Thursday, November 27, 2008

Tomorrow is moving day!!!

The boxes are (almost) packed, the papers are signed and tomorrow we will be getting the keys to our new home! I am so excited!! After all of the really awful experiences I have had over the last few years with renting, I am so glad that we are no longer renting. Buying a home was definitly an interesting experience. There were a lot of ups and downs, nervous and happy moments.

I am so happy to be leaving the ghetto behind. I think, in fact, that I can altogether avoid the entire north-central part of Edmonton for the rest of forever. I wouldn't mind not ever having to come back to this part of town. Maybe I will even start liking Edmonton again. If I can just make myself forget about what Edmonton is really like...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Honestly Now...

...people need to do their jobs properly.

I would say more, but that might lead to backlash and at the current moment I can't take backlash. Maybe I'll elaborate later on, but don't hold your breath because I will probably forget about elaborating by tomorrow.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

GROSS

Some days at work I am absolutely amazed and sickened by the samples that I process. The water and "soil" samples that I process from things like refineries are gross. I mean how could a sample labeled "sump sludge" not make an environmentalist's stomach turn? This is stuff that humans are producing on a daily basis and its just there, there really isn't a whole lot that you can do about it once you produce it. Are gigantic trucks and 5000 sq. ft. homes really worth it?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

No more renting and bye bye sat paste

Two very exciting things have happened in the last week.

First, a couple of weeks ago Jon and I put an offer in on a condo. Our offer was excepted and on Friday we signed the papers for our mortgage!! I am so super excited:) Our possession date is Nov. 28. I can't wait to not be renting.

Second, I have been moved to a new group at work. I am now working on one of the PC Titrators. I will be pH and EC testing for soil and pH, EC, alkalinity and fluoride testing for water. I started training yesterday. I am excited about this because the titrator is mine. I am the only one who will be responsible for my titrator and all of the samples that are given my test codes, whereas in my old group there were 10 of us who were responsible for the samples we were given. Also, I get to work Monday to Friday! No more weekends!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Okay...

...So maybe I am rubbing it in. The NDP isn't even the party that I voted for (Go Green), but my socialistic nature just can't get over it. I had to check the standings again to make sure that I didn't make a blog post about a dream.

Apparently Mr. Jaffer has not yet conceded the riding to Ms. Duncan. There is currently an official validation under way, which apparently could take a couple of days. Mr. Jaffer is waiting until that is over to concede. A validation is something that naturally occurs when the race is so tight, but I think he is just being a sore loser.

Do you think this means that the university students actually got out and voted?

Well, whatever it was. It feels good.
To: Mr. Ultra-Conservative-Redneck who lives next door to my inlaws,

The Ultra-Ultra-Socialist-Hippies have spoken.

Your time has passed.

Have a good night!

Are you kidding me?...

Am I reading this right?

Last night when I went to bed I had thoughts of "what was the point of this?".

At that point the Conservatives had a minority and had swept Alberta.

I woke up to more election coverage.

They scrolled through the results by province.

I noticed something...

Conservative- 27, NDP- 1

WHAT???

I was shocked, I thought "could it be, my riding, the NDP finally did what they have been so close to doing for so long?"

I looked it up, and it was!!!

Linda Duncan- 20,076 Rahim Jaffer- 19,634 (courtesy cbc.ca)

There is hope in Alberta...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Monday, October 06, 2008

So I haven't grown

Today, being Monday, I have the day off. I am doing laundry and cleaning. It is a little chilly in the apartment because I left the windows open last night. I decided that I needed to wear an old, raggy sweater. I couldn't find my UofA sweater, so I dug out my elementary school grad sweater. When I put it on I realized how absolutely ridiculous it is that I can still wear a sweater that I got 12 years ago when I was 12 years old. It's not like I am 32 and wearing my old university sweater. I am 24 and wearing my old elementary school sweater. It still fits, just a little big. Although, in my defense, I have gained about 35lbs since then, so it must have been really big when I got it.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Influenced

This morning on my bus ride to work I was thinking about a conversation I recently had at work with the twins (twin girls my age who were hired at the same time as me) about how we decided which party to vote for. They said that they do not really follow politics and in the last election voted for the same party as their parents. I said that I have not been influenced by my parents because I vote Green (except in my second election where Jack Layton visited my riding the week before the election day and there was a small chance that the NDP might take my riding, very small chance, it was stifled after 3 polling stations reported. I thought I was being good by voting strategically. I'll never do that again. But I digress) and this was the first election that my Dad was considering voting Green. I was thinking I was being all independent and such.

