Saturday, January 30, 2010

True or false

Did anyone see the moon last night? It is 100% of full, and it was GINORMOUS in that crystal clear icy sky.

Speaking of ice, I hear that there may be oceans of liquid diamond on Uranus and Neptune. This idea sparked a long conversation about diamond rings (answer: they are stupid), and their utility and/or value (as signifiers of status). Still though, I like the notion that there could be oceans of liquid diamond, with big hunks of glittery glamour floating on their surface.

On a completely different note, I have been thinking a lot about true false questions recently, because I have been giving a lot of T/F quizzes to my linear algebra class. Next quiz, I think i'll put this one on:
True or False: This sentence is false.

Yes or not?

Friday, January 29, 2010

A random selection of good things

Here are some things that I like (a collection of loveliness I suppose):

- That Adam Giambrone appears to be running for mayor! This is kind of good and bad news, good because he is my favourite twelve-year-old (lookin') politician, but also bad because he won't win. Still though, something about his youth is inspiring (although that isn't the only thing, I also like a lot of what he has done since he has been in office) and I'm surprised that it does make me feel more interested in the whole thing in general. Plus this youtube video is fairly fantastic.

- sprouting ginger plants.

- bonus days with my sweetie: the best antidote to three hour lectures and a chalk-irritated throat is coming home to one's sweet pea in a surprise mid-week visit. But that was Wednesday, and this is now:

- it is Friday!

- More art meets science action. A proposal for Nuit Blanche, and hopefully I'll be submitting something to this art-science fair at Harbourfront.

- Last week P and I went to an amazing Buck65 show at the Dakota Tavern. Very small little event, so we were really only a few feet away from Rich and his laptop and his little dance moves. It was a great show, and it rekindled my romance with this man's music. It inspired me to download Dirtbike, which is over three hours of free Buck65-ness, and I think it is pretty spectacular. Particularly that song about Halloween (The french word for February is Fevrier/ I wish Halloween could be every day... What are you gonna be for Halloween? / nerd, cohort, star wars, oh my god/ music, vagrant, sexy , I don't know yet/ drunk, worker, circus, science/ bones, bleeding, ouija board! ouija board!). I get the sense from this man that he is an artist, like, an artist. In the sense that it seems as though the music (the rhymes! the awesomeness!) just flow from this man like water from a tap.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Would the real academichic please stand up?

Well here comes another confession: I have recently been turned on to the world of style blogging. And I hate love hate it. Yeah, I hate it. But I also find it so damn compelling, and such a delicious way to fritter away precious moments on the internet. The one that I like the best is academichic, which, as you may have guessed from the name, details the style triumphs of three beautiful and talented PhD students at some unnamed mid-western university in the US.

The problem with this blog (aside from the fact that they apply a belt to every outfit) is the fact that they are actually very smart and witty and the whole structure of their website is very clever (it is set up like an academic text!). This is a problem because I am inclined to like it, which is completely at odds with my feelings about style blogging in general.  But more than just being clever, they are vocal evidence of the fact that you don't need to take a dis-interest in fashion to kick butt in school. And this is something that I think about a lot! In fact, as I struggle to be taken seriously by my students, peers, colleagues and supervisors, I hate to admit just exactly how much.

For example, I remember saying to a friend that I would never (or almost never) wear a skirt to school if I had a meeting with a professor. She said that this was evidence of internalized sexism. And shit, she was right! But if I wore what E. is wearing in these very cute pictures, I would stick out like a sore thumb. Like 100 sore thumbs probably. I just can't seem to get over this in the math world.

Still though,  I appreciate the work that the 'chics are doing, and I want them to continue to rock on (they will). But I also have to express my complete disdain for the entire world of style blogging: why write about wearing it when you can just wear it?

Thus, I give you the real academichic: me, on an at-home thesis day. Although I should point out that
a) I'm not in pajamas, and
b) I'm wearing earrings
which together make this a very dressy at-home thesis day.
- camisole: (not viewable) AE outfitters, from like, 2003 maybe?
- T-shirt: probably self-evident, but a street vendor in NY, gift from P.
- crazy folding top pants: on sale at Smart Set for like $15 back in 2006
- legwarmers: H & M
- Merino socks (not visible): MEC, where else?
- Sheepskin slippers: gift from ages and ages and ages ago actually.
- black fuzzy (aka pilly) wool cardigan: Jacob, Christmas gift circa 2002
- Lavender wool giant cardigan: value village
- pink wool scarf: one of the weird stores at Village by the Grange
- earrings: The SUB at UBC
- silver bracelet: from Granny!
- glasses: modern optical
- grease (on hair, face, etc.): all mine, baby

Well the first thing I'd like to clarify is that these are my second choice of comfy pants. Somehow my go-to yoga pants are in the wash, they are covered with cat hair and dust and flour and the stink of mathematical ineptitude. Actually, before I settled on wearing these ugly grey pants, I first put on a pair of actual pants, my comfy at-home jeans. But I quickly realized that wearing pants is completely at odds with my lifestyle. By that I mean my need to stretch every hour.
The glasses are not a disguise, they actually make me smarter. They don't make me take better pictures of myself however, but this fuzzy shot captures the whole "look":
I don't know where my scarf was in those pictures. The scarf is a critical element of any at-home outfit. Any outfit really. You can see the outfit "at work" on the kneeling chair in the picture below. This is by far my favourite chair -- I am tempted to call it part of my outfit. I bought it on the internet.
Oh, and by the way? I'm wearing these clothes again RIGHT NOW (now three days after the photos were taken). But that is the nature of at-home clothes, right?

Saturday, January 16, 2010

One of my favourite photos

I'm really surprised by how little I am inclined to post now that the 365 day project is over. It kind of makes me think that I should do another 365 project on a different theme... perhaps even just something as simple as a photo a day.

Well anyway, today I want to share one of my favourite photos of all time (to be clear, my favourite photo is the photo in the following photo, not the following photo itself):
That is my grandmother there, on the right. There are a lot of things I really like about this picture. I mean, what are they wearing, and why? Whatever it is, and whatever the reason, they look awesome.

That's it for now, I think.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Some good things about Winter

Here are two things that I like about Winter:
I like seeing people skate in the park, and the sound of skates on ice when it is really cold.
skaters at dufferin grove
I also like the way our South facing bedroom fills up with sunlight in Winter because of the angle of the sun. It is pretty good if, say, you get back into pajamas mid-day, open the curtains to let in all that light, and then climb back into bed with coffee, freshly baked (homemade!) cinnamon buns, the newspaper and some good company.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

AGO pictures

Over the holidays we went to the renovated AGO for the first time. It was quite nice indeed, and a whole lot bigger than the old gallery. Full of elegant spacious rooms and steamy views and bright bright light.


steamy views