Achievement unlocked! I’m Going to SPACE with @SFU and @csa_asc

So this happened on Pi Day 2014:

Pi day 2014 - shoot day for the SFU semester in space spoof promo video

Pi day 2014 – shoot day for the SFU semester in space spoof promo video

Then this happened on April 1st, 2014.


Then the Canadian Space Agency retweeted it.

What a fun project.

Some of the vid got broadcast on Global BC as part of the feature on April fool’s jokes too.

Met some stellar (haha) folks at SFU Creative Services along the way.

Actually fooled a bunch of my friends, a few professors, and my poor dad.

As my brother said in a message the next day, “So…Dad legit thought you were going to space.”

Sorry, dad.:)
But it sure is awesome to at least get to legitimately pretend.

“Let’s Make A Salad!” Video for LING 480 @ #SFU

Here’s a little video shot and edited yesterday for my group’s final project in Linguistics 480, Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), with Dr. Trude Heift @ Simon Fraser University, Spring 2012.

The idea was to make a content-based video on the topic of food that could be easily incorporated into an ESL lesson. Each of the members in our group then has to create a mock ESL lesson plan incorporating this CALL technology for the second part of this assignment.

There are a few simple lessons that this video could be used for:

  1. Introducing imperative verb forms
  2. Food vocabulary
  3. Food preparation verbs
  4. Reviewing numbers (eg. “Step Six: Dice The Onion”)

Total runtime: ~4 minutes.

Feel free to use this video as part of your own ESL lesson planning.
“Lettuce” know if you find it useful!

Thanks to Lauren and Andrea for being really great to work with for this project.

March 30, 2012 | Lauren & Andrea, "Let's Make A Salad" Video for LING 480 @ SFU

March 30, 2012 | Lauren & Andrea, "Let's Make A Salad" Video for LING 480 @ SFU

March 23, 24, 25, 2012 – Not Much To Say

Just a few photos and one very short video (my iPhone camera was accidentally in video mode instead of photo, ha!)

March 23: There’s this picnic-appropriate patch of grass at SFU by the Robert C Brown Hall that I walk past almost every day. Last week was all sorts of weird adolescent can’t-decide-if-i-want-to-be-winter-or-spring growing pains, with all sorts of snow and rain and such, but then there was this one sunny warm day on March 23th, and suddenly, said patch of grass was covered in daisies.

March 24, 2012 | And suddenly, the field exploded with daisies, overnight.

March 24, 2012 | And suddenly, the field exploded with daisies, overnight.

March 24: Went to go see The Hunger Games at The Dolphin Cinemas with some friends on Saturday night. Yes. Saturday night and tickets were only $6.95 including tax. So to reward them for their reasonable prices, I bought the biggest popcorn I could (the profit margin on popcorn is very good). First time ever going to The Dolphin. I like it. It’s one of those older style theatres with only 2 screens, and a shallow incline (not stadium seating) with the screen up high. Like being a kid again, getting all excited for a movie, going out with a bunch of girlfriends, getting popcorn (I’m so stingy…when I pay $15 for a ticket at Cineplex/Silvercity there’s no way I’m overpaying for junk food). Note to go back on a Tuesday for “Toonie Tuesday” when movies are $2! I really hope they can make enough money to stay in business for a good long while.

March 24, 2012 | The Hunger Games @ The Dolphin Cinemas, Burnaby

March 24, 2012 | The Hunger Games @ The Dolphin Cinemas, Burnaby


March 25: Trekked out to Cap’s Westwood Cycle in PoCo to pick up a pair of Skins brand spandex shorts. Loved their sign. Brilliant sunny day for it, seeing as March 26th turned rainy again.

March 25, 2012 | Cap's Westwood Cycle, Port Coquitlam

March 25, 2012 | Cap’s Westwood Cycle, Port Coquitlam

Then drove out to Surrey to watch Steve’s football practice. Here’s a 3 second accidental video of an uber-patriotic car driving over the Port Mann Bridge:

March 20, 2012 – Why Am I So Hungry Today?

March 20, 2012 | Why Am I So Hungry Today?

March 20, 2012 | Why Am I So Hungry Today?

I have this class on Tuesdays that goes from 11:30-2:30. About an hour into class I start fading fast, and my concentration diminishes. And I start drawing.

And the answer to “Can you pass the salt?” is funnily neither “yes” nor “no”. It’s physically picking up the salt shaker and handing it to someone.😛

March 20, 2012 | Can You Pass The Salt?

