Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sometimes it's hard to be a woman...

Any respect I had for Palin, McCain's token female running mate in the US election, is waning after reading that she is pushing to have evolution and creationism both taught in schools as one of her election statements. I have to ask: Haven't we gotten past this to more important issues of state in election time?
The US has a lot more problems at the moment than a science/church pissing contest over the origin of the species. Let's hold up the whole separation of church and state and move on with governing a country in a humane and fair way. Unless we're going to acknowledge all religions in the US and let them all have equal say, leave it alone. Teach taxonomy and leave the rest out until people go to University and let them figure out what they think from there...

Maybe focus on *real* issues in the election. Like, oh, I don't know...the economic collapse of a nation? Feeding and clothing all of your people and allowing them to live a decent life? Removing corporate greed from your White House and allowing the country to look after itself and the environment with prudent dignity?

I would like to speak for the entire female gender in saying: A hearty boo to Palin, and state that really, although she *is* technically one of us, please don't judge us all by her actions. Can we assign her some "other" category? Give her some sort of tattoo, saying "warning contents are not representative and may have settled during shipping"?

I had such hopes that the first female politician let anywhere near the White House would be anything other than this...Hillary I could handle. But this?


And here I was so pleased last night, gloating about how a woman would be better in office, after reading our local Conservative MP's mailout to us that was his usual rantish, bigoted, female insulting and pretty much inane self...with comments like how he wants to "stop women being forced into abortions" and "halt the restrictive and hurtful human rights commissions and committees" from getting in the way of "good people" doing the "right" things. In the past he's ranted about the terrible natives who abuse our social programs and are taking advantage of our handouts, and how women are not being allowed to be traditional (??) and that liberals and NDPs are attacking family values. I keep wondering why he gets reelected over and over...but then I know I live in a predominantly religious right wing riding, where lots of small town people will vote conservative just to vote conservative regardless of who is on the ticket. I cannot, on good conscience, support this guy. A pigs bladder on a stick would be better some days, I think. He is a racist illspoken man who has not done anything helpful for the greater good in my riding other than to support the status quo.

And again...I am baffled why people vote conservative for such a leader. I understand wanting family values...wanting someone who isn't scary and won't challenge your way of life or thinking. Someone who looks after "what's right"? But how is that concept uniquely conservative? And why is liberalism so bad? Why are people so afraid of new thoughts, cultures and ideas? To me, if the person in the running in your area was a good person with a lot of well spoken ideas then pick him/her, regardless of his political party. Pick someone who will stand up for their principles, whatever they are, and make sure your riding's needs and opinions are held up in government. Isn't that the whole point of voting?
Do I want Maurice Vellacott to be king asshat of Meewasin Saskatoon riding again? Hells no.
I am not exaggerating when I say that altho I am certain he is a nice, decent man, he has also proven himself in the past to be overly biased in christian religious issues and a racist by his actions and statements.
We have to move forward...

And so now I can't be proud of men or a women in politics...
Perhaps I shall use my lab to create a new 3rd gender...or (shudder) go into politics.
OR (I'm liking this 3rd option more and more the more I think about it) create a new race of political undead to run in the next election...hell why not? I can see it now: an undead Trudeau for Prime Minister in 2012! Bring back the great leaders of the past to Canada!

Lunch break's over.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

My eyes! The goggles do nothing!

Well...my brain is full of sciency wiency stuff.
I just helped tutor the grade 11 japanese student staying with my brother. I had to relearn a bunch of biology I haven't looked at in ages: parts of the cell, all about bacteria and wading through the latin gobbledegook that is taxonomy...and apparently, there are now 6 Kingdoms in taxonomy instead of 5. Sheesh! I am constantly amused at the need for scientists need to describe and classify. They divided a kingdom into 2 just to be more anally descriptive and divisive...rather arbitrarily if'n you ask me...but then I still think Pluto should be a planet, so what do I know? :)

Yesterday was bliss. Maxing and chillaxing and relaxing all cool and shooting some b-ball outside of the school...and all that. I relaxed...I made a fiery hot breakfast of taters and sausages with some chipotle peppers in them (they cooked up hotter than I thought) and finally finished The Time Traveller's Wife. I highly recommend it. AND we got tickets for last night to see the local production of Waiting for Godot. It is a somewhat experimental and obscure play. It's a play by Samuel Becket I've always been curious to see but never figured it would make it to way out here... It's just collections of dialog between 4 bizarre people as they wait for someone. Not so much plot as exposition and absurdity...Not for everyone but *I* liked it.

