Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Nothing makes you feel like crying or getting pissed drunk like being back in your home town.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Oh no he di'int!

You won't believe what I saw Geoffrey Sampson say to Noam Chomsky today!:Then Geoffrey Sampson got 9 words into a substantive argument and Chomsky interrupted with "but that's obviously not true. We've known that to be false for 400 hundred years. All the recent studies supporting that boil down to poor-OOF!!" Because Geoffrey Sampson had punched him in the stomach.

I've been taking pictures with my cell phone camera each day, so I'll be able to blog all the way back to the 31st, but if you send me a picture you've drawn I'll blog that too as if it happened to me.


In case you didn't know, my posts are back-dated to the day the photos were taken and set to "11:59 PM" so you can tell. This post is back-dated to the last day I took pictures with my camera before I lost it. F*ck.

Monday, October 29, 2007


Hey, have I mentioned how awesome Walt is? Oh, yeah, I have. And he's only got awesomer since then, and now I have seen some of his movies. Anyway, check out how awesome his car is:

Plants and Animals

Yep, so, we went to the arboretum (and the Morning Times) today, so the pictures pretty much explain themselves.

Oh, well, I guess this one could use some explaining - see, that giant bush thing is actually a grass. Tyler said "man, if you had a whole lawn of those you could hide your house behind them!" and I EXPLODED WITH HILARITY. The image in my mind was so absurd. That is what I like. It is my sense of humour.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Lazy Sunday

Sunday morning/afternoon we had a lavish vegetarian potluck brunch at Mickey and Erika's (sp?) with too many awesome foods to list. While there, I found out that even on vacation, this blog can't escape babies. After going to a gallery opening of paintings of a friend of Charlotte and Tyler's, at which _another_ friend of Charlotte and Tyler's was playing guitar, and a _third_ friend was doing the sweet catering, they decided to show me that Raleigh isn't all sweetness and light and artists and musicians and funky repurposed tobacco warehouses by taking me down this wide-street strip-mall car-dependent paradise:
They had another good reason to take me down that street though: their (or at least Tyler's) favourite Thai-Viet restaurant. Guess which of these menu items I ordered:
Yum. Evil.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Matter / Anti-Matter

How is something that prevents me from drinking supposed to make me feel better?

Self-Similarity, Brains

Whoa man, you can't see it in this picture unless you click to zoom in and squint, but guess what brand of sweet cruiser bicycle I got to ride in Raleigh? It was a smooth ride, but we still couldn't outrun the zombies:

So, we figured, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em for drinks.

It's Official

You know what? I'm on vacation, so I'll put up as many pictures as I want. Besides, I went to three cities today: First Raleigh, where we went to an historic doughnut shop for melty goo:
Then to Durham, where we saw an auction at an anti-mall, drove by a real haunted house:
And checked out the Duke campus:
I kid you not, this picture is from the half of campus that Charlotte and Tyler thought was less pretty. Too castley everywhere, they said, you get tired of it. Castley. I think that's half of why they think NCSU counts as ugly. The other half is that they've never been to my home town.

Anywho, before leaving town we went to a cool cartoony political art exhibit and then went for goormay popsicles:
Those are actual rose petals in that popsicle. Damn. Mine was Chocolate and Cinnamon, which should be made illegal it was so addictive.

Then we went to Chapel Hill for a yummy yam burrito, some irresponsibly delicious espresso drinks, and a tasty used bookstore:
Alas, they didn't have The Three Amigos, but I'll still have to agree with the News Observer:

Friday, October 26, 2007

Academic Life

A typical workday: Watched Charlotte and Walt nail a picture of Walt dressed as a Fairy Princess to the wall with a shoe:
Watched Tyler save Walt's life:Lunch:
Took turns flying remote-controlled Helicopter around Walt's Office:

You know, the usual.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Visiting Scholars

Me and Charlotte and Tyler and Walt had so much good times at LSA that I took their invitation to Raleigh seriously. The first thing we did when I got there was to go and get some grits and biscuits at Finch's. Don't believe this building isn't abandoned? Check their webcam.

After brunch and a nap, I got to see my office:

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


Man, have you ever flown first class? Don't. Before I flew first class I didn't even know there was a swanky lounge to gaze at longingly and imagine drinking free beer.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Hitting the Books

I remember when Gary described a review article from 1998 as "old". I don't know what the hell psychologists were doing 80 years before that, but I was too busy trying to catch up on reading to find out.

Monday, October 22, 2007


So that's Radical Construction Grammar. And I went and bought the book like a sucker.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Tanyas Win!

When you spend the day sightseeing in a scenic town with lots of your friends it's hard to pick even a small number of pictures for your picture-a-day blog. Somehow today the Tanyas knew just what to do, like when Tanya got Sullay's attention here:
or when Tatiana's face exploded due to puppy cuteness:

Saturday, October 20, 2007


ACOL is a great conference that you should totally go to if you are doing linguistics in Alberta, as I'm sure most of you are.

Beautiful Mountains and Sh*t

Yeah, like, I'm really friggin' impressed. I'm going back to bed.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Post-Graduate Work

Yes, on our way to the conference 5 of the 6 graduate students got crayons and coloured giant anthropomorphic eggs named "Humpty". The professor folded Humpty into a Wurlitzer instead.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Seriously, whose idea was this?

The sidewalk is full sized, but they put the parking meters right inthe middle of it, and when you add the trees that are growing onto the sidewalk on the other side it gets comically narrow. I passed a guy coming in the opposite direction on this sidewalk, and we _both_ had to get off the sidewalk to be able to pass.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

How Many Linguists?

Of course it's the day the whole meeting is supposed to be about presentations, and the day the
meeting is being extended by an hour already, that the projector bulb burns out.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Home Away From Home

This, uh, clothespegboard is supposed to be for all 10 of us in the room, but for some reason the stuff that winds up hanging on it is all mine.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Democracy Action!

Ok, so maybe voting in a municipal election for people I have barely heard of isn't the biggest step I could take towards community involvement, but I'd be damned if I was going to miss the first election I could legally vote in as a Canadian.

Sunday, October 14, 2007


This is the first time I've seen these Guardian Angels. Reading about them you think maybe they could be good, but then you try to take a picture of them and suddenly it's just a bunch of goons in jeans staring at you like you're a criminal.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

The Thing About Linguistics

It's not like I arranged for all 9 women at the party to sit in a row for this picture. It's more like I couldn't get all 11 women at the party in the picture, with or without the -one- other man.

Friday, October 12, 2007

What's really important

When you walk into a house of philosophers and the first thing you hear is "The most important thing is ...", you listen. But then it turns out that they're not having a conversation about what's really important, they're having a conversation about how ridiculous all the answers they've heard to that question are.

Thursday, October 11, 2007


So, when you break up with someone, what do you do with the gifts? I figure some of them you destroy and some of them you decide to keep using and pretend you actually got them from Menachem Begin.

Just kidding. You just f*cking smash them.