Wednesday, October 27, 2010

How NOT to be gay

I watched this documentary called "Cure for Love" about how an evangelical Christian program tries to convert homosexuals, and help them to follow a righteous lifestyle. I'm relieved to hear that it fails more often than it succeeds. I feel sorry for the married guy and his wife; they both know they're gay, but force themselves to live in a heterosexual relationship so that they can be whole in the eyes of God. Bleh.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

SkeptiCamp Toronto

On Oct. 23, 2010, I attended SkeptiCamp in Toronto, hosted by CFI Ontario. It was a great opportunity to meet like-minded people, and hear some enriching talks.

I gave a talk (not to suggest that MY talk was enriching). Well, you can judge for yourself. The projector bulb blew, so I didn't have my slides for my talk. So, I've taken the liberty of recording it and putting it on YouTube.

It's entitled "Being Right is Not Enough", and it's about why we can't trust our experiences, emotions, or the popularity of a belief in our pursuit of truth.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sidewards - an invented word

Here you see Lauchy sitting in a position that he calls "sidewards". That's not a word (not one that we use, at least), but it demonstrates the ability of a little person to apply learned linguistic rules to new situations.

Sidewards. Makes sense to me.

Oops, I just checked the dictionary. It says that "sidewards" is another word for "sideways". Hmm... maybe he's been reading the dictionary.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Kitchener-Waterloo, the place to buy property

I noticed this story in a magazine a few months ago. Here it is online. Basically, Kitchener-Waterloo is ranked as the best real-estate investment in Ontario.  I'm happy to say that we are Waterloo home-owners.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Run for the Cure

We did the Run for the Cure today, in honour of my younger sister, Angi. She kicked breast cancer's ass this year, and we're all proud of her.

I noticed lots of dogs there. This one, in particular, caught my eye. Well, hellooo sweetness!

We just did the 1km walk, since we had our three kids with us. Thanks to all those who donated; I raised about $270 for breast cancer research.

Make that $300... thanks Greg.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Two victims overnight

Last night, Trish heard some squeaks.  We looked for mice, but found none near the kitchen garbage.  Then Trish heard Charlie (one of our cats) do his funny purr/meow.  She found both cats in the stairwell "playing" with a small grey mouse.  I captured it in a glass, and pitched it into the brush in our backyard.

Victim #1

This morning, we had just settled down to have our coffee in the livingroom, and Trish noticed a dead mouse on the rug.

Victim #2
(and Heather's finger, for scale reference)

That's two mice in less than 12 hours.