Tuesday, November 29, 2005


Today my sister, Katrina, called to tell me that my degu, Dusty, has died. I'm sad. But
he has been sick for a over a week now so it is probably best that he died. Dusty was 6 six years old. Degus typically live for 6-8 years in captivity. I got him for my birthday in gr. 11. He was so cute. Degus are very social animals and love attention from their people. Dusty loved to be held and used to just sit on my shoulder. He would also give kisses. He loved to get let out of his cage for hours of running around the family room. Although, his all time favorite activity was spinning on his spinning wheel. He would spin for hours and hours. He was quite the fit degu. His favorite treat was, of couse, sunflower seeds. He was a great pet and I will miss him very much.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Did you know...

that if you wanted to freeze someone, it would be faster to put them in a cozy room with freezing cold walls painted black then to put them outside in the cold (they would probably be more willing to go into the cozy room in the first place as well). This is because of the Stefan Radiation Law which says that energy is radiated away proportional to the difference in temperature to the fourth power. The cold, black walls would act like a blackbody and never give the heat back. This is what I learned today at school.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

And one last thing

On Tuesday, I helped my sister, Katrina, apply at UofA! I'm very much looking forward to when she is living in Edmonton. It will be nice to have one of my sisters here. Okay, now I'm really going to bed.

Because posting is fun

In one month and one day it is Christmas!
In exactly one month I will be at home with my family in Essex!
In 26 days I'll be writting my last final exam of the fall semester!
In 23 days it is Jason and Karlene's wedding!
In 16 days it is the last Fuel of the year and I get to see Chronicals of Narnia!
In 13 days it is the last day of school for the fall semester!
In 12 days (what, it's not really that close) my twin brother will be 22 years old!
Tomorrow (hmm, aparently there is nothing happening between tomorrow and my twin brother's birthday)... sshh it's a secret!!
Today, Ben and Brett were my guests at the Observatory (aka the Astro Lab)!
Yesterday was Fuel practice and once again fun times at Jason and Karlene's house
12 days ago... oh forget it, I can't remember that far back
But I can remember even further...
12 years ago I was 10, in grade 5, had a crush on a boy named Ryan and lived in Vancouver
13 years ago I was 9, my family took Daniel and I too Chuckie Cheeses for our birthday party, that was our first year in Vancouver.
16 years ago I was 6 and lived in Prince George, my best friend was Rebecca and she lived next door
23 years ago... I wasn't born.

Well that was fun. CSI is over so I'm going to bed. It was kind of a gross episode.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005


Wow, this is my 50th post! This is the song that I woke up to this morning. It's called Alive and it's by Melissa O'Neil.

Stuck in a world No longer turning Always the girl waiting for something Too many days Walking around sleepin Open my eyes, I'm tired of dreamin I wanna run with the reckless in motion Find out if love is the size of an ocean Even if I crash down and burn out At least I'm gonna know what it's like
to feel alive (hey yeah hey yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah) Sun on my face Lights of the city Maybe in love or just learning to be On at my two feet I can only imagine I'll say the words and believe it'll happen I wanna run with the reckless in motion Find out if love is the size of an ocean Even if I crash down or burn out At least I'm gonna know what it's like to feel alive They think they know me
but how can they know me I'm getting to know myself I'm finally ready to be somebody With the history to tell I wanna run with the reckless in motion Find out if love is the size of an ocean Even if I crash down or burn out At least I'm gonna know what it's like I wanna feel til' my heart breaks wide open I wanna blaze like a fire that's growing Even if I crash down or burn out At least I'm gonna know what it's like to feel alive Ohh I feel alive...

I know it's typical cheesy corn for a Canadian Idol winner to put out, or rather for the producers of Canadian Idol to put out, but there is lots of truth in it for me. I guess I am just a big cheesy corn ball.

Since this is my big 5-0 (hey, it's gonna be my Mom's big 5-0 in May!!), I shouldn't just post lyrics to a song I woke up to.

