Happy 2014

Happy new year, everyone :) All the best hopes for everyone in 2014.

I spent the day doing my traditional New Year’s clean-up today; I purged quite a few things that I’ve been meaning to for some time. The only thing left to do is drop a box of pots off at the thrift store and I’m done.

Back to work tomorrow.

Anyway that’s all the bring stuff. I’ve started using Instagram for pictures; you can see my stream at http://instagram.com/breeonne.

stairwell-vancouver
Stairwell in Vancouver (Broadway off Ash)

Skulls and squiggly things

Back in February, we went to the Beaty Biodiveristy museum (pro tip – free admission for UBC employees and students) and here are some pictures. Warning, there are dead squiggly things in jars in this post (and even more at the Flickr Set).

Display
Display: Red, Green, Dead Birds
Sea snake in a jar
Sea snake in a jar. Perfect Seal
Mountain Goat, Reflection
Mountain Goat, Reflection
Untitled
Squiggly things
The Owls are Judging You
The Owls are Judging You
Life Matrix
The matrix of life, from Day 0 on.
Black Tailed Deer
Black Tailed Deer
Blue Whale Skeleton
Blue Whale Skeleton

 

Thrift Shopping

Ended up at the thrift shop today and found a whole bunch of books from my childhood – oh, the memories. The disturbing memories.

sweet valley
Best Friends? Or Choosing Sides?

Given that between Book #1 and Book #4, Elizabeth throws over her twin sister for another bestie, you can imagine how their teen years would play out. Oh wait.

twins
Most twins I know aren’t like this

This wasn’t one of my childhood books, but I couldn’t pass up a picture; the cover is  like some horrible mashup of a conjoined twins horror film and a bad photoshop job.

space jam the book
Space Jam, the novelization

1) how and b) why.

mathnet
A Mathnet case book. MATHNET.

MATHNET. I flipped through,  there were actual math questions to help you solve the case. I’m impressed.

Tho I’m a bit curious about the dummy.

clue
Clue boardgame novelization

Book #10 isn’t bad for a crappy Scholastic board game novelization. The premise is that Mr. Body (left) invites all his murderous friends up for the weekend (again) and murder ensues. In the vein of the Encyclopaedia Brown books.

bcs
Babysitter’s Club Super Mystery

I’m not quite sure where to begin with this one. “it’s beginning to look a lot like danger”? Those sweaters? some asshole trekking ash across the carpet? Honestly, life in Stoneybrook isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Sunday Mixtape Nostalgia

I was going to blog about the wrap-up of my vacation (back to it tomorrow) but then yesterday I won 80$ in the lottery so I finally bought the cassette player I’ve had my eye on for a while:

The box! Yes, it’s the lower end model available at London Drugs.
Unwrapped and out of focus.
My tape collection

I should point out that this collection has been gathering dust in the cupboard for nearly a decade as I haven’t anything with which to play the tapes.

And oh man, talk about a blast from the past.

My Aerosmith collection
Some truly classic music….
And some ”wTF was I thinking?”
Hee hee Mitsou

Early 90s Much Music Mix tapes, plus…

That pink tape with the lettering rubbed off? The soundtrack to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990). This was the shiz when I was 11, yo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jhYg8GSWzU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTIVoJkWxQ8

Wat.

No, seriously, this may be the worst song from the 90s.

Shut up, you know you bought it too.

I’ve been looking for this on CD forever, mostly because TOO HOT isn’t available on itunes.


Because this is how they rolled in Toronto, faxt.

I love the Grid.
We all remember this happening.
My childhood.

I spent hours recording mix tapes off the radio and, later when they invented CDs, “fixing” the play order of CDs onto tape. Which is still legal, btw.

This is how we used to make playlists, kids.

Things about making mix tapes in the 90s:

  • No song had a beginning, because you always missed the first ten seconds in that mad scramble to the tape deck once the song started playing on the radio
  • The Top 10 on local radio stations for the early 90s are hilarious, in retrospect. For example, as I type this, I’m listening to #9, Hanky Panky by Madonna from the Dick Tracey movie. It’s about spanking.
  • No spaces between songs, because once one song finished recording you just hit PAUSE until another song came on.
  • There were some songs you’d love so much, you’d put up with scratchy reception and an annoying DJ riffing over the end.

PS: None of the radio stations on my mix tapes exist any longer. Except for 92.9 KISM out of Bellingham, the only rock station we got in White Rock on the hill.

But you know, after all this, I an not sad we are where we are today with music. No need to rewind, you can skip to new songs if you have aural ADD like me, can get songs on demand with the Youtubes or the iTunes. Plus now we have dubstep.

Flashback: I want to live in a drama

In honor of this morning’s soaking downpour here in Vancouver, a tangentially related pic post:

Peer Reviewed Bathroom Graffiti

In case you don’t want to decipher that on your own:

Peer Reviewed Bathroom Graffiti

I WANT TO LIVE IN A DRAMA (<- what does that even mean?)
THOSE PEOPLE NEVER LOOK AT THE PAST. (<- but they’re so often history that this line disagrees
THEY WISH AND THEY DREAM (<- don’t you now)
LIKE (of) SECRET DESIRES THAT FLOAT ON (<-you didn’t actually write that, did you? this has to be a joke) (<– I know, ever tried to make something float on really rough water?)
TROUBLED WATERS.
WHY ARE GROTESQUE OBJECTS BEAUTIFUL? (<- this poem doesn’t count)
WHAT IS WRONG WITH HUMANS? (<- #1 apparently we write terrible poetry <- and peer review bathroom stall poetry) (#2 humans are human, that’s what’s wrong)
I TAKE DEEP BREATHS AND IT TRIES TO ERASE EVERYTHING. (<- hey, Yo. Your subject and verb called me and they’re having a pretty big disagreement. Maybe you could work something out between them?)
-RAIN (<-isn’t he from My Lady Peace?)

Post of the day

I initially opened up wordpress to post about something very important, only to crash into a malfunctioning wordpress dashboard. Luckily, it wasn’t anything a reinstall couldn’t fix, and the files and database seem to be intact. Fingers crossed etc.

While I try to remember what I was going to post about, have some news stories:

Now, off to do my parents’ taxes.