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centre of the universe: How to get engaged in Canadian politics: an educational resource

Here is a handy guide that will help you, disenfranchised Canadian, get engaged with and get involved in the upcoming (eventually, at the end of several more weeks of pre-election hell) federal election! The first step, as the number to the left would indicate, is to click every single link you see in social media . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: How to get engaged in Canadian politics: an educational resource

centre of the universe: A step to the right, hands on your hips, pull your knees in tight

This workout combines the best of yoga flexibility, a little bit of cardio, and core strength workouts. You don’t even need to leave your own bedroom. In fact, you probably don’t want to. And unlike other workouts, with this one, you shower first, and it’s done before you even get into your car to head . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: A step to the right, hands on your hips, pull your knees in tight

centre of the universe: Eyewear, pocketbook, wristwatch

Before we get too far into this, I want you to go here and listen to The Faint’s Dress Code. Especially you, Meatbum. I’ll wait. I think it’s my new favourite thing ever invented. And, while you’re doing that, I’m just going to say I miss Devo. Okay. You’re back. Awesome! Dress code. Gender bias. . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: Eyewear, pocketbook, wristwatch

centre of the universe: Post-graduate paper

This morning, #TheTeen and I got into a bit of a tiff. Mornings are chaotic, and as much as I have really enjoyed #TheTeen’s company this summer, when school starts up again and we’re under pressure, something eventually has to give. Here’s some background, although actually, the deets aren’t all that important. In fact, the . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: Post-graduate paper

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Advice for New Caregivers

Today’s guest post is by Derek Hobson, BA.  Derek is the editor for ConciergeCareAdvisors.com, a senior care referral agency. He developed a passion for elder care when he became the primary caregiver for his grandmother. Since then, he has sought to inspire fellow caregivers as “there is no success without hardship.”  When I was 20 years old, my . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Advice for New Caregivers

knitnut.net: Great Glebe Garage Sale – 2014 Edition

Here are some of the things we got and did at the Great Glebe Garage Sale yesterday:

An authentic persian rug, 4×6, for $25 A pretty leash for Rosie for $1 2 gorgeous light switch plates, painted with birds, 50 cents each 5 books for $5 2 sweatshirts and a t-shirt for $10 (yes . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Great Glebe Garage Sale – 2014 Edition

centre of the universe: The Guider’s Guide to Guides or, Sock DIY Tutorial

Another thing the Internets have taught me about how to come up with ideas is that readers of blogs fully enjoy being told what to do. Which is to say, their favourite thing in the whole world is DIY sites. That means “Do It Yourself”. It could also stand for “Ducks In Yorkton“, “Dildos Instead, . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: The Guider’s Guide to Guides or, Sock DIY Tutorial

centre of the universe: Sweet Things

Earlier this week, His Nibs and I had the privilege to witness one of his best friends get married. Afterwards, we took the children to a Brazilian steak house. I have been to one of these restaurants a few times now, and took The Captain to one when we were at GenCon. These are the . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: Sweet Things

centre of the universe: Used To Be Pretty

Some folks seem to have this idea that if only they have more or get more or get something different, that all of the Bad Things in their lives will be magically fixed. This is a troublesome mindset. I think it’s related somehow to the bullshite idea that if you think positively enough about something, . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: Used To Be Pretty

centre of the universe: Be Startin’ Something

Yesterday, His Nibs and I signed the contract with a local construction contractor. We’re turning our laundry room into a second bathroom, which means Spare Oom will be smaller. It also means the horrid fake wood panelling in Spare Oom will be no more. Also: out with the wine-coloured shag carpet. (*hurk*) I plan to . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: Be Startin’ Something

centre of the universe: Late last night or the night before…

Last night I was fortunate enough to be able to play in my first ever tabletop Werewolf game, hosted by AJ. It’s all done by magic now, you see, with (so far) four players in three different cities playing via videoconferencing. Let me tell you, I’m liking this. So after the game was over, we . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: Late last night or the night before…

350 or bust: “It’s About Love”: Life Advice From Star Trek Star

At a convention full of nerds, a new mom got up and asked supreme galactic ruler of geeks and former “Star Trek: The Next Generation” cast member Wil Wheaton to offer her infant daughter some advice. He obliged in a most awesome way.

