February 27, 2006

It's all about perspective

Reds Rails
Originally uploaded by cisley.
I love pictures that, for however long or short, play with your ability to suss out just which is up and which is down.

Thanks to Cisley for a great post on Flickr.

February 26, 2006

Humour's a funny thing.

Minamiko is super cute... When she walks down the street, men crash their cars and swallow their gum. Yow!

There's nothing more relaxing than utterly ridiculous, twisted shite. Like early Python. Like grey tube socks. Like Pat Benatar.

Like The Very Good Adventures of Yam Roll in Happy Kingdom.

A moment of silence...

... for Don Knotts.

Jesse Donald Knotts
1924 - 2006

February 24, 2006

What am I missing?

Question Vent
Originally uploaded by stodmyk.
I recently returned to school, celebrated my first wedding anniversary and 35th birthday, and enjoy my job.

So why do I feel like something's missing?

February 20, 2006

Map your money

Geist has a great feature called Caught Mapping. They take a cartographic representation of Canada, then find all the city and town names that satisfy a bizarre theme of some sort. This month's contribution: Filthy Lucre: The National Money Map.

Look for predictable destinations like Dollarton, BC; Bounty, Saskatchewan; and Dime Lake, Ontario. Don't miss clever monikers like Enterprise, Northwest Territories; Bras d'Or, Nova Scotia, and Lac Spendet in La Belle Provence.

February 18, 2006

Anybody need a book?

Guess Where Vancouver
Originally uploaded by stodmyk.
The University of British Columbia has one of the most technologically advanced book retrieval systems in the western world. This picture was taken last week through one of the ground level public viewing windows opposite Buchanan Tower.

It's all very 2001, or THX1138, if you watch long enough.

February 17, 2006

35 and counting...

Is there any sort of tradition one is supposed to observe on one's 35th birthday?

February 11, 2006

House on a Stick

House on a Stick
Originally uploaded by stodmyk.
I don't have anything to say about Stephen Harper or his first-week cabinet-choice blunders. Therefore, I'll show you what architecture, Conservative Party style might look like.

It's... a house on a stick!

February 8, 2006

Intelligent Design

I've been memed, it seems, by a raving lunatic who frequently answers to the name of Will. It seems his sister Jocelyn tagged him, so he tagged me... It's a vicious cycle, which I'm only too happy to perpetuate this time around. I hereby tag Rob, Nadia and Sharon.

The task: If you were a scientist designing the first bionic human, what would you improve upon, and how?

Will: "Remove inner ear. Replace with solid state tuning fork system... Fill sinus with elasto-polymer or metallic fill. Encase in said elasto-polymer a gyroscopic balance device to compensate for the loss of the inner ear. Benefit includes the ending of sinus infections and the inability to get dizzy."

Jocelyn: "Give humans a blowhole so that we can breathe properly while our mouths are full or when we have colds. I would get rid of that pesky 'funny bone' problem, and make a 'go-go-gadget arm!'"

My response

Proof that Intelligent Design is bunk: any divine engineer worth his/her/its all-seeing salt would know better than to route a sewage line through a recreational area. Solution: seeing as I quite enjoy the recreational aspects just the way they are, thank you very much, I vote for diverting urinary activity through the navel. Perhaps a retractable, innie/outie combination -- I'm sure there are myriad medical supply companies that would compete for the contract -- would allow for flexible disposal, and prevent unwanted dribbling of excess materials into the hairy region just south of the belly button.

Look forward to improved functionality of the pubic parts, lower rates of unpleasant surprises from partners, and fewer infections for our female contestants (boys & girls, please wash yourselves before going anywhere near it).

Potential drawbacks: intense abuse of urinary tubing by drunk college guys and schoolboys, and jihads in countries where women are prohibited for religious reasons from standing up in the bathroom.

I wrote a song for you...

Yellows are motivated by fun. They are inviting and embrace life as a party which they're hosting. They love playful interaction and can be extremely sociable and persuasive. They seek instant gratification. YELLOWS need to be adored and praised. While YELLOWS are carefree, they are quite sensitive and highly alert to others motives to control them. YELLOWS carry within themselves the gift of a good heart.

YELLOWS need to look good socially, and friendships command a high priority in their lives. YELLOWS are happy, highly verbal, easily bored, and crave adventure. They can never sit still for long. They choose friends who, like themselves, refuse to allow lifes boring details stifle their curiosity. They embrace each day in the present tense. YELLOWS are charismatic, spontaneous, positive, and can be irresponsible, obnoxious, and forgetful.

When you deal with a YELLOW praise and adore them, take a positive, upbeat approach, and promote creative and fun activities for and with them.

What Color Are You?
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February 7, 2006

I don't heart Rona Ambrose

Okay, she may be the hottest MP this side of Belinda Stronach, but am I the only one worried that Canada's new environment minister, Rona Ambrose, hails from Alberta?

Not to challenge Stephen Harper's cabinet choices — I mean, that wouldn't be my style at all, especially considering the new PM's clear understanding of social issues and the consequences of backwards right-wing thinking (such as pulling Canada out of the Kyoto Protocol and rescinding our boast of being one of only four countries in the world progressive enough to allow same-sex marriage — you know history is going to look well upon those decisions).

Just because she's under 40 and looks good in a pantsuit doesn't mean she's not a beef-slurpin', oil-totin' farmstress from Edmonton. No matter how many Stepford-perfect haircuts she gets, what the hell can an Albertan named Rona possibly know about being green? This is just a little too much like putting a strapping young teacher in charge of the Grade 12 girls' swim team, if you know what I mean.