Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Lving Among the Dead

I really hate Picasa!!! Every time I write something remotely thoughtful, it seems to crash or lose my post when I go to publish.


Next time I'm copying the text before pressing publish because its impossible to recreate what was lost.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Just a little down the road

I'll have to ask Gabe what it is that makes me like this picture. I'm sure it has a name - related to the repetition of the fence elements.

I'm working on my spillway calculations. But I noticed that my last post lacked a picture and though I'd quickly post one up.

Its foggy and warm again. What a funny fall it has been!

Sillhouetted forms
Stillness unstirred by breezes
Simplified grace glows

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Monday, November 27, 2006

Speed Rant: Letting the Conservative Nutbars Comment on Globe Articles

For a change today, I decided to peruse the Globe and Mail rather than the star. Finding an article on Liberal Critsism of Conservative Policy on Woman's issues. The article itself is a bit sensationalist, and I'll grant the Liberal Women's Caucus's use of the phrase "barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen" to accuse the Conservative of being right wing was perhaps a poor and unprofessional choice of words. It did, of course, catch people's attention.

My rant is not on the article's content, nor the liberal's position or choice of phrases - but the shear nastiness of the responses to the article. Does the Globe and Mail not have the sense to moderate their comments. The nonsense posted in reponse article was so offensive and embarassing that I could only shake my head in wonder. There were a lot of Belinda Stronach digs - expected, but few were well related to the actual article. The number of "my wife's votes conservative and she would strongly disagree" comments made me wonder if these men actually let their wifes choose who they voted for or not. Much of it smacked of the sentiment that "I need to attack all policies issued by my parties enemy, regardless of my personal stance on the issue." The liberals were not much better than the conservative posters, except that the conservative postings tended to offend me more personally (as they were generally attacks on woman and/or liberal views), however, the liberal attacks, were in general equally stupid. There were about 2 postings that I would have considered worthy of display - in that they focused on the issues rather than simply spewing viscious partisan attacks on the other's party. An additional few showed a smidgeon of thought - whose credibility was decreased by their choice of tone, the rest were blatantly stupid and should have be relegated to a desktop trashcan before making to the net on a website managed by our "national newspaper".

The opinions expressed were not, in my opinion, a representative sample of liberal or conservative views.. and if they are... I'm not sure I want to be anything like them.

It makes sense to me that the Liberals are taking time to come up with a set of policies for women's issues in Canada. It doesn't suprise me that they are not entirely in alignment with current policies being put forth by the conservatives. Admittedly, I'm more comfortable with the Liberal views expressed, but I don't feel the need to verbally abuse the conservatives over theirs. The neoconservatives in the "new" conservative party do harbour some pretty backwords ideas about women's role in society (as do several readers who saw fit to comment on the article). Are these idea's entirely without merit? No. Do they appeal to me? Not really. It it good to have discussion with points of view on both sides of an issue? Most certainly. Even within the conservative party, there are clearly divided views on this issue.

Anywho, I expected more mature discussions from Globe and Mail readers, and I'm quite disappointed that they've allowed stupid, inane comments to crowd out well crafted ones.



I'm Waiting for the snow to fall

I'm waiting for the snow to fall
In a si-ilent and graceful squall
And there in the storm
I'll be dressed so warm
The cold won't touch me

Think Depeche Mode's "I'm waiting for the night to fall" I don't think it deserves marks for originallity, but it wanted to be typed.

Yeah...winter comes this way. In the meantimes... its practically sweltering for least here it is.


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Liberal Leadership Race: Who will turn over the frosted leaf?

The news has been somewhat quieter than I would have thought on the leadership race of late, however, with the convention coming up this weekend, hopefully there will be more articles.

I've linked to the following Toronto Star article - since it agrees with my "anyone but ignatieff" stance. Although, it fails to mention Martha Hall Findley at all, who I think I would actually like to see do well. Rae - I've always liked him. I think he's smart and honest and level headed enough to beat Harper out in the next round. Dion (assuming that Hall-Findley really hasn't a chance at all) would easily be my second choice. Ignatieff doesn't seem like a good choice to differentiate the Liberal party from Harper's conservatives - he's too pro-war. There is a difference between supporting the efforts of our own military and supporting Bush's mishap and misinformed war policies.

