Monthly Archives: June 2013

That’s why you always get a pre-nup

There is a magical machine called an eye tracker. I don’t really know what it does (track eyes?), but I do know that it is totally racist! Just kidding, I do vaguely know what it does (it tracks eye movements!), … Continue reading

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Dief

DISCLAIMER: The following Canadian Content likely won’t make much sense to America-landers without following the handy wiki-links provided. George Grant‘s Lament for a Nation could be retitled Ode to a Diefenbaker, because Grant loves him some John Diefenbaker: Never has … Continue reading

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25 reasons to love Champaign-Urbana

Yes, yes, we’ve left Champaign-Urbana (aka Chambana or Shampoo Banana), but in case you’re going there, you should know about all the great stuff to do! 1. Allerton Park! 2. The Art Theater has good movies and fun events. We … Continue reading

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Chapter 3, more CHESS and the journey home

During CHESS 2013 on Vancouver Island, we enjoyed three days PACKED with awesome field excursions, fascinating lectures, delicious food, and great conversations. Educational Pursuits of Saturday On Saturday morning, Richard Mackie talked about “Trees and Stumps, Voice and Place: Writing … Continue reading

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Chapter 2, in which we learn as much as possible at CHESS 2013

During CHESS 2013 on Vancouver Island, we enjoyed three days PACKED with awesome field excursions, fascinating lectures, delicious food, and great conversations. Accommodations We stayed in the lovely dorms of Vancouver Island University, surrounded by bunnies which seemed to have … Continue reading

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Chapter 1, in which it takes 11 hours to get to Nanaimo

I am pleased to report that I was an attendee at the Network in Canadian History and Environment’s 2013 Canadian History and Environment Summer School (CHESS), which was held on Vancouver Island. We learned a lot about the logging industry … Continue reading

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Mapping words (whoa! a Friday post!)

A very neat project recently circulated / is circulating on The Internet about regional variations in pronunciation in the continental United States. (Thanks to Xtina for posting the link on my Facebook wall!) Here’s the poster from the study: The … Continue reading

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Road Trippin’ (2/2)

Hope you’re ready for the exciting conclusion of Amanda & Jim Jim: Road Trippin’! Wednesday We left Spokane for Portland, stopping at the deliciously amazing diner Jake’s Cafe in Ritzville, Washington, on our way. (They don’t even have a website – … Continue reading

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Road Trippin’ (1/2)

We just moved from Illinoise to Washington (the state). It went like this… Friday Once upon a time, on a warm Friday night in Urbana, we had a lovely graduation / birthday / starting grad school party for Jim Jim … Continue reading

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