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Heart Health at UBC

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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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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


MOA trip

In the month of June, I had planned to blog more. I wanted to start today with a science news round-up, only apparently it's the slowest science news day ever (it being Sunday and all).

So,instead, some pictures from a recent trip I took to the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. I used Flickr's new editing tool to apply filters; it made up slightly for the awkwardness of my camera's light sensor.

From the permanent collection
Haida Crest Figure

Three Sisters

from the Visions of Enlightenment exhibit
Buddha from the Visions of Enlightenment exhibit

Buddha from the Visions of Enlightenment exhibit



A lovely composition by UBC Music student Matthew Emery.

(via the Ubyssey)

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Three essays, two hours

On my twitter feed this morning (@breeonne), I saw a line scroll past from a UBC student (I assume) who demanded to know how UBC thought he (or her) could possibly write three well-written, concise and thought-provoking essays in two hours.

My immediate reaction was complete empathy. I've been there, friend. Over 10 years ago, but I've been there. Try having to write a science exam with essays, that was hard.

And then I realized that now, 10 years later, I do that on a weekly basis. Not write three essays a week, but there are days in a week when I do hammer out the equivalent of three essays in two hours. And unlike school (where I paid for the privilege), these ones are graded by the public and are a precondition of my paycheque.

Honestly, it's one of the best skills I ever developed and one of the only thing that I've carried from the degree (outside of a healthy skepticism toward media reports on scientific research) So thanks, UBC.

Grammatically Incorrect Grad Sign, care of Arts!UBC


Wee Forest Fire at UBC

A small fire in Pacific Spirit Park at UBC! Oh my!

The fire is in the ravine near Wreck Beach, in hilly and forested terrain (which is why the firefighters are having such a tough time tackling the fire -  the fire started around midnight, but firefighters could only "babysit" the fire overnight until the sun came up so they could see. Luckily, the fire looks contained.)

SW Marine Drive is closed down between Totem Park and 16th for fire crews. There are reports coming in now that it'll take a day to put out the fire.

The official UBC sources of information are the UBC Emergency site and @UBCNews.

Stay safe, everyone.


Grade Inflation of the Day

This is thought-provoking, for sure.
From C's to A's
Created by: Masters Degree


May photos

I need to blog more.

But in the meantime, have some pictures!

Sunlit Flowers

A Sunlit Afternoon

Koerner Library

Koerner Library in the afternoon

UBC Clock Tower & Main Library

UBC Clock Tower & Main Library



Ceiling, Reflected in a Sky Train Button

Ceiling, Reflected in a Sky Train Button

Car hungry

Hungry Car is Hungry


Nitobe Gardens, Reflected

Figure this one out:

Nitobe Gardens Reflected Pond

Full Nitobe Garden set on Flickr.