A good read at any rate.

Off to FRT!!

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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Gravel Pit in the Mist

Here is a view from the Rattlesnake Point Bluff of on of the many gravel pits in the area.

At least you don't see city in the backround.

Gabe is listening to some goofy 90's music... Venga Boys or ATC.

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Hairy Plant at Rattesnake

Its a homework Saturday night. Well, Gabe is working away and I'm playing with my blog at the momment.

I'm trying to think of what I want to say at my uncles burial. So far, I chickened out at speaking at his funeral.

I can't believe that it is almost December. I went to the Huttonville Craftshow. It was pretty decent. They had a lot of antiques, which I admit don't generally excite me, but they had some neat work - nothing that I needed or wanted, but it was fun to look.

Anywho. I'd better get back to what I should be doing.


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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Mhar's Random Book Quiz

What Kind of Reader Are You?
Your Result: Dedicated Reader

You are always trying to find the time to get back to your book. You are convinced that the world would be a much better place if only everyone read more.

Literate Good Citizen
Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm
Fad Reader
Book Snob
What Kind of Reader Are You?
Create Your Own Quiz

Revenge of Blogger

Well, I'm glad I finally got the poems that when with the picture below posted. Blogger ate them not once, but twice and the second time I know I pressed publish and not discard. Sadly there is no way to recover posts from Picasa - if something goes wrong - its just gone, and I might have thought to copy and paste my text the 2nd time, if I hadn't blamed myself for losing it the first time. So, I'm not even going to try and salvage the content... I'm going to get back to designing a stilling basin for my imaginary damn....

Do, if you get a chance, listen to the song "Mad World". Its really pretty.

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Introspective Fog

May the mist haunt you
Tendrils of beauty unfurled
Unbetrayed edges

Introspective fog
Cloaking blunt visions of facts
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Winding Road

Eek. I just wrote this really neat post and I think I might have pressed discard rather than publish - at least I don't see it...


Sometimes blogger does weird things.... :(

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Hiking in Ontario: The Bruce Trail

Here is the other picture that I tried to post this morning, but got eaten by blogger.

I took about half of the pictures just outside of Rattlesnake Park in Halton. I also took a few on the bluffs. I did miss getting a picture of the raptor (buff and white - didn't get a great look at it - maybe a hawk or an eagle - pretty big at any rate) that flew away as I turned around from taking some close ups near the ground.

I also had some problems with settings that caused me to screw up a decent shot of a chipmunk on a mossy log. But I did get quite a few pretty pictures of the escarpment and frost edged vegetation. I don't think I realized how dominant Red Oak are up there.

I ran into some neat people (older folks - possibly retired - hard to tell, they didn't look too old) who meet and go hiking 3 times a week in Southern Ontario. We had a nice chat and he recomended a few places to try out. I told him about Awenda. I do still have a long way before I make my pass worthwhile. Hopefully, I'll have a few more weekends that I can get away with hiking or cross country skiing.


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Here is hopefully an entire mouldering leaf

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Sillhouette Shadows photograph

Here is the photo that should have gone with the first post today. Posted by Picasa

Shadow Dancing

Trying to take a picture of your own shadow is harder than you'd think. There is the balance aspect and then there is the contrast aspect. However, I did manage this photo without getting run over or dropping my camera.

Now. Lets see if Blogger can post the picture for everyone to see.

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Moldering Leaf

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Happy Bloggaversary to Me

I was just checking in my Archieves today to see when I wrote my first post and it turns out that today is my bloggaversary (at least for this blog). In actual fact, my msn space is older and still sort of being used.

I'm also approaching another milestone - the 5000 hit mark which I expect to make in Early December. Of course, the counter isn't quite accurate, as it missed the hits predating its installation and I think it was also accidently reset at some point. Oh yeah, and probably half of those hits are me, checking, fixing or using my links, rather than real hits. Still, a mile stone is a milestone and I thank all of you who actually read my blog regularly (and random drop ins) for helping me get there. As I write this, I must admit my current frustration with blogger as I don't appear to be able to post pictures. Click on the boxes and you usually get the big size picture..but it is a bit of a drag.

