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Guelph food, latest news

30 Jan

Let me tell you about my diet, exciting eh!?

I try to eat clean as often as possible, which usually means vegan/vegetarian. I try to then get protein some other way.

Also SMALL FREQUENT meals are key.

For breakfast I cooked 3 eggs with cheese in a bagel.

Lunch I had an Indian zucchini, eggplant, curry type dish over rice.

Mid-day I had another nice Indian lentil bean potato casserole dish with a variety of interesting flavors.

Chicken noodle soup – classic, and quite good.

Bright yellow Couscous and Hummus with celery (They both stood out as being exceptional hummus and couscous)

I wrote my mechanics test, I am now studying so I can get a perfect score on Physics tomorrow, and then I will have Wednesday night, Thursday morning and Thursday night to study for a math midterm worth 20% (eek) taking place on Friday morning.

In a few minutes I am off to collect my previously paid deposit for a house we (I) decided not to get involved with..Should be a fun time.

And there you have it!

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The Buoyancy Generator!

21 Jan

The Buoyancy Generator!

A balloon of radius 1.5m displaces about 14,140kg of water! Of course you could make a smaller balloon because that much force would require a too great an anchor.

Lakeside Church – Wow!

20 Jan

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This morning I boarded a shuttle bus to the local church with some friends. I will do my best to describe it. Massive, modern, up-beat, exciting…This was not your typical church atmosphere. They had concert style music with a guitarist, drummers, keyboard, and multiple singers.
This area is actually at the back, upon walking in there are complimentary beverages and a hallway full of booths for various related programs/ campaigns.

I know you guys would have really enjoyed this place..

What was really interesting was the sermon from the priest, who was dressed casually rather than with the fancy hat and big white cloak. They have a theme about living a “regret free” life, and using the strategy of pretending you only have a year to live, to live and love better.
(This is why there is a big clock , 338 days)

I don’t recall everything he said, but to summarize: Reflect on how often we try to change other people instead of accepting them. We can encourage people, and desire for our loved ones to have “success” in life, but shouldn’t force things upon them. We need to focus more on recognizing the things they are already good at..
He had a definition of love: To view others as higher than ourselves, love without expecting anything in return, take action that will better the lives of other people. He believes that the most important trait that will be used to judge the quality of one’s life at the end, would be how they loved. If you don’t love you are just noise…

This was a catholic church, with biblical references. However it wouldn’t have really mattered what beliefs you subscribe to. They simply offer logical, practical, relevant, life advice and encouragement.  Very cool..

PROGRAMMING

18 Jan

This one will drive dad crazy. During my wednesday programming lecture I forgot to participate in the class questions since they require a $50 remote iclicker, and I felt that was a bit of a waste of money. You can get the same marks by writing the questions down and passing in your answers at the end of class. Well on wednesday I forgot, so the teacher told me to email her and she would figure out a way that I could make up the marks. I sent her a follow up email and he reply was something like this: “All you have to do is come up with 2 challenging multiple choice questions based on today’s lecture, send me the answers, and I will credit you for the day”. Well this is actually a second year course, and I didn’t really know how I was going to come up with difficult enough questions. She emphasized that she did not want any rote recall easy questions, they had to be good. And of course I had to make sure I understood them inside out since I had to also send her the answers. I took this as a challenge and set off on my journey. I wasn’t going to the gym until I came up with the questions.
After a few hours I had hand crafted two exam like multiple choice questions in a word processor, formatted them, crossed my fingers (not really) and hit send. I waited in the dark for a while, (not really, I have been in classes all day) and I just checked my phone to her response.
“Angus, those were awesome questions! May I use them in our review class?”
I may as well write dad’s comment in advance, * Where are the QUESTIONS!?!?” I will post them later, I wrote this on my phone.
Anyway, since I like to always tie in some important lesson into these rants. People enjoy being noticed, and celebrated publicly!  This was a smart move on many fronts by my prof. 1. I won’t forget to do the questions any more. 2. I learned way more 3. I will say good things about her, and be even more inclined help her in the future now that she made me feel “special” LOL. About time I wrapped this up, my point being effective praise is a powerful tool. I’m off to programming class…

The Questions

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An entertaining swan..

28 Dec

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A Case Study on Taking Risks

8 Dec

My last programming assignments was given a mark of 50% because it did not function properly due to a small error. This was very frustrating because I had spent quite a bit of time fixing that error, only to have it show up again when I read my feedback on the grading rubric.

As you may or may not know,  I am into exams and things are very fast paced. Teachers and students alike are eager to get out of here as quickly as possible and forget about the stress of exam time. I had a small window of opportunity if I wanted to protest for a re-grade on my assignment.

It is the morning of my final programming EXAM, and I know that my teacher is notorious for deleting emails from “whining” students and their gripes around deadlines. At this point I had a final exam to study for, I knew the chances of hearing ANYTHING back from my prof were very slim, and in the grand scheme of things this wasn’t going to make or break.  I began to talk myself out of wasting my time, and then I realized…

If it seems like it’s a big opportunity, don’t be afraid to fail. If you do it right you probably won’t fail, and if you do you are no worse off than when you started! –SecretSource

So what exactly did I stand to gain? About 4% added on to my final course grade, and more importantly, the satisfaction of knowing I had not “settled”.I began writing a positive email thanking him for introducing me to programming, getting me as excited as I am to learn more about it, and lecturing in an engaging manner. I asked him if he would consider re-grading my code, provided that he felt the new code was not significantly different from the old code that was submitted on time. A little while later he replied with a “Ok send it to me and I’ll consider it”.
After my Chemistry exam the next day I ran to the lab and emailed him the assignment. I checked back after a day, and there was no reply..

Well today I was rather pleased when I found a new grade had been posted online, of 97%. I can’t recall ever learning so much from a single assignment. Things like code writing strategies, debugging and effective negotiating.

My intent here is that the next time one of us is contemplating risk, we take the time to really weigh and consider what we stand to lose, and what we stand to gain.

After all,

Life begins where your comfort zone ends.

 

 

 

5 Ideas for Streamlining the way we Test Pharmaceuticals

6 Dec

Exciting

TED Blog

The process for testing new drugs is clunky at best. As Susan Solomon reveals in her TED Talk, drug discovery on average takes 13 years, costs $4 billion, and has a 99% failure rate. Drugs are tested in the lab, then in animals, then in human trials that often aren’t big enough to be conclusive. (Human beings have a near infinite number of differences — a truly amazing thing, until different bodies start reacting in unpredictable ways to the same treatment.) As Roger Stein shares in his TED Talk, because of the incredible challenges inherent in this system, about 20 years of life-saving drugs sit in labs, untested.

Many TED speakers have shared intriguing ideas for streamlining, improving and rethinking the way we test pharmaceuticals. Below, watch seven talks with bold ideas that could potentially get medicines to people faster, and in forms that work better for their…

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