Tuesday, May 29, 2007


The first words I heard as a Canadian, and I swear I am not making this up, came from the judge at this moment: "Nice Moustache."

Monday, May 28, 2007

Oh! Oh! Satire!

My camera battery was dying, so I only managed to take a single picture on Monday, and this is it. This record does not look promising. If you manage to see the little yellow writing, you'll see why: It has to tell you that it is funny. It reminds me of the bit of review here, in the second paragraph after "Edmund Wilson adds:".

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Oh no!

The experiment in the museum went wrong and several alternate dimensions from the future exploded out of it into our dimension! The space time continuum! We must tame it!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Endeavour 8

Recognize this mountaineer? Semester 34 spent much of the reunion getting him to the ceiling of the main party zone at the science centre. He looks smaller up there than he did on the ground, but he managed to puzzle our old teachers Pauline and Judith, as you can see below.
This mission is begging for a longer entry, but that's not for this blog.

Friday, May 25, 2007


I was in Ontario for a Science School reunion on Saturday. Friday night, Noah had an awesome barbecue at his house and I took the opportunity to have a mullet sculpted. I went to someone with experience and, as you can see, determination.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Tight Squeeze

When you show up at the airport 25 minutes before your flight, they stick you at the back, and the overhead bins are full. Guess what happens to your leg room. Oh well, I caught the flight.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


I was all settled in bed last night when Yasir insisted that we come out for a beer. I'll come out for a beer, but I aint' changing out of my Scottie Dogs.

Monday, May 21, 2007

High-level waterfall

Sometimes in the summer, they make a waterfall out of the bridge near my house. K* gets a great view of it from her apartment. She took this picture.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Dry Heat

In Edmonton, you can dry clothes in a dark basement over night. Pat says that in Tucson you can take them out of the washer, put them outside on the line, put a load in the dryer, and then immediately take them back down: they're dry! I told him that in Japan you can put them on the line at night, go to work the next day, come back home from work, and your clothes are wetter than when you put them out.

Saturday, May 19, 2007


Did you know they don't call Victoria day long weekend May 2-4 out here? All the discount 2-4s in the liquor store were of cans. It turns out the Kokanee cans came with this gnarly hat. Still, I should have bought Pilsner, to act even more like a local than I am in this picture.

Friday, May 18, 2007

There is No Such Thing

Chris had me over for "guy's night" on Friday. Here, he demonstrates an advanced technique.

Thursday, May 17, 2007


I was walking back from the grocery store through the alleys and I saw this building I had never seen before. Somehow it seemed more interesting at the time. I guess these pictures can't all be interesting.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007


I love this trolley. It doesn't go far (I don't think it really goes to Jasper) but it's got character. In fact, it has several characters that I was surprised to see: If you zoom in on the picture, you should be able to make out "Entrance", "Exit", "One-man-car", and "Test run", all written in Japanese characters on the front/side of the car. There's more:
The sign just above the back window says "Tennouji station front", so I guess the train comes from the part of Osaka named after the reason for the existence of the oldest company in the world.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Four Fisting?

I don't normally drink beer and wine at the same time on a weekday afternoon, but this was a special occasion: Wei Wei just defended her thesis successfully. No revisions necessary! Also worth noting: spring!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Unofficial Mascots

The University campuses I've been to all seem to have cute and friendly animal infestations. Waterloo had squirrels, St. Jerome's had geese, Victoria had rabbits, and Alberta has these giant hares. The photo above shows that they are roughly the size of bicycle tires, and the photo below shows how bad they are at hiding.

Sunday, May 13, 2007


This is probably the coolest graffiti I've ever seen. If you can't read it, click on the picture for a bigger version. It's worth it.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Road Show

The Greenwood Singers had a gig in Drayton Valley on Saturday. After dinner, we 6 hooligans went to a local playground to take photos for our liner notes. This one is ok, but you should see the wicked action shots Chris took. I'll post them when I get them.

Friday, May 11, 2007

None of the above

I'm a little bit obsessed with political races, so I was pretty excited to find the Iowa Electronic Markets. It's like a poll that is updated EVERY SECOND OF EVERY DAY. I was amused by the graph above, which shows that your best bet for republican nominee is "someone else".

By the way, intrade is even crazier. By that market, it's about as likely that Blake Lewis will win American Idol as it is that the U.S. will bomb Iran by December 31st. Also, it is somehow more likely that Blake Lewis will win Idol than that a man will win. The invisible hand has some work to do.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Knobbly church

I didn't take any pictures today, but lets imagine I took this one while I was out for a walk.
We have lots of old-ish buildings in this town. This is a church, but you should see the schools!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007


Somehow, everything a kitteh does in person is cute, but the pictures don't always look as cute as you imagined.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

It was the only warning they would ever get

I've been fixing up some auditory eye-tracking experiments, which means wearing three cameras and a pair of cans. Wait 'till we figure out how to rig up the eeg at the same time.

Monday, May 7, 2007

A Warm Welcome Home

K* and I went out for a walk tonight. Edmonton is a great place to be in the spring and summer, because you can feel how excited everybody is that it's warm and sunny. Today it was warm and sunny even when it was raining. That's Edmonton.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Saturday, May 5, 2007

More family

Here are the two family members that haven't made the blog yet this trip, me and Dad. We're at a museum grad party. I'd show you how awesome the museum was, but I probably shouldn't reproduce the artwork without permission. So, ask.

Maybe Mom and Dad should get whole pictures:

Man of the Hour - Congratulations

"Why, Dr. Jones! The pattern on your tote appears to match the one I display proudly on my leggings. Observe! What, the waistcoat? A Shukkra, given to me by the Maasai during my time with them, and dyed with their characteristically bold red. Ah, to be on safari again......"

Friday, May 4, 2007

America is indeed decadent, as my sisters are showing here. Above, Joanna shows the size of her soda next to the size of her head, for comparison. Below, Toshia reclines in gold satin sheets beneath a hand-made burgundy fleece. Positively regal.

Big Family

A couple more of us arrived in Alamosa today, so Simon took us on a tour. He gave us an idea of what his typical days were like:

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Family Reunion

I'm making up for no posts for a few days by having a bajillion posts in a few days, but with good enough reason. Family!
Mountainy things!

Not in Kansas Anymore

I'm in Colorado for my brother's wedding. Wait, no, graduation. Family-flying thing, anyway. So, this is the first thing that struck me about the Denver airport.
Then we went to Walsenberg, and we saw these stores across the street from eachother. Ah, America.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Too many farewells

Tracy came through the department like a whirlwind, being contrary and spinning falsehoods that, as you can see, SHE enjoyed but AMT and I were not impressed with. She'll be missed.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007


Not sleeping and worrying constantly about something you haven't done and working from your bed will put your room in a pretty sorry state. This is after I finished, cleaned up all the papers off the bed, and brushed some of the rice off the bed.
Still, I think the paper looked worse.