And, my trusty new appliances came. They look very cool. I gave them all hugs of welcome.
I have thoroughly relaxed and today made up some muffins and pumpkin cookies, and even tried my hand at celiac baking. My sis-in-law was recently diagnosed celiac...so since I was going over there today to tutor Kyoka, I thought I'd bring her bakey munchables. It's so unfair that I bring over other stuff and she can never eat them. I even put peaches in them (which my brother hates) so they are all for her. Score.

Anyhoo...time to get back to the pledge drive mines. I just ahve to keep reminding myself it is for a good cause and I think I am ready to get back to it for a little while longer. It's all over friday, so I can see the light at the end of the tunnel...faintly.


Friday, September 26, 2008


This week has one too many days in it I think. I am drained. Not tired...just drained. I'm glad tomorrow is a day off from everything. I can't wait.

On the other hand, my new washer and Dryer and dishwasher come very soon. Maybe today...or at the latest tomorrow.
Mee hee.
I have to wait until my Dad comes in October to hook them all up to use them, but still. Appliances that actually work with out kicking assistance or sounding like there is heavy construction going on in the house! A dishwasher that will close without cursing and using a screwdriver! A dryer that has a door handle!


Thursday, September 25, 2008

A few too many

I really prefer it when people overestimate things. It makes it more pleasant to do less than you thought, and you get finished early.
The alternative...my day. What was described as a "few" samples to sort, log and divide up was described as ~40. "OK, not too bad" I thought. When I arrived, it turned out to be only 38, BUT with 5 samples each from those 38, so ACTUALLY 190. And, oh, each has to be divided into 4. And labelled. And no rush, but they're needed tomorrow. And did I mention that one set of the 190 are in duplicate?
Sooooooo, in the end, only, oh, 950 odd tubes to label...no biggie. Certainly only a "few" wouldn't you say?
Good times.

I want a king hat so I can demand absurdities form people while not letting them know what they've agreed to until it is too late.
This is the same gob I wanted to tell off about a month ago.
A real charmer that one.
Off to tubetown for me...just had to vent a bit.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A meme for a frosty morning

I’m a busy girl, and it's chilly, so to not feel like I’m neglecting the webospere (blogoworld?), here’s a little meme I’m far overdue for:

Current clothes: My “Save the Woolly Mammoth” tshirt, black specs, jeans, running shoes and black socks. My underwear colour is none of your concern.

Current mood: Tired. I’m psyching myself up for working for 2 weeks and volunteering at the pledge drive in the evenings for 2 weeks. It makes me tired just thinking about it…

Current music: Thievery Corporation: Sounds from the Thievery Hi Fi. A nice mellow reggae influenced album to get some work (ahem) done to

Current annoyance: Not enough time. There’s a lot in life I need to focus on that is far more important than all this work crap…oh for the time. I volunteered, so it’s my own fault, but I’m starting to wish I could put up a flag and just sit at home and read for a while.

Current thing: Trying to appreciate all the little things in every day life that I used to take for granted.

Current desktop picture: A fractal by Diddums

Current book: I’m in the middle of the Time Traveller’s Wife. FANTASTIC book..

Current song in head: 2001: A spliff odyssey, Thievery Corporation (it’s playing at the moment).

Current DVD in player: Disc one of Season one of the Venture Brothers. I borrowed season 2 from a friend and we got hooked, so we had to pick up Season 1. We’ve been watching an episode at night to unwind…

Current refreshment: Just finished some cheap coffee. Stop! Jittertime!!

Current worry: How do you deal with problems and still live life, when life is part of the problem…how do you make enough time for everything?

Current thought: I’ve gotta get to work…

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Well duh...

For all you dying to know your geekatype...I fixed the link. Tadah!

What Be Your Nerd Type?
Your Result: Science/Math Nerd

(Absolute Insane Laughter as you pour toxic chemicals into a foaming tub of death!)
Well, maybe you aren't this extreme, but you're in league with the crazy scientists/mathmeticians of today. Very few people have the talent of math and science is something takes a lot of brains as well. Thank whosever God you worship, or don't worship, so thank no deity whatsoever in your case, for you people! Most of us would have died off without your help.