Well, a memory came flooding back this morning on the bus. It was 1993 (or maybe it was 1997. The year doesn't really matter). This was the year that I was first becoming more aware of the fact that the government was formed during an election. I even watched the results with my parents. My family was driving along the road that divides Vancouver from one of it's suburbs, Burnaby, and I saw a sign advertising the Green Party. I asked my Dad what that was all about. He told me they were a group that believed in supporting the environment. I thought that was a novel concept. I liked the outdoors and therefore liked the idea of supporting the environment. Later that night he went onto the new and wonderful "internet" and printed off some literature on the Green Party. I remember being fascinated and thinking that when I was old enough to vote I would vote for the Green Party. Up until this morning I was convinced that my parents had not influenced my political views. I was wrong. That's all right though, since I love and respect my parents.

It always amazes me how memories work.

VOTE

Remember, we are less then two weeks away...


VOTE

The French Debate

Ah the debates...

The French debate was tonight, for those of you who missed it. I found it interesting enough, better then past debates. I like the round table formate better then the podiums. Was that the formate for the last federal debates? I missed them last time.

The point I enjoyed most was one made by Ms. May and Mr. Layton when they were talking about crime and they said that Mr. Harper has broken some of his own legislation and followed others. What kind of an example is that for Canadians, who are supposed to follow all laws, when the government is deciding which of it's own laws it follows.

Harper's answers to all the questions on health care, I thought, were weak. His response of- we have legislation to cooperate with the provinces- for all of the questions were non descriptive at best.

I liked the fact that Ms. May was able to keep her emotions in check. You know, the excitement that must come with being in your first national debate combined with her usual amounts of passion whenever she is speaking, I was worried that she might get a little carried away. But she stayed out of the squabbles for the most part and made her points clearly and decisively.

Overall, things seemed to be more in control. In the past I can recall coming out of debates completely exhausted and less clear on party platforms. This time wasn't as confusing. This may be because I was watching the French debate dubbed over with English and perhaps for the most part they only dubbed the person who was supposed to be speaking. Can someone who watched it in French clarify this for me?

Unfortunately I will miss the English debate because I have a previous commitment. I'm sure it will be shown again.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Ultra Conservatives

I recently found myself in a conversation with a person who is quite possibly the most ultra conservative, redneck, I have ever met. He is Jon's parent's neighbour. He claims he sleeps with a gun under his pillow. I believe it.

Anyways, politics came up, as they do around these times and somewhere along the line I called Stephen Harper a war mongerer. Then he said the US went into Afghanistan to free the people from the Taliban. I said, no it was because they were mad about 9/11 and gave the people what they wanted, which was blood. He agreed (or at least said he agreed) on that point. I thought I was making gains. Then he called the Liberals a bunch of ultra socialists who's socialist ideas would ruin the economic fabric of the country. At that point I gave up. I realized it was a hopeless cause. I considered, but then rejected, the idea of mentioning that the Liberals are actually in the middle of the Canadian political landscape for fear that his head might explode if he was informed about the crazy ideas of the actual socialist party(ies) in Canada.

I think that was a worse case of ultra conservatism then when I was told that the NDP are a bunch of communists, who would take away my choice to be Christian, during the recent provincial election.

Why do so many Salvationists vote Conservative? I mean I can understand the Catholics backing the Conservatives, but why do so many Salvationists peddle the Conservatives?

I need to post something

I have had all of these ideas, that I think would make good blog posts, over the past few weeks, and have not gotten around to posting them. One thing about working and not being in school is that I don't have homework to be distracted from. That is when most of my posts occurred, when I was stuck on a physics/math problem and needed a break. Now I don't have that and lately, t.v. has been far to interesting. Which is another problem. I need to cut back. I keep saying that I need to do some PDE's but then I do like two problems and stop, even though I have been wanting to further my knowledge of them for quite some time. I just need to get back into it. Watching t.v is way to easy.

Work is going really well. We have been getting busy. Two weeks ago we were super busy because one of our clients was involved in an oil spill up north. I guess it wasn't big enough to make the news though because I don't recall seeing anything (people are free to correct me if they heard anything). I can't imagine how busy it would be if there was a make-the-news sized spill. I wonder how often there is a spill that the public never hears about. I keep getting more things to be responsible for, which I think is a good sign. I really like and respect both my supervisor and the senior chemist. Life is good for me when I respect the people above me in a job.

