6:01pm, September 21, 2014

Aug 16: Last big tomato harvest of the season.

Brandywine never seems to do well for us.  This was its first tomato that ripened.  I probably won’t try to grow it again next year.

Ball’s Beefsteak seems fairly productive for a late-season tomato.  Will try to grow it again next year.

Always Black Krim.  Always. 

And I’ll definitely try to plant Berkley’s Tie-Dye again next year!!  

In addition to these mid to late -season tomatoes, I also picked a few apples, cherry tomatoes, and pulled a few carrots just for curiosity.

2:01pm, September 21, 2014

Aug 16: Berkley’s Tie Dye tomatoes.

My phone-camera doesn’t capture reds very well, so I’ve tried poking around with filters to show off the beautiful stripes running longitudinally along the tomatoes. 

Sadly, I didn’t get to eat many of these tomatoes, as I left for work shortly after.  But the friends I gave these to said they were very tasty!

6:01pm, September 20, 2014 | 1 note

This iMenu doesn’t seem to work…  Ken’s Restaurant in Winnipeg, MB.
I think the only reason this restaurant is still around is because it’s centrally located, and open til 3am weeknights and 4am weekends.  Don’t use the toilet.  The food presumably is better when you’re drunk or high.

This iMenu doesn’t seem to work…  
Ken’s Restaurant in Winnipeg, MB.

I think the only reason this restaurant is still around is because it’s centrally located, and open til 3am weeknights and 4am weekends.  Don’t use the toilet.  The food presumably is better when you’re drunk or high.

2:01pm, September 20, 2014 | 1 note

Aug 16: Sunset Falls cherry tomato. 
A compact plant, but it seemed to be fairly productive, despite the strange growing season this year.

Aug 16: Sunset Falls cherry tomato. 

A compact plant, but it seemed to be fairly productive, despite the strange growing season this year.

6:01pm, September 19, 2014 | 1 note

This is how I eat when I work fulltime and I come home and I just want food now and I see leftover sausages in the fridge and I can’t brain enough to meal.

A single Sunset Falls cherry tomato; a bison smokie (smoked sausage) from Marcello’s Meats; and a banger from SuperStore.  And mustard.

2:01pm, September 19, 2014

Aug 16: Last days of real-summer.

Sunsugar and Yellow pear tomatoes.

I’m actually choking up a little here, thinking that I missed these beauties ripening on the vine…

6:01pm, September 18, 2014 | 2 notes

BLURRY PICTUREBECAUSE THIS IS HOW I SNACK WHEN I WANT SUGAR
Garden raspberries and blackcurrants; cherries; baklava.

BLURRY PICTURE
BECAUSE THIS IS HOW I SNACK WHEN I WANT SUGAR

Garden raspberries and blackcurrants; cherries; baklava.

Extraversion

2:01pm, September 18, 2014 | 2 notes

When did I become so extroverted?

Was chatting with Grant when I spaced out thinking about something, and he said, “I like watching you think.”

"Yeah, why?" I asked absently.

"I like studying faces," he began generally, then, "and I like wondering, ‘What is she thinking about? She’s somewhere else now…’"

I caught myself. “I used to be the quiet, watchful one… Man, when did that change?”

"Ever since I’ve met you I never thought of you as quiet. Though, watchful, yes."

"Well but you’ve met me in a strange—atypical—time of my life. I’m liminal. Things are…different now for me than they have been and than they might be even in the near future.”

I wonder sometimes how much blogging has contributed to my apparent extraversion. I find it easier to speak than to listen. If I’m low on energy, I will gladly spout stories about my day or my opinions or explain my understanding of mathematical or physical concepts. At any point in time, someone can say, “Tell me what you know about [topic],” and after a moment or two to organise my thoughts, I can begin explaining.

Being able to speak like this is new to me. I wonder if this will stay…

6:01pm, September 17, 2014 | 1 note

Aug 16: Last days of real-summer.

Knowing I’d be out of town for the last half of Aug (ie: CRAZY HARVEST TIME), I revelled in the days of summer I was around to enjoy my garden.

2:01pm, September 17, 2014 | 3 notes

Knowing I’d be out of town for a while, I chopped, blanched and froze a bunch of fresh veggies so I could resume making stir-fries when I returned.

6:01pm, September 16, 2014 | 3 notes

Hello World »

I started a new blog!

wholerealline:

Hi Tumblr,

My name is Charlie and I really love math! I think it’s beautiful and wonderful and scary and fucked up and sometimes even useful!

In studying math for the past eight-ish years, I’ve found that math-people have their own subculture. We have our own brands of humour.  We simultaneously know we have some strange neuroses, and we love it, and kind of don’t let that knowledge stop us from continuing to be our crazy, lovable selves. 

Yes, I know, there are some poor math educators out there, and that’s an unfortunate statistical reality of the world.  If you had a terrible experience because of such a person, that is very unfortunate, and I’d like to offer you a (very Canadian) apology on behalf of math educators, and also this blog! 

This vision I have for this blog is a place where I can write anecdotally and conversationally about some cool things in math and math culture.  By doing so, I hope to both pass along some useful and/or stimulating knowledge (and/or humour), and inspire awe and/or curiosity in my readers, or at least show that math can be friendly. 

In general, I will aim to write for a grade nine reading ability (because someone once told me that’s the standard for newspapers).  But probably, there will be some posts with profane language and “mature subjects” now and then.  After all, one of the goals of this blog is to show how ubiquitous mathematics is. 

But since another goal is to capture math humour, sometimes I will use math terminology.  I have yet to figure out how to best combine both the educational aspect and the FUCK YOU AND YOUR ASS-BACKWARDS NOTATION spontaneity of the humour, but I’ll figure it out.  I mean, the two don’t seem mutually exclusive to me.

So here’s my blog, and I hope you enjoy!

#meta  #math 
2:01pm, September 16, 2014 | 1 note

Aug 16: Perennial herbs still going strong.

Mason’s sprig of mint is thriving; and the shy little Golden lemon thyme who came back after winter is now getting big and strong.

8:00pm, September 15, 2014 | 5 notes

Aug 11: Some tomato porn for you.

Shown: Black Krim, Yellow Pear, Sunsugar.  These were taken with my phone camera, so the reds don’t have much depth; but rest assured, they were even prettier in person.

“In the beginning, there was nothing.
Then god said, “Let there be a set containing the empty set.””

5:01pm, September 15, 2014 | 2 notes

me describing the set theory definition of the Natural numbers to non-Math friends. 

Also now my response whenever someone says some variant of, “Well you can’t make something from nothing!”

2:01pm, September 15, 2014 | 2 notes

Aug 10: Nasturtiums in flower.

I’m not sure what I like best: looking at pretty nasturtiums, or eating them… or feeding them to my skeptical friends!  My mom loves looking at the leaves and flowers, the flowers attract pollinating insects, and intercropping confuses pestilent ones, so I typical grow these around my tomatoes.

I believe this is a sub-variety of Alaska nasturtiums, with their endearing speckled leaves.