>phd_year(4) = 5

In classic grad student fashion, “on to the next thing before finishing the first thing”!

I haven’t taken the time to sit down and really absorb everything from the ComSciCon conference because things have been busy. I came home feeling burnt, and had to push through the rest of the week. I tried to catch up on the weekend, and for the most part I did, but that meant letting lower priority things slip. Ie. blogging.

That said, I did take time to relax this weekend. On Saturday I went to Hamilton’s reptile sanctuary and watched some crocs eat. Took a long walk home, and discovered a cool vegan grocer on the way. I brought home some vegan blue cheese and a cranberry Camembert.


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On Sunday I went to the Art Gallery of Hamilton, where they were showing an exhibit on Canadian Comics. They had a little “make a zine” interactive spot so I threw one together real fast-like. I would like to introduce to you “Ratdog”!


Ratdog has some wisdom to share. Not that anyone asked. Email me at fortaisadam@gmail.com if you want to see the rest.

On the journalism front, I had a really great time interviewing Jonathan Pruitt, one of McMaster’s “Canada 150 research chairs” about spiders. We poached him from the USA, and holy moly is his research interesting. I already pitched a story to New Scientist, and already got a rejection. Well on my way to my goal of 100 rejections! It’s a story that’s too good to drop, so at the very least, it will be an AlmaMAC episode. But I think it deserves more attention…

Anyway, maybe I can really jam this post with images and give you the notes I took during ComSciCon. Apologies for my handwriting. I promise I will explain everything soon.




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