Being married is still the best thing ever. It has it's challenges, but they are welcomed challenges. Jon is past the half way mark for school. He is counting down the days.

Danielle (best friend ever) is coming to visit in just over a month. She will be our first guest since Susan stayed over for the first couple of nights while the power situation was being resolved with her apartment. Danielle and I are planning a trip to Jasper and the Columbian Ice Fields. I can't wait!

I did actually topics of interest to post about and when I remember them, if they are still relevant, I will post them.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

A Racer Daemon Night

Last night was a great night as we said goodbye to Glenna (headed back to Saskatoon for vet school) and Vani (off to India to help organize the customer service section of her dad's company) Racer Daemon style. Glenna, Vani, Tim, Natasha and I met up at Glenna's house for games night. We started playing Racer Daemon and ended up playing all night. The game went back and forth on the way to 200 points. Glenna and I both got off to a slow start (possibly abysmal for Glenna), Tim was dominating, Natasha and Vani were playing steady. But at the half way mark, I left Glenna behind and started my climb to the top. Vani was still playing fairly steadily. Vani and I knocked off Tim and started to leave the others behind. Before long Vani and I were out classing the rest and approaching the finish very quickly. The score was Vani- 185 and Me- 171. Then I had the most amazing round of my life. The score was then Vani 191- and Me- 194. The last round was so tense. In the end, Vani took it. The round I had previously, Vani had at that point. We truly out classed the rest of our competitors for what was possibly the best game of Racer Daemon ever.

We also had a discussion about the probability of shuffling the deck in the correct order, as previously defined as the right order before shuffling. We came to the conclusion that it would be 1/52! (that's factorial, not an exclamation mark). We figured in some correction factors, which at most would have changed the order of magnitude by one, possibly two and so we discounted them as 52! is a number rather larger then a few orders of magnitude. Thus the probability is very small. Approximately zero. Since there have not been that many card shuffles in the history of card shuffling, it has likely never happened. Vani made a very good point that it has the same chance of happening as any order that is shuffled randomly has of occurring. She is correct, however by saying that you want to accomplish that order, makes it the correct order and thus you can attach the probability to it. It then becomes the order with the lowest amount of entropy. And as we all know, things with low entropy are very difficult to achieve randomly.

My husband is so classy...


Not to worry though, I do believe I recall Jill saying "okay Jon now it is time for a nice one" or something to that effect.

Jon starts school on Monday:) While it will be slightly difficult with the lose of half of his income, I am looking forward to him being in school. Apparently at some point in their apprenticeship electricians have to learn calculus. I am personally hoping that it is this round of school (I need an excuse to practice my skills), but I am thinking it will probably not be until the next one.

I actually have a hankering to do some calculus right now. Is that strange? I actually dug out my old textbook a few times in the last month before the wedding. It was nice. I think I will go do some more right now.

Results, delightful results

One of the things that I like most about working at Maxxam compared to Cornerstone is the fact that we get results. You do the tests, you get the results. At Cornerstone we would do whatever we could, but still they fail their drug tests, get picked up by the cops or just don't show up for curfew. Even the ones whom you think you have helped always, eventually end up right back where they were before they started at Cornerstone. Soil is so much easier to deal with. People are just complicated. I feel so much more at peace with myself knowing that when I go to work, I will not be dealing with the very sad things that I have had to find out in the last year.

I think that recently I have seen and heard to much. The stories I have heard from the women who live at Cornerstone are sometimes heartbreaking. On a couple of occasions I have gotten to close, expected to much, celebrated to early, only to have them fall. Drugs are a much better companion.

I have learned a lot though, my time working at Cornerstone and on the Winter Relief program was definitly not wasted time. I am more greatful, for many things then every before. But I am relieved to be finished with it.

I was definitly meant to be a scientist.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

It's a real post, not just a picture


The "official" wedding pictures may or may not be up on my facebook soon. Just wait folks.

My new job is going very well. I like it. My group does drying and grinding, saturation pastes, pH testing, extractions and electrical conductivity testing. It is not the most difficult work, but it is better then other jobs I have had. The group that I am is apparently the group that everyone starts in and then, if they choose to continue with Maxxam, they move on from there.

