Category Archives: drunkenness


When I still lived in the UK, New Year’s Eve was always a really big deal for my friends and me. We usually went up to Edinburgh for the huge Hogmanay street party, which involved being out on Princes Street … Continue reading

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A group of geeky colleagues assembled in the lobby after work last night and headed down to Vancouver’s Railway Club for Café Scientifique. This monthly science outreach event encompasses talks about everything from biodiversity to genomics to chemistry to particle … Continue reading

Posted in communication, drunkenness, photos, science, Vancouver | 6 Comments

Puerto Rico, my heart’s devotion

While helping Mr E Man book the final leg of our upcoming vacation yesterday, I realised that it’s been almost a whole year since we went to Puerto Rico and I still haven’t blogged about it. BAD blogger! We flew … Continue reading

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Happy Canada Day!

I hope all my Canadian readers are having an awesome long weekend! (And that everyone else had an awesome normal weekend!) Ours has involved spending time with various friends on patios, roller coasters, log flumes, beaches, ocean swims, picnics in … Continue reading

Posted in Canada, drunkenness, family, silliness, sport, travel, UK, videos | 5 Comments

RBO Work

Lots of things going on, but nothing substantial enough for a stand-alone post. So here are some bullets! Having read numerous articles about how bad it is for you to sit all day, even if you’re very active at other … Continue reading

Posted in career, communication, drunkenness, exercise, genomics, original research, personal, photos, science, silliness, technology | 19 Comments

I AM CANADA (and so can you!)

Those of you who share my appreciation of the peak of Western civilisation that is Twitter may have come across a series of accounts that represent a given country, with one citizen of that country taking over the account each … Continue reading

Posted in Canada, current affairs, drunkenness, personal, silliness, snow, sport, technology | 9 Comments


I only have 15 usable votes so far in the 2012 Comment of the Year award, despite the post having had more than 100 unique hits! Please follow the link to remedy this unacceptable situation, if you have not already … Continue reading

Posted in Canada, drunkenness, meta, music, photos, silliness, videos | 5 Comments

New job update

Well, that was a crazy few weeks! If anyone out there is thinking of starting a new job while their parents are visiting them, my primary advice would be DON’T DO IT. They will treat your first day at work … Continue reading

Posted in career, communication, drunkenness, family, food glorious food, personal, sport, whining | 24 Comments

RBO “GAAH! There’s no TIME!”

One day when I was about 10 or 11, my Mum came home from the supermarket with, among other items, two big bottles of Schweppes Tonic Water. When I saw her putting them in a cupboard I said, “ooh, is … Continue reading

Posted in career, drunkenness, family, food glorious food, furry friends, personal, silliness, travel | 11 Comments

Could this be…

…the most useless list of spellcheck suggestions of all time? (I’m sure a tamarind genome sequence is in the works, somewhere…) …the worst possible weather in which to be running around collecting grant signatures from PIs in three different buildings? … Continue reading

Posted in career, drunkenness, English language, idiocy, photos, publishing, science, screenshots, silliness, snow, technology, Vancouver | 8 Comments