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

It’s graduation time, so here’s Ellen DeGeneres delivering the 2009 commencement address – and great advice for living a good life – at Tulane University.

centre of the universe: She’s my cherry pie

Here’s a problem. Some people seem to think that sexual or romantic attention is a *gift*. They seem to think that all we do is sit around waiting for someone to tell us that we’re pretty or sexy or that we want to know what they would like to do to us. I don’t want . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: She’s my cherry pie

centre of the universe: Breathe breath

1) If you need a tattoo to remind you to breathe, you probably ought to have some kind of permanently in-place guardian. Because usually, you know, breathing is part of your autonomic nervous system. Don’t get me wrong; I am not an “ableist”. I have nothing against people who need tubes to breathe because their . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: Breathe breath

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Ask General Kang: How was your technological singularity?

That is a revealing assumption, my good human buddy. What makes you think there was a technological singularity on my home planet of Neecknaw? Well, doesn’t every advanced technological society go through one? Not if they don’t want the Rea… . . . → Read More: mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Ask General Kang: How was your technological singularity?

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Ask General Kang: What’s the best method for electing your leader?

Ah, not this again! You humans and your obsession with “elections” and “democracy.” It’s an illusion, just like free will. You’ve already decided who you’re going to vote for, and no amount of “though process” is going to change your … . . . → Read More: mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Ask General Kang: What’s the best method for electing your leader?

Paulitical Satire: Tips for Barack Obama on How to NOT Suck in the Next Debate

Fight Night! (GIF from GifWich)

So, ummmm, the Obama VS. Romney rumble in the mountains (it was in Colorado…get it?) was less a debate than it was two Economics professors arguing about which shade of grey was better. Oh, and one hate’s Big Bird…seriously. Clearly, Prof. Romney won the debate and proved that his . . . → Read More: Paulitical Satire: Tips for Barack Obama on How to NOT Suck in the Next Debate

Paulitical Satire: The Liberals Need a Leadership Race Worthy of the Third Party

Leadership races for this place, should be open and vociferous !

So, in 2003 I attended a very strange and interesting event held in the Minto building at Carleton University, where I was a student in Public Affairs. I remember earlier in the summer the leader of the NDP, Alexa McDonough, had stepped down and . . . → Read More: Paulitical Satire: The Liberals Need a Leadership Race Worthy of the Third Party

Paulitical Satire: Cartwheels in The Legislature

Cartwheels at Parliament!

So, I was walking by Queen’s Park the other day and saw something that immediately made me nostalgic: a bunch of kids teaching another kid how to do a cartwheel. No, I’m not talking about about Hudak trying to explain his loss in KW (too soon?), it was legitimately a group . . . → Read More: Paulitical Satire: Cartwheels in The Legislature

knitnut.net: Ask Me Anything #2: Marigold’s Quandary

This question was sent by email from someone who prefers to remain anonymous, so we’ll call her Marigold.

Marigold recently won an overnight stay for two at a local hotel, breakfast included, valued at $160.

Marigold’s sole source of income is ODSP, which is Ontario’s social assistance plan for people with disabilities. It’s more . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Ask Me Anything #2: Marigold’s Quandary

Paulitical Satire: #FF Yourself!! A Follow Friday You’ll Thank Me For

Sometimes I worry that I am actually trapped in the Matrix…

So, I was doing my normal dance around the internet, reading pieces of news from all corners. While I blog mostly politics, I like to stay up on the news of the day for lots of topics. I find twitter.com particularly helpful for . . . → Read More: Paulitical Satire: #FF Yourself!! A Follow Friday You’ll Thank Me For

centre of the universe: Dumb

Okay, I guess I need to preface this post about the recall of infant chairs by reminding you that all parents are psychotic. All of us. First, we decide to host parasites. IN OUR BODIES. Or, if we choose not … Continue reading →

Paulitical Satire: All you Need is Love! – Politics and Love – Movie Monday

So, for the past few days, or really the past few weeks, I’ve been celebrating the birthday of my girlfriend. As expected, part of this celebrating has included lots of gift giving…as all good celebrations should. In case you haven’t noticed, I sometimes like to use my blog as a place for letting the world know . . . → Read More: Paulitical Satire: All you Need is Love! – Politics and Love – Movie Monday

Paulitical Satire: Save our Farms! Follow Farmer Friday!

A Farmer in a parched field…

So, in case you haven’t noticed, both from my previous Movie Monday post and any time spent out side for most of July, it’s been hot as hell and dry as a bone out there. While this might be great for getting a tan and running your solar . . . → Read More: Paulitical Satire: Save our Farms! Follow Farmer Friday!