Sigh - I'll celebrate anyways and hope that they get it working sometime today.


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Crisp November Morning Sillhouette

After months of dreary, rainy days, today was a perfect crisp sunny day of frosted yellow grass and foggy sillhouettes.

I tried to catch a bit of the sun on the way into Guelph so I slope to take a few pictures near Rattlesnake Point.

Milling tree shadows
Await the lifting of fog
To embrace light's warmth

Shifting fog billows
Cast mysterious aura
On ice-frosted fields

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Monarch Caterpillar: Going Down

Some days I wish I had as many hands as that caterpiller and a few extra brains... duocore :D

So, another quick post with a picture scraped up from August in the Wilmot Creek area.

Today's Toronto Star link is to an article on aging water mains in the city of Toronto (The civil engineer in me couldn't help it).

The rest of the pictures that should have gone with the previous post - got eaten by blogger - I'll see what I can do about finding a wilded haired picture of me to post in the next few days... wouldn't want people thinking I was a dress girl as a child :D.

Back to designing imaginary dams.

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Monday, November 20, 2006

When we were young and dressed up...

Greetings as I type a quick post before heading to sleep. I found this trove of

ancient pictures and while I have no idea what made me chose a photo of me in a dress (its my birthday - thus the dress) with a doll in my arms no less I don't know. I guess it isn't exactly the me I remember. Probably, bare foot in a tree would be better, but someone brushed my hair before taking this - so it did look better than most of the rest with a tangled mop.

Well, here are a few more realistic ones. Good night


Mr. Twister - A tornado tree

A few notes:

1. The picture of Lake Kathleen was taken by one of my parents.

2. The tree in this picture clearly has some tics in its genetics, but I can't for the life of me remember the cause today.

3. A haiku
Snow grains cascading
Over smooth-curved surfaces
Dancing in circles

4. I can't believe its November already.

5. My goal is to excercise (aerobically) at least 20 minutes 5/7 days. I'll keep you posted on my sucess.

:D Better get the morning rolling.

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Bloggers Having Trouble

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Lake Kathleen, Yukon

There are a zillion things to write about, and no time to write them. The weather's turned chilly and 2 random stories have lent me a frightening insight into just how human elephants are and how even I never thought to credit animals feeling like ours until reading this article and seeing a quick spot on a National Geographic show last night.

Aside from that, I've been busy with the 2nd part of my watershed design project and helping out at home. Right now, I wish I could take a bit of a nap, but I have much to do I fear and if I nap now I'll be wiped out all evening.


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Friday, November 17, 2006


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Beautiful Rivers

So it is Friday again (thank goodness), although I forsee the weekend being packed with work of one type and another. The second half of my big term project is looming - I need to design a weir or dam to create a resevoir and fix up some bits I missed in the original report.

The mightly, little main restigoche river is undeniably one of my personal favourites (and I don't even have a clue how to fly fish.) Its a salmon river, although most of the Salmon i saw were small enough to fit in the palm of hand. I did see some pretty impressive fish that summer.

Its still raining here. It didn't seem much rainier than its been all fall, but apparently Toronto had record rainfall and certainly many of the small creeks I saw today were flowing full to flooded. I wonder what the return period of this storm system is (I thought I heard 1 in 5 year). Meanwhile, Southern BC is taking a beating from storms and rain. I hope they get a bit of sunshine to let them dry out. Flooding is scary - I can't imagine having my house flooded and everything ruined :(.

On that not, I'm going back to work. I have an idea what my dam should look like but I need some prelim values for soil stability and flow rate. I get to play with HEC RAS (cool program - see the link on the side.) I've been continuing to add to my links. If anyone would like me to add their page, drop me a line and I'll link you up.


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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Cape Breton (and Newfoundland)

Here is a shot from Cape Breton Highlands Park in April. I hope one day to camp their (and do some serious hiking) in the fall.

I've included a link to Tourism Newfoundland/Labrador until I can track down a Newfie with pictures of their province that I can post, having never been there. Oops... or my parents. Newfoundland is also high on my list of places to visit should I ever have the time/money/opportunity to do so.