Artistic Nerd
Literature Nerd
Gamer/Computer Nerd
Drama Nerd
Social Nerd
Anime Nerd
What Be Your Nerd Type?

Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!

I've had this part of Across the Universe in my head all morning for some reason. Great little film...think I'll have to watch it again very soon.

Monday, September 22, 2008

I couldn't have picked a better one if I tried...how'd they know?

Your DJ Name Is:

DJ Robotic Muppet

Mee hee...I claim it as mine (if I ever play a set...oh to dream). :)
And this came out rather well too...

You Are Guinness

You know beer well, and you'll only drink the best beers in the world.

Watered down beers disgust you, as do the people who drink them.

When you drink, you tend to become a bit of a know it all - especially about subjects you don't know well.

But your friends tolerate your drunken ways, because you introduce them to the best beers around.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

I heart community radio

Well it is our annual pledge drive for the community station again. I'm volunteering every evening for 2 weeks to keep the drive running....we are in a new location now and it is so much nicer - windows, a fridge, a microwave. Wo hoo. We've moved up in the world. And there's honestly nothing like community radio.
Right now, it's Greg's show, There Goes That Song Again. He plays old music from the 20s 30s and 40s. He just had a trivia contest of sorts: he plays tunes on the kazoo to see if anyone could guess the tune...and if noone can he plays until someone calls in and donates to make him stop :) Next is one of my Favourite shows Play. HE plays old radio dramas from the 40s and 50s...the Shadow and stuff like that. My grandpa had tonnes of old radio programmes on vinyl and I have many memories of listening to them curled up in the easy chair in his trailer with the headphones on when I was little.
I love community radio. We broadcast in over 20 languages, play music of all genres and give open word access to a lot of community groups. All our hosts are volunteers and there are only 4 highly underpaid staff to keep the place running. I hear music I like on CFCR. Unfortunately like all public broadcasting we don't make much from advertising, so we have to grovel for cash once a year to stay on the air...and every year the people who appreciate us donate and keep us going. And that is what FMPhasis is: our annual fundraiser.
This year our motto is "Keeping it Up". We've moved to a new location and we're hoping to get bigger and better, and continue to be a great service to the community.
If you want to hear us, go here. There is a link to listen to us on-line on the website...check us out. In October we'll be back to normal, playing great stuff. Check CFCR out.
You could even...you know, donate. (to J's show, the Afternoon Buzz on friday?? plug plug)
It's good for the soul...

Friday, September 19, 2008

No Heroics please

I ran across this show. It reminds me of the Tick and the live action show they put out of it a while back. I'm in the middle of a Venture Brothers stint at the moment, so cheesy supervillains and superheroes in an average world are just the thing to make me smirk right now...I'd like to check this show out. Hopefully it'll come over here relatively soon...or at least be on region 1 DVD eventually.

Wish it would come to us over here...I mean we just get the new season of Doctor Who today for gods sake. I'm willing to vote out the conservative party just to get the arts funding restored so we can have better scifi back on the CBC and Space channel...well OK I suppose other artforms could use some cash too, but seriously. We geeks pay our taxes too. What's in it for us? :)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Grapecat to the rescue

I was just thinking "I'm bored. And boring...I have nothing to write about today"...
But then Grapecat had this little food meme there and Kaplah! Meme fodder for me.
So here we go... the deal is you list these 100 items of food, and bold those you have eaten, and cross out any you wouldn't want to eat. I'm not sure how to do the cross out thing, so I'll just put ** before and after the ones I will not eat...and see what goes with that. Because I love unique identifiers and qualifiers (science geek) I am putting a # beside those that I have eaten but did not like...just cuz I feel the need to.
(and it turns out you can't see bolding on this template, so I'll make the bold stuff yellow...complicated enough for you? OK. Lets go...)

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison (I love it, and buffalo)
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. **Steak tartare** (parasites anyone??)
5. Crocodile (I've heard it tastes like chicken)
6. **Black pudding** (No added blood in my food. Who comes up with this stuff??)
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari #(didn't like it...it's all chewy)
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich (I don't like peanut butter...so I wouldn't unless I had to)
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart

16. Epoisses (??)
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21 Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. **Foie gras** (not only do I not like liver, but it's cruel to the ducks)
24. Rice and beans
25. **Brawn, or head cheese **(never ever ever...have you seen that shit?)
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
# (not a fan of the texture)
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda ??
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl (yum...I love bread bowls...)