I was thinking today about how glad I am that I am not working reception anymore. I am not saying anything down about receptionists, it is just not my kind of work. I don't see a single client all day long. I have not had to deal with a client/customer since I have started at Maxxam. It is very nice. I guess I am really not a customer service type of a person. Obviously in the job that I am in we have to practice good customer service by getting accurate and timely results, but I do not have to deal directly with them. It is such a nice feeling to know that when I go to work I am not going to have to deal with that stuff anymore.

Jon wanted me to talk about him in this post. He is going back to school in 9 days. I like it when he is in school, his days are shorter.

Being married is still the best thing ever.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

A great shot

This photo comes courtesy of Lindsay. It is one of my favorite ones.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Yes, married now


The wedding was fantastic. I don't know why some brides get so nervous. The only time I was slightly nervous was waiting to walk down the aisle. But once my music started, I was good to go. And, yes, only I would have a wedding party that is cool enough to scale a monument for an awesome picture. It was Carol's idea.

The day went off without a hitch. I have such an amazing family who did so much work to make sure the day went off without a hitch. I am very lucky to have such an awesome family. It was a very good day for me.

Being married is awesome. I'm glad Jon doesn't have to go home at night anymore because he is home. It is also very nice living with someone who is family again. It has been a long time.

I don't think that I could be happier.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Some news

I also have some news. I will be starting a new job when I get back from the honeymoon. I have accepted a position with a company called Maxxam Analytics. They are the largest privately owned, analytical laboratory company in North America. They do analysis in environmental, petroleum, air, ultra trace and specialty analysis, food and DNA, paternity and drug testing services. Specifically, the lab in Edmonton does soil sample analysis. I will be working as an Analyst in the Inorganic Soil Preparation group.

I am very pleased and very relieved. I had applied to Maxxam and had an interview at their job fair before I started with DHQ and then another interview shortly after. The job fair I guess didn't work out, but that was okay because they were just hiring for sample sorters and such. The second interview was for an analyst in the Organic Volatiles group and seemed to be going well, up until the point I said I would need to have half of July off and I was told that was their busiest time and that would not be possible, so that didn't work out. But I guess they kept my name on file because on Tuesday I got an email offering me this other job. I couldn't say no. I have been praying and hoping for a job with this company for a while. They seem like a really good company to work for based on the info they have regarding their principles and values and their performance and development. We seem to agree on those things. This job is only temporary until the end of 2008, but I am told there is possibility of an extension or a permanent position becoming available. I will just have to dazzle them with my awesomeness to show them that they want to keep me around.

This job seems like a good step forward. Recently I came to the realization that I had been taking jobs that I didn't really want, but seemed slightly better then the one I had before. Two summers ago I took the job at Tim Hortons because it paid better then Shoppers. Recently I took the job at DHQ because it seemed better then the kitchen at the ARC and then I was going to apply to a payroll job at the ARC to escape DHQ. When I was looking at the job description for that one, that is when I came to my realization. I was sad. But not a week after admitting this to myself, I was offered a job that I wanted. Amazing how those things work.

It has been a while since I have done any chemistry. I am going to have to dig out the old textbook and do some reading on the drive to and from Ontario.

I now have a job in a science position and I couldn't be happier.

Two Weeks

The big day is two weeks away! There is still so much to do before we leave for Ontario in a week. Mostly, we have to clean the apartment, get Jon's stuff moved in and pack. All three of those will be chores in themselves. I can not believe that it is only two weeks away. The whole thing feels so surreal.

Question: Why do weddings make some people not think straight? How can I offend people I don't even know by not inviting them to a wedding for two people they don't even know? I'm sorry, but meeting me as a baby and then not making an attempt at communication for 23 years does not mean that you know me and does not warrant an invitation to my wedding. Adults are confusing sometimes.

My dress finally came back from alterations... after 4 and a half months with only 2 and a half weeks to spare... that was a relief.
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Friday, July 04, 2008

A question...

Why is it that when there is a major political crisis going on somewhere in the world, CBC always chooses to interview the diplomat to Canada for that country? A few mornings ago, CBC had an interview with the Zimbabwe diplomate to Canada. Why? They never tell the truth. They are always going to side with their countries current government. Possibly because they believe in them, or because they don't want to lose their jobs. There is no point in the diplomat interview. In doing an interview like that, it almost seems to me that CBC is saying, see it isn't really that bad, just relax Canada. It's just another form of Mugambe propaganda and it is shamful that CBC is participating in it.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Leaving for Ontario in 2 weeks...

