Posts Tagged ‘fun’

Happy New Year!

January 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Well I’m back. After a nice long break and a whole lot of slacking I’ve returned to good ole’ Calgary and my place of employment.

The holidays were a lot of fun, if busy. When you live in a different part of the country than all your friends/family, coming home for a week or so is quite an ordeal.

An awesome ordeal, though.

Over many beers, pints, shots, and chocolates I caught up with most of the people I wanted to see. A successful trip indeed.

But now I have returned to real life, my cubicle at my office overlooking downtown Calgary and it is good to be back. Travelling is stressful even when on vacation and I’m glad to have a little down time.

I realize the irony that coming back to work seems like “down time”, but I think many of you know exactly what I mean.

So over the coming weeks expect me to be back to full blogging form. My enthusiasm for science/skepticism has not wavered, though my diligence in posting everyday has in the last few weeks.

So Happy New Year to all, hope your hangovers have subsided by now and you are as ready as I am to start a great new year of scientific discovery!

When Do Students At My University Drink Most?

December 31, 2010 Leave a comment

The University of western Ontario

A study published in the Journal of American College Health did a study of 415 students at a “large University in Southwestern, Ontario, Canada”. Which, of course, means the University of Western Ontario.

What did the results show?

Findings indicated that alcohol consumption varies considerably as a function of time of the academic year. Overall trends indicate that students drink more heavily at the beginning of each semester and less during exam periods. Daily patterns indicate that most drinking occurs on weekends. The highest drinking days in the first academic year included Halloween, New Year’s Eve, and St. Patrick’s Day.

Surprising? No. Nostalgic? Yes.

Happy New Year’s Western!

The Adventure of Links: Sept. 20, 2010

September 20, 2010 Leave a comment


Bad news for geeks. Teens with bad acne are more than twice as likely to develop mental health problems.

Good news for geeks. Popular kids get the flu first.

Yet another psychological study which tells us stuff we already knew.

Banning CFCs seems to have worked, and the ozone layer should be restored by ~2050.

“Just let me finish this level…” Video game addictions are on the rise, and data may suggest they relate to attention problems.

What to do if you cut off a body part. Remember, the greatest treatment is prevention.

Belly Armor, clothing designed to protect your in utero baby from completely harmless non-ionizing radiation, now being sold in the US. Fear really does sell. Terrible.

An increase in Canadian air quality could be linked to less smog from the U.S. due to the economic downturn.

Physics and Astronomy

Amazing panoramic photo of the Northern Lights. Taken from the Northwest Territories, Canada.

They have books now for all types of dummies. Enter “String Theory for Dummies”.

The Canadian government censoring publically funded researchers. This information, in my mind, belongs to the public and they should have full access to it.

Woohoo! Yahoo! Calculates pi to the 2 quadrillionth digit.

I’m a big proponent of mixing entertainment with science in order to teach kids, and heck even adults! Behold, the Science of Football.


Germans know how to party, as will be demonstrated by upcoming Oktoberfest. But an enterprising German has also come up with a bacteria which, he claims, should be able to clear the smell of beer and bratwurst. Will it work? I doubt it, but it’s just cool we’re trying stuff like that.

My two most hilarious heroes, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, are hosting “conflicting” rallies in Washington, D.C. next month. The Rally to Restore Sanity and the Keep Fear Alive rally will be held on Saturday October 30th. If you are in the area, its sure to be a lot of fun.

Spray on clothes. Seriously? Seriously.

Body heat from a Paris subway station is going to be used to heat a public housing project nearby. Those warm-blooded French…

Luke Skywalker’s replacement hand may not be too far off in the future. Scientists are developing so-called “robotic skin”.

Using dog poop to light dog parks.