33. Salted lassi (I want to try this...)
34. Sauerkraut # (Tastes fine, but the smell makes me retch)
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (how I celebrated my uni grad actually!)
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly
39. Gumbo

40. Oxtail (just not that interested)
41. Curried goat
42. **Whole insects ** (No way. Am I starving? No? then no bugs...)
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk #
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more (that's the good stuff...)
46. Fugu ??
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel #
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut (don't have Krisy Kreme up here)
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi #
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. **McDonald’s Big Mac Meal** (No thanks...their burgers are made of spun blood products you know...my parents hated McD's so we never went thankfully)
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini # (prefer vodka martinis myself..and dont' like olives either)
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips #(can you say chalky?)
61. S’mores
62. **Sweetbreads ** (no. just...no)
63. Kaolin (??)
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis # (I'm scottish so it was forced on me...but not again. YUCK)
69. Fried plantain

70. Chitterlings, or andouillette #(never again...had to try chitterlings once...it's a mennonite thing. DISGUSTING)
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini # (not a fan...it's a texture thing)
73. Louche absinthe # (Foul tasting. Plus there is wormwood in it...)
74. Gjetost, or brunost (I LOVE gjetost)
75. **Roadkill** (WTF?? No...jeez)
76. Baijiu (??)
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong (??)
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky

84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers

89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam# (Mum used to fry it up for spamburgers. Yuk. Never again)

92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee (so good...)
100. Snake

I scored 71 - I don't know what some of this stuff was...but now I want to try them. I suspect if I didn't have an odd urge to try things I've never heard of when they present themselves and work with a lot of foreign grad students I'd have a much lower score.
How about you?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Walk without rhythm and it won't attract the worm...

Go here please...
Because I think you all need a little Christopher Walkin in your lives.
(And youtube won't let me embed it...)

Tell you what I want, what I really really want

I can't concentrate...

Well, what I really want now, more than anything, is a big piece of pie.
Key lime pie to be specific.


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Genetic alignment BLAST tools...I haz dem


As of now I FINALLY have the tools I need in my lab to align some patient genetic mutations with a published sequence and screen for differences in translation...to correlate with treatment data. To complete work I've been trying to do for months but not had the proper software available to me (cause it costs money...ahem).

And NOW I don't have to book a lab resource through grovelling in another department on weekend evenings...and it works on my mac laptop too should I ever get the silly notion to do work at home.
And it's free!

Bloody f*cking brilliant.
Thank god for brilliant grad students with bioinformatics training. I found someone who knew how to do what I want to do and has helped me just because she is a nice person who wants to help quality resaerch being done. No ego. No posturing - just sincere kind assistance to a friend.

Monique, you are a goddess.

Oh yes my pretties. What we will do with this...muahahahah!

Breakfast of champions

My new favourite breakfast is a banana strawberry/peach smoothie, with some soy milk...and a dash of honey and flax. I had that this morning after running (finally trying to be good and exercise again) and I'll be damned if it wasn't the best breakfast I've had in ages.

Running makes for happy endorphins. It's been so long I'd forgotten...it's still nice out in the mornings...it'll take a while to get back to my former speed, but I like what running does for me both physically and mentally. It's good to challenge yourself. It is good to spend time in your head outdoors, listening to the Chemical brothers watching the sun come up over the river.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Mellow Yellow

I had a very mellow weekend...got to be a normal person in a normal house doing normal things.
I loved it. Every damn minute.

I can't say just how much my attitude towards my daily life has changed as of late. Having your entire life fall apart has a way of putting things in perspective when you are blessed with the gift of being to put it all back together again (Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. Better...stronger...faster...). I am so grateful for the little things I am gifted with in life:
-snuggling in a bed with clean sheets
-watching J sleep in the moonlight spilling in the window
-making elaborate breakfasts for 2 on a lazy sunday (apple crepes...yum)
-long walks in the woods
-grumbling as we work together to make our home better (the new lights are up in the living room! AND they all work!)
-looking up from a book and cup of coffee to see J looking at me over his book...and smiling

So yeah...there's so much yet to do, and life is not perfect. There is still a lot to come and do, but I have my life back. It is here, and I can live it. I know it sounds annoyingly cliche, but every day is a gift...and right now I feel like I'm opening it like a 5 year old on christmas morning every damn day!