Jon and I are leaving to drive down to Ontario in two weeks. Craziness!!!! I can't wait until we get there. I can't wait to see those two lovely folks pictured above, my Mom and Dad. I also can't wait to see the rest of my family. Well, the ones that will be there that is. I can't wait to see Danielle, my maid of honor and her parents, whom I haven't seen in so long. I can't wait to meet the rest of Jon's family, whom I haven't met. I can't wait to see all of my university friends who moved to Ontario a few years past. It is going to be so much fun.

I can't wait for the drive down. I haven't made that drive in a very long time. We are going the Northern Ontario route, so it should be interesting. Thankfully one of Jon's buddies is driving with us as he is taking a trip to Hamilton, so we will have another driver.

Then in three weeks is the wedding. Insane. I haven't lived with family in a very long time. It will be totally different living with someone who is involved in my life, as opposed to a roommate, where we each come and go as we please. I am so ready for that. I have missed it a great deal.

Monday, June 23, 2008

I would do it again


Rafting this weekend was fantastic!! And people were worried that something would happen. I wasn't even one of the people that fell out. We rescued the people that fell out within minutes. I would recommend rafting and definitly want to go again. Rafting was so much fun and overall the weekend was amazing. It was just what I needed.

Unfortunately, a trip to the wilderness does have one downside- having to come back to the city. When I come back I am reminded of how much I was not meant to live in a city. I hate that I have to live in one of the worst areas of the city because I don't want to have to pay at least $1000/month to rent a one bedroom apartment. Edmonton is the pits. I guess it would be alright if you lived in a nice neighborhood and drive to work everyday, avoiding those places you don't want to be. But I live and work in those place you don't want to be. It is not fun and I grow more weary of it everyday.

Scientific America has had a lot of articles about the ethics of climate change lately. The big question is: can we convince people that they need to sacrifice now for the sake of future generations? I say probably not. Thus the planet and the human race is hooped.

I know one practical way that people can help and this is something that I practice as often as I can. That is to not buy such highly processed foods. An entire meal that comes in a bag that you throw in the microwave for 1min30sec might be convenient but they are usually stripped of their natural nutrients and are expensive. People pay so much money for packaging. And where there is a lot of processing and packaging, there are a lot of carbon emissions. I'm not saying to milk your own cow or bake your own bread, there are not many people who have time for that. But buying things in bulk, things that need to be cooked not microwaved and things that generally look like what they do when they come out of the ground is a good idea. Plus it is a lot cheaper, tastier and better for you.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Should be doing a lot of things

I am posting because I am delaying doing a lot of things. I need to do my dishes. There are a lot of them in the sink. I was so excited to move into an apartment that has a dishwasher, but it doesn't work properly. Dishes never get cleaned to my standards and my standards for dish cleanliness is not that great. I also have to pack. What do I have to pack for you might ask? The white water rafting trip I am going on this weekend!! I can't wait. It is going to be amazing.

Everyone keeps pointing out that it is so close to the wedding and maybe I should rethink this trip because I might get hurt. I say to them- our thoughts form the universe, if people keep thinking I am going to get hurt, then I just might. So stop it! And the fact that my wedding is in a future time does not have any affect on events that are going to happen at an earlier future time. That is the asymmetry of time folks. Future events do not have an effect on current events. Does that bother anyone? Who else has stopped to wonder why it is that we can remember the past but not the future? With the symmetries that exist in the rest of the universe, why is time asymmetric!? They say it is because of entropy. The future is more disorganized then the past and so we can not hope to make sense of it, thus we do not remember it. Others say that we live in a multiverse and there are universes within the multiverse where time runs anti-parallel to us. People still experience time the same way as us within their universe, but the overall multiverse has a symmetry in time. I think we have been taught for far to long that time is forever pushing forward and so we can not experience the symmetry of time.

