I took a "Nerd? Geek? or Dork?" quiz, and it turns out I'm a nerd. What are you?
Friday, November 14, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
My friend Adam the Astronomer is back in Chile again. Check out the link to his fifth online journal on the left side of this page. It contains tales of science and Chile. It's a good read.
His sister Emily has just taken a job at the University of Rennes in France. Her blog is also an amusing read, although it is a very different sort of blog! (Also see the link to the left.)
I recommend them both. See if you can note any differences or similarities between the two siblings.
Posted by Diedre at 2:36 PM
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I know I don't keep this blog up-to-date anymore, but I do still send out newsletters about my work at UrbanPromise three times per year if you want to keep in touch with my ministry work there.
You can get a paper copy to put on your fridge, or an enviro-friendly PDF. Just e-mail me your current address!
Also, you can always check the UrbanPromise website (especially my StreetLeader page) if you're looking for frequent updates and photos.
Posted by Diedre at 2:16 PM
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
I celebrated Canada Day by taking my bike to work. You know, "doing my part" for this wonderful land.
Going to work is much easier as it is mostly downhill. This is nice because I don't really get very sweaty. But on the way home, the direction that brings me nearer to my shower, I do get rather sweaty.
Vancouver has established a good system of cycling routes which are direct paths through residential neighbourhoods. One of the factors that went into planning these routes was to choose paths with minimal ups and downs to ease cycling. Cars cannot take advantage of these alternate direct routes because there are frequent barriers (such as lovely planted boulevards) that force cars to turn left or right while permitting the much narrower bicycles to continue straight. Whenever these routes cross major roads, there are traffic lights with buttons installed right next to the curb for cyclists to push without having to dismount.
The result is that I took a route to work along streets I had never been down before. The slower speed of cycling and the lower stress of driving along quiet residential streets permits one to notice and appreciate the neighbourhoods much better than one would by zooming past on a major car route.
I took advantage of this slower pace, and stopped to buy lemonade from an honest-to-goodness lemonade stand run by kids on the side of the road. I felt like I was in a Norman Rockwell painting. They had a home-made sign and smudges of summer grime on their faces and everything.
To complete the day, Aaron and I went downtown to see the fireworks. I made a game of "commanding" the rockets when to explode. I think I got about 50% of them dead-on. It took awhile to get the hang of which rockets would explode sooner or later than my gut instinct said. But it was fun!
Posted by Diedre at 9:22 AM