Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Bunny Ears

I love this set of pictures. They make me laugh so hard every time I see them. This is my cousin Rachael and my brother Jeremy at our cousin's wedding. Rachael had been trying to throw the bunny ears on someone in every picture that she was in, but most of the time there was someone there to stop her. In the first picture she is sneaking up on Jeremy, you can see her fingures start the form the bunny ears and she has that look on her face. Then in the next one, she has done it but instead of having a triumphant look on her face, they both kind of have the deer caught in head lights look. Fantastic.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Me and My Twin

Here is me and my twin brother Daniel at our cousin's wedding. This is possibly the worst picture ever taken of the two of us. Daniel looks possessed and I don't even know what I look like. I tried all night to get a picture of the two of us but he doesn't like pictures. When I went over to sit beside Daniel to talk to him, Jeremy was playing with my camera and took this one. It is a very silly picture and therefore belongs on my blog.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Some pics from my cousins wedding finally being posted

Here is my family. We have Daniel, Kim, Kim (Jeremy's girlfriend), Katrina, Jeremy, my Mom, my Dad and me.
I think we all look pretty good.

Here is both sides of my cousin Murry's wedding. Proud to say that the Hardcastle side includes most of the people in this picture.

This post is not agreeing very well with lots of pictures so the spacing is all messed up so I explain them from here. The one with the 4 guys are the guy cousins, minus 3 of them. I know none of them are looking at the camera, but this is the only one where they are all smiling. The one with all the girls are, you guessed it, the girl cousins. We all look fabuluos. The adorible picture is of my cousin Rachael, she was one of the flower girls.

The one below is one of my favorites. This is my Mom, Aunt Bev and Aunt Barb. They were dancing as they were waiting in the dessert line. It was rather funny and this is one of those pictures that will come up over and over again.

The one above is a really good one of Murray and Renee. Seeing as these are pictures from a wedding I should have a picture of the bride and groom. I can't take credit for this picture, Jeremy took it.

In attempting to edit this post, the spacing is still not working. I don't think any of the captions actually go with the pictures, so it is a game of match the caption to the picture. Perhaps I will no longer make posts with losts of pictures because my blog really doesn't seem to like them.

Friday, September 23, 2005

My Professor is a Geek

Here is a quite hilarious question that has been assigned on my recent Relativity assignment (hmm, apparently I must really like this class seeing as I keep mentioning it in posts).

A man passes a women in the street at a relative speed of about 8km/h. The woman is walking directly away from the Andromeda Galaxy and the man is walking directly towards it. As they pass, the woman says "At this point a battle fleet is setting out from Andromeda to destroy our galaxy." How long ago did the battle fleet leave according to the man's reckoning?

I haven't done this assignment yet, it's not due until next Thursday, so I don't have an answer. I have thought about it a bit though and as far as I can tell, there are many different answers. I assume that the fleet left 2,200,000 years ago since Andromeda is 2,200,000 light years away from us and so the women received the information just now. Since the speed limit on info transport is the speed of light. But Glenna (not in physics) assumes that the fleet just left and that the women somehow transported herself to our galaxy, or that she has been traveling for a very long time to get to us and before she left they told her when the fleet was going to be launched. In any case, I laughed for quite a while after I read that question. It's ridiculous on many fronts. I love it.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Blessed Be Your Name

Here are the lyrics to one of my favorite songs that we sing at FUEL.

Blessed be your name
In the land that is plentiful
Where the streams of abundance flow
Blessed be your name

Blessed be your name
When I'm found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed be your name

Every blessing you pour out,
I turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say...
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your glorious name

Blessed be your name
When the sun's shining down on me
When the world's all as it should be
Blessed be your name

Blessed be your name
On the road marked with suffering
Oh, There's pain in the offering
Blessed be your name

Every blessing you pour out,
I turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say...
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your glorious name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to stay
Well Blessed be your name

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

The Relativity of Simultaneity

Here is something neat that we have been doing in my Special Relativity class. This is looking at the occurrence of two events and the order in which observers in two different frames conclude the events happen in. In the diagram (reproduced by me using that oh so advanced drawing program called MS Paint) there is an event happening at A and one at B. You are also shown the world lines of two observers, O and O'. Events A and B happen at the same time. As you can see from the diagram, observer O does indeed conclude that these events are simultaneous. However, if you look at the world line for observer O', you can see that the light from event A reaches O' world line much later then the light from event B. So O' concludes that the events are not simultaneous and that B occurs before A. In everyday events you do not observe this because the scales that we live on are far too small and moving way to slowly. But if you were observing an event that occurred at Alpha Centauri and one that occurred at some star in the Andromeda galaxy, if they happened at the same time, you would conclude that the one at Alpha Centauri happened well before the one in Andromeda. It is very neat stuff. There are of course lots of equations that goes with all of this, but I wont bother putting them up, a diagram is enough.