Maybe one day we will be able to, but for now I am running out of time and need to get some dishes done.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

from "And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place"

"Every day, here and at home, we are warned about the enemy. But who is the enemy? Is it the alien? Well, we are all alien to one another. Is it the one who believes differently than we do? No, not at all, my friends. The enemy is fear. The enemy is ignorance. The enemy is the one who tells you that you must hate that which is different. Because, in the end, that hate will turn on you. And that same hate will destroy you." ~Rev. Dexter in "And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place"

from "Z'ha'dum"

"G'Quan wrote: 'There is a greater darkness than the one we fight. It is the darkness of the soul that has lost its way. The war we fight is not against powers and principalities, it is against chaos and despair. Greater than the death of flesh is the death of hope, the death of dreams. Against this peril we can never surrender. The future is all around us, waiting in moments of transition, to be born in moments of revelation. No one knows the shape of that future, or where it will take us. We know only that it is always born in pain.'" ~G'Kar in "Z'ha'dum"

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Mosquito

What is The Mosquito you might ask? Last week at work I ordered a new cartridge for our postal machine and with it came an advertisment for The Mosquito. It is an ultrasonic teenage deterrent, guarenteed to solve the problem of unwanted gatherings of youths and teenagers. So if your business is threatened from unwanted anti social behavior by teenagers, I would recommened that you invest in one of these fantastic devices.

How does it work you might ask? It emits an unpleasent but benign high pitched sound that only young people can hear. People over the age of 25 can't hear this sound due to natural hearing loss during the aging process.

Apparently this item has been availible and very successful in the UK for years and is just now availible in Canada, so no business should miss out on this oppurtunety.

I remember hearing about this on tv once and wondering if it was true. Apparently it is. It seems bizarre. I wounder if it actually works.

I defeated it

What did I defeat? Revenue Canada and their income tax forms. I finally got around to filling out my income tax. Yes, I know they are a month late but that is okay because they owe me money. That is so wonderful. I feels like a victory to successfully fill out the forms and calculate my return. The first year that I tried to do it myself I called my Dad in a panic because some how I ended up owing the government over a thousand dollars. I didn't know what I was doing. Then the other years previous I took it to the professionals. But this time with all the procrastinating that went on, I had to do it myself. And I did. Take that government and your attempt to confuse us all with your scheduals, forms and lines. I know it's a minor victory, but I'll take.

I've been watching Babylon 5, they're all about overcoming governments who don't take responsibility for their actions. As I digress... the great thing about Babylon 5 is that every time I watch it, I notice more connections and hints for the future story line. It's amazing.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Most Miserable City

So Forbes has named Detroit as the Most Miserable American city. That's not surprising. Detroit is a very sketchy place to visit and just catching a whiff of the breeze coming off the Detroit river and you know it stinks. But, the Tigers play there and so they can be forgiven and Detroit is still a worth while city to visit.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

How can they do that?

I don't think that I have ever been left unsatisfied with a season finally of a T.V show then I am right now with The Office. How can they do that? How can they do that to people like me who are hopeless romances and assumed that this episode would finally be the time that Jim proposes to Pam. But no... right as it is about to happen it gets interrupted. WHY? Stupid Andy. In every episode, every moment between them has been leading up to a proposal, but then it doesn't happen. That is just mean. That is almost as mean as Joss Whedon finally putting Amber Benson on the opening credits in the episode that he kills Tara. That's right folks, I'm comparing it to that.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

In the basement

No, not me, my Tigers. After two glorious years on top, my Tigers have once again returned to the basement of the AL Central. But I do not give up hope, oh no because the season is still young and anything can happen in baseball.

Jon and I were watching Family Guy on Peachtree TV (formally TBS) and a commercial advertising the Braves came on. Jon asked if I like the Braves and I said no. But then I remembered back to the time when Greg Maddox, John Smoltz and Tom Glavine all pitched for the Braves. I liked the Braves then. That was also the time when Barry Zito, Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder all pitched for the Oakland Athletics. I also liked Oakland then. But those are not my favorite teams. I just like good pitching. My like of them comes and goes with the pitchers. No, only the Tigers, no matter how much they hurt me can maintain their place in my heart for all time.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

I'm cursing cardboard cuts

You know, they are like paper cuts, but from cardboard. I have one on my finger tip and it really hurts. Who knew being a receptionist would be hazardous to my health? Too bad I am not in the States, otherwise I'm sure I could sue UPS for several millions for making the edges of their Express Envelopes too sharp. That would never fly in Canada though.

