This evening, after our regular hackerspace meeting, we got together for the Calgary Dorkbot meeting for July. And let me tell you, it was like being 9 years old again. So much fun. If your city has a Dorkbot, do yourself a favour and head down to their upcoming meeting. You will only regret if you suck. Continue reading
Well, another semester is done, and I find myself full of ideas I want to write down, and a blog that, save for the efforts of Nick, is full of cobwebs. Sorry folks, I guess that’s just the way I am: fits and starts of motivation. I’ve tried in past to keep this blog focused on the science and technology work I am interested in, but although that is an important part of my life, I’ve come to realize that a filtered blog, at least for myself, is an empty blog. So, hopefully in the coming months I will be able to write more posts on a bit of a broader range of subjects than I used to. Hopefully I’ll become a bit more Asimov and a bit less Salinger.
I’ve created a new element to my website; a blog which aggregates all my writing from the two blogs I write for (here and the Terry blog). I’ll also write personal news etc. there. All the posts syndicated to the site link back to their original source, so comments etc will still be on the original blogs. The other great benefit is that I can have one destination and RSS feed for all my writing.
To do the aggregation I’m using a great WordPress plugin called FeedWordPress, which syndicated posts from RSS feeds into a WordPress blog. This plugin was suggested to me by Andre Malan. The theme is based on “Pretty-Parchment” by Lloyd Armbrust, with my own modifications.
The Terry project is an initiative centered on using an open-minded, interdisciplinary approach to solving the world’s problems. Amongst other things, it serves to encourage sharing and openness between students from different faculties. As well as the blog, the project hosts a series of guest speakers (including Richard Dawkins last year), as well as an annual conference of student talks modelled on the TED talks. The videos from this year’s conference can be found on the site.
As I am sure is quite obvious, I have not posted for about a month. I’ve been ultra-crazy busy. I’ve just started the 3rd year of my Physics BSc, been preparing for the inaugural event for CFI Calgary, manning the Freethinkers booth at clubs week, and I got a new job! Starting Oct. 1, I will be working as a research assistant in the University’s Radio Astronomy department. Updates will be finally coming in now, including the long overdue HOPE post. I’ve also been hanging out with some friends of mine, Robin & Eran. Eran is an incredibly talented artist, check her work out.
Some may call it crazy, including myself, but yesterday I flew from Vancouver to Houston to start a road-trip which will end up… back in Vancouver. My friend wanted to move his car up, so we figured it would make an adventure.
The goal: To make from Houston, TX to Vancouver, BC (2882 miles/4638 kilometers) in time to have a few days rest before classes start (September 2).
The car: A souped-up Honda Civic, designed for racing, not for coast-to-coast marathons: