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(no subject) [Dec. 8th, 2009|06:26 pm]
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(no subject) [Nov. 29th, 2009|09:25 am]
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It's been a crazy week, but now I have no assignments to hand in, and I'm not working until Wednesday. Whew!

Friday was a nice finish to the week: I met my mom and some friends for dinner, then we went over to the Saw Gallery for a fundraiser art show which I'd submitted three sketches for. They all sold!

There was a lot more sexual work than I'd expected. I always expect nudity, but crude and sometimes weird sexuality, not so much. I expect one of the pieces everyone will be talking about is a pencil sketch of two guys having doggy-style sex, which was actually very very tasteful and extremely well done.

Jue, Gab and my mom left a bit early, but Heather and I stayed later to enjoy some wine and participate in the Spins and Needles. Basically you got your picture taken, then they turned it into a (very abstract) paint-by-number line-art and printed it out for you to colour. The lights were very dim so it was hard to see what we were doing, we kept taking photos of our drawings just to see what colour they actually were! I forgot my camera though, so those are all with Heather now. When she sends them I might put some up, if they're good.

All in all, great fun.

I haven't thought today out too much. I should have gone back to bed when I woke up at 7am. And my mom and I are having dinner at Rob's parents, to meet my niece for the first time. I hope to come back from that with pictures, because 1) BABY CUTENESS and 2) Rob hasn't met her yet either.

I think I'll actually eat a real breakfast today.
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Say it with me: Katoo is made of awesome. [Nov. 12th, 2009|09:39 pm]
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I just got back from a ceremony in which I was awarded a scholarship by the city of Gatineau! I had to miss a class to attend the ceremony but I'm really happy as the scholarship will cover 2/3 of my university fees for next semester. My plan is to keep up the excellent grades (I'm pretty much a straight A student at the moment!) and apply for an excellence scholarship next year.

After the ceremony I bumped into a woman who was the caretaker for my high school. I didn't recognize her right away, she's changed a lot in 10 years, but she knew who I was. She was really pleased to see me, and she said she remembered how she loved to watch me draw all the time after school, when I was waiting for my parents to pick me up. She has been fostering children for the local youth center and she's actually received a copy of the comic book that I did for them a few years ago! She told me she was really pleased to find out that I was still drawing.

So tonight was pretty high on the ego boost scale.
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Katoo becomes an auntie! [Nov. 11th, 2009|06:11 pm]
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My sister-in-law gave birth to a baby girl this morning! We were expecting her around Thanksgiving but she chose to wait until Remembrance Day. Somehow the family knew that she would be born around a special date, apparently that's the trend for babies on that side of the family.

I hope to see the baby soon. Last time we spoke to the now-parents, they said no one was allowed near the baby if they hadn't got their H1N1 vaccine. I tried to get mine on Monday but I was turned down because I'm not in any of the priority groups. However I was told that if I could provide a birth certificate to prove that I was a caregiver for a child under 6 months I might be able to get vaccinated. I'm not sure how I'm supposed to prove the "caregiver" part, but now that the baby is born, I'll see if I can try that. Apparently though, the mother's vaccine protects the baby (possibly they both become immunized together because they share blood?) so that might mean it would be safe to visit her.

Anyways I love babies so I'm hoping to meet her soon!
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Google is not remembering. [Nov. 11th, 2009|08:32 am]
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Does anyone else find that Google is a bit weird in its logo illustrations and headlines? I'm not sure what their selection criteria is. I remember that they had twisted their logo into a Dali image on the day that marked Dali's birthday, and they did this for several other birthdays of random famous people. They''ve had friggin' Sesame Street characters on their logo for a week...

And now Remembrance Day is here and they have a small little mention with a tiny little poppy, and no hyperlink, underneath the search bar. Why not make one of the O's a poppy and link to news or historical articles or something? It's not like there's a lack of events to report on Remembrance Day. Is it really more important to announce Dali's birthday, as influential as he was in the course of modern art history, than to commemorate the signing of the armistice following the deaths of thousands and thousands of people? Is it more important to celebrate Sesame Street's 40th anniversary? Seriously? Is Remembrance Day too political or something?

I have noticed over the past few years as well, that they never, ever mention anything at all for Women's Day on March 8th. Not even the small mention with the small poppy and no hyperlink that Remembrance Day gets today. Priorities,eh?

This is Google Canada. Can my American Friends let me know if the American Google the same?

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(no subject) [Nov. 6th, 2009|07:37 pm]
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Today my supervisor who has been away sick came back to work, but her ears are still plugged up from whatever illness she had.

She said, "You have to speak a bit louder than usual or I won't hear you. I can't heard the bell if anyone rings for help. If you speak to me you have to be really close, and if I'm turned away then I can sort of hear that you're speaking to me but I can't understand what you're saying. A client was trying to ask me a question before but with the music I couldn't hear what he was saying. It's really annoying."

I said, "Welcome to my world."
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(no subject) [Nov. 6th, 2009|08:38 am]
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Now I know why Mimi will (seemingly) randomly attack Rob when he's petting her.

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(no subject) [Nov. 3rd, 2009|08:35 am]
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Crossed Genres' LGBTQ issue is out and featuring my illustration "Entwined". Go check it out!
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50 Books Challenge: 26 out of 50 [Nov. 2nd, 2009|09:17 am]
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My reading list for September and October. Apparently university is eating away at my precious non-school reading time. I actually have to read dictionaries for some of my classes. I suppose I will add them to my December reading list when the semester ends and boost my final count by 6 or 7 books. 

The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling: This was a collection of short stories, which I'd not expected. It includes, obviously, the story of Mowgli raised by the wolves, which I don't think I need to go into detail about (although it much differs from the Disney movie,again obviously). The other short stories in the collection are mostly set in India and starring various native animals, and dealing with English colonialism. One story stands out: a young white seal searching for a place where his kind don't get butchered by men for their skin. I remember reading that one separately as a child and having no idea it was related in any way whatsoever to Mowgli. I'm assuming that last story makes PETA very happy.

The Folklore of Discworld, by Terry Pratchett and Jacqueline Simpson:
I'm not exactly sure why Terry Pratchett is listed as an author here, as the writing seems to be mostly done by Mrs. Simpson. I'm guessing you just can't release a Discworld book without Terry Pratchett's name on the cover. This was very interesting in that it explored the real-earth inspiration for Discworld myth; Terry is apparently very knowledgeable when it comes to myth because his sources seem to stem from traditions the world over, and not just the Norse and British folklore as is common in most English-language fantasy books. It was a nice way to revisit the Discworld universe while at the same time learning about myths from cultures I was not familiar with.

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters: Awesome. Just awesome. Please read this.

October Dreams: A collection of Halloween-related short stories by a myriad of authors. The quality and originality of the stories varies greatly. Also, apparently vague sort of endings are popular in horror fiction; I'm guessing the idea is to leave the ending open to interpretation so that readers can draw their own conclusions and imagine whatever ending is scariest for them. To me that smacks of laziness/uncertainty on the part of the author: Well, I didn't want someone thinking my ending wasn't scary enough by their standards so I let them make up their own. In between the short stories are also a few non-fiction accounts (Halloween memories, movie recomendations, history of Halloween, etc.). Some of these are very interesting, but some of which are, well, it's not because you're a well-known writer that you've had fantastically interesting Halloween experiences. But there is enough quality stuff (Ray Bradbury and Poppy Z. Brite spring to mind) to make the book interesting, but overall I think it would have benefited from a stricter selection process.

Empire of Blue Waters, by Stephan Talty: The jacket's description seems to imply that this book is about Captain Morgan when in truth it's really a history of Jamaica and the Caribbeans. Morgan did play a huge part in the English struggle for the Caribbeans, but he shares the starring role with many other very interesting people. The book seems very thoroughly researched and gives great insight into the real lifestyle of the privateers/pirates (also explaining the difference between the two: Morgan would have been very insulted to be called a pirate) as well as the European political struggles of the time. Also, I'm guessing whoever wrote the script for Pirates of the Caribbeans looked up the same references Stephan Talty did; it was fun to find out that for all its fantasy, it wasn't a completely romanticized portrait and that there was some historical research done.

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Zombie Walk - Ottawa 2009 [Oct. 26th, 2009|10:57 am]
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Yesterday was the Ottawa Zombie Walk. I've been wanting to go for a few years but I was living away and could never make it back on the right weekend. I almost didn't go this year either, because it seemed complicated to meet the friends I was going with, but I managed to convince another friend to join me as well, which convinced me to attend after all.

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