It is surpirsingly difficult

You know, it is surprisingly difficult to get 25 mattresses from Saskatoon to Iqaluit. Especially when you are in Edmonton, the shipping company is in Valleyfield QC, the guy in Iqaluit works part time with a fax line that is shared by the phone line (I have to call him before I fax anything to him so that he can change the lines over again) and you are dealing with time sensitive contracts.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

More fantastic mathness

"And the mathematical models of King Krool and the beast did such fierce battle across the equation covered table, that the constructors' pencils kept snapping. Furious, the beast writhed and wriggled its iterated integrals beneth the King's polynomial blows, collapsed into an infinite series of indeterminate terms, then got back up by raising itself to the nth power, but the King so belabored it with differentials and partial derivatives that its Fourier coefficients all canceled out, and in the ensuing confusion the constructors completely lost sight of both King and beast. So they took a break, stretched their legs, then went back to work and tried it again from the beginning, this time unleashing their entire arsenal of tensor matrices and grand canonical ensembles, attacking the problem with such fevor that the very paper began to smoke. The King rushed forward with all his cruel coordinates and mean values, stumbled into a dark forest of roots and logarithms, had to backtrack, then encountered the beast in a field of irrational numbers and smote it so greviously that it fell two decimal places and lost an epsilon, but the beast slid around an asymptote and hid in an n-dimensional orthogonal phase space, underwent expansion and came out, and came out, fuming factorially, and fell upon the King and hurt him passing sore. But the King, nothing daunted, put on his Markov chain mail and all his impervious parameters, took his increment delta(k) to infinity and dealt the beast a truely Boolean blow, sent it reeling throughan x-axis and several brackets- but the beast, prepared for this, lowered its horns and- wham!!- the pencils flew like mad through transendental functions and double eigentransformation, and when at last the beast closed in and the King was down and out for the count, the constructors jumped up, danced a jig, laughed and sang..." ~The Cyberiad- Stanislaw Lem

I came across this wonderful little tidbit on the bus on my way to work this evening. I thought it was fantastic. I did not realize how much I missed reading, especially science fiction, until I started again. I hope that never again, will I allow work to get in the way of reading.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Love and Tensor Algebra

Come let us hasten to a higher plane,
Where dyads tread the fairy fields of Venn,
Their indices bedecked from one to n,
Commingled in an endless Markov chain!
Come, every frustum longs to be a cone,
And every vector dreams of matrices.
Hark to the gentle gradient of the breeze:
It wispers of a more ergodic zone.
In Riemann, Hilbert or in Banach space
Let superscripts and subscripts go their ways.
Our asymptotes no longer out of phase,
We shall encounter, counting, face to face.
I'll grant thee random access to my heart,
Thou'lt tell me all the constants of thy love;
And so we shall all love's lemmas prove,
And in our bound partition never part.
For what did Cauchy know, or Christoffel,
Or Fourier, or any Boole or Euler,
Wielding their compasses, their pens and rulers,
Of thy supernal sinusoidal spell?
Cancel me not- for what then shall remain?
Abscissas, some mantissas, modules, modes,
A root or two, a torus and a node:
The inverse of my verse, a null domain.
Ellipse of bliss, converge, O lips devine!
The product of our scalars is defined!
Cyberiad draws nigh, and the skew mind
Cuts caper like a happy haversine.
I see the eigenvalue in thine eye,
I hear the tender tensor in thy sigh.
Bernoulli would have been content to die,
Had he but known such a^2cos(2phi)!
This poem comes from Stanislaw Lem's The Cyberiad. It is a collection of short stories that follows two constructors, Trurl and Klapaucius. In one of the stories Trurl creates an electronic bard. Klapaucius requests that it produces a love poem in the language of pure mathematics. The above is what he comes up with. It's quite brilliant really.

Workin' at DHQ

I finished my first week working at DHQ (Divisional Headquaters for all of you non Salvation Arny types). It was quiet because most people were out of the office at a conference in Calgary. I must say that I do very much enjoy two things about the job 1) I get to work normal working hours. 8-4 M-F. I don't think there is anything sweeter. 2) I went the entire week without being sworn at. That has been wonderful. It's nice because I have been coming home energized instead of exhausted. No one has directed any malicious threats towards my person and I have not encountered any irrational behaviour. The biggest crisis that seems to have come out of this week was a couple of coffee mugs being broken. But then, like I said, it was a quiet week.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Who Wants to Walk With Me?

I've been feeling very activist lately, which is good, seeing as I have been falling off the Darfur activist trail lately, which is bad. Anyways, the Walk for Darfur campaign is running once again this year. For those who don't know Walk for Darfur is a walk from Calgary to Edmonton by a group of Grant MacEwan students to raise awareness of the situation in Darfur. They are having a Welcome Walk to finish up their campaign. The walk is on Sunday May 4. It starts at Ikea and ends 15km later at Grant MacEwan college. I am intending on attending. Does anyone want to join me? It will be a great experiance and you will be helping to draw attention to a serious humanitarian crisis. Am I going to have to bribe people with cookies? Because I'll go there, you know I will.