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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Northern Ontario

I could live up here in the land of blue lakes and rocky shores. (Land of the Silver Birches Lyrics apply in their entirity to me) Especially if one of the best people I know in the north is still there whenever I get a chance to make a decision about where to live next.

Today was a day of necessary, but unexciting tasks. I rust proofed my car and got a flu shot. I'm muchly happy with the municipal (and recent American - as well) election results. Mayor Hazel McCallion took her 11th term as the mayor of Mississauga with 90+% of the votes. I was telling my office-mate about how lucky we were in Mississauga and he was duly impressed by our loyalty, love and luck to have a mayor that sucessful in our town. Given its rate of growth, size and demographic that there aren't more complaints about Mississauga than there are (mainly with respect to transit) Says and awful lot about Mayor McCallion. I don't know what we'll do when she's not able to be our mayor anymore. It'll most certainly be the end of an enviable era. I propose we build a pyramid in her honour to house her remains, so that we can continue to consult her beyond the grave if necessary and pay our respects. Sillyness is the link for Mississauga election results and an article on Mayor McCallion.

Oh and here is a random happy story to make everyone feel good.

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Monday, November 13, 2006


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Big Skies in Alma Beach

I believe this falls into the assorted coastal NB catagory.

I thought I'd alway include a link to this wonderful Toronto Star article on Bob Rae, Liberal Leadership hopeful.

I thought it was a nice humanistic look into a person who I feel would protect core Canadian values and has the charisma to put the liberal party into power.

The First Response Mixer Conference was fun this weekend, my apoligies to my family members who were working without me... I'll make it up next week. A big thanks and wow to Gabe for cleaning our room and doing lots of Laundry... I'm totally amazed!!


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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Bombs Away

  • I"m working my way towards more scenic pictures. Here is a lake somewhere in Kananaskis country. Another place I could live without too much arm twisting.

    Inspired by a concurrent MSN conversation, here are my current top 10 places I'd like to live.

    1. Whitehorse/Dawson City/The Yukon
    - I don't know the area well enough to have an actual preferance but I'd like to see the tombstone mountains for certain

    2. Northern Vancouver Island - actually anywhere in BC where the mountains meet the ocean would be fantastic or in the north

    3. Newfoundland/Cape Breton - two of the rockiest, most beautiful parts of Canada with the nicest people

    4. Yellowknife - we simply have family history there and its up north.

    5. Labrador/Iqualuit/Repulse Bay/Innuvik - anywhere in the high arctic

    6. Thunder Bay, Ottawa, Sudbury, Timmins, Kenora, Rainy River - medium-large northern Ontario town with a small town feel and lots of bogs

    7. Coastal New Brunswick/Nova Scotia - Gabe really likes the ocean and maritimers are as friendly as northerners - St. Martin's, South or North Shore - a place with red cliffs and beaches and waves and the tang of salt in the air

    8. Scotland - lochs and moors - who could want anything more, other than neighbours with excellent accents

    9. Churchill Manitoba - Polar Bears and a train

    10. The Canadian Rockies - Canmore, Banff, Jasper, Revelstoke, Hinton - there are few places more breathtakingly beautiful in this county of breathtakingly beautiful vistas


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Not Quite Dressed for Glacier Hopping

Continuing on the out-west theme - Here I am in sandals on the Columbia Ice Fields. You'll also note that it was windy, and I regrettably (for all the pain suffered brushing my hair back at the car) did not restrain my hair from the windy turmoil.

Guelph has a strange habit of heating the behjeebers out of the Eng. Grad offices on the weekends, then freezing us all week. Right now I'm pretty warm - but often I find myself wishing I had a hat, mitts and extra sweater.


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Hang On Geoff

I'm sure many of you have seen this picture or its cousins from other cameras taken in the bad lands...

It was the only time I've been to the Tyrell Museum (dinosaur) and I must say its a fantastic must-see stop on any tour to Alberta.

Did he survive...? Well, not too badly - all those trips to the Grotto must have done the trick.


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Friday, November 10, 2006

Doe!! Another sunrise and more Kashechewan Stuff

Well I thought I'd throw in some more Kashechewan links from the Globe and Mail.

