Darren tweeted this today and I though I’d share it here: http://datalibre.ca/census-watch/
It’s a list of organizations and individuals who are for and against the government’s decision to scrap the mandatory long-form of the census. That’s 212 against the government1, and a mere 6 in favour. You don’t even need a statistician to tell you that this is a lot more people and groups that think it is a bad idea than think it a good idea.
My mom called me tonight to tell me that a childhood friend of mine died. She saw the obituary in the local paper. I don’t even know what to say. I hadn’t seen Mary since high school until a few months ago, when I stayed over at her place on a trip to Vancouver Island, where she’d been living for the last five years or so. We met in kindergarten and were pretty good friends – I used to sleep over at her place all the time and we played softball together. We went to high school together as well, but traveled in different circles, so we drifted apart. It was really nice to re-connect with her a few months ago – she was the same generous, funny, and wise person as when we were kids (seriously, when I look back now, she was wise beyond her years). We chatted on Facebook a few times after that and I really was not expecting to get that phone call today. I’m just stunned. Only 33 years old. My heart goes out to her family – I can’t imagine what they must be going through.
I acquired a new pair of shoes today. However, it wasn’t my fault AND I didn’t pay for them, so I am not contravention of 2010 new shoe ban, as the exact words of the ban were: “I’ve decided that I won’t buy any news shoes this year, except possibly running shoes if needed.” Hooray for loopholes!
The give you the full story, one of my co-workers had a pair of shoes in her office that had been there for eons, but which she never wears. She looked at my feet and said, “What size are you?” and when I said I was size 6, she said, “They’ll fit you! You take them!” I protested, but she insisted and who am I to argue with someone who is generously offering me something?? Also, in my defence (not that I’m totally rationalizing this or anything), I don’t actually have a pair of plain black flats1, so this is really like the only type of shoe that was missing from my vast, vast collection.
Also on the topic of my cheapness and rampant consumerism, I bought an adorable little top at a consignment store yesterday. I was meeting my friends Bryn & Patrice from my old work for dinner, but I was there a bit early2, so popped into a consignment store, which had tonnes of cute stuff, almost none of which fit me. Except this top. And it was only $10, and who am I to turn down an adorable $10 top?
This is the first and only piece of animal print clothing I own. I figure I’m far enough past my cougar phase that I can now pull this off.
Ever since I moved into my new place, I’ve wanted room divider screens. My living room is ridiculously massive, which means it also serves as my office space. But who wants to look at their desk when they are chillaxin’ in their living room? The solution, of course, is to have room dividers that can block out the desk when it’s not in use, but can easily move out of the way when I’m working.
Unfortunately, I had NO IDEA how freaking expensive room divider screens actually are. Once I finally found some (it was surprisingly difficult to find any places that sold them), I was blown away to discover that a simple, 3-panel shoji screen runs $150-$200! And given my massive living room and my massive desk, I’d need two of the 3-panels. A few hundred bucks for some pieces of wood and rice paper? I don’t think so!
I’ve had my eye on Craig’s List for a while, but no luck. And then I noticed that a little store around the corner from Tod’s had a big “going out of business sale!” sign and a bunch of room dividers in the window! The had the shoji-style screens for only $80, but they also had these metal and fabric guys:
for only $40, or two for $70! The usual price on these were $100 each, so I was pretty happy to walk away with all the room dividing goodness that I need for only $70!
So the other day I was at the drug store and there was a woman doing free makeovers and she seemed pretty bored because the store was practically empty, so when she offered me a makeup, I figured “why not?” because (a) I’m bored and have nothing better to do and (b) maybe I’ll learn some good makeup tricks. What I learned, however, was that in order to look “natural” it takes 45 minutes and 50 lbs of makeup. Seriously, she used 15 products on me in her attempt to just “brighten up” my face and make me look “natural.” Products included:
So far, we’ve used eight products just to get ready to put the makeup on.
The whole process took about 45 minutes, though that did include her stopping to explain things to me. She told me that on days that she “doesn’t want to wear makeup” she can do her makeup in just 15 minutes – which would be using items 1-8 and a bit of 13. “I know some people say they don’t have the time,” she said, “but don’t you always want to look your best?” But to me, 15 minutes seems like an eternity – I can do full makeup in about 7 minutes1. Anyway, at the end of it all, my face felt like I had a tonne of makeup on it, though I did think it looked “natural”:
|Name||William (a.k.a. Bill) Richards Bennett|
|Born:||August 18, 1932 – or possible 14th, depending on if you believe Wikipedia or the CBC Digital Archives – in Kelowna, BC|
|Party:||Social Credit Party|
|Held Office:||December 22, 1975 – August 6, 1986|
In summary, being convicted of insider trading does not preclude one from being awarded the Order of BC. You know, in case you were planning on doing both of those things.
Image credits: There don’t appear to be any freely available photos of BB anywhere on the world wide interwebs! b00-urns!
Today I finally got to meet my long-lost British twin! I mean, sure we don’t look anything alike and were born a month apart1 on separate continents, but I can think of no other explanation for our similarities than the separated-at-birth theory. We are both scientists who chose to get out of the vortex that is the tenure track, are bloggers, are Douglas Adams’ fans, are obsessed with the Canucks, and do crazy tests of endurance. For further proof of our similarities, see here and here, and here and here. We met via a mutual friend via our blogs… I believe it was something like, “Hey Beth/Cath, you should check out Cath’s/Beth’s blog!” And we’ve been reading each other’s blogs for so long now that I totally feel like I know her, but today was the first time we met in person. Super fun to have coffee with you today, Cath!
Today my niece graduated from kindergarten!
Happy graduation, kiddo! Hope you have an awesome summer holiday and a wonderful time in grade one come September.
I have a confession to make. Big Brother is my guilty pleasure of the summer. I know, I know, I’m usually all holier-than-thou-I-don’t-even-*have*-a-TV, but yet I watch the silliest of all “reality” TV shows.1. Anyway, for the uninitiated, BB involves a bunch of hot strangers with little clothing on (referred to as “houseguests”) who hang around a house full of TV cameras and microphones, competing in cheesy games a couple of times per week to be “Head of Household” or get the “Power of Veto” and once a week they get to vote someone off the Island out of the house. The rest of the time, they are locked in this house with no contact with anyone else – no contact with family, friends, and for the love of the FSM, no Internets. The show is on three times a week (basically showing the competitions, voting and a few highlights of life in the house), but for the low, low price of $40, you can subscribe via the intertubes to a 24 hour a day feed of what’s going on in the BB house.
This conversation may or may not have happened yesterday, while the live feed was showing the houseguests just lounging around talking about… well, I don’t even remember what it was… something very boring, anyway:
Person #1: Oh my god, they are so bored.
Person #2: And we paid money to watch it!