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8 years ago @ The Toast - Link Roundup! · 0 replies · +2 points

Well, I agree with you that "out west" is just BC and mayyyybe Alberta although we don't like to be grouped in with them on principle, so I'm gonna say you're right on that one ;)

It's pretty much just the people in all the small towns north of PG who scoff at the idea that it's "north" because northerners love getting into pissing contests about who is more remote, "oh, it's -30 there? How nice, are you wearing shorts? It's -40 here" but I love arguing about the weather and geography. You're right, it actually matters up here!

8 years ago @ The Toast - Link Roundup! · 2 replies · +5 points

As a fellow Canadian, I appreciate this post. Why do Canadians love arguing about geography so much? I say that as someone living in BC who will throw down at the drop of a hat over 1) whether Prince George counts as Northern BC (it does!) and 2) whether Ontario can be described as "eastern Canada" (it is! don't give me this "central Canada" crap, central Canada is Manitoba and Saskatchewan and don't tell me to look at a map they're full of lies)

8 years ago @ The Toast - Cocktail Hour: Open Th... · 0 replies · +3 points

Gym days: alarm goes off at 5:40, I get up right away and wade through the sea of cats (just two, but they make themselves feel like a sea) to get dressed, brush my teeth, and get out the door by 5:55, so I can be at the gym by 6. I come home from the gym at around 7:15, change, put on make up and put my hair up properly, get dressed and either gulp down breakfast while waiting for my ride to show up at 8 or eat it on the drive to work. I do a lot of my morning Interneting at the gym between sets
Non-gym days: alarm goes off at 6:45, I'm out of bed by 7, do a bit of interneting then get ready for work. My carpool ride still arrives at 8.

8 years ago @ The Toast - Cocktail Hour: Open Th... · 1 reply · +34 points

I was thinking about pitching a women in science piece about working in non-academic/research science since it seemed like the series was lacking a little in applied science. My current job is as a scientific adviser for several indigenous communities, so it'd probably have focused on that.

8 years ago @ The Toast - Cocktail Hour: Open Th... · 1 reply · +8 points

I very much would like to read this book! What's the title?

8 years ago @ The Toast - Link Roundup! · 0 replies · +18 points

Oh no, he's completely right, expecting women to change would require them to acknowledge that women are people with their own lives and priorities and fitting some random man's demanding, specific requirements would mean work and sacrifice on behalf of the women. This type of man doesn't want women to change for him, he will loudly argue that women should be meeting his expectations from the get-go.

8 years ago @ The Toast - Link Roundup! · 0 replies · +23 points

Especially because it's not like academic institutions don't lay that stuff out clearly in ways that don't require people to grasp subtle social cues, either. As a TA, I got very clear instructions about boundaries with my students. If people disregard those instructions it has nothing to do with whether or not they are on the autism spectrum.

8 years ago @ The Toast - Cocktail Hour: Open Th... · 4 replies · +3 points

It shouldn't be anywhere near growing time for me, usually the practical last-frost date is May long weekend and the actual last frost date is June 15 (and I am jealous of your gorgeous little warm-weather garden). But it's been unseasonably warm, the snow has been melting for weeks and I'm really tempted to get the tomatos and ami seedlings going this weekend. Can I? I don't know! It's probably a bad idea, I should at least wait until next weekend but I really want to go now!

Last fall we dug up a massive new bed that is supposed to be perennials eventually, but this year is going to be a combo of perennials and prettier looking vegetables in addition to our two 4'x12' vegetable beds. You guys, I bought so many seeds, I think I went overboard. I have all of the crazy kinds of lettuce, I have celtus, I'm going to try to grow salsify, and I'm going to put in some haskap bushes, which are cold-weather honeysuckle that is supposed to produce masses of edible berries that look at taste like blueberries on steroids. Other than that, I'm planning for broccoli, kale, pole beans, carrots, herbs, both kinds of currants, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and a bunch of pretty flowers.

8 years ago @ The Toast - Cocktail Hour: Open Th... · 0 replies · +3 points

Snowmobiling with the boyfriend and maybe his parents. I'm excited because I feel like I'm finally getting the hang of turning the damn thing. True, about half the time I end up leaning it too far and falling off and rolling the snowmobile on its side and having to get help getting it upright, but I'm going to consider that a minor issue.

8 years ago @ The Toast - Cocktail Hour: Open Th... · 0 replies · +4 points

Replace half the fresh ginger with dried or candied ginger? They're much milder