to hold, but it’s brilliant and insightful and vivid and it makes you face horrible things. A reality check is a nice reminder, I mean, learning chemistry and physics and math (even statistics) is pretty fantastic when you’re comparing it to never seeing your children again and work camps.

Anyways, I guess any formality that I may have originally intended in this review has evaded me. My closing statements are:

1. Go read this NOW

2. Homework does not equal suffering of any significant magnitude

3. I mean if you’re at Waterloo you’re almost obligated to like homework anyways

Oh yeah, and the second half is more cheerful I believe. Daydreams. Although still tinged with sadness when you’re privy to the reality they hide. Did I say tinged? I mean soaked, like seriously, buckets of sadness here.

4. I stand by my previous statement: “I love books that make me ache”

What I learned today

1. Waterloo is the most hardcore school around, no snow days for us, regardless of how many students and teachers are unable to show up, class for those who can make it!

2. Seriously guys, there was a blizzard, WTF?

3. I am much eager to wake up if I think I’ll be able to go to bed again shortly

4. naps contribute more to a days net productivity than math tutorials

5. If I miss a shad skype call when I come back to my computer I will have a 805 missed messages message

6. Blankets, music and the theft of my roommates pillow keep me focused on homework

7. I don’t understand French music but I think it’s beautiful regardless, not to mention of the most relaxing things to listen to (don’t get distracted by lyrics)

8. A LOT of organic chemistry. Negative goes to positive, yo!

Okay, back to work now.

The best chemistry comic I have seen thus far.

Dear Merriam-Webster,


You can suck it, because he is the definition of love. And its root. And its origin.


His synonym

Almendra is so clever, and my favourite and also may laugh at the fact that I totally dreamed about tumblr in between dreaming about sleeping late and missing my Chemistry tutorial and learning about the Photoelectric Effect from the guy who discovered it in a thrift store with a demonstration that makes no sense now that I’m awake and then being chased (what?). Anyways, lets not actually be late for chemistry, kay?

So it has been brought to my attention this summer that physics AND chemistry both claim quantum mechanics originates from within their subject. My favourite crazy physicist from UNB, Ben Newling, first came across quantum in chemistry, and that’s why he started out in that field. I always saw it from the physics side. Anyways, when I looked at my classes for Nanotech Engineering I was a little disappointed about the amount of physics, especially quantum mechanics, that is taught throughout my five years. Therefor, I was presently surprised that my third chemistry lecture was full of quantum mechanics, and even talks about the double slit experiment. I didn’t realize to the extent this is true until today. I pretty much spent all day deciphering the chemistry notes and examples my bogged down brain had been incapable of grasping on Friday. Gah, this is fantastic.


The great thing about being a chemical engineer is that whenever anyone asks me questions about chemistry I can say “I don’t know, I’m an engineer” and if anyone asks me about engineering I can say “I don’t know, I do chemistry.

Dr. Dale E. Henneke