Saturday, December 30, 2006
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Saturday, December 02, 2006
I would like to introduce to everyone the newest addition to my family, a fire belly newt named Kepler. I got him today. He is my birthday present from Jon. As you all might have guessed (or not) he is named after the famous astronomer Johannes Kepler. See, I thought it was amussing to him that because a lot of people name their newts the highly uncreative name of Newton or Issac after Issac Newton, so I enjoyed the idea of naming him after one of Newton's predessors. Kepler was someone who made important first steps in the era of modern astrophysics. He came up with three laws governing planetary motion, which are so named Kepler's Three Laws of Planetary Motion and are stated as follows:
1. A planet orbits the Sun in an ellipse, with the Sun at one focus of the ellipse.
2. A line connecting a planet to the Sun sweeps out equal areas in equal time intervals.
3. P^2=a^3 (the orbital period of a planet in years is proportional to the average distance of the planet from the Sun in astronomical units)
So anyways, there is your physics lession. Newts are really cool and really adorible.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
Today Kim, Jon and I decided that since it was -19 with a wind chill of -31, we should go for a walk. And a walk we went on. We went to Mill Creek, one of my favorite places in Edmonton and which also happens to be right close to my house. It was quite enjoyable and I got thrown into a large number of snow banks.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
As you can tell, my creativity for posting has pretty much gone to zero. Thus, in an effort to post something, you get cat pictures, how cliché!
Have I ever mentioned how cool Partial Differential Equations are? They describe so many phenomena that we encounter every day. They are very neat to learn about. I'm glad that MATH 438, the continuation to MATH 436, is running next semester. It wasn't going to at first because there were not enough people registered, but now there are 10 of us! It's very exciting.
It is one month and 3 days until I go to Essex for Christmas. I'm very excited about seeing my Mom and Dad and brothers and sister. I didn't get to see my brothers this summer, so when I see them it will be a year since I saw them last. That is far to long for one person to go without seeing their brothers.
Sometimes being a twin is so complicated.
A little while ago my Dad mentioned something about a program called Stellarium in one of his posts. I checked it out, downloaded it and it is a cool program. As far as free observing software goes, this is great. I've been having lots of fun with it.
Kim and I are going to start decorating for Christmas kind of soon and we are getting a tree to put up! I'm very excited!! I love Christmas.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Proud to be a Tigers fan
Friday, October 27, 2006
Took a trip to IKEA on Wednesday to get Kim a bed. Kim did not find a bed. I however did find what I was looking. I got a bedside table, a cute little kitchen table and two new additions to the family- Hubert and Lillian. You can see them in the picture with Mazy. They are my first ever house plants since moving out of my parents house. Hubert is the aloe vera plant and Lillian is the other one that I don't really know what it is, but I think it is cute.
Tesseract decided to crawl in the bag that one of my pieces of furniture came in. There hasn't been any pictures of Mazy or Tesseract in a while. Terrible.
Monday, October 23, 2006
In five months tomorrow, I will be in Mexico for Mission Mexico. That is unbelievably exciting and I can't wait. It's good to finally know what projects we will be doing and to have gotten a look at the Children's Home. For those of you who don't know what we are doing when we go there, ie my family and friends not from church, go here to see a video.
World Series 2006- Tigers vs. Cardinals is well under way. The series is tied 1-1. The Cards took the first game but the Tigers evened it out last night. Game 3 is Tuesday in St. Louis. It's very exciting.
Anyways, I have to get back to cleaning in preparation for the arrival of a long lost relative from a far away unknown dimension.
Monday, October 16, 2006
Saturday, October 14, 2006
are going to the
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Game 1: tonight at Yankee Stadium 8pm EST
Game 2: Oct. 4 at Yankee Stadium 8pm EST
Game 3: Oct. 6 at Comerica Park 8pm EST
You should all watch, it would be good for you
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
In other news, I now have a wireless card for my computer but I am having difficulties getting it working. My computer is telling me that the card cannot associate with the access point. Whatever that means. So if anyone knows what that means and would be willing to fix my problem, please give me a call. I'm not working Wednesday night.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Dad, you know I agree with or at least respect pretty much all the opinions that you have, but burning Jocelyn Bell goes too far. Your recent blog post leads me to believe that you did not do your research concerning the Pluto issue and who exactly the members of IAU are. For example, you saying that Jocelyn Bell is nothing more then a suit who has never spent an evening looking through a cold telescope could not be more incorrect. You realized you just laid a huge burn on one of my favorite observational astronomers, second only to the great Henrietta Swan Leavitt. Observational astronomer being the key descriptive words here. Jocelyn Bell spent the first 2 years of her PhD at Cambridge (from 1965-67) helping to construct an 81.5MHz radio telescope, which was suppose to be used to track quasars. Her job, once the telescope went operational was to analyze the chart paper containing the readouts from the telescope. After a couple weeks, she noticed a blip on the readout. She recognized the blip as being from a pulsar (As opposed to her professor who got all hyper and decided that it must be a signal from an alien civilization, but that is an amusing side story for another time). That's right, Dad, Jocelyn Bell was the first to detect evidence of a pulsar, by using a telescope. She later married and became Jocelyn Bell Burnell. Dr. Bell Burnell has done work in observational astronomy using all parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Dad, you know I love you, but I am very disappointed that you could make such an opinionated statement without having done your research.
