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Perseids Meteor Shower 2015

15 Aug

Perseids Shower by Jonathan Besler

Ghost Nebula and Perseid Meteor by Kevin Black

Perseid Meteor Shower & Andromeda Galaxy 2015 by Garrett Meyers

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I couldn’t see the meteor shower at its peak because it was raining all week but I was able to catch it around 1 a.m. yesterday.  I definitely saw at least four in the hour I stayed out, thought that’s really low-balling it since were many instances where I thought I saw something but it was so thin and quick that I couldn’t be sure whether I imagined it because I didn’t want to go home empty handed, or if I really did see it.  There were a few incidents too where stars were randomly blinking out, but thinking back, it was probably because there were still quite a bit of rain clouds left over.  The fact that I was watching from my backyard with my neighbour’s bright florescent kitchen light shining across the yard didn’t really help either.  I think he keeps the light on and his kitchen drapes opened for his cat, who, by the way, kept staring at me; he’s probably not use to strange people just standing there, ruining his scenery for so long, haha.

The first shooting star that I undoubtedly saw was so bright, it caught me completely by surprised, especially since I saw it from the corner of my eye when I turned my head to answer someone.  I whipped my head back quickly enough to catch the tail.  It was like a fireball streaking across the sky; it was so amazing.  I can’t believe the Perseids Showers happens annually and this is the first time I’ve read or heard about it.  We couldn’t see it last year because of the Super Moon but what about all the previous years?  Did people not care or know about it back then?  Have I been deceived by movies all these years in thinking that they’re such rare occurrences when they’re actually quite common?  We have five more meteor showers to look forward to this year:

I have no idea if those are as visible or accessible as the Perseids though; I didn’t need a telescope or anything on Friday.

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source: 500px, tumblr, & flickr


To Victory!!

14 May


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source: facebook

Dear Bruins

12 May

It’s just not a Habs-Bruins game without a massive fight breaking out, is it?

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Mango Ginger Carrot Cake

12 May

I baked my mom a Mango Carrot Ginger Cake for Mother’s Day and I must say, I’m pretty happy with the way this one turned out despite a slight mishap with the candied carrots.  I meant to make curled carrot ribbons but I accidentally left them in the over for too long when I was icing.  The thinner strands just snapped when I tried curling them but luckily the thicker strands had enough moisture to bend, so I just figured that I’d make a giant rose for the centrepiece and crumble the rest around it.

The cake itself is incredibly moist, smells amazing, and tastes really good but I think I’ll go back to using whipped cream the next time I make this.  The ginger cream cheese frosting is a bit too sweet for my liking despite using a cup of icing sugar less than recommended.

My mom was thrilled when she saw it even though aesthetically, I think I did a better job with the Black Forest Cake for her birthday earlier this year:

My brother also made a  spinach-steak pizza from scratch for dinner but we were all so excited to taste it that we completely forgot to take photos.  The crust is surprisingly easy to make; he only used plain yoghurt and self-rising flour, nothing else.  Guess we can stop buying frozen pizzas now, lol.

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Recipes: nlrockrecipestastespotting

Keep Calm & Carey On

1 May


4-3!!!  THIS IS HOW WE DO IT!!!

Et cetera… et cetera…

17 Apr

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It’s been a hell of a long time since my last post and A LOT of things have happened since then.

Firstly, my best friend since second grade got ENGAGED!!!  I am so friggin’ excited!!  I went with her for her fitting and I love how the dress looks from the back.  I don’t know how I feel about the front though since it needs a lot of tailoring but the back is gorgeous.  I haven’t decided what type of dress I’m wearing as her maid of honour since she’s leaving that to me but I think I may have to drag the best woman along (yes, the best friend of the groom is a woman) so we won’t clash too much.

Secondly, I bought a new laptop and phone recently, coupled with my Kobo Glo that I got a few months back and I suddenly find myself with more tech than I know what to do with.

While I love my new phone, finding non-invasive Android Apps is a huge friggin’ pain in the you-know-what.  It seems like I can’t even download a simple calculator without it granting it irrelevant access to other things like my camera or my contact list (why the hell would I allow a calculator app permission to take random photos as it pleases without my knowledge, or worse — track me via GPS?).  I think it took me something like 3 weeks just to find all the basic apps I need.  (I can make an Android app post if anyone is interested; let me know in the comments.)

The laptop I was previously using (yes, the one I screwed-up) was running on Windows XP so the culture shock from that to Windows 8 is monumental, as you would expect.  It took me almost a week long to set everything up but the best part of it is, I can finally play around with Adobe’s CS6 Suite!!  I’ve been wanting to dabble with Flash for the longest time but my old laptop could not handle it.  (I just realised, I had that HP for almost 8 years now :s  I was having problems with it way before I opened it up.  It was over heating like crazy —  even when I was just browsing the web — to the point where I can’t use it without an external fan hooked up underneath it, or risk it freezing on me.  I never tested this, but I suspect I could fry an egg if I cracked one on top of the keyboard.)  I’ve been also experimenting with Dreamweaver and although it’s somewhat similar to Microsoft Front Page, there’s a lot of functions I’ve never seen before so it’s gonna be fun figuring out what everything does.  I’ve also come to realize that I’m a bit rusty on my coding since WordPress is so user friendly, lol.

On that note, I actually wondering what I should do with this website.  One of the reasons I haven’t been blogging as much, aside from busting my computer, is because prior to the provincial election that took place recently, all I want to do is write about ignorant and embarrassing our (now previous) Quebec Premier, Pauline Marois, is — it really takes some special skill to make so many people simultaneously look bad but thankfully, she has lost her post in the most spectacular fashion, and thus my faith in humanity has been rightfully restored.  Over the years, I’ve established a certain tone with this blog and I’m not sure how I feel about changing thing up to by writing about more serious topics.  Even though some of my TVB reviews do get a little heated at times, they are constructive criticism of something I enjoy, which is watching TV.  The transition from that to writing about politics, technology and feminism seems a little jarring next to pictures of vacation-bucketlists, cute animals, and whatever random fancies of the day.

Another thing is, I never realized until recently that this blog has ads since my ad blocker filters out everything.  I never wanted ads on my website since it was never my intention to make money off this website — aside from my “ramblings” and reviews, none of the material I post up belongs to me anyway so it feels iffy to make money off material that isn’t even mine.  I’m debating whether or not I just buy a domain but that means  I’ll also need a good name for it.  The problem is, I”m terrible with names and my content is so diverse that I wouldn’t even know what to call it. :s

Anyone got any suggestions?

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