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Not to alienate the little sausage we have on this blog – which is oddly mostly women compared to our high school – but I have discovered new avenues of usefulness for the internet for all the women out there who can’t count, don’t remember or have to make up oddly convoluted systems to keep track. From their website:

 

Mon.thly.Info is a simple tool to help you keep track of your menstrual cycles. Each time you start your period, add the date to your Mon.thly account, and it will use your history to predict the next time your cycle will start. This provides you with a record of your menstrual cycles, which can be an important addition to your medical history. If you want, Mon.thly will also email you a customized reminder before or on your next estimated start date.”

 

Sheer brilliance.

 

P.S. I waffled, as you can see, with titles for this post. Plz comment with your own clever one-sentence introduction for this fantastic innovation. And applaud Al Gore for basically, inventing the Internet.

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Hey guys,

I’ve started a new blog to document my newly vegetarian ways. Visit sometime. I’ll be sharing recipes, nutritional information, and that sort of thing. Mostly, I think, it’s just an excuse to try new food and take pretty pictures.

http://lemonxjelly.wordpress.com

In about 10 days I will be flying half way around the world. Including a stop over in Vancouver, it will take me almost an entire day to get to Japan. Excluding perhaps some awkward small talk with whoever decides to take up all of my elbow room beside me, I’ll be spending a lot of time staring rather blankly at my folded tray table. That is, unless I find something to read. Having made North America-to-Asia trips quite a few times in my life, I have a pretty specific set of guidelines for what I can stand reading on an airplane. I once read Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance on a plane to India and it pretty much ruined an entire week of my trip. I hope you, denizens of the internet, can suggest some reading material to make my travels a little less mundane.

Basically, I’m looking for fiction, although non-didactic nonfiction will do as well. It can’t be disturbing or horribly depressing (ie. no Bell Jar, or A Fine Balance, as mentioned above). However, it can’t be a cheesy beach paperback or those horribly drippy fantasy novels. I’m no snob to YA and I secretly prefer happy endings.

Help? 

This morning is all about SEA OTTERS. If you ever have a really terrible miserable day watch these two clips. THEY KILL ME. I am typing this from beyond the grave.

SEA OTTERS HOLDING HANDSawpoeirhaowierhap. Listen for the cute kids saying “mum, are they asleep?” amongst all the “AWWWING.” Like a quaint British novel.

My favorite part is when they fluff their fur, all important-like.

I bet sea otters could take over the world and no one would mind.

So I was talking to some BFA (bachelor of fine arts) friends of mine last night, and this conceptual art exhibit, Shedboatshed, came up. Basically, the artist, Simon Starling, came upon an old shed by the Rhine one day and decided that he would reconstruct it into a boat, row the boat to the museum he was having an exhibit at, and then rebuild his boat into a shed. It won the Turner prize in 2005. I thought it was a neat piece right away just because it automatically made me think of the good old Ship of Theseus paradox about object identity (as much as I hate that kind of metaphysics) – is Starling’s shed at the museum the same shed as the one he found by the river? But other than that, I think it still raises a lot of interesting questions – from ‘what counts as (good) art?’ to ‘in what ways do manufactured objects relate to us specifically, people in general, and the world around us?’. I suggest scrolling down to the bottom of the Tate page (first link) and listening to the audio clips or reading the transcripts from them about Shedboatshed. It’s nice to note the thought behind the piece rather than just dimissing it as a weird, postmodern act of futility.

The past few days have consisted, among other things, of…

  • Accidentally eating a dish with peanut oil and puking all night (when will I learn?!);
  • (Temporarily) losing not one but two sets of keys;
  • Sitting in not one but two vintage fighter plane cockpits;
  • Having my backpack infested with cockroaches;
  • Getting drenched to the bone in a sudden torrential downpour;
  • Suddenly coming into an unexpected $3000;
  • Getting a free box of mushrooms;
  • Having my beloved new bike stolen;
  • Spending a day with addicts, overweight people and other fringe folk;
  • Soaking my computer and therefore all my music, movies and school documents to death (hopefully temporarily);
  • Watching a snail lay a long chain of eggs on a deflated, child sized football.

Woo hoo.