law of the cycle

When in doubt, verify.
SweaterDesign_Corrected_Final copy

This is a design I created for the UW English Society, and in the end, I was the one that sent to the linguistics professor (E. Afros) to verify if my transcription was correct. To blame anyone else for negligence is wrong, as I was the one that created the design, and if the English students end up wearing the wrong thing, the problem would be mine for embarassing my program. So, yes, always verify, when it comes to design. I spend quite a bit of time on Stack Exchange and Stack Overflow this term, and if others are relying on you to create something, you must take responsibility.

I suppose that’s just what “responsibility” in general is, but I feel that if you think about all your actions in the bigger scale, you will start to understand why you must be aware of what you do, and how it affects the others around you.

Context for people’s lives is…important, and the more time we spend online, the more we feel that we know more about others that are far away, say, in countries halfway around the world, or your friend in another city over. How we say “Africa” like it is a country, or use cite women in relation to their status as “wives” or “daughters”- you can’t quite stop thinking about it because once you do, you slide into this comfortable place where you stop asking questions.

I was given the chance to take part in a “day-hack” recently, and I think, it was a chance to try something new, so I participated. The end result was a better picture of how I can support a team during a hackathon (graphics, UX, making slides), but I feel that the event was not without a better understanding of why questions as to why certain community events attract politicians. They show up as a wave of goodwill, and I suppose spending a little time at the beginning of large events enduring bouts of rhetoric is a small price to pay for being given an opportunity to try your hand at a problem.




comments and semi-colons

End of term means preparing for assignment deadlines (and exam!), and finishing a illustration project. Can’t talk much about it here, but I’ll definitely share when I complete it.

I suppose embarrassing yourself by burning out an LED is one way to learn. ><” Arduino hooked up to a potentiometer.

White Pi Day is coming…?


The Puella Magia Madoka Magica films are coming to Canada. Part 1 is playing Thursday March 14, and Part 2 is playing on Wednesday March 20. I highly recommend these films, especially to those that have not seen the series, or have an interest in the exploration of genres.

P.S. My designs for the UW English Society (@UWEnglSoc) sweaters were accepted, and are being printed soon! I know they’re not the $12 “accident” sweaters made for UW Engineering, but I guess it’s OK. I wonder how many people even like linguistics out of all the classes they take in university. =.=


the art of breakfast// virgule

I wasn’t planning on writing a post about my recent trip to Mel’s Diner in Kitchener, but since people have been asking about it…

Behold! Mel’s Diner reborn in Kitchener.

Name: Mel’s Diner, Kitchener
Location: 645 Westmount Road East, Kitchener, Ontario
Transportation: Take the GRT Route 12 to Westmount and Ottawa, and you should be able to see it as soon as you get off the bus.

So, background:
Mel’s Diner was formerly located in the Campus Court, next to the University of Waterloo before it burned down, rather spectacularly, with the rest of the plaza.

Mel’s was probably the most missed of the places that were affected in the fire. It’s a legend of a diner that has been passed down through the years, from 3 dollar burgers, to fighting the Godfather, club bouncers taxi-ing in from Kitchener after work to eat Easy-riders, all-day breakfast. The ultimate 24-hour hang-out spot, clearly aimed at the sleepless university crowd.

Drink menu.

Robo mentioned that the prices for burgers went up, but the breakfast menu selections and prices looked about the same.

Truthfully, I never had that many memories of Mel’s compared to a lot of older students. CTRL-A made the club meme of “Let’s go to Mel’s! Oh.”, and jokes aside, I think most people miss it because of the memories of why you were there. I never went to Mel’s alone…whether it was a stray friend, or a gang of Imprint-ers that pulled an all-nighter to finish their section. Anyways, you get the picture.
KZ commented that there wasn’t enough posters, neon lights, and random paraphernalia around (don’t quote me >< ), in which I agree. XD But it’s getting there.

Bar area. It was fairly busy, with a constant line at the door at people waited for seats. Mostly seniors, less of the student crowd.

I hope you guys enjoy the photos I posted enough to go support Mel’s Diner in Kitchener. I’m looking forward to going to the one that is re-opening in Waterloo come September…maybe you’ll come with me? Or rather, fight off the frosh (yes, FROSH, not “first-years”) for a seat. And if you can’t make it, maybe you’ll have time later.

Until then, feast your eyes on Mel’s, and be jealous/excited. ;D No, I will not review it, because you’ll know it would be positive, and frankly, I don’t know much about reviewing dining experiences. But it felt like the old one, and I was with friends I hadn’t seen in a while, so it was a lot of fun.

Crepes…I will not order one with cottage cheese next time.

Seems like the cats want to be fed.

In other news: you may have noticed that the ad I posted a while back has been answered about Kuro the cat needing a home. Kuro will be sending out replies to everyone that answered his ad very soon (he seems pre-occupied with E3). Thanks to everyone that wrote to him to welcome him to Canada, and the interest in having him as a roommate.

So, who is his roommate? Well…err, I guess he was won over by the PS3 at his new home, and the abundance of food. Well, the company is good, too. Toro, please take care of him, and try not to stay up too late playing games together. Seriously.

Toro on a Tachikoma~ VROOOOMM~

OK, that’s it from me. (`・ω・´)

The Art of Breakfast: a film about Danny Gregory

Thro’ the Rye

Off to the Toronto Comics Art Festival this weekend!

People have returned to campus…nothing to report, other than nesting geese have stopped attacking hapless students and staff. For the moment.

Comin Thro’ The Rye
Robert Burns

O Jenny’s a’ weet, poor body,
Jenny’s seldom dry:
She draigl’t a’ her petticoatie,
Comin thro’ the rye!

Comin thro’ the rye, poor body,
Comin thro’ the rye,
She draigl’t a’ her petticoatie,
Comin thro’ the rye!

Gin a body meet a body
Comin thro’ the rye,
Gin a body kiss a body,
Need a body cry?

Gin a body meet a body
Comin thro’ the glen,
Gin a body kiss a body,
Need the warld ken?

Gin a body meet a body
Comin thro’ the grain,
Gin a body kiss a body,
The thing’s a body’s ain.