1. Last October
2. Ottawa's Soln: Move to Timmins
3. Critics fear for remote reserves
4. Running for the Shadows of Dispair

The last article is pretty depressing, but not completely off the mark - alcoholism and unemployement are serious problems in Kash. I do understand that the Federal Government is giving them the choice. My concern is that they haven't put all the choices out there - and while time is of the essense in terms of overcrowding and the post-flood conditions in Kashechewan - I think somehow, something is missing in terms of solutions. And the journalist didn't capture the sense of community and attachment to the land that the people had - she missed that essence of community that always impressed me in Kashechewan, even though I was an outsider. Kids do watch TV and play video games there - but they also play outside, they have a quality that city kids lack - even if I can't put a name to it. As tough as it was for me, as a green first year teacher in a tough situation, I've often considered going back and I still think fondly of my students - they were the only class I ever have - They certainly made me crazy some days, but I never found them hard to like and I respected their knowledge of the outdoors. They had great senses of humour and living in that community was truely important to them. Sometimes a family would move to the south, for a job or for the opportunity to get better schooling - but they came back because they missed their community, their home, their land and their friends and family. I'm not sure a stranger can get a sense of that easily - but I believe its value is beyond measure.

I hope that the people can find their strength and make a choice that works for them and preserves the best parts of their community while allowing them to remove the cancerous aspects of drinking, abuse and disease that is keeping them from happiness.


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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Doe!! One more picture for the road.

Ha! I'm procrastinating heading down stairs for a bit of excerise of the step-yoga-pilates variety. However, I thought I'd post one more picture of the prettiest lake in Ontario - Doe Lake. Especially now that I'm going to school with a bunch of my campers. :D


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Favourite Out-West Picture.

I think this is Bow Lake by the Numteejaw (sorry - not a clue how to actually spell this) in Banff National Park in 2004. My friend is inspecting the aquatic invertabrates I believe. Posted by Picasa

Me on top of the world

Here I am hiking in Canmore (Ha Ling Peak) with my friend Scott (taking the picture) - probably one of my more insane hiking endeavors, but at least I was in tip-top shape at the time. Its pretty much straight up and straight down with a pretty spectacular view of Canmore at the top. I have a lot of exercising to do to get back into shape for all the hiking Amanda has promised to drag me on.... Yippee for happy, healthy goals.

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Pointing the Way to the Loons

Here is a sound bite meant to tempt your camping soul. Well, you have to click on the link to Cottage Life Magazine and then on the link to "hear the loons' call". There are two calls a wail and a tremolo.

In other links - for the development types... I mentioned my friend Mike in Mali. He's very well written as he describes his experiences in Mali.

Alright, I have a few more pictures to post tonight. So I'll continue above.

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Sunday Creek, Algonquin Park

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Algonquin Park 2006

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Kashechewan unsolved

Ooops... there goes the sun. I'm suffering from a day of trying to relearn statistics.

Kashechewan. I don't know what the government is up to, but I can't see them choosing to move from the James Bay Coast to Timmins (see Toronto Star Article). These are people who hunt routinely and count on wild game for a real contribution to their food supply (healthy food supply might I add, having lived their with a good job, I could not afford healthy food at the store - so I lived off of processed carbohydrates, frozen vegetables , hotdogs, ground beef, apples and white bread). I guess moving south would solve some of the cost of living/employment issues, however, it would not be the same community, nor would it be possible to maintain their way of life. While, clearly the leaders of the community are wisely taking their time to discuss it at Public meetings, my gut feeling is that the idea won't sell well. Place is a part of community, and the different between the topography, geology and geography of Timmins is huge.

More Kashechewan Articles
1. Smooth Rock Mayor surprised
2. Troubled Reserve Could Move
3. Flowery words, poisonous water

Before you think to yourself how reasonable it would be to expect Northern Aboriginal Communities to relocate to the south for less costly services and more opportunities - consider how you would react if your community - particularly a small town, close-knit one - were basically told that you should pick up everything and relocate to a place of someone elses choosing. There would be outrage.

I as a former resident (albeit temporary) of Kashechawan, school teacher and recent civil engineering graduate, understand better than most the challanged and expensive of providing infastructure to northern communities. Some of the problems are engineering problems, some of the problems are the same ones that stereotypically haunt our native peoples, while others are simply logistics and demographics. This solution however is the conservatives forgetting to tally the non-monitary costs and impacts. Where the reserve should relocate is only one element of the equation - how the town can be made an economically sustainable and healthy community is an entirely different dimension of the problem.

