Saturday, December 30, 2006

A New Cousin

On Dec. 28 I had a new cousin born! This is very exciting. So I would like to welcome to the world Erin Gayle Gilbert!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Happy Winter (a day late)

I totally meant to say HAPPY WINTER yesterday but I forgot. So HAPPY WINTER!!!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Are newt pictures on blogs cliche?

If so, my blog is being cliche again. Here is Kepler showing off his belly. He's got a pretty cool looking belly. Newts are just funny. Kepler likes to spend a lot of time clinging to the walls of his home. He is surprisingly good at climbing the bare glass walls.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

I am just seeing if something works

Saturday, December 02, 2006

A new member of the family

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

A blast from the past

Glenda sent this picture to me today. I would venture to guess that I am about 7 or 8 years old in this picture.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Outdoor Adventure

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

Mazy in a Mazy sized box, Tesseract checking herself out

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

Ah entertaining

What horrible Edward Gorey Death will you die?

You will be sucked dry by a leech. I'd stay away from swimming holes, and stick to good old cement. Even if it does hurt like hell when your toe scrapes the bottom.
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Monday, October 30, 2006


Here is a spooky looking nebula definitly approriate for Halloween. It is SH2 136.


Saturday, October 28, 2006

It was a good run

No, it was a great run... unfortunetly it ends with the words- St. Louis Cardinals are World Series Champions. Am I disapointed and heartbroken? Of course. But the thing about baseball is that there is always next season and this year, after 13 long painful losing seasons, the Detroit Tigers finally proved that they can play with the big boys. It was a wonderful experiance, finally having my team win.

Proud to be a Tigers fan

Friday, October 27, 2006

Hubert and Lillian

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

Welcome Back Kim

Today, Jon and I decided to take a trip out to the Edmonton International Airport. There we found Kim wandering around. We decided to take her back to my place.Thus begins Kim's new life in Edmonton!

I really should post more often

One would think that now that I have the internet back at my house that I would post at least as frequently as I used to. Apparently not. I guess I've been too busy.

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

I am way to spoiled

I know this will likely lead to teasing, but I just thought I would show off. Hey, it's not a baseball post. Shocking.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

The most amazing thing happened today...

...a baseball landed in the stands in left field of Comerica Park. Not really that unlikely of an event... until you stop to consider what this simple event means...
are going to the

Exactly 22 years ago, they were also celebrating in Detroit. For that was when the Tigers won it all. October 14, 1984. I was a meer 10 months and 8 days old. I don't remember it. I remember today. It's a beautiful thing!!!!

Back online

Well, folks I'm back in the 21st century. Thank you very much Ben for fixing my internet woes!!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

It's a beautiful thing

It's a beautiful thing when good triumphs over evil. So last night when the Beloved Detroit Tigers beat the Evil Empire to eliminate them from the playoffs, it was a beautiful thing. The Tigers didn't just beat the Yankees though, they distroyed them. Yankee starter Jaret Wright, known for his choking ability, didn't even get out of the third inning, while Tigers starter Jeremy Bonderman was perfect through 5. The Yankee loving announcers from FOX continually went on about how great a Yankee team this is, quite possibly the best offensive team ever constructed in the history of baseball, but the fact of the matter is great pitching will shut down great hitting any day and in the end the Evil Empire was beaten by the team who has the best pitching staff in all of baseball this year. I have never known that much joy from the world of baseball. So this is what it's like to have your team win.


Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The playoffs start today, the playoffs start today

The Tigers first playoff game is tonight. Too bad I'm working. It better last until at least Game 4 or else I wont get to see a single game from the first round. I mean it would be best if the beloved Tigers finished off the hated Yankees in 3 games. But I would like to see a game. Too bad I'm in charge of Street Ministry this Friday or else I would be skipping out. But then that's probably a good thing. I can just see it now... "Dear God, today instead of going to help homeless people I have decided to stay home and watch the team that by your grace alone has finally made it to the post season." But obviously Tiger fans have been doing something right this year to diserve this.

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

Tigers Clinch a Playoff Spot

That's right folks, it hasn't happened since 1987, but the Tigers are going to the playoffs this year. They have clinched at least a spot in the Wild Card and are currently still in first in their Division. And you all probably thought that because you haven't seen a Tigers update that they had fallen off the pace and were back to their usual terrible selves, nope. This is so exciting. I was only 3 the last time they were in the playoffs and so do not remember it.

