Friday, February 29, 2008

So what does that make me?

As of today, two and a half years into the program, Tanya is the first and only member of our cohort who is candidate for the PhD. Here she is celebrating in style.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The future is yesterday

This is prime time for buying cheap tapes of great movies. You interested in watching any of these with me? Krystal, the 5 I want to see next are on the left.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Total Mutual Awesomeness

Everything with the word "Soviet" in it is somehow funny to me. Even this chapter about how the Soviets were working to develop strains of smallpox that could resist ionizing radiation. You know, so that it could keep killing capitalists even in a post-apocalyptic nuclear winter. Yay.

Monday, February 25, 2008


Man, after felting that boot I realized why felt was the first form of fabric. It was so simple. Even a cave-person could throw their boot in the washing machine and forget it was there for half an hour. They were probably too stupid to knit, though. Ha ha, stupid cave people.

Sunday, February 24, 2008


Sure, I got to the party so late that it wasn't technically her birthday any more, but nothing could keep me from missing Kristina's birthday entirely.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Holy F**k indeed.

I guess when SEE called them "Toronto's Evil Supergroup" they were talking about this guy.

Friday, February 22, 2008


I guess the guys working at this liquor store figured it was safe to put their lunch in the refrigerated room because there was no way anyone would want a Rev. Let alone a Rev FACTOR. They didn't figure on me.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Double Impact!

So I hear this witty observation about the current episode of Battlestar Galactica come from the couch, and I suddenly realize that it doesn't really matter that I can't tell which Danger it came from.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Three's Company

For the love of God, are there any budding Russian linguists not named Tatiana?


If I were going to a fantasy high-school, I think I would prefer the one on a boat. Oh, or, uh, the one at the Science Museum, I guess.

Monday, February 18, 2008


All of my experience with cats tells me that when you put a shirt on a cat it will shake it off right away, rather than lying down, wrapping itself in the shirt contentedly, and falling asleep.

Sunday, February 17, 2008


And you laughed when I said I would knit myself a pair of boots. Wait, why are you still laughing?

Saturday, February 16, 2008


Ah, Orange Hall. This is exactly the kind of place I'd want to have my party to celebrate becoming Canadian. Certainly Her Royal Highness should be there. I pledged allegiance to her heirs and successors, after all, in the ceremony. But tonight I wasn't at Orange Hall for the Queen, I was there for Shorty George:

Friday, February 15, 2008


When the television told me today would be "lovely," I believed it. It turned out this narrow glass had other plans for me:
It decided to pop out a few shards of glass while I was washing it, giving me the chance to carve it right into my right thumb.

The cut looked pretty deep, so I went to emergency for the first time. It's a brand-new state-of-the-art facility, which you can see for yourself by how sophisticated the waiting procedure is. I was treated immediately in triage, but for the stitches I had to wait in at least 4 different places.
Eventually a doctor came in and rolled out his suture kit, featuring ETHICON brand ethical sutures. After cleaning up the hastily but caringly applied iodine, he froze my thumb, which I didn't react to very well:
Once I came to, I was curious enough to take a look at the stitches. I love stitches. I love how they basically involve sewing you shut like a quilt. And tying cute little knots:
A bit more waiting, some fancy gauze, and a free tetanus shot later, I was good as new.

Thursday, February 14, 2008


You know what, Marianne, I was just thinking that we should find some way to do guest blogging. You know, like how web comic artists all do guest comics for each other some times? I got the idea when I saw this note on my paper: ... and thought of your blog right away. I think we'll have to be in the same city for it to work, though.
Until then xox happy Valentines, Phil

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

It's Too Close for Missles - I'm Switching to Guns

I decided that for my birthday I would take a day off from caring what other people think. Who better to channel for that than Iceman?

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

This is why I should have had a blog forever

Back when I didn't have a camera there was one picture I always wanted to take but never did. If you sit at the right table in the math C&D at Waterloo and look out towards the rock garden, the concrete balcony will make your view of the outside world feel like it has letterbox aspect ratio. In the letterbox you'll see a big crooked evergreen about a third of the way from one side of the screen to the other. It's probably blowing a little bit. It's beautiful.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Best $0.00 I Ever Spent

I apologize. I should never have implied that our new table should be used for ping pong. Octavian was right: It can probably only be used for ping.

Sunday, February 10, 2008


I put my couch and sleeping bag in the Bible study/ping pong room so now it can act as a guest room! Come on over! It has the most effective heater in the house! I'll move my laundry out of the way! Oh, and, uh, don't read yesterday's post.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

A Present? For Me?

It was a little bit like: "Wow! Cool! Right outside my bedroom door! I couldn't have chosen a cooler place for that rotten piece of ceiling to fall if I tried!" and a little bit like I don't want to live in this f*cking house any more.

Friday, February 8, 2008


For years I've been wishing that I hadn't lost the other CD from that Sloan double live album that they recorded at that Lindy Hop ballroom in Toronto with the cantilever dance floor. I guess I wished it out loud a few months ago, and lo, here it is! Sloan for Phil! Awesome. Thanks Steve.

Thursday, February 7, 2008


It turns out Jean Chretien is as charismatic in person as he is on TV. The questions were pretty easy, of course, but I still think Sullay would have loved to watch this artful politician at work. I tried to get a picture with him afterwards, but he was kind of hard to get to:
Eventually I worked up the courage to follow Oliver on stage, though, which enabled me to get this picture with The Right Honourable Ear. It's the one with the tie.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008


Will do, Mars. Will do.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Off Season

Deb let me in to the Leg for lunch today. If I had gone yesterday instead I may have actually heard the Writ hit the floor, but today it was pretty quiet.

Don't Watch Heroes

... if you do you'll think "Meh, high production values,but the acting isn't that great and it feels rushed. What's the big deal?" But then you'll try to go to sleep and everything in your room will be f*cking terrifying because you're not sure if you're about to see your own death.

Monday, February 4, 2008

She's looking away and to the left... see her?

I bet your student centre doesn't have one of these. I hear there used to be a curling rink in the basement, too.

Sunday, February 3, 2008


I was too slow on the draw to get a picture of those 2 dogs leashed to the bike racks or that cute mouse crawling under the drugstore tonight. Oh well.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Foiled. Again.

I don't know why I was expecting anything different. The store is called Fabricland. They sell Fabric. If I want red wool batting or roving for making valenki, I should go to RedWoolBattingAndRovingForMakingValenkiLand. At least they had buttons.

Friday, February 1, 2008

In Soviet Russia, Politician Pays to See YOU!

When I found out Jean Chretien was coming, I bought every ticket they had left and asked every student I know in Edmonton if they wanted one. All the non-commonwealth citizens I asked said "but why would you pay to see a politician?" All the commonwealth citizens I asked bought me out in less than 45 minutes.