Your result for Reincarnation Placement Exam


54% Intrigue, 54% Civilization, 76% Humanity, 32% Urbanization

Well, you turned out to be something of a rogue. This may not be exactly the life you wanted... but it's difficult to place people who want to enjoy all the romance and intrigue of civilization, without actually having a demanding job. Besides, since you enjoy the benefits of humanity so much more than you enjoy the press of humanity itself... you shouldn't have much trouble with your role in life. As long as you aren't afraid of danger there's a place for you in society, even if it's a rather dark and wicked place. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to fulfill the role of a spy.
The good news: You're free and clever, and you can do whatever the heck you want. The bad news: everybody else is free and clever too, and they're not all on your side. With the flick of a blade, you can change the course of history. Might be fun. Might be a little messy.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Geo like

I love Natalie Dee.

I love penguins.

Nuff said...

Friday Favourites

Seeing as I'm busy up to my ears, here's a bit of the old: a friday favourite.

The Bloodthirsty Lovers self titled CD is a favourite of mine, and perfect for a rainy day busride, or when you're feeling a bit mellow. ( In fact, I'm listening to it right now).
It's from back in 2001, and they have another CD Delicate Seam out in 2004, and I've yet to get to that one. I don't know how easy it would be to track it down, but if you can, I'd recommend it. It's a bit experimental indy sort of electronically touched rock. (how's that for enough adjectives?). A bit like if Death Cab For Cutie and The Flaming Lips had a musical love child. It just clicks with my brain. I like it. Favourite tracks are Telepathic and Transgression #9.

It is a great album. A bit moody at times, but very nice. So have a listen...I think you'll like.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

You can lead a Geo to a shopping cart but you can't make her cool

My friend Trent was up to visit a while back.
He is a fantastic photographer, and always has his camera with him.
In August, he had a personal quest of taking a portrait a day. So, he pulled me about in a shopping cart during a trip to the 7-11 and then shot a few of Magnus under a streetlight and back at the house as well. The ones of Magnus turned out rather swanky, and were Trents choice for the portrait of the day. He posted the others of him too...but none of me *sniff*. They didn't turn out how he'd pictured them. BUT, but after much whinging/prodding Trent posted one of the ones he took of me...I just wanted to know...me hee.

It was a bit of fun at a hard time...a nice memory. Haven't been in a shopping cart in years...figured I should have a memorial of it.
I'm still not as cool as Magnus tho...altho my chair is cool...it's in his portrait. Maybe if I sit in it for a bit the coolness will wear off...

Check out Trent's work. Here's his website...and his Flickr.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

bringing the past and future together

I stumbled across this: a star wars Renaissance art contest. Take a Renaissance or classic piece of art and make it oh so much better by adding a little Star Wars to it. They even list the original piece of art it is based on so you can look them up and compare...OK so *I* can do that. What you do with the knowledge is entirely up to your geeky little selves.

Some of the entries are great. My faves are the Escher emperor self portrait and the C3PO Dali...

Check them out...I'm curious which one you like best...

Friday, September 05, 2008


I get to see
"Ott" spin this weekend.
I am so excited...his 2 albums are dubby sort of ambienty electronic. I wonder what his live set will be like.

It's so nice to have something to look forward to :)

Wednesday, September 03, 2008


We finished moving my friend Magnus into his apartment the other day...it's quiet about the house...but right now it is good for J and I to have the space together. He didn't have too much stuff, but it was on the top floor, so we used our muscles, we did. Plus my brother gave us a couch which was a hidabed that we moved on the same day...so I'm done with heavy things for a while I think.

He found a neat old place with hardwood and water heat a block from where his new job will be, and close to buses and downtown, so it's a good thing. He starts classes too...lots going on for him. I'm glad it all seems to be coming together for him. Exciting times I think.
It's so quiet...

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Here Comes The Sun

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun,
and I say it's all right

Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
and I say it's all right

Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
and I say it's all right

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...

Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been clear
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun,
and I say it's all right
It's all right


I am happy. It is good to be happy...I'll take things as it comes for now.
Things are beginning to be OK.
There is love.
And love is strong enough to stand on to look at everything else.

Sun sun sun, here it comes...

Cunning Plans

 Life is wierd ya know. It seems a lot of things have been hitting me hard lately. Been distant from people, including my partner who is dea...