Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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Oh heart swells with inspiration!
Talking about interdisciplinarity, about scientists and artists cross-pollinating, inspiring and entangling. Collaboration as an act of bravery and persistence! Recognizing the sites, paths and modes of creativity, and seeking out new ways of seeing! Drawings and diagrams and models and archetypes! Plus! New words to add to the arsenal: trope, and perdurance (why does everything always have to come back to worms for me?). This was a Pleasant Event for sure.

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A take home container of home-grown red cabbage.... made excellent coleslaw today. Thanks Netty :)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

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"The biggest document I've ever seen".
This is of course lovely in itself, but so is finally seeing something physical that has existed only virtually (or mentally) for a long time.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Ambi-valent Objects

My name in print!

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So, hello loveliness 275. Less than 100 lovelinesses left.

Today was a day of wandering, too many coffees (in a good way) and too many running/walking movements of the legs (bad way).

I know I spend most of my time pretending not to be a giant hippie and this won't help that cause, but I have to say that I really enjoy Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington. This time involved this guy in the suit who had a pretty spectacular poker face. Provided the in-burrito entertainment (as in in-flight, not as in guacamole).

Then later Word on The Street was a pretty fun time... or at least as fun as a reading-based event can be. I was upset that I didn't get to see more of my favourite CBC celebs though.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

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Nothing much special about this day. Except Maple code that works. I like it when Maple behaves.
fourEdges2 := proc( ) local a, b, M, E, N, F, G, t, i,k, m, n,j;
t := [1,1]:
j := 0:
E := [seq([i,2], i=-2..2),seq([i,1], i=-2..2), [-2,0], [-1,0], [1,0], [2,0], seq([i,-1], i=-2..2),seq([i,-2], i=-2..2)];
#E := [[-1,2],[0,2],[1,2],[2,2],[0,1],[1,1],[2,1],[1,0],[2,0],[1,-1],[2,-1],[2,-2]]:
N:=nops(choose(E, 3)):
F:= choose(E, 3):
for i from 1 to N do
G := F[i]:
k := G[1]:
m:= G[2]:
n:= G[3]:
M := Matrix(<, , , >);
if Rank(M) <>
print(k,m,n,"has rank", Rank(M));
j := j+1;
fi; od;
end proc:

[0, 2], [0, 1], [0, -1], "has rank", 3
[0, 2], [0, 1], [0, -2], "has rank", 3
[0, 2], [1, 2], [1, 0], "has rank", 3
[0, 2], [2, 2], [2, 0], "has rank", 3
[0, 2], [-1, 2], [-1, 0], "has rank", 3
[0, 2], [-2, 2], [-2, 0], "has rank", 3
[0, 2], [0, -1], [0, -2], "has rank", 3
[1, 1], [0, 1], [1, 0], "has rank", 3
[1, 1], [2, 2], [-1, -1], "has rank", 3
[1, 1], [2, 2], [-2, -2], "has rank", 3
[1, 1], [-2, 1], [-1, 0], "has rank", 3
[1, 1], [-1, -1], [-2, -2], "has rank", 3
[1, 1], [0, -1], [1, -2], "has rank", 3
[0, 1], [2, 1], [2, 0], "has rank", 3
[0, 1], [1, 2], [1, -1], "has rank", 3
[0, 1], [2, 2], [2, -1], "has rank", 3
[0, 1], [-1, 2], [-1, -1], "has rank", 3
[0, 1], [-2, 2], [-2, -1], "has rank", 3
[0, 1], [-2, 1], [-2, 0], "has rank", 3
[0, 1], [-1, 1], [-1, 0], "has rank", 3
[0, 1], [0, -1], [0, -2], "has rank", 3
[2, 1], [1, 0], [-1, 1], "has rank", 3
[2, 1], [2, -2], [0, -1], "has rank", 3
[1, 2], [-2, 2], [-1, 0], "has rank", 3
[2, 2], [1, 0], [-1, 2], "has rank", 3
[2, 2], [-1, -1], [-2, -2], "has rank", 3
[1, -1], [1, 0], [0, -1], "has rank", 3
[1, -1], [2, -2], [-2, 2], "has rank", 3
[1, -1], [2, -2], [-1, 1], "has rank", 3
[1, -1], [-2, 2], [-1, 1], "has rank", 3
[1, -1], [-2, -1], [-1, 0], "has rank", 3
[2, -1], [1, 0], [-1, -1], "has rank", 3
[2, -1], [2, 0], [0, -1], "has rank", 3
[1, 0], [2, 0], [-1, 0], "has rank", 3
[1, 0], [2, 0], [-2, 0], "has rank", 3
[1, 0], [2, -2], [-1, -2], "has rank", 3
[1, 0], [0, -2], [1, -2], "has rank", 3
[1, 0], [-1, 0], [-2, 0], "has rank", 3
[2, 0], [2, -2], [0, -2], "has rank", 3
[2, 0], [-1, 0], [-2, 0], "has rank", 3
[2, -2], [-2, 2], [-1, 1], "has rank", 3
[-2, 1], [0, -1], [-2, -2], "has rank", 3
[-1, 1], [0, -1], [-1, -2], "has rank", 3
[-2, -1], [0, -1], [-2, 0], "has rank", 3
[-1, -1], [0, -1], [-1, 0], "has rank", 3
[-2, -2], [0, -2], [-2, 0], "has rank", 3
[-2, -2], [1, -2], [-1, 0], "has rank", 3
[-1, -2], [0, -2], [-1, 0], "has rank", 3
Ta da!