Here is one of my favorite pictures in astronomy. This is the Hubble Ultra Deep Field

Every single little speck that you can see is a galaxy. This photo is a million second long exposure. It was taken in a patch of the sky that is only the size of a tenth the diameter of a full moon and is located in the constillation Fornax. I love it because the light from these galaxies has been travelling for an unimaginable amount of time and because if you look at this patch of the sky from any ground based telescopes, you don't see any of this. But the longer exposure you get, the more you see cause the universe is unending. It's awesome.


Thursday, November 17, 2005

World Year of Physics talk

This evening, I had the privledge of volunteering at a public lecture entitled "Was Einstein Right?" It was a part of a series of lectures that are being given for the World Year of Physics (100 years after Einstein published Special Relativity, Brownian Motion and the Photoelectric Effect. Oddly enough though the talk was on General Relativity which wasn't published until 1915). It was a really good talk. The speaker was Dr. Clifford Will, a physics professor at the Washington University. Before the talk started, there was a performance by the Borealis String Quartet. They were performing a piece called From Water to Ice. It was actually composed by a physics grad student at the UofA, Aaron Hryciw. That was really cool. As part of my volunteering, I was one of the stage hands, so when the quartet was finished, I had to go on stage and grab a chair and a stand and bring them back stage. I can happily say that I did not even come close to tripping on anything, which I can assure you was something that I was rather worried might happen. I also had to run the coat check for a bit during the reception, which had rather good food.
But back to the good stuff. The talk was really good. It was a public lecture, so there wasn't anything I hadn't heard before. But it was fun, Dr. Will told all sorts of fun jokes where you could tell the ones that were ment for the public in general and the ones ment for the physicists. He went over the experimental evidence that provides validation of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity and the brilliance and elegance of it. He also pointed out that even after Einstein had his "miracle year" in 1905, that he still wasn't known outside of the world of European physicists. This thought amazed me because now Einstein is so engraned in our culture, it is almost impossible to find someone who hasn't heard of the equation E=mc^2. There are two things that I find truely amazing about General Relativity. The first is how completely accurate the theory predicts the experimental results. And second the fact that this wasn't a theory that Einstein was coming up with to try and make sense experimental data that had been collected over years worth of experimenting, but rather Einstein came up with the theory first and since then physicists have been doing experiments that help prove that the theory is right. The man was brilliant and the intuitive leaps that he made were simply amazing and 100 years later his theory is still standing up to every single test that it's put through.
But, I am sure that is probably more ranting about Einstein then any of you really want to read, so I'll stop now, but I could go on for a lot longer.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Not So Innocent

Apparently I am not so innocent. Today in statistical physics we were learning about the Bose-Einstien and Fermi-Dirac Distribution Functions. My professor wrote the equations on the board and stated to the class "Surely you have seen this. You can not possibly be that innocent". This is the first time that we have encountered these equations in a class. I had seen them because during the summer I had a brief moment of panic in which I realized I knew nothing of the subject of statistical physics and so decided to read the chapter in my Modern Physics text book. I don't know about the rest of my class, but I can proudly say that I am not so innocent.

Here are the equations:
This is the Bose-Einstein distribution

This is the Fermi-Dirac distribution

Now you can all be not so innocent, just like me.


Last Day at Work

I am now, once again, offically unemployed. Today was my last day working for the Inn on 7th! From the ! at the end of that sentince I'm sure you can all tell that this is a good thing. It is quite the relief to be done and to not have to worry about working when it is almost time to be studying for exams. So no more getting home at 11:36pm on Mondays and no more waking up at 5:30am on Saturdays!!

To which race of Middle Earth do you belong?
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Sunday, November 13, 2005

What are those Earth creatures called? Feathers, long bill, webbed feet, go quack? Cats!

Here are some lyrics from ZOEgirl's Scream:
Do I have to scream for you to hear me? Do I have to bleed for you to see me? 'Cause I grieve, you're not listening to me Do I need to scream? I've been marked, set apart But I'm cut so deep and afraid of the dark One drop of blood from the hole in Your hand Is enough to heal me and make me stand 'Cause I'm clean, He is listening to me I don't have to scream for Him to hear me Don't have to bleed for Him to see me 'Cause I'm clean, He is listening to me I don't have to scream I don't have to bleed 'Cause I'm clean, He is listening And I don't have to scream

Isn't it cool how that's true? It sometimes takes so much for someone to see you and understand. But God always gets it.

