Lost Cookies

So one weekend ago, me and my friend baked Viennese crescents. But Lost nerds that we were, we made The Numbers. We burnt about half the baked goods but that’s besides the point.


Mug ‘n Jello

So if you’ve seen the episode of The Office where Jim puts Dwight’s stapler in jello, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Last week, one of my coworkers went on vacation and we attempted to do the same thing to his favourite mug. The above shot was taken when we were cooling the jello layer by layer so that the mug would be right in the middle.

Unfortunately, when we tried to take it out of the bowl, the jello split and that was the beginning of the end.

Next time, we’re using gelatin.

Bay of Quinte

So for work, I did a week-long water quality survey at Bay of Quinte, near the eastern part of Lake Ontario. It was great, except for the one day where pouring rain makes it difficult to work outdoors. Note: Sharpie markers are NOT waterproof. But it’s a beautiful area and I was really happy to be there, even though we worked till midnight processing the samples in a makeshift hotel room lab. And I don’t think I should post a picture of that. You’ll have to make do with a shot from outside the hotel.

Seston Cookies

Seston is what you get when you filter a known amount natural water collected from a lake, or stream onto a little white filter. Then you dry it at 80 degrees Celsius. Weigh it. Then essentially burn it at 500 degrees Celsius. Weigh it again.

Sound stupid? Well, that’s what most science is like. A lot of work for very little information. The difference in the weights just tell you the amount of organics and water content in the water sample. But here’s what they look like when you do like 100 of them at the same time. Cookies!

O Canada, You’re 142!

I hope you’re not starting to mellow with age. In fact, the Globe and Mail says you and your citizens are doing quite the opposite.

Indeed, who cares about the Queen (or any future Kings) if we have poutine, butter tarts, and Nanaimo bars? And not that we like to toot our own horn or anything, but we’re doing okay in this shoddy economy, thank you.

In fact, how strangely appropriate is my shot of a lone, tiny Canadian flag standing right in the middle of a couple of giants that look ready to destroy each other? (Okay, I lied. This shot was taken in the heart of the financial district in downtown Toronto. Canadian banks have no need to destroy the competition. Actually, I think they like each other so much that there is some legislation somewhere that prevents them from merging and becoming one Big Bank.)

Anyway, maybe Canada is part of the new world order, maybe not. But it makes me pretty proud today to be Canadian and living in a boring country with insanely expensive cell phone bills, megacities that need a transit system, and really good hockey players. At least I still have access to fresh water and air. For now.