July 24th, 2002

Fishy Circumstances

Wednesday

My returning houseguest arrives in 2 or 3 hours. The apartment may be messy but the guest room is unusually tidy for once.

I did write up some methodology things yesterday, but it's inelegant, and I certainly made no start on exploring what kinds of methodologies there are out there. Actually, my houseguest is a particularly good resource for learning about methodologies, so maybe I'll make her earn her keep by telling me about them. Instead, I spent much of the afternoon looking up lots of book references in the online library catalog which relate the primary sources I've found thus far through ICA. After all, at some point I'll need to learn more about them. If purpose fails me, maybe I'll pursue that tact through article databases today.

Today's goals: learn more about methodologies in general and ask around for an example of a metholody statement so I can work on mine in relation to one or more others. Write about where I'm up to so far (since I still haven't done that 3 days later, not really.) And look up articles.

I'm not really expecting to do any work tomorrow, but on that subject, much as I dislike gender stereotyping, an intriguing little pattern has emerged. All the females I invited to the event have decisively either told me yes, they can come, or no, they can't. Most of the males have said maybe.
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Things about the news

As I already mentioned, the Pope is in town. What I didn't realize then is that the helicopter which reminded he was in town was very probably the same helicopter he was in. Due to a last minute change of plans on his part, he didn't head right up to Lake Simcoe but instead asked for an aeriel tour of Exhbition Place where thousands of the WYD people were gathered. More
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As I already mentioned, the Pope is in town. What I didn't realize then is that the helicopter which reminded he was in town was very probably the same helicopter he was in. Due to a last minute change of plans on his part, he didn't head right up to Lake Simcoe but instead asked for an aeriel tour of Exhbition Place where thousands of the WYD people were gathered. More <a href=""http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1026143635364&call_page=TS_News&call_pageid=968332188492&call_pagepath=News/News&col=968793972154"">here</a>.

On a completely different tangent, I'm mildly annoyed at the change the <a href=""http://news.bbc.co.uk"">BBC</a> just made to their site in large part because I'm torn as to whether I want their news from a UK or a World perspective. When I choose the World setting, it doesn't give me the fun and completely trivial headlines, such as the UK Big Brother update (and no, I've never seen a single episode, I've just been following it from the BBC articles). And when I choose the UK settings, much of the global news which is of interest to me becomes hidden in subsections. I'm not really annoyed, it's just a mild dilemma for me, which settings to go with.

On the bright side, they've now separated their science and technology sections which I think was long overdue.

And in actual news, the idea of <a href=""http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/2147140.stm"">paramedics on bicycles</a> in busy, traffic-dense cities is a very good one. I'm glad London is going with it.
Fishy Circumstances

Kiki

Those of you who read Sluggy will appreciate this: at the game last night, James, to whom C. and I had recommended it, greeting me with "Stay good!" and later, at the pub, passed over a picture he'd scribbled on a napkin of Kiki poinging. He's hooked. (And if you're going to start reading Sluggy, you'll need to start from the very beginning. Elsewise nothing will make sense.)

And for the first time this season, the Bulls won the game!