1st Fencing Lession

Yesterday, Carol and I had our first fencing lesson. It was exciting. We didn't actually get to touch the swords, but our instructor guaranteed that we will next week. We learned some of the positions and the way to stand and what not. We learned (Danielle please forgive my spelling) engaurd, parrie, lunge and advance. There is apparently a lot of French involved. Maybe I'll actually pick up more of the language then I did in gr. 9 French class. Probably not though. As far as I could see, I was the only lefty there. Those righties wont know what hit them when we actually get to scrimmage. Hmm, I highly doubt they call it scrimmage in fencing, it's probably something much classier then that.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Bye Joey

Tomorrow my very good friend, Joey, is leaving for med school in England. Joey, you're the coolest science geek I've ever met. You need to get a blog so that we can all keep up with you. Thank you so much for your friendship over the last few years. I know you'll do awsome and I'm so excited for you. Remember that there are tonns of us back here in Edmonton who will always be there for you if you need us.

Love you muchly, see you later buddy

Musings from the Night Audit

I think that I can reasonilby equate people's habits of randomly entering and leaving a hotel at very early hours of the morning with lower amounts of common sence. If only because I need something to amuse me while working other then my differential equations assignment that I have finished. So during the night audit, being a young female who works at a hotel downtown, I lock the door. Thus I control who comes in and out of the the hotel. Whenever a guest comes to the door I flick the little switch that turns the automatic door back on. Sometimes, since people tend to stand with their noises pressed against the door, the sensor does not pick them up and the door does not open. Now this is solved very easily not by knocking on the door, nor by trying to force it open, but simply by backing up a little bit and then walking forward again. People do not realize this. Most of the time I have to resort to hand signals to get the people to understand this. Once in a while I consider giving them the hand signals, but keeping the door locked, but I'm just not that mean. A lot of the times, people are very concerned about the fact that the door hasn't opened. They start frantically checking their watches (I'm I too late to enter the hotel again?) and searching everywhere for their keys (maybe my key unlocks this door to), not noticing that I am standing at the desk. This morning, these two people kept coming in and out and every time they couldn't manage the door. You would think that after the 3rd time of me telling them that they had to back away from the door that they would be able to figure it out. But instead it became a challenge- would I be able to make it to the switch in time to unlock the door before they got confuzzeled once again?? Nope! Then during yesterdays audit there was another couple who were also in and out a number of times and every time she walked by the desk she insisted on asking if I was photocopying my butt and wouldn't believe me when I told her I was doing a physics assignment. I wasn't sitting anywhere near the photocopier. It wasn't very funny the first time she said it. The other 7 times was just ridiculous, but she seemed to get a kick out of it every time. And good for her. After all, who am I to judge what other people should find amusing? If anything else, the brief moments of panic displayed by people are rather amusing. Only 52min left until I get to go home.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

What We Are Missing

The sun has been particularly active the last week and so the Northern Lights have apparently been rather spectacular. Too bad it has been cloudy and rainy and miserable here in Edmonton. The first week back at the observatory has certainly been a bust. We even had some big shot industry leaders, who we hope will give us money for the building of the new observatory, up on Tuesday, but we couldn't even take the roof off the shed because it was raining. This is me being a whinny astronomer who complains about clouds and light pollution and all the woes of being an astronomer living in a big city. But the picture is really pretty. It was apparently taken from somewhere in Quebec a few days ago. It, once again, comes from the Astronomy Picture of the Day website. Really it is a very cool website.