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Rain, Rain, Go Away!

I was just commenting on the rain this morning, then this afternoon (shamefully looking for dirt on Brittany Spears) I came across this Toronto Star Article on the unusual drearyness of the last 2 months. That said, we do have a brief blip of sunniness occuring in Guelph at this moment... and the butterfly pic - taken last July on another dreary day.

Rain falling each day
Unrelenting deluge makes
Grass green, souls weary


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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Dutchman's Breeches

At least these aren't as blurry as the violets in the post below. I really need to get out with my camera - I'm doing some serious digging to find stuff I haven't already posted. As for the violets I posted them direct as a edit post in blogger and picked them off from a thumbnail where they hardly looked blurry at all... anywho... I must run run run to the far ends of the earth...

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Keep your eye on the ball

Here is me loosing at pool... or should I refraise that as Gabe sharking it up at the 20/20 club.

I once played with 3 members of his clan all at once, and found myself sadly, sadly outclassed.

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Can't beat a good view or bad spelling

Well, I've been working on transferring the rest of m y photographs from my old computer to this one - just for those times when I've run out of recent pictures and have to go digging through my stock. I may have even posted this one before - but its a place that I've am looking forward to visiting so yeah for a nice view - hopefully I'll end up with a full card of nice pictures to post here. If it would ever stop raining here I might get some from close by... but alas.. it keeps a raining.

As for the bad spelling, I have to admit that I often check my site stats to see where my readers are coming from... most of the time it is a direct hit, and I can't tell anything, sometimes its from a search engine - which is usually fun to try and figure out what search words end up at my site and in a few rare cases I can guess if so and so who is linked to my blog has come to visit me from theirs. Today, I followed the link to a search engine source, only to find that someone had ended up on my blog because neither of use could spell "priminister" correctly... my apologies for my spelling, but how embarassing is that. Hopefully, they found what they wanted. All I had was a picture of statue of a prime minister, seagull on head, and seagull excrement from head to mid chest. Probably not exactly what they were hoping to find.


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Sunday, November 05, 2006

More Cool People

Saint Andrew's, New Brunswick with the smell of fish and no porcupine in the tree today.

My biggest regret on this day is that the Salmon Centre was closed, because I was kind of looking forward to checking it out. Posted by Picasa

Up to Parr?

So here are a few unrelated thoughts and I settle in for a long sleepless night.

The photo is of two of the coolest bosses I've ever had. One, Mike, is in Africa working on some development/engineering project - I believe with Engineers without borders, but I could be wrong. Cool world view - thanks for many fascinating conversations on the way up to the "gouche".

Pete, note the crazy bush beard, is still in New Brunswick, but has about a million of the best and craziest stories about Vermont, New York, Seattle and some jobs that made my employment record look mundane. The two of them, after a previous stint doing research with yet another grad. student in Thunder Bay and my boyfriend's own tendencies, compspired to turn me into a CBC listener.

Here they are, after a rather long and intense week of work, stretching poor tormented backs at the end of the day. As for the Parr... well those are the little 1-2 year old salmon we were researching. Coolest fish ever!!

In a completely unrelated thread - note the link above - The court's thankfully tossed out a lawsuit blaming the Provincial Government for the death of a family member owing to West Nile Virus. Not that I don't feel sympathy for the family, however, the government isn't not responsible for preventing every unforseeable disaster from coming to our lives. Besides, in the case of West Nile - utter prevention would likely have required drastic measures with unpalatable environmental and human health effects. Perhaps the blame should fall on travellers who brought the disease here (lots of people are relatively irresponsible about preventing transmission of disease home from abroad. )....... The Sueing bug (with its permenent source in the States) is ruining our society - taking individual responsibility away along with the freedom to take risks. The cost - we can't do anything, costs of operating spiral out of control and often the benifits don't warrent the cost incurred merely to prevent being sued when someone decides to take a risk - often going against posted rules - hurts themselves and sues anyone they can get their hands on. Growl!! Okay.. to rephrase that - decisions are frequently made based on litigation prevention rather than for practical reasons... not a good way to think or plan or spend money. Nor is it healthy for individuals who believe that everyone but themselves are to blame when their decisions cause them personal injury.