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And it rains. Have I already mentioned this? That smell of just-wet pavement mmmm hmm. So familiar and particular and indescribable.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

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First day on the kneeling chair. My back smiles up on it.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

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Wednesday Wine.
And interesting work. Or not work. Whatever.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

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Ah the scientific community. I love being able to e-mail random strangers with random questions about highly specific topics, and getting almost instant responses! I mean, I know that it is because no one else is interested but... it is great!

On that note, check out this craziness right here.

Monday, September 21, 2009

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I wanted to post this this morning, but didn't get around to it. It is true that sunsets are nice, but the moments where night turn into day are magical. Running in Trinity Bellwoods park this morning, the clouds and windows reflecting pink and the CN tower turquoise. The air was so soft.

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Finding stuff on the side of the road is pretty great, but it is especially awesome when it is exactly what you were looking for. Or, exactly what you would have been looking for if you'd only known that you really needed that. Either way, excellent.

Also, NOM = Sunday roast

Saturday, September 19, 2009

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Oh my wow.
I was soooo happy this morning when my fight with Maple finally ended at the command line. Well OK, we are still fighting a little, but basically things are going better. Expect to see more (a lot more) on this front, very soon. Animated GIFs! Yuuh! This link is just for me.

Friday, September 18, 2009

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I really like my doctor. She is great, and was in a good mood today. I liked that she railed on about the Inuit, and how they don't get scurvy.

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I love these surprises!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

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Was a pretty great day. The only real problem with this day was that it didn't really end. Or at least, I couldn't make it end. That is ok. Even sometimes not sleeping is good. At least it makes you really appreciate sleep later.

- The Dufferin Mall No Frills.... at 8:30 am! A great place to buy several hundred cookies
- Good meetings are good
- The crazy and epic treadmill cakewalk! Turns out that after running outside, it is easy to pwn treadmillz.
- The "best" tacos in Toronto
- cute little cakes!
- (and borrowing from the Tang) some of the best friends around!
- To top it all off, a mid-week visit from my sweetie!

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I am full of warm fuzzies for my amazing and supportive peers at York! Wow, thank you so much for dealing with the surrealism that is Mangia Mangia, for rolling coffee trolleys around campus, for housing data projectors, and for rolling off planes from Taiwan right into my TA workshop. I am blown away and delighted. SO lovely.

Monday, September 14, 2009

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Lists are one of my favourite things. Is that true? Not really. But I do like lists. Recently I have scrapped the idea of a day-timer/agenda thingie, and I now have a really crusty book of lists. The system is totally flawed, but it makes for a nice book. The fact that the notebook is totally water-damaged helps too -- the pages are all crinkly, just like my copy of Wuthering Heights.
But the paper list has its limitations. For example it is hard to write an effective single list for a really big project -- like say, getting a PhD. My mind was basically blown today by the task-management software Things. I downloaded the free trial, and I think it is going to be hard for me to resist shelling out for the full version.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

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Sunday morning: sitting in the backyard, with a coffee, reading the paper. Mmm hmm.

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Well I have been fighting with Maple for the last two days. I am now pining for the days when it seemed like everything would work out: check this awesomeness. It seems that 5 seconds is as long as Maple wants this animation to be.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

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I love getting windows into other people's organizational strategies. The other day I was sitting across from a lawyer-in-training-type on the bus from York. She had a very loud voice. She said this:
"I. Love. Boxes."
and then:
"Everything must be in a box, nothing can just be like, out."
OK, I was actually really inspired by this!

