Friday, November 30, 2007

Early Retirement

I decided to quit computer science when I realized in Japan that I had way more fun learning Japanese than I did sucking at programming. Today I realized that by the same logic I should quit linguistics and just blog full time. Since my life will be blogging, though, from now on my Life in Pictures will all look like this one.

Thursday, November 29, 2007


After a free extra month of fall, Winter decided to come suddenly on Tuesday, with serious snow and ferocious -17C temperatures. Koji's response is to dress equally ferociously.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Congratulations Dosha!

Dorothy is one of the few people I know who could get their mom to show up to their (successful!) Masters' defense. She is also the only person I know whose mom does "poultry research".

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Most Effective Ad Ever

I wasn't going to get a mumps shot until I saw this, but I went the hell in and got one today. They don't even need the basketballs; they could just write SEVERE TESTICULAR PAIN in big letters and they could get me to do whatever they want.

Monday, November 26, 2007


It turns out Jackie wasn't content to just build her own room in our house - she had to build the rest of us out of it too.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

City Life

I love Edmonton. We were moving Alison's stuff today, and we stopped in a _fairly_ urban area to drop it off when I took this picture. If we had driven further away from the centre of town, things would only get less rural. And less awesome.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Winter Fresh

Compliments to the chef. You can tell how good a meal is going to be by counting how many colours you can see in it.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Bad News and Bad News

The bad news is that when the plumbers tore our wall off they found out that the shower wasn't just leaking from the bottom, it was also leaking from the top, so the mould wasn't just on the floor, it was in the walls, too. The bad news is, they fixed the top but they aren't even going to bother fixing the bottom because what's left of the shower is a piece of sh*t so we'll have to have the whole thing replaced.

Thursday, November 22, 2007


Two of the people in this picture are pretending it's not exciting to get a package from Australia.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Good News, Better News

The good news is that my brother Andrew, pictured here with Maestro Fresh Wes, found my camera in Waterloo. The better news is that since we're seeing each other in a month, he's not going to bother mailing it out to me in Edmonton. The best news is that he's going to be using my camera to take a picture a day of his own and write his own captions, and if he remembers maybe write his own titles. His posts will be tagged with "A-cam". His first effort, for yesterday, is shown below.

[UPDATE: I called Andrew a lame-o and he told my mom on me so I made fun of him again and now he won't be sending me any more pictures because I'm being, "well, kind of a jerk." Boo!]

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Paper Titans

When final exam time hits at a student newspaper office, things get a little crazy.

Seasonable Weather

Finally, my first snowfall of the season! In other news, it's hot enough in the corpus lab to dry out this tropical plant.

Monday, November 19, 2007


Vianey heard of my plight, and offered to donate her old camera to the blog. Here's the first picture I took with it, of Kristina giving her what she deserves.

Sunday, November 18, 2007


I love skating. You can drag me around an over-sized mall shopping for every member of your family ever born and some that aren't, you can ask me which gift your friend I've never met is likely to prefer, you can even put your finger right in the middle of my blog picture if you want, as long as I get to go skating at the end of the day.

Saturday, November 17, 2007


The first cat I got to know was pretty reserved, so I always laugh when I see a cat that pets its own head using someone's hand, or someone's phone camera.

Friday, November 16, 2007

A Room of Her Own

Jackie responded to the adverse living conditions at our place by creating a smaller, comfier house, with a nicer view, out of one of our corners. I wish I had the idea first, since now we're out of corners.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

This Old Sh*thole

If you include the plywood-covered window-to-nowhere, I've got three windows in my basement bedroom and I spent _all_ _day_ trying to cover them with thick plastic sheeting to try to prevent my bed from getting frost. I failed. At this point I think we need to replace the whole house.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


This is Danger, the guy who went as me for Halloween this year. He stopped by on his way home and he was just about to leave when our Kiwi friend was like "Where's the car?" but he was like "where's the car?" and then it was all over. He couldn't leave until 4 episodes later.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

An Idea!

Hooray! And only two-and-a-half months late. Oh well, that beats my last idea being 30 years late.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Bright! Shiny!

Good lord. Try walking into a store and seeing nothing but Crocs everywhere. People love to hate these things, but I'm torn: I like zany colours, but I wish everybody didn't wear the same things as everybody else all the time. Anyway, though, why hate? It's no fun.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

A Natural Bias

Victor had to come 3,000 km and buy at least 3 pitchers of grasshopper before he could convince me that you can have two nearly opposite perspectives on a person and both be right. It took Dr. T at most 1 km and 20 minutes to convince me that my perspectives were righter.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Shutter Speed

The other thing about the cell-phone camera is that it has a huge delay between when I press the button and when it captures the picture. So, it took a long time to get the right picture of Chris offering me a slice of his home-made Jerry Orbach-O'Lantern pumpkin pie, and while I was trying we had a few misfires:

Friday, November 9, 2007


I thought I would have to blog about how crappy my phone camera was again, but I hadn't been counting on Jackie's eyes.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Go Boldly!

Oliver posed Dorothy in the way that best represents the glorious future that awaits her after she submits those three copies of her thesis to her committee today.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Work or Die

Guess what? It turns out the busiest time of year isn't the best time to take a 2-week vacation. That probably would have been true even if I weren't two months behind before I left.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007


Don't take this as a comment on what I think about your city, but I love Toronto. Even if it didn't have a bunch of good friends of mine in it.

Monday, November 5, 2007

The Happiest Place on Earth

If anyone tells you Hamilton, Ontario isn't beautiful, don't believe them.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Stupid Phone Camera

This is the only shot I got of the wedding ceremony itself on my phone. The good news is, I went through two sets of batteries and two memory cards on Vinai's and Steve's mom's cameras, so some pictures I've taken are around somewhere. The other good news is that the whole ceremony was professionally photographed (by the guy squatting) and videographed (by the guy standing by that tripod) so I should have been spending my effort on protecting those shoes instead of taking crappy photos anyway.

How to Get Married, Day 3

First, pray.Next, make sure your nephew's turban fits. Use pruning shears if you have to. He's gotta look good up there on that horse with you.
Next, get anybody in your party who consents into a kurta pajama.
Then, head out to see Ganesha. This is an auspicious day.
Then, drive to Hamilton, and wait for the horse.
Then bring out the beard patrol.
...and recruit them for shoe defense. Especially the vicious bear-man beard patroller.
Then, get married, eat, drink, dance, have songs sung and played for you, speeches made for you, slide shows describe your life and embarrass you, sing a song, make a speech, carve a cake, and kiss your bride. (not pictured.)

By the way, we lost the shoes. We (Vinai) had to pay (cash) to get them back. How much cash? That depends on the arm wrestle. We agreed on a base amount, and offered $275 on top of that if they could beat us in an arm wrestle. They chose the combatants. For our side, the man they empirically determined to have the smallest biceps:
For their side, a professional carpenter. I won't say how it turned out, but the bartender lost cash on a bet.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

How to Get Married, Day 2

First, by evening, recover from your bachelor-party hangover enough to practice the Hindi song you wrote for your bride-to-be: Next, gather your friends and family at your house, feed them, and mentally prepare for what follows: Get them to smear turmeric-infused grease all over your body:
Then, get them to put that red fabricover your head and have the more distinguished members put cash money in it. You'll need the cash for your shoes later.
Then get fed by your parents. Like old times. They love you.
Then sleep. Big day tomorrow.