Friday, September 16, 2005

1st Time Donor

Today for F.A.A Glenna, Michael and I donated blood. It was the first time that Michael and I had done so. Glenna called herself a seasoned veteran (or something to that effect). I thought it was fine. Not nearly as traumatic as I expected it to be. In fact, it wasn't traumatic at all. The worst part is when they prick your finger to test the iron content of your blood. Mine was 14.5. This is apparently good. And I'm a quick donor. I filled my bag up like it was nobodies business. And this was without exploding all over the nurse like Michael did. The best part of it, you know aside from the saving a life thing, was the mandatory cookie eating afterwards. They were yummy cookies!
This week was filled with all kinds of adventures. Helping tear apart Karlene and Jason's kitchen, signing up for fencing lessons, wedding dress shopping with Karlene (you know, fulfilling my maid of honor duties and all!) and deciding to be the drama coordinator for FUEL. Craziness! It's all very exciting though.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

"I miss chalk"

Today in my Optics and Lasers class my professor was lecturing on reflection and refraction of light and was having a horrendous time trying to draw a wavefront diagram because his dry erase board pens kept dying on him. After throwing the third pen on the desk in frustration, he looked at the class and said very sadly "you know, I miss chalk". I found it amazing that someone who spends his life working in a lab that uses femtosecond laser methods to enhance microscopy and does work in millikelvin temperature research misses something so simple as chalk. I suppose it is always the simple things that we miss the most.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

2 Silly Pictures of Jeremy

Here are two very silly pictures of my younger brother Jeremy. Because I felt like posting something but really don't have very much time. In the picutre on the left he is wearing the tuxido shirt that he picked up at the Essex Thrift Store. Notice it's a women's tuxido shirt. In the picture on the right, I have no idea what he has on his head. I didn't take this picture. People say that we look alike. I don't see it.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

20 More Days!!!!!

Serenity is coming out in 20 more days!!!! I can't wait. Firefly is the best show ever, therefore Serenity is going to be awesome. The trailer that I saw for it before Brother's Grim was excellent. Apparently River has turned into this fighting machine. There were so many different directions that this movie could have gone on and I'll be happy if they're focusing on Simon and River because I think that was one of the more interesting story lines that never got the chance to really develop during Firefly (like all storylines from Firefly... Fox stinks!). So come one come all, the more the merrier. If anyone hasn't seen Firefly, I can loan it out. There are only 14 episodes so 20 days is plenty of time to watch them. Hahaha, I'm working a night audit and I should be doing homework, but I'm not... Darn blogs are way more fun then doing an optics or a complex variables assignment when I have only been to 2 classes of each and haven't learned anything of value that I can apply to the answering of the questions on the assignments. Boy, I sure do like to make ridiculous run on sentences this early in the morning, well probably all the time, but I'll blame the time this time. So yes... Serenity... September 30... Brown coats required... It's sure to be the Geek-Fest of the month.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Royal Twinkle Goose

Here you go Glenna, here is the picture that was being referred to during F.A.A.
Photo courtesy Michael Q. T. Pedruski.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

A Dumb Moment

I had such a dumb moment today while I was sitting in my Special Relativity class. My professor was talking about Newton's Laws in relativity and somewhere along the way said that it was obvious that mass was invariant. I was sitting in my desk thinking; what are you talking about? Are you mad? Mass isn't invariant, everyone knows that. What about E=mc^2? There is no way. I was quite concerned for a couple of minutes until I finally remembered that we were talking about Galilean Relativity and at that time mass was thought to be invariant. I obviously wasn't paying enough attention and it wasn't until something ridiculous was said that my brain starting consciously registering what was being said. I'll have to pay more attention for the rest of the classes. I should avoid these brief moments of great concern, they can’t possibly be very healthy for my young self.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

I Heart Space

Aw, isn't this nebula nice? It's shaped exactly like a heart when taken from this angle and taken with these particular photographic plates. If anyone is actually interested in an explination of this photo here is the link:
It comes courtesy of the Astronomy Picture of the Day website. A very neat website.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Renaissance Festival

While I was in Ontario, my parents, sisters and I went to the Renaissance Festival in Hamilton. It was lots of fun, there were all kinds of things to see and do.

There was dancing

There was jousting. That was the coolest because they were actually doing real jousting.

There were knights in shinning armour.

And plays featuring King Henry VIII's Royal Court.

There was a live chess game were the pieces had to fight each other. So there was cool sword fighting.

And of course there were beautiful ladies of the court.