As for Pluto being "demoted", get over it people. I love it how suddenly now that the decision has been officially made people are like "what they can't do that to Pluto". News flash people, astronomers have been debating the issue as to whether Pluto is actually a planet or not for about 50 years now. This isn't something new and maybe if people paid attention to the universe around them, this wouldn't come as such a shock. By the way, you can substitute the Pluto issue for almost any issue going on in the world right now. People don't pay attention to what is going on and then are shocked when something actually happens.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
As I'm sure many of you know, recently my dear and good friends, Carol and Glenna, spent 80 days teaching in Tanzania. While they were there, they picked up gifts for all of their good and dear friends back in Canada. When it came to my gift they thought to themselves, "selves, what should we get Steph?" The obvious answer came to them very quickly, "a weapon!" they thought. They searched long and hard for the perfect weapon. They first thought a club, but then laid their eyes upon the Masai knife and thought "this is the weapon for Steph". Thus, I am the proud owner of a genuine Masai knife. Thanks Carol and Glenna.
There is a very amusing side story with this, which involves Carol and Glenna declaring their clothing as cotton at customs flying back to Canada but forgetting to declare the knife. The custom lady thought they were crazy for thinking they needed to declare their clothing as cotton. Little did she know that they were actually smuggling a weapon on board.
Monday, August 21, 2006
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Friday, August 18, 2006
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Today my sister, Katrina, and I were at West Ed and I saw the most infuriating t-shirt ever. This girl who was probably about 14 years old had on her t-shirt "I'm too pretty to do math". I wanted to slap her mother silly. Fortunately, for the mother, I had an appointment at the bank this afternoon and didn't think it would be appropriate to show up with bruised knuckles. Too pretty to do math, so what does that make me? More importantly, it is exactly attitudes like that, which give girls that age not enough confidence to go into fields like physics and mathematics when they get older. Women just started being allowed in these fields in the last 100 years. We've come so far in a hundred years. But once again society is trying to take these things away from us by making young girls believe that they wont be cool enough or pretty enough if they like physics and math. Things like that are very upsetting.
Here is a website that I like: Contributions of 20th Century Women to Physics
That is all, thank you for your attention.
It is also only 16 days until I move, which I am definitly excited about.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Sunday, August 13, 2006
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Ah packing... I haven't had to do that in a while. Thankfully I don't really have that much stuff. So that's good. And I got tonnes of boxes from work. So I don't think I am any longer in need of boxes. I can't wait to move into my new place. It is offically mine now though since I signed the lease agreement and paid my security deposit. I get to move in on Sept. 1. So...anyone free on Sept. 1?
In other news, Blake and Snowball are very strange. Apparently they like to eat lettuce and were both consuming the left over lettuce from the sub I had for lunch today.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
1. Rock star name: (pet and current street name)
2. Movie Star name: (grandfather/grandmother on mother’s side first name, favorite candy)
3. “Fly girl/guy” name: (first initial of first name, first two or three letters of your last name)
4. Detective name: (favorite animal, name of high school)
5. Soap Opera name: (middle name, city where you were born)
6. Opposite sex name: (name of dad/mom, cell phone company you use)
7. Star Wars name: (first 3 letters of your last name, last 3 letters of mother’s maiden name, first 3 letters of your pet’s name)
8. Your Jedi name: (middle name spelled backwards, your mom’s maiden name spelled backwards)
9. Your Stage name: (middle name, street you grew up on)
10. Superhero name: (”the”, your favorite color, the first thing you see when you look to your left)
The Purple Cat
Monday, July 17, 2006
Here is a picture of our galactic center taken in infrared. This photo contains almost a million stars. Pretty awesome huh? Also the really bright, red blob slightly above and to the right of the center is the very center of our galaxy, a region called Sagittarius A. Contained within Sagittarius A is a very strong radio point source known as Sagittarius A*. This has an estimated mass of 4.7x10^6 solar masses and is contained within a space of just 20AU (1AU is the distance between the Sun and the Earth). That is one of the arguments astrophysicists use in claiming that Sagittarius A* is a supermassive black hole.
In other news, I have not 1, not 2, not 3 but 4 days off in a row. I only have 1 left. It was suppose to be only 3 in a row, but my manager called today and asked if I would work Thursday instead of Tuesday. Yay for lots of days off in a row. And what have I been doing on my days off you might ask? I have been looking for a new place to live! Sweet deal. Why do I want to move? Long story, you know blah, blah, blah. So if anyone knows of places in their neighborhoods that have now renting signs, let me know.
And how are the Tigers doing?
|Chi White Sox||57||34||.626||4.5|
That's right, they are still in first and still the best team in baseball. I think by now, they have proven that they are genuine. It's still really hard to believe.