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

My Blog is really lame

I'm sorry. See since I moved, I haven't had internet. I didn't even have a phone until last week because Telus is lame and when they were "fixing" phone lines in my neighbourhood, they actually broke my line. In my new house there is Shaw internet. I do not have a modem for such a thing. This is apparently not something that you can just buy at Future Shop, as I found out. You have to call Shaw, no phone means no calling thus my lack of internet. I have a phone now, I called Shaw they said that since I live in a different suite that I would have to have my own account with them in order for them to send me a modem. I said that's lame, so now I have to talk to my landlady about setting up a wireless system in the house so that I can have the internet that is included in my rent. That also means another trip to Future Shop. I neglected my blog because I didn't want to blog at school. But here I am. Only because I was suppose to have a meeting for SPACE (Astronomy Club), but the person who's office we were suppose to be having it in didn't show up, so we broke into his office and I left him a message. So that didn't take as long as the actual meeting thus I have a lot of time to kill before I have to go to class. Aren't you all lucky. So rest assured that I am still here, just slightly absent from the blogging world.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

To My Wonderful Father

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

Spikey number 1

This weekend on the youth group caming trip I made many friends. There names were Spikey number 1, Spikey number 2, ... , Spikey number 5. The above photo is a picture of Spikey number 1. We met when he attached himself to my pants while walking through the woods on the way to the river. Spikey number 3 was the most special because, among other things, he had three spots running down his back.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

And the farewells were said...

The last group photo before the great departing.
From L-R: Natasha, Carol, Me, Tim, Adrian, Glenna and Vani
There are a few absent:(

My Masai Knife

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.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Boo Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons SUCKS!!!

And they're stinky too.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Lightning Picture

Went to Jasper today. On the way back there was some wicked lightning, so I put my camera on the longest exposure it has and tried my luck. This was the best one I got.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

My New Apartment

Here are some pictures of my new apartment. The kitchen and the wonderfully nice tile floor in the kitchen that I love. The gigantic bathroom. The living room with gas fireplace. I can't wait to move!!!


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.

School Starts in 22 Days

I'm convincing myself that I'm excited about school starting again. I'm sure I actually am. But once it starts, I'll long for the days of summer. Isn't that always the way.

It is also only 16 days until I move, which I am definitly excited about.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Bye Kim

Kim left Edmonton on Monday. That was sad.

Kim- Thanks for coming to visit me! It made for an awesome month and a half of summer. You should definitly come back next summer. Have fun packing for school.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Perseids Ahoy

Last night, Kim and I got to watch the peak of the Perseid meteor shower. It wasn't the best, but it was still really cool. We were out from 10:30pm to 12:15am and saw 14 meteors. One was increadibly bright. The clouds started to roll in at about midnight. So we packed it in. It was better then last years though. Last year I was at a dark sight but it rained the entire night. There really is not a lot that is more thrilling then seeing a really bright meteor streak across the sky. It gets my heart pounding every time.

Filthy Cat

I really don't know how he managed to get so dirty

Sunday, August 06, 2006

The packing has begun

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

Blake and Snowball

are doing fine Jason and Karlene. Don't worry.

Tesseract was being cute today

and decided she would sit on my shoulders. So I had to take a picture.

Sunday, July 30, 2006


So a couple of posts ago I mentioned that I was looking for a new place to live. Well I found one! So I'm moving out. I'm very excited about the new place. It's still in the same area that I'm in now, just slightly farther south. It's like a block away from where I work. The place is really nice. It's a 1 bedroom basement suite and newly renovated. I totally love the tile in the kitchen and the bathroom is huge. Oh ya and there's a hot tub in the backyard that I'm allowed to use. Anyways, I'm sure I could rant on and on about the place, but that would be boring. So instead I will state a request... if anyone has any boxes I could use, that would be really cool. I seem to have amassed a large number of books over the four years I have been here and they no longer fit in the one box that they came in when I moved here.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Totally stealing

So, I'm totally stealing this from Brett's blog (who totally stole it) cause I'm bored and it seems amussing

1. Rock star name: (pet and current street name)

Tesseract 87

2. Movie Star name: (grandfather/grandmother on mother’s side first name, favorite candy)
Lucy Starburst

3. “Fly girl/guy” name: (first initial of first name, first two or three letters of your last name)
S Gil

4. Detective name: (favorite animal, name of high school)
Cat Trenton

5. Soap Opera name: (middle name, city where you were born)
Joy North-Battleford

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)
Gil'tle Maz

8. Your Jedi name: (middle name spelled backwards, your mom’s maiden name spelled backwards)
Yoj Eltsacdrah

9. Your Stage name: (middle name, street you grew up on)
Joy Stewart

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

1million stars

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?

Detroit 62 30 .674 -
Chi White Sox 57 34 .626 4.5
Minnesota 50 40 .556 11.0
Cleveland 41 50 .451 20.5
Kansas City 32 59 .352 29.5

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.

Friday, July 14, 2006



Dad, below is a picture of your birthday present.

Love you very much. Have an excellent day!!

Love: Stephanie

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Blake is so cute

No, Mom and Dad, this isn't my cat. He is Jason and Karlene's.