Safety and due diligence are important, but individuals should be held responsible for their choices and their consequences.

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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Amazing Random Blogs

Well, I meandered into a fantastically written blog - which although the title suggests that its a femminist blog - aside from an interesting blog on 2-tiered breast feeding opportunities, it seems to cover the gammut of ethical topics in an informed, balanced and interesting way. This was the quality of stuff I had hoped to have on my blog before I had to give in to the reality that I simply don't have time to write and research essays of any caliber - so I've mostly settled for short, babbling postings on the rather mundane doings of my life and a few interesting links and as many quasi-decent photos I can find. I haven't had 2 many complaints - so I won't dwell on it.

I specifically would like to draw your attention to the following article, on the costs/benifits and problems posed by the cost/creation of novel and expensive new pharmacueticals. However, I recommend that you continue to the site and peruse the offerings of this team of talented and interesting writers. Well, the breast feeding one and the fat tax ones were intersting... I guess if you look a bit closer you'll see that there is a fairly feminist theme... but I haven't read them all.

Anywho... back to work again...

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Hah... here is me missing Fredericton - This place has the best and most generous nachos I've ever run across and it's definately a place with "PUB Character".


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Toronto from above

Here is a quick snap I took from a tall building in Toronot a few weeks ago. Like most of the last month it was over cast and threatening to rain, snow or both all day.

Today on the other hand was mostly lovely and I was stuck on the other side of this screen all day - typing and excelling.

Highlights on leaf piles
Fluttering from near bear limbs -
Soft golden carpet

Frosted grass blades green
Iced with winter's chill, crisp breath
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Still Amazed at my Luck

In a world that fills newspapers with stories of the horrible things people do to each other, it still often amazes me how lucky I am to have a guy like Gabe in my life. (Thank you to Gabe's mom!!) Aside from being cool and having a zillion wild and crazy skills and a healthy outlook on life (if anyone can save me from working myself to death it might be him), he's the nicest person I've ever met.

:D --- Anywho, where I was really going with this is that the best thing about Gabe is that he gives great hugs - and I don't know how I survived without anyone to hug for so long. It must have been lonely having no one to hug when I was feeling sad, frustrated or overwhelmed. So, find someone to hug or give a hug to a friend who needs one. I think more hugs would make the world a better place.

Okay.. that is my procrastination for a bit... well, after the next post which will include a haiku.

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Credit River Outfall

Well I assume it is a stormwater outfall... I'll have to ask what the shape of it means in Watershed Systems Design.

Here is today's Haiku...

Ground-hardening frost
Sets chill tone under slate sky
Hue-leeched view forwarns

I wish I had a view from my window to post - the window is a bit hazy itself, but the view is heavy and grim indeed inspite of the red siding building in view.

Hopefully there will be a bit more sunlight - I guess those Thunder Bay folks are lucky (being in the Sunshine Capital of Ontario) and the folks in Burke's Falls are even grimmer than us - living in the rain capital of Ontario.

The municipal election is coming up, and I still haven't found much on any of the candidates. Its a shame - in terms of your day to day life, municipal politicians probably have more effect on you than federal in some ways and yet they aren't exciting to elect. I'm sure there is a web page somewhere I can find all this information on... wait let me link it. Here is an official list of candidates and voting instructions. And here are some write ups on local candidates.

Alright... back to writing reports for me.

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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Fractal Website with neat pics

Stumbled accross this site... and it had cool looking pictures... so here is the link.
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Coverpage evolution continues

I installed ArcSoft Photo Studio - which has been quite useful so far, and took a bit of a break to spiff up a cover page graphic for my project. We got an extension - which is good for my hours of sleep tonight, but it just means that the weekend is a complete write off and its a good thing I'm not driving on Monday because I'm going to be a zombie.

I'm enrolled in a workshop Monday morning and have a presentation in another course in the afternoon (YIKES) - so I might have to look at withdrawing from the workshop - depending on how things go.

And hey... it is actually nice out.


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