I Am Legend Revisited

So I just watched I Am Legend for the second, but this time I watched the "alternate version with controversial ending". The whole movie was the same, except for the end. I didn't see what was so controversial about it. Can someone explain to me why this ending was so controversial. Is it perhaps that there is nothing controversial about it, but that is just in fact a marketing scheme? What? I'm shocked... would they really do that? Knowing that putting a word like controversial on the cover of the dvd would make people who saw the movie in theater, but were not impressed enough to buy it, actually in fact buy it? I wasn't actually one of those people, I genuenly enjoyed the movie when I saw it the first time, so did Jon, he bought it.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Chant Down Babylon

So a year ago when I started talking about a personal Olympic boycott, the response I got was an "oh Stephanie" and a pat on the head. Well, how about now? My reasons for the boycott were in protest of China's relations with Sudan and thus their support of the paramilitary actions against the people of Darfur. Now, with all of the activity in Tibet that has been making the news, how can you support the Olympics being in China? Look people, this has nothing to do with supporting our Canadian Olympic athletes. That doesn't matter, people are dying. I love the Olympics, they are absolutely my favorite sporting event, but I cannot justify watching them when they are being held in a country who does not hold to the ideals of the Olympic games. So on August 8, for the first time in as long as I can remember, I will not be tuning in to watch the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. I urge others to consider similar actions.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

A passing that must be noted on Lefthandedsocks

This week the Science Fiction community lost one of it's best. Sir Arthur C. Clarke passed away at the age of 90 this past Wednesday. His contributions to the genre of Science Fiction will be enjoyed for decades to come. My personal favorites of his are Childhood's End and Ghosts from the Grand Banks.

Friday, March 07, 2008

New Apartment

I have moved into my new apartment. It is the apartment that Jon and I will live in after we are married. Yay. Which, by the way, is only 4 months and 12 days away:) I'll post pictures of the new place on facebook when I get fully unpacked.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Back to driving... oh dear

So after delaying as long as I think I possibly could have, I have my learners license back. I had my learners in Ontario, but after five years of not getting my full license, it expired. When I went to investigate getting it back, I was told that if I got my Alberta learner's within three years of my Ontario one expiring, I would not have to write any test or be in the graduated system. So that is what I did, just in the nick of time. I got my license on Feb. 5 and Feb. 20 would have been three years since my Ontario one expired. So now I have to learn how to drive. Boo. I really didn't enjoy my driving experience the first time round, I really hope that this time is better. I have been out a couple of times in Jon's car. Which of course is a standard, so not only am I learning how to drive, I am learning how to drive a standard. It's not going to badly. The concept of changing gears is really not as difficult as I thought it was going to be. I still get really nervous though. Jon is a good teacher though, he is being patient. The goal is to do my road test before we drive down to Ontario for the wedding.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Ah funny

So every Thursday night I try to stay up as late as possible so that I can sleep in as late a possible because I work the night shift at Cornerstone on Friday. Tonight I have been amusing myself with reading articles posted on Zambia Online: The National Homepage of Zambia (my sponsor child is from Zambia). I came across this little gem.

ZIMBABWE AND VENEZUELA

The writer of this article, Chanda Chisala, actually has several articles. In all of the ones I have read he denounces socialism and states that capitalism is the only way to go. In this article, he outright insults, rather sarcastically, the socialist governments of Zimbabwe and Venezuela. I found it to be an amusing read (perhaps my enjoyment of this article is brought on by the fact that it is almost 3am).

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Wow neglecting my blog much?

This is definitely the longest I have gone without posting to my blog. I considered giving it up forever, but thought that I did not want to do that because that would mean that I only started it because it was the thing to do at the time. That doesn't sit well with me. Thus the blog will continue to have life. Hopefully, but not likely, lots of it.

So I guess it would be appropriate to do something that I really should have done a long while ago and that is announce that Jon and I are engaged. Now I know that about 98% of you who read this blog (that is if there is anyone left who does read it) already knows this, however for those of you who do not know this already, there you have. We got engaged on Christmas Eve and we are getting married on July 19! Yay! I can't wait.

There you have it folks. A post, finally.