Also today my mind was blown by a semester-long running to-do list, where completed tasks are highlighted. Does this make sense? At first I thought not: wouldn't you highlight (or hi-light) tasks that you want to draw attention to? Well yes but also no, because highlighting to-do list items makes them impossible to really properly cross off! So maybe it isn't such a bad idea. The lister told me that when she pages through this to-do list, she is really bothered by the un-highlighted items. I would be too.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

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Here is another nice one from Patrick:
Fishing is fun, especially when I don't have to do any of the gross things, like threading the worm on the hook or killing the fish or dislodging the hook or gutting the thing. Just the sitting and the eating basically... plus the thrill of reeling it in.

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Games! This year we learned how to play Go. The fact that I always lost was somewhat made up for by the fact that the finished board was very pretty.

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Would you believe it? I just noticed today for the first time that the "painting" that is hanging on the wall of my study is actually the Kagome Lattice! That thing that I study! It has been here all along...

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Oh nice friends and belated birthday gifts... these lovely people bought me ugly (furry) things they knew I would take back: a forced break from The Shopping Diet.
Maybe now is a good time to record some mid-year thoughts on the shopping diet. Basically I don't think it is working, except to liberate a small quantity of time that would otherwise be spent perusing the paltry offerings at the Dufferin mall. Well, in fact maybe that alone means that it IS working.

I don't really feel that I am spending any less time thinking about what I'm wearing, in fact the amount of time that I have spent feeling annoyed by my jeans with the front-blousing problem has gone through the roof (being forbidden by the shopping diet to replace the jeans). And this was to be partly the goal for me -- to spend less time thinking about shit that doesn't matter.

Shopping diet or not, I am interested in *minimalizing* (I know it isn't a word, but you know what I mean) my wardrobe, and trying to focus on quality over quantity. Of course that is just what everyone says, and I have NEVER been able to achieve this, being of a kind of schizophrenic fashion mind. But there is so much crap in my closet. I want to be one of those people who have all of their clothes on those thick wooden hangers and there is empty space surrounding each item in the closet. Actually that is fucked up, and reminds me that I caught a rare glimpse of my supervisors desk yesterday (as opposed to the piles and puddles of paper and rubber bands and math models and lunch that usually make up his work surface). I also saw that he had a sign half-buried under one of the piles that said "A clean desk is a sign of a sick mind."

But I started thinking about the clothes that I do hang onto, and why I still have them even though I will never ever wear them again. Perhaps I will start a series of portraits of these things, where I can record the memories and association that are stored in these garments before sending them far far away.

Well, I think this incredibly lax shopping diet is hard. Check out this guy's year-long project. 100 items!

Monday, September 7, 2009

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Honey with Comb from the Amish..... oh yes. Combining my love of bees with my fascination with the mennos... all wrapped up in tea-and-toast: what could be better?

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Used bookstore shopping is a very nice activity, and it is a particularly fun activity with out-of-town guests. It gave me an excuse to spend a long time in the Monkey's Paw ("Old & Unusual Books & Curiosities"). I left with "The Observers Book of Cats," Patrick with "Scientists as Writers," Dave with a whole bunch of goodies.
(note: the books)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

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The opposite of morning swims is evening stars. We only really saw stars at the beginning of the stay, because clouds and a nearly-full moon got in the way later on. But what we saw was pretty good. It is so nice to wrap up in a thick wool blanket and lie on the dock, with the water lapping away at the rocks and the milky way opening up above. We also saw one or two brilliant shooting stars too -- the type that burn a path across the sky.

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Morning swims. Well, this is lovely most of the time. Sometimes it is just plain stupid. But there is something pretty magical about easing into that clear smooth water while the mist rises off the lake. Naked, of course.
Here is a pretty picture that Patrick took. He knows how to see.

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The CNE Air Show. In previous years I would not have described this as lovely, but today I guess I'm just in the right kind of mood. But once you get over the idea that the sky is NOT ripping open and the planes are NOT going to crash into the house (though they make the windows rattle), it is actually kind of amazing and fun to try to catch glimpses of the jaunty blue and yellow planes in their little formations. I was helped earlier by some nearby dudes on a patio who yelled "yeeeeahhh" every time they saw planes. That gave me enough time to put down the spatula (making chocolate tart) and head outside to look around. By the time you hear the planes they are usually out of sight.

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There is something highly satisfying about cleaning and cleaning-out the fridge. A good old fashioned game of throw-it-out was in order. Now the only things in the (sparkling) fridge are also conceivably edible. This is not exciting or anything, but it is still nice.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

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Getting into the swing of things: surprisingly good meetings and the promising newness of September. Time to make plans and talk up some ideas.

Not to mention a perfect late summer evening, delicious meal out on a patio, full moon rising, finding the pen I thought I'd lost, then finding the whole package of pens that were so sweetly intended to replace my lost (then found) pen.

Good day.