Hmm, Tesseract apparently likes Graham Crakers.

If anyone can tell me where the quote in the title for this post comes from then you will earn my deep respect for being as big a geek as I am!!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

A Long Weekend Ahead!

This is a picture of a solar prominence. The image was taken by SOHO (the SOlar and Heliospheric Observatory). A solar prominence sometimes erupts into a coronal mass ejection. This type of thing is what causes all of the really pretty auroras.

So this week, being Rememberance Day week, is a short week at school. I have Thursday and Friday off! I'm very much looking forward to 2 whole days off. Tomorrow I have to spend the whole day doing assignments though. But I do not intend on setting my alarm. My long weekend started out well this evening. Cooked some dinner, walked a bit in the river valley. You know, typical good evening stuff.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

To: Danielle


My bestest friend in the whole world, Danielle, turns 22 today. She has been my best friend since the Trinity Cross Country meet in gr.9. I apparently didn't really talk that much before that day, but after that the two of us yacked for hours on end. We don't get to talk that often anymore, but when we do we always pick right back up from where we started. Danielle has always been there for me whenever I needed someone the most. And Danielle, as is tradition for me since the year my family moved from Trenton, your birthday card will be very late as it is sitting on my desk right now instead of being in the mail or preferably, on your desk.

Monday, November 07, 2005

A Random Assortment

Here is a lovely picture of the Northern Lights from space. Pretty cool.

And some lyrics from God of Wonders, the song that I used as an example of worship in small groups this Sunday because it was cloudy outside.

Early in the morning I will celebrate the light And as I stumble through the darkness
I will call Your name by night God of wonders, beyond our galaxy You are holy, holy
The universe declares Your majesty You are holy, holy

For my family members who haven't ventured over to Jason's blog, you should and you will see quite the display of my musical talents!

When I got home on Sunday night there was a phone message from my sister Kim. She was very excited because she had just applied to her first post secondary insitution. She applied to Algonquin Collage. My little sisters are growing up!

For those who questioned previous content as being questionable, here is some more questionable content for you to question- As Michael would have said, I grew a spine today!

The ceiling is still leaking a horrible amount. The repair guy was supposedly supposed to come over today. But seeing as it is still leaking I'm assuming he didn't. But at least it seems that someone upstairs had the sense to come down and empty the ginormous bucket that I have catching the water because it wasn't spilt over when I got home from work. It is kind of annoying hearing the dripping all the time.

I am very glad that I have a 4 day weekend coming up. Living in Alberta is excellent. They seem to believe in holidays more then some other provinces.

The snow has arrived! I am very excited!!

Friday, November 04, 2005

I lack skills in algebra

My statistical physics professor is a big meany! This is what he wrote on one of my questions on my midterm:

You could simplify this
You lack skills in algebra
You should practice with more simple calculations

As if I didn't already feel bad enough about the bad mark that I got, he had to go and insult me and my apparent lack of skills in algebra. And if I go on anymore I might start insulting him, so I will stop.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Saying Things

It's been 5 days since I last posted so I thought I would amuse you all with some stuff. In statistical physics we have been learning about the probabilities of macrostates and the multiplicities of microstates occuring in certain systems in nature. So I know all about how the macrostate with the highest multiplicity has the highest probability of occuring. If this is true and I have actually learned something, then why is saying something where the answer being yes is equivalent to the macrostate with the highest multiplicity so hard to say? Probably because I know that all microstates that exist have an equal chance of occuring. See all you skeptics out there, I can apply what I'm learning to real life situations in which I am faced. I don't know why I am even posting this for the world to see, I guess it is just frustrating sometimes.
And here is a picture of the Large Magellanic Cloud- a companion galaxy to out own Milky Way.


Also some lyrics from the song What Are You Waiting For? Which is apparently by Lindsay Lohan, but we can ignore that fact and focus on what the song is saying.

Sometimes, I feel a little helpless, Seems like (well) I can't do a thing,
But anything is possible, Just you wait and see, Good things happen, If you Just believe,
So you wanna change the world, What are you waiting for, Say your gunna start right now,
What are you waiting for, It only takes one voice, So come on now and shout it out,
Give a little more, What are you waiting for?