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"