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Archive for December, 2009

The name I’ve chosen

Okay, I do have to do some chemistry homework before going to a Yule celebration but Idecided to first make a quick post here.  I said in my last post that Daine isn’t my real name, so I thought I’d give you a little insight as to why I chose that name. 

Daine is the main character in The Immortals quartet, written by Tamora Pierce.  Although she is Veralidaine Sarrasri throughout that quartet, she shows up as Veralidaine Salmalin in the proceeding one.  There are currently three quartets and one series consisting of two books by Tamora Pierce that are placed in the fictional kingdom of Tortall. 

Perhaps one of the things I love about her work is that she keeps the quartets connected; the main character in one quartet will most likely show up once or twice, if not be a constant secondary character in another.  In chronological order, the quartets (and series) are The Song of the Lioness quartet, The Immortals quartet, The Protector of the Small quartet, and the Trickster series.  I would strongly recommend books written by Tamora Pierce, she is definitely one of the top fantasy writers of this time.

Now, one of the major reasons I like Daine so much is probably the fact that she has the ability to speak with and shapeshift into animals.  You’ll learn in future posts that I am a big animal lover.  Also though, she has a strong sense of right and wrong.  When she is hunting, she closes of the part of her mind that normally calls animals to her, and in doing so, makes sure that she doesn’t have an unfair advantage over the animals.

So now that you have a better idea on why I chose the name Daine, I will leave you with another hilarious citation from “How to be a Canadian”

“Lunenburg was also the home of the famous Bluenose schooner, as seen on Canadian coins.  What few people realize*, however, is that the portrait of the Bluenose that appears on the 10-cent piece is a life-size rendering.  Understandably, many visitors to Nova Scotia are a bit disappointed when they first see the Bluenose tethered in its harbour”

*I was shocked and appalled to see realise spelled with a z in a canadian book.  I am very proud of the fact that we spell some things differently from americans, e.g. realise, colour, favourite, and hope that those differences remain in tact in Canadian literature.

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Introductions

Okay, seeing as I have just created this blog, introductions are in order.  Although I admit it’s not my actual name, you can all know me as Daine.  Perhaps in time I will decide to give my real name but at the moment, I will let it remain private.

What I will tell you is that if all goes as planned, I will be graduating from the University of Guelph in 2013 with a bachelor of science, most likely majoring in animal biology.  As for what I’m going to do after that, I have no clue, but I’ll let you know when I found out.  Perhaps I’ll lay out my ideas for you but that’s a post for another time.

I gave this blog the title and tagline that I did because I expect that I will be commenting on anything and everything that crosses my path.  I want you to be forewarned that there will be absolutely no structure in my blogging and that the only theme present is the background of this webpage.

I am exhausted at the moment so I’ll leave you (‘you’ being a term used loosely seeing as I doubt anybody’s going to see this particular post.  Feel free to surprise me though!  I love surprises!) with this citation from an immensely funny book I’m reading (expect a lot of funny citations) called ‘How to be a Canadian’.  This particular paragraph is describing the style of driving native to Vancouver, referred to as ‘The Vancouver Slalom’.

‘There are no roads in British Columbia.  There are only corners joined together.  And nowhere is this more true than in Vancouver.  In this city, pedestrians, even those within clearly marked crosswalks–especially those within clearly marked crosswalks–are viewed not as nuisances to be avoided but as obstacles to be overcome.  Rising to the challenge, Vancouver drivers will attempt to weave through these pedestrians without knocking any over and, here’s the fun part, without ever applying the breaks.  Swoosh, swoosh: downtown slalom.  Pedestrians, in turn, try to keep things interesting by crisscrossing the streets at random, like neutrons in a particle accelerator.  They cross the street like this because, being from Vancouver, they naturally have a sense of entitlement.  Either that or they’re stoned.’