March 20, 2012 | Can You Pass The Salt?

Speaking of hunger, look what I got in the mail today from Cafepress:

March 20, 2012 | The Hunger Games Panem District 5 Identification Card

March 20, 2012 | The Hunger Games Panem District 5 Identification Card

Fun. I’m now on the grid, very much so. That’s more information than my doctor has. That photo of me on the card is from 2008. I haven’t really aged much in 4 years, have I?! Going to see the movie Saturday night with a bunch of friends. Not sure why people are comparing The Hunger Games to Twilight…well, yeah I can see why but DUDES hello Katniss Everdeen is a kick ass awesome survivor whereas that Bella Twilighty poor exemplar of a human female needs to stop swooning and blinking and generally being a doormat damsel in distress.

Ahem. Anyway.

March 19, 2012 – Last Day of Winter

March 19, 2012 | Last Day of Winter

March 19, 2012 | Last Day of Winter

It snowed today. Then it melted. Heather finally hit full bloom today @ SFU.

iPhone photo edited w/ Camera+ app.

March 13, 2012 – It’s Snowing at #SFU

In class, I looked out the window.

Someone had walked in circles today, around some trees, in a sleepy grey garden dusted with sugary snow.

March 13, 2012 | SFU Snow Garden

Who are you? What were you thinking?

It got me daydreaming:

March 13, 2012 | It's snowing at SFU

March 13, 2012 - in class (LING 480) doodle inspired by that anonymous person who walked in circles in the snow around the trees in the AQ garden at SFU.

Dear snow walker, I hope you find what you are looking for.
Thank you for inspiring me today.

March 8, 2012 – 2nd Half Redemption

The second half of today redeemed the first half. Most definitely.

Woke up with that vague neck/headache that often foreshadows a migraine. Couldn’t focus. Had that ‘so tired my limbs are going to fall off’ feeling. Showered. Did breakfast. Went back to bed. Read a little bit. Then slept. And I think I must have been trying to scream in my dreams because I woke up with a sore throat of not the sick kind. Huh.

Managed to find some clothes that didn’t match, left the house with no socks and no sweater on top of my tank, beneath my coat.

This is where it gets good.

Got to my class (lab) in surrey. Checked my email. Found out I got the VPR USRA (vice president research undergrad student research award…or something like that) for summer 2012. Which means I’m going to be making some money doing useful stuff over the summer. Which is excellent.

Went shopping at the surrey mall between classes to find some kind of covering shirt because my tank top only thing was ridiculous. Ended up finding an awesome $7 shirt at sirens. one of those loose flowy shirts that’s super loose yet immediately elegant and comfy. Good find.

Went to lecture. They showed my project 2 in sound design class critique as one of the good ones. Highly embarassing and unexpected, but awesome. Although in my opinion that project deserves no more than 12/15 …being generous.

Went to circus. Headache still present. Bought Advil. Took Advil. Bliss ensued.

Static trapeze coach started me on The aerial hoop tonight (thus far i’ve only been on the trapeze) with the Ovo, man on the moon, and two variations on the mermaid. Also learned the inverted planche and straddle mount (as opposed to the pike) on static. Awesome.

Then swinging trapeze class! Coach gave us horse wraps (padding for our feet!) which turned out to be incredibly awesome! No more random rope burns from ankle hangs! Apparently got the jitters out of my system in static class, so swinging was a lot less tense and sweaty than it usually is. Got my hop off on the first try, and learned the full angel sequence. Also worked on releasing into my knee hang because I fell off (we’re harnessed so no biggie) doing it in my first class and since then I’ve had issues letting go (haha)

Then trekked up the hill to SFU Burnaby for the Rowing Team’s no pants pub night.:) gave $10 instead of $5 at the front door…with the caveat that nobody would try to twist my rubber arm into drinking…(once I start it’s kind of hard to stop) and so stuck with my diet coke and lime. Which is super awesome because I’m going to be totally functional and less fat (so many calories in alcohol) tomorrow!

And now because I’m home and decently caffeinated and well socialized and adrenalized from all that trapezery and headache free to boot, I’m going to go work through a bunch of MAX/MSP tutorials and try to figure out how the hell I’m going to build my final project for sound design class.

12:27am. It has been a really good day, even if the first half of it was wasted feeling ill. This rambling post has been brought to you by WordPress for iPhone.

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