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Little Wing

I've always been in love with Stevie Ray Vaughn since I was four (long story), and Little Wing is probably my favourite rock instrumental of all time. Such a beautiful song.

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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 Because I needed another social media channel to update :)


Stairwell in Vancouver (Broadway off Ash)

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Baked Egg Cups

A fun breakfast idea.


  • Whole egg (1 per cup)
  • Thin sliced ham or cooked bacon
  • Cheese (I used old cheddar)
  • Chipotle hot sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Put two slices of ham into personal ramekins in a "cup" shape (ie line the cup with ham). If using bacon, either shape the bacon to the cup if it's not too cripsy; otherwise break the bacon up and line the ramekin
  3. Crack one whole egg into the ramekin on top of the ham.
  4. Add a couple of dashes of chipotle hot sauce on top of the egg.
  5. (Note that there is no added salt in this recipe - if you're using ham or bacon, there is already a lot of salt in this dish, and the egg doesn't need additional seasoning) (well, maybe a little pepper)
  6. Add a few slices of cheese on top of the egg, just to cover the top of the egg.
  7. Bake the ramekins for 16-18 minutes. The goal here is to have the egg white set while the yolk is still a bit running.
  8. Remove from the oven, and eat.




Art in the least likely places

Walking on campus, as I do, I came across this - someone was power-washing the Chemistry building and left this lovely bit of landscape art behind.

Power Washing art

Detail - Power Washing Art

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So what’s the point of Google+?

Yes, I'm on Google+. I'm not really in the right demographic for that social network from a personal standpoint, but I do like to keep an eye on it.

Luckily Hootsuite is here to break it down for us, for the organizational standpoint.

Google+ for Brands: 4 Reasons your Brand Should Be on it

I'll let you read the article for their full take, but the summary is:

  1. Better Brand Discovery
  2. Deeper Brand Engagement (Hangouts and Communities)
  3. Increased Marketing Performance
  4. Measurable Impact

I would argue that #1 is the real reason to play in the Google+ sandbox - if you want your company to lead the Google search results, you have to play their game, and this is an A+ way of doing it.



Of interest: City of Vancouver to put more services online; more free wifi

From the CBC:

Vancouver city council to vote on digital strategy 

Vancouver City Council is expected to adopt a new digital strategy which aims to put most city services on the internet and offer Wi-Fi in parts of the city.

Services slated to go online include dog licensing, permit applications, and even participating in public consultations.

Other initiatives include free Wi-Fi in certain areas, better Internet access for low-income residents and an expanded open data program


I'm interested in this, not only from a digital strategy point of view, but also the HR perspective about  how they plan to continue to offer services in real-time. By reducing the workload on employees by letting most people do things like dog licensing online, will that employee time be then better spent dealing with issues management? Or will it lead to layoffs?

When the City re-launched their website last year, they put some things online such as paying parking tickets and property tax, so the continued move to put more services into an online environment does make sense.

(Now if I could only pay my overdue library fines online...)


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: Red, Green, Dead Birds

Sea snake in a jar

Sea snake in a jar. Perfect Seal

Mountain Goat, Reflection

Mountain Goat, Reflection


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


A month. Just give it a month.

Stuff's been going on and I'm neglecting this blog. That is not good.

So I'm going to challenge myself to try something for a month and stick to it - in this case, blogging once a day for a month. It may be short, it may be only a picture post, but that's the plan.

Today, I bring you a shot from my not so recent trip to the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Slideshow of all images at the bottom.

Red Scarf, Pottery

A collection; Trees


Linen; Figures; Baskets


The things you find in the Canadian Tire…

You mess with me, you mess with my crew

You mess with me, you mess with my crew