Monday, March 31, 2008

Boskop Man's Revenge

Dang. I knew I shouldn't have made fun of those cave people. I've tried running this giant wool sock through the washer twice, and all I've got to show for it is a somewhat cleaner giant wool sock.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Nope.

I refuse to believe both of the following:
a) French has a single verb meaning "to double stack"
b) The French word for "to double stack" also means "pureed peas"

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Done. And. Done.

I was going to save this picture to use as an invite in case I decided to host a Lindy Hop event, but then I realized I should probably leave that to the pros.

Friday, March 28, 2008

C'MON is not a suggestion IT IS A DIRECTIVE

Filthy McNasty's is at the goodest end of the goodness spectrum I had imagined it to to lie on. But it may just have been because Dean Dallas Bentley, Katie Lynn Campbell:
and Ian Blurton:were there to ROCK THE F*CK OFF OF MY FACE

Man. They earned that nap:Still better is the fact that my night there will probably be immortalized in comic form by the friend of mine who told me about the show in the first place.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

I take 5 of these at a time and am SO META

I think this pill is promising a lot more than its manufacturers intended.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

LIES!

First I would like you to exist.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

I DON'T THINK THEY ARE KIDDING

So, I was having a conversation with a guy working on that computer, and I kept glancing over at the sticky note, not really realizing what it said. Then, suddenly, I actually saw it:
It actually says "DO NOT OPEN THIS DOOR FOR THE LOVE OF GOD"

Monday, March 24, 2008

How We Find Them

No picture from me today - I've turned things over to a professional, instead:
So sweet. He's eager to hear your comments.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Alleys

Edmonton has some pretty great alleys. This one has a hole in it with cars at the bottom that has way better lighting than the alley itself.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Seriously, wtf?

Are these really what I think they are?Are these bags of tiny cats for cats to chew on?

I was going to say "seriously. Would we give babies little plastic babies to chew on?" But I guess we do that all the time.

Friday, March 21, 2008

A Sorry State

I think this is almost exactly how I want my epitaph to not read.

In other news, Happy New Year!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Half Seen

Happy New Year! It turns out there are enough Persians in Computer Science for the department to hold a party, saffron rice pudding, haft sin, and everything. Haft sin means, appx., "seven S's", so you put at least seven things starting with 'S' on a table to celebrate. This one is my favourite:

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Wild Things

Back in Edmonton, and back in the Education department, where you're never sure what you're going to find but there's a good chance it will be awesome.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Great Salt Lake

We started our last day in the city sitting upstairs and listening to a politician on television treat a complicated issue like a complicated issue:
While saying goodbye to the dogs:

On our way to the airport, we stopped of for a while at the Great Salt Lake itself:
To fit in with the rest of Utah, this lake is totally bizarre. First of all, the lake bed has a strange colour, and makes for even stranger looking footprints:
I wasn't the only one interested:Second of all, for all the lake there is in this lake, there's a whole lot of not lake in it too:
Have a closer look at this view:
See that giant, vaguely Eastern-looking palace in the background? Here's what it looks like from the front:The story we got is that it was built some time long ago at the edge of the lake, but eventually fell into disuse and disrepair:
The problem was that it the edge of the lake didn't want to stay where it was, so what started as a beach-front palace became a massive building a fair walk through a wet desert away from the lake:I think it's better this way. We need surreal spaces more than tourist traps anyway.

Monday, March 17, 2008

SLC Day 2

After a prodigious sleep-in, we spent our first SLC morning visiting a couple of very Western used book stores:Then it was on to one of our main attractions: Tamrika and John's diner, the Blue Plate:
We took the opportunity to give Tanya an early birthday present
While the rest of us enjoyed hearty lunches. I loved my buttermilk biscuits with vegetarian gravy, but Toma declared Chris the winner with his choice of mexican benedicts: They're not short on awards themselves:
Even the graffiti is complementary. This is the only award they had posted outside, but they had about 6 others inside - three best breakfast and three best on the cheap, if I recall correctly. I think if I had a business, I'd be most psyched about this award though:An original work Bob Moss made just for them, hand of God and all.

After lunch we went to see the University. We went to CAIL first, because Chris seemed so excited about it. We could see why when we got there - Sweet building:
Sweeter language family maps:
and an outrageously delicious library:
*whew*. We gotta get us one of those.

Later on we made it up to Park City, home of most of the Sundance Film Festival. It turns out the theatres are used for.... um... theatre during the off-season:
Overall, Park City feels a lot like Banff or Jasper, with one main drag jam packed with tourists and boutique stores catering to tourists. The only major difference was how steep that main drag was. Oh, and I guess the Mormons have left their subtle mark here:
At the end of the day we went up to see the half of the house, where Tamrika lives. Like you might expect, it was pretty sweet: And, like you might not expect, full of tiny dogs making people happy:

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Two Temples

We had a thorough and thoroughly satisfying conference, so we gave ourselves a few days off to vacation in Salt Lake City. After evading the robotic cops at the airport:We took in two of the cities holiest sites. First, Temple Square:
We couldn't get in to the temple itself, but we went into the world-famous tabernacle.
While there, I couldn't help but notice how much the organ:
reminded me of a somewhat different temple I visited in Japan.
This guy, on the other hand, reminded me of nothing at all:
He was in the northern visitor's centre, sooth-saying for Nebuchadnezzar along with other biblical figures like Noah:
None of them, however, were fit to kiss the sandals of the 11-foot marble talking Jesus:
If you look carefully, you'll see that he's floating in space. Don't let it fool you: he's not too far out of reach of those of us stuck in the terrestrial kingdom:

When we'd had our fill, we moved on to Tamrika's temple to awesomeness:
This is the main floor of a former Antiques store that Tamrika and John have lovingly restored JUST FOR GUESTS LIKE US. Tanya (and, if you zoom in, Chris) express how amazed we were that we got to stay here. The place was outstanding. Rooms and rooms of interesting books:
Original Deseret art pieces by local heroes:
And so forth.

We spent the night in, all of us being tired, and the entertainment at home being more than exciting enough for us. Tamrika and John played Centipede:
The girls played pinball:
And Chris and I stuck to Gorf:
Gorf.