Apr 5, 2010

Change of Address!

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Apr 3, 2010

Life As A Human Article: Easter in Rome is Not for the Faint of Heart

Maybe I should back up a bit here, and explain my views towards religion. I'm what I call "vaguely Catholic". I was baptized, and I remember going to church sometimes when we were kids. My family celebrates Easter and Christmas, but these are really just wonderful excuses to overeat. It's what Jesus would want! Did we learn nothing from the whole feeding-a-million-people-with-half-a-fish story?

I know, I know. I'm going to hell. If it exists. That's the beauty of being vaguely Catholic. You can answer most religious questions with a shrug. Like this actual re-enactment of a conversation I had in a high school civilization class:

Me: I like Dürer.
Classmate: His paintings are evil. If you like them then God won't love you.
Me: Hmm...
Classmate: Don't you care that you're going to hell?
Me: (shrugging) Meh...[...read more]

Photo Credits:"Praying Hands" by Albrecht Dürer

Apr 1, 2010

Life As A Human Article: Dude, Pimp My Mice!

Anyone who has ever tried to sell anything will tell you how important it is to “network.” I put this in quotes because, as far as I can tell, it’s just a fancy term for talking to people. You let people know what it is you do, and then remind them at every opportunity. As a writer, I recognize that this is an important way to get people to read my stuff. I also recognize that I’m rubbish at it. I’m all, Hey, I have this blog that you could check out if you like, but it’s probably not your kind of thing so never mind… Awkward!...[...read more]

Photo Credit

Happy Lunar Year Of The Mouse © be_khe @ Flickr. Some Rights Reserved

Mar 26, 2010

Life As A Human Article: The Accidental Squatters

This is one of the many things I love about the west coast of Canada. We’re really not part of Canada at all. We pretend. We’re all Hockey!And Eh! and Yeah, winter TOTALLY SUCKS! With the snow…and the cold…BURR! But the rest of Canada, you should know something. We’re faking. We’re lying to your face. And my proof is that last weekend Andrea and I were lounging on a beach with our shoes and socks off. And not only were we too warm, but we got a little sun burnt.
I think so far in 2010 we’ve gotten about ten minutes of snow. March is actually a very confusing month for us, because we often look out the window and think THERE’S A BLIZZARD! But no, wait. It’s just the cherry blossoms playing in the warm breeze. PHEW!...[...read more]

Mar 21, 2010

Life As A Human Article: Welcome to My Brain

I am very impressionable. Seriously. My subconscious is a sponge. A super porous, extra absorbent sponge. If my brain were toilet paper, it would be Charmin Ultra. Actually, that’s a good analogy, considering the amount of crap my brain soaks up.

When I expose myself to a certain kind of media for extended periods of time, I start to think in that form. For example, if I read graphic novels I see my life in panels of images, and everyone has thought bubbles over their heads... [...read more]

Photo Credit: How to prepare the skull for surgery, brain exposed, c. 16th century © Brain Blogger – Flickr

Mar 14, 2010

Life as A Human Article: Me and My Laser Eyes

...When you're a shy, awkward little girl, the last thing you need is a big old pair of GLASSES on your face. And by big, I mean enormous. We’re talking the stylings of the late 80s – frames that took up half your face and made even the youngest of wearers look like old ladies half squinting/half glaring at everything. Add to this the braces and bad hair that came later and it's no wonder I was a social reject worthy of a John Hughes supporting cast role... [...read more]

Photo Credit: Cyclops Blasts From The Eyes © Dashu Pagias on Flickr. Some Rights Reserved.

Mar 11, 2010

Life As A Human Article: Pants Optional

I start to run, and at this exact moment I learn how un-nutritious my road trip diet of instant coffee and bread burnt over the flames of my little propane burner has been. My pants decide to make a break for it. I’m free!!! They don’t slide down my hips so much as leap off them, diving for the ground. I trip, I stumble (I don’t fall, by some miracle), I yank them back up, and do a sort of gimpy two-step back to the motel, one hand holding the waistband so tight and high I give myself a painful wedgie...[...read more]

Photo Credit: No Pants Dutchman © Wikicommons. Some rights reserved.