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July 20th, 2013

The usual birthday presents and Museum of Accomplishments post @ 10:09 pm

Right now I am annoyingly: ecstatic ecstatic

Late again, but here's what I got for my birthday:

- Mario Party 9 from Mom, I think
- Kid Icarus Uprising and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, also from Mom, but I can't play them yet because the L button on my 3DS stopped working just before my birthday :( But ellaina02 fixed it, and she also fixed the R button, so I'll get my 3DS back this weekend!
- DVD of Wreck-It Ralph from ellaina02 and Nace
- Mario T-shirt from pathvain_aelien
- mezzacotta T-shirt (the July 29, 3226 BC strip, specifically) from Jake
- And money from Mom and pathvain_aelien to get these 3DS/Wii U eShop games:
> the new games in StreetPass Mii Plaza
> New Super Luigi U
> the Coin Rush packs (DLC) for New Super Mario Bros. 2
> 3D Classics: Kid Icarus
> Pushmo


At age 20:

Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard and cofounded Microsoft.

Canadian hockey player Scott Olsen founded Rollerblade, Inc.

English novelist Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, which was immediately successful.

Ragtime composer Scott Joplin became an itinerant pianist and travelled throughout the Midwest.

Despite a lack of experience, James Cagney fast-talked his way into a vaudeville dancing job.

Egyptian hermit Saint Anthony gave away his inheritance and joined a group of ascetics, eventually becoming the father of Christian Monasticism.

D. H. Lawrence began writing his first novel, The White Peacock.

Jane Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice, her second and most famous novel.

English author Elizabeth Barrett Browning published her first volume of poetry.

Polish-born Joseph Conrad, one of the great English language novelists, began learning English, his third language.

Charles Lindbergh learned to fly.

John Stuart Mill pulled himself out of depression and found that the ordinary events of life could again give him some moderate amounts of pleasure. He decided that happiness is attained not by making it the direct goal of life, but by fixing one's mind on some other pursuit.

Leon Battista Alberti wrote a Latin comedy that was hailed as the "discovered" work of a Roman playwright.

The Greek philosopher Plato became a disciple of Socrates.

Sir Isaac Newton began developing a new branch of mathematics that would help him precisely predict the position of the planets at any given time. Today we call this branch differential and integral calculus.

Alexander Graham Bell taught a stray Skye Terrier to talk. By training the dog to growl on cue and then manipulating his mouth and throat, Bell could make him produce the phonemes "ow, ah, ooh, ga, ma, ma," to say "How are you, Grandmama?"

At age 20 Mona could use her second language, English, quite proficiently, so she began learning French, learned how to juggle and play classical pieces on the piano, began to draw with her non-dominant hand, studied animal and human anatomy extensively, applied for art universities, began writing a book on drawing, became a swimmer, and decided to learn to play the violin.

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Date:July 21st, 2013 06:48 am (UTC)
happy late birthday! i've been meaning to post something, but being sick took over. sounds like it was a good one! i have our anniversary(tomorrow, sunday) and z's birthday the 28th, then we are done for a few months!
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Date:July 22nd, 2013 04:04 am (UTC)
Happy anniversary then! :)
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Date:July 22nd, 2013 03:25 am (UTC)
Happy Belated Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Date:July 22nd, 2013 04:05 am (UTC)
Thanks! :D
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Date:July 24th, 2013 02:53 am (UTC)
You are so welcome!! :)
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Date:July 24th, 2013 05:50 am (UTC)
That's still more than I've ever done. Oh well.

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