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Slideshow Update [Sep. 26th, 2005|04:54 pm]
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Clicky (65 Mb!)

I hope you enjoy this slideshow of me and my daughter. I'm still struggling with the idea of returning to blogging, and part of that is wanting to do justice to the great friends I've been ignoring for 4 months. I'm desperately sorry, and I hope I'll have a good explanation soon.

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In memory of [Apr. 15th, 2005|09:48 am]
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[Current Mood |sadsad]

Yes, jeffking, it is. I'm no longer non-academic staff at the University of Alberta. I'm moving on to other employ, but I won't forget our five years together.
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The Office [Apr. 13th, 2005|09:09 am]
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"Would you like to go to the beach?"
"Would you like to get high?"
"I think you do, mon."

"I should have brought in some food. Maybe some colored greens."
"It's collard greens."
"It's collard greens."
"That doesn't make any sense. You don't call them collard people. That's offensive."
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An interesting day [Apr. 8th, 2005|01:24 pm]
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Well I've had an interesting day. I got to have lunch with my father, and on the way out of the restaurant, I found a wallet with $100 cash in it. Needless to say, I now have a brand-new MP3 player.

Jokes, jokes. After calling around, I finally tracked down the owner, who hadn't realized he'd lost it. He just picked it up a few minutes ago and bought me a Diet Coke with Lime. He was quite tall.

I made a new LJ-icon, something I never do. It's from the aforementioned hilarious comic strip, The Perry Bible Fellowship.

Oh, one other thing: I may be going to Anchorage, Alaska for a few days. Any suggestions on what to see while I'm there?
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Favorite Song Meme, from kwirq [Apr. 7th, 2005|09:45 am]
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Try to guess my favorite song by each of the following artists. If you guess correctly, I will bold the line and give you credit, and you will feel special. If you guess incorrectly, you go to the box and you feel shame.

I realize there are a lot of Canadian artists/groups, but I tried to be as user-friendly as possible.

  1. Tegan & Sara
    • Walking with the Ghost

  2. They Might be Giants
    • I Hope that I Get Old Before I Die

  3. Postal Service
    • Such Great Heights

  4. Steve Miller Band - The Joker (jeffking)

  5. Veruca Salt
    • Shutterbug

  6. Danko Jones - Lovercall (jeffking)

  7. Beatles
    • Eleanor Rigby

  8. Ani DiFranco
    • Angry Anymore

  9. Tori Amos
    • Smells Like Teen Spirit

  10. Cranberries
    • No Need to Argue

  11. Dave Matthews Band - Crash (jeffking)

  12. Great Big Sea
    • Can't Stop Falling

  13. Kinnie Starr
    • Ophelia

  14. Jennifer Lopez - Jenny from the Block (jeffking)

  15. Loreena McKennitt
    • Night Ride Across the Caucasus

  16. Modest Mouse
    • Paper Thin Walls
    • Float On

  17. Oasis
    • Sad Song

  18. Portishead
    • Sour Times

  19. Sarah Jones - Revolution (jeffking)

  20. Nirvana
    • Smells Like Teen Spirit

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(no subject) [Mar. 18th, 2005|09:10 am]
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Perry Bible Fellowship may be my new favorite webcomic. It was recommended to me as the sort of strip that Jesus would enjoy.
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I have a new oath [Mar. 18th, 2005|08:28 am]
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From the latest Penny-Arcade newspost:
We are unphased! You can field two androids designed expressly for this purpose, as far as we're concerned. You can field Hulk Hogan and Our Lord Jesus Christ. We will leave nothing but bones.

I can think of no two more powerful foes than the Hulkster and Gentle Jesus Meek and Mild©.
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Fight Aging! [Mar. 1st, 2005|10:18 am]
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Well, it's been a long time since I updated, and a great deal has taken place. Where do I start? In my last entry, I made mention of the Tegan and Sara concert I attended with my sister.

It was one of those rare moments in my life which I frequently relive in my mind. My happy place, if you will. Tegan is hot in person, too, which I'd not expected. The other feature I'd not expected was the makeup of the crowd. Basically, it was bull dykes and emo kids, wall-to-wall. Mesh caps, dreds, and fat ladies with their arms around each other. Needless to say, I felt a little out of place, until I saw a girl with a t-shirt that said: "I like girls." I asked her where I could get one and she gave me what I've heard described as "an old-fashioned look."


Later that week, Jodi and I decided to start looking at houses. We called a realtor, told her what we were looking for and what our price range was, and made an appointment to look at some houses on Saturday morning. By that morning, she'd narrowed it down to five houses south of the river (our preferred location -- Edmonton is split into two halves, north and south, by the North Saskatchewan River). The third house we saw was unbelievable. It was a two-storey with Tudor styling; it had incredible curb appeal.

We liked it very much, but we weren't in the mood to up and buy the third house we looked at, so we kept going. By the end of the morning we realized two things: (1) in our price range, we would need to be doing a lot of renovation work; and (2) that Tudor-style home kicked ass.

The realtor told us it had only been on the market for eight days, and for five of those days it had an offer pending, which had fallen through. The owners had also already had an offer the night before, which they turned down. You know what they say about pressure? Coming down on me, indeed.

Long story short, we made an offer of $5,000 less than their list price. They came back at $2,000 less, and we accepted. This was at 1:30 pm. We'd started our little trek to look at houses at 9:30 am. It was a little nuts.

Anyway, the deal has gone through, and we officially have possession of the house as of last night. We need to paint, but other than that, it's ready to live in. We're going to move at the end of the month. Once we're done painting, I'll post some before and after type shots, a la Trading Spaces.


On the fifteenth of February, I attended a talk by the eminent Dr. Aubrey de Grey about real anti-aging medicine. If you aren't an avid reader of /., you may not know who he is. He's a Cambridge theoretician who is claiming that aging can be cured, leading to four-digit life spans. He's championing his cause in an effort to fund research to significantly lengthen the life of an already aged mouse, through the MPrize competition.

I loved hearing him talk. He has a sort of clipped accent, muffled through a gigantic beard, and a frenetic speaking style. You can see a full account of the talk, as well as some video, here.


Last, but not least, I have officially gone down to 3/5 time at my university job and started half-time with Hotrocket. I'm very excited about this, and I hope I'm not overwhelmed.
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Cool-ass [Feb. 10th, 2005|04:17 pm]
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Very few things are as cool as hot lesbian twins with guitars. It was an awesome show; the second best concert I've ever attended.

Also, Grant MacEwan is giving me $108 in professional development money, which I am spending on a wacom graphing tablet. When I submitted the request, the best price I could find was $150, but I have found a refurbished model for $80. I think I'll spend the extra $20 on books. I figure it's better to ask for forgiveness than permission in this case, since they already approved the dollar amount (and because it is more or less traditional that the money be spent on books).
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First Year Picture [Jan. 25th, 2005|02:03 pm]
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Just like her old man.
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