Wednesday, August 31, 2005

My Sister the Hurricane

So as I am sure everyone knows, hurricane Katrina has wrecked havoc on the Southern US. Also as many of you know, that is those of you who pay attention to me when I talk, one of my younger sisters is also named Katrina.
Today Katrina mentioned that while she was at work, (she works at the fine establishment of Tim Horton's) several customers decided that they would make hurricane jokes about her. Here are some of the comments that she received.

Your too small to be a hurricane

I've been reading about the destruction you've been doing down in the states

How does it feel to be named after a hurricane

So you're that hurricane that's been destroying the states

Katrina, huh, that's like the hurricane

Now these are made especially amusing by the fact that, as reading these comments, you should be picturing a male, southern Ontario soy bean farmer, with a quasi Americanized accent and adding a deep booming chuckled at the end of each statement.

Aww, people are silly...

Friday, August 26, 2005

You Don't Fix Faith

This is one of my favorite scenes from the T.V. series Firefly, aka the best sci-fi western that only lasted 14 episodes ever, aka one of the biggest cancellation mistakes ever made by Fox. This scene is from the episode Jaynestown. It is between Book, the preacher on board Serenity and River, the brilliant teenage girl whose brain was mucked with by the government.

River sits at the dining table. Book's Bible is open in front of her, and she scribbles furiously into it, crossing out words, writing in the margins. Book walks in, speaks from across the room.

BOOK: What are we up to, sweetheart?

RIVER: Fixing your Bible.

BOOK: I--uh-- What?

RIVER: Bible's broken. Contradictions, faulty logistics--it doesn't make sense...

BOOK: No, no, you can't...

RIVER: So we'll integrate non-progressional evolution theory with God's creation of Eden -- eleven inherent metaphoric parallels already there... eleven, important number, prime number, one goes into the house of eleven eleven times but always comes out one--

BOOK: River, just take it easy. You shouldn't--

RIVER: Noah's Ark is a problem--

BOOK: Really.

RIVER: We'll have to call it early quantum state phenomenon-- Only way to fit five-thousand species of mammal on the same boat-

BOOK: Gimme that! River! You don't fix the Bible!

RIVER: It's broken. It doesn't make sense.

BOOK: It's not about making sense. It's about believing in something, and letting that belief be real enough to change your life. It's about 'faith'. You don't fix faith, River. It fixes you.

(taken from http://twiztv.com/scripts/firefly/season1/firefly-104.htm)

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Mazy and Tesseract

Well, anyone who knows me, knew it had to be coming sometime- a post about my cats, Mazy and Tesseract. For those of you who don't know, Mazy is the tortoiseshell and Tesseract is the grey fluff ball. They are the best cats ever and I can't imagine my house without them. The top picture is them about to get high on some catnip. It was impossible to get both of them to look up at the same time.

Here is Tesseract playing with one of her toys after eating some of the catnip. Yes, Tesseract was named after the hypergeometrical equivalent of a cube. No she was not named from the book A Wrinkle in Time. I read that book after I named her because people kept asking. Tesseract was given to me by her old owners who could no longer take care of her. She is very cuddly, but only when there is no one else around. She likes to talk a lot.


Here is Mazy hanging out at the cat spa, also having eaten some catnip. I adopted Mazy from the SPCA. Her owners gave her up when she had a kitten. She is so sweet and I cannot believe anyone would be able to give her up, but I'm glad they did. She does the most adorable leap onto her hind legs when you reach down to pet her.

Sylvan Lake

On Aug. 11-12, my friend Lindsay and I took a trip to Sylvan Lake. The plan was to sit all day on the beach, relaxing under the sun and then watch the Perseid meteor shower. Unfortunately it was massively windy and cloudy and cold. I was at a dark site for the first time in months on the night the Perseids were peaking, but there was no sky to be seen only clouds. But we still had fun and had smores. Here are some pictures.







Here is Lindsay and I relaxing at our camp site.








Here is a very precarious situation that involved me in flip-flops nearly plunging down a cliff into the lake. But I managed to get myself out of it. Lindsay asked "why didn't you wait to get running shoes before climbing down?" I responded "because I live for the moment and sometimes the moment doesn't think." But I didn't get hurt and it was a thrill.




Here is just a really neat looking picture. I love pictures with cool looking clouds in them. Plus I really enjoy setting up my camera in crazy places with the timer going and having to make a mad dash across all sorts of landscape to get myself into the picture.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Off to Ontario

Well, tomorrow I am off home to Ontario to visit my Mommy and Daddy and brothers and sisters! I'll be back on September 6th, just in time for school to start again. But I'm sure I will make some fun and exciting posts about fun and exciting things that I am doing while in Essex, so have no fear for those 2 whole people who have taken the time to visit my blog.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Ender

I declare that everyone who likes reading sci-fi, or just likes reading in general should read the Ender series by Orson Scott Card. Why? you ask. Because they are brilliant books. It starts with Ender's Game, which follows the life of a boy named Ender while he is in Battle School. It shows how humans deal with discovering an alien race bent on our destruction and the consequences of the its us or them idea. The next books are Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide and Children of the Mind. Right now I am almost finished Xenocide. Ender's Game is a very brash and intense book and has a completely different feel from the books that follow. Technically you could just start with Speaker for the Dead as it is a fairly stand alone book. But if you want to really understand who the Speaker for the Dead and Demosthenes are then you need to read their histories. There are a lot of religious overtones and some very neat ideas presented in these books. They are fantastic. I thank Jill for always being like "you know what book I really like?...", which inspired me to pick Ender's Game up off the table at the Edmonton Public Library book sale and purchase it for a whole 25 cents!

Monday, August 08, 2005

First Post Ever

Well here is my first post ever. You know, the one where everyone is like "I don't know what this blog is going to turn into..." Which is true most people probably don't have a plan going into the blogging world. I imagine most people are just cruising their friend's blogs and decide that it would be neat to have one of their own. So here is the result of the above two statements... I now have a blog!! So I hope you enjoy whatever madness comes out of this...