Rodeo explosions

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On Saturday evening, I arrived at the Bell Centre, ready for an evening at the rodeo.

I turned to my friend, and he asked me, “Why did we come here again?”

“I thought you wanted to come,” I told him.

“What? I thought you wanted to come.”

“We need to work on talking through decisions like this a bit better.”

I think I figured out the rodeo, though, in case you ever wondered: A man sits on a bull, which is eventually released from its pen. If you can sit on the bull long enough, stuff blows up. Oh, and if you’re one of the scantily-dressed girls dancing on a platform at the one end of the arena, stuff blows up for you, too.

While I was there, a couple things passed through my mind. The first was my TA-ship. This semester, I’m a TA for Contemporary Moral Issues. The first half of the semester, we were dealing with the issue of the comparative wealth and affluence of people in the West. Now, we’re working on “The Animal Question.” (The text is actually called that.) Namely, we’re talking about what is owed morally to animals.

I always had assumed that they did something terrible to the bulls to make them so jumpy for the purposes of bull-riding, like hitting them or burning them or something like that. Turns out it’s just that he doesn’t like having a guy sitting on him.

The next thing that went through my mind was my thesis. (Go figure.)

My thesis has to do with non-paternalistic justifications for protections in human research, but it is related theoretically to protections in many other fields as well. I noticed that the vast majority of the bull-riders did not wear helmets. They wore cowboy hats. That said, a rather smallish number of them did wear hockey-style helmets.

I wonder if it’s the case that most bull-riders, if you asked them privately, would say that they would prefer to wear helmets, but because of the culture and their public image and the showmanship of the whole thing, there’s pressure on them not to do so.

It might then be justifiable (and non-paternalistic) to make a rule requiring that all bull-riders wear helmets, since that is what they would actually prefer. It’s sort of analogous to how many justify a minimum wage.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2011-1394,
    title = {Rodeo explosions},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2011-03-16,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/03/16/rodeo-explosions/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Rodeo explosions" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 16 Mar 2011. Web. 24 May 2017. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/03/16/rodeo-explosions/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2011, Mar 16). Rodeo explosions [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/03/16/rodeo-explosions/


How to pick up chicks

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Picking up chicks

Picking up chicks

This is how you pick up chicks:

  • Go to a farm.
  • Ask the owner if you can see their chicks.
  • Run and catch one.
  • Really, they don’t run that fast. That said, check out the video I posted of the chicks running away from me.
  • It’s so fluffy! I’m gonna die!

Wait, isn’t that what you thought I meant by “picking up chicks?”

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2011-1150,
    title = {How to pick up chicks},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2011-01-30,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/01/30/how-to-pick-up-chicks/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "How to pick up chicks" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 30 Jan 2011. Web. 24 May 2017. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/01/30/how-to-pick-up-chicks/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2011, Jan 30). How to pick up chicks [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/01/30/how-to-pick-up-chicks/


Which is worse?

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Velociraptor on a bicycle

Velociraptor on a bicycle

Which is worse? A velociraptor on a bicycle or a bear with an automobile?

And yes, there is a correct answer.

I asked Pickles, and she says, “They are both unimaginable evils.”

Four points to whoever makes the most persuasive argument. If you can also give a feasible plan for escaping a bicyclic velociraptor or automotive bear, you will also have the satisfaction of probably having saved us all.

"Who's been driving in my car?"

"Who's been driving in my car?"

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2010-844,
    title = {Which is worse?},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2010-08-7,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/08/07/which-is-worse/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Which is worse?" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 07 Aug 2010. Web. 24 May 2017. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/08/07/which-is-worse/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2010, Aug 07). Which is worse? [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/08/07/which-is-worse/


Speaking of spiders

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Itsy Bitsy Spider

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Today, a schoolmate and I went to visit the Montréal Botanical Gardens. We went to see the insect exhibit. It was pretty fun, and because we are students, we got in for the cheap rate!

Here is a spider.

I wonder if they have to count the number of creepy-crawlies they have in the insect exhibit every night. The reason I wonder about that is because there was a surprising number of empty enclosures, and it made me wonder what happened to the spiders or scorpions or other creatures that were supposed to be living there. I’ll just double-check the inside of my bag tonight. You know. Just to be on the safe side.

Bonzai tree

Bonzai tree

The outside of the Gardens was mostly covered in snow, but the inside had some wonderful things to see. I’ve always loved bonzai tress, and sometimes secretly wished that I had the patience to grow one myself.

Now I don’t know about you guys, but every once in a while as a child, for some reason, at schools or other such educational institutions, I was shown a video adaptation of a Dr. Seuss book called “The Lorax.” Actually, I assume there’s a book that it’s based on. I’ve never actually seen it in book form.

I'm pretty sure this is a truffula tree

I'm pretty sure this is a truffula tree

I guess I always assumed that there was no such thing as a real truffula tree. And then I saw the tree in the attached photograph in the butterfly exhibit.

As I recall from “The Lorax,” the little boy at the end was given a single truffula seed and told to plant it and care for it, so that truffula trees might grow again. I suppose that little boy succeeded in his task.

But seriously. What is that? Eight points for anyone who can tell me what sort of legit tree it is.

Honeycomb

Honeycomb

The butterfly exhibit was my favourite. They were huge, and they liked eating fruit. The cockroaches were my least favourite. The bees were kind of cool to see as well, but not on the same level as gigantic beautiful butterflies and truffula trees.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2010-671,
    title = {Speaking of spiders},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2010-03-7,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/03/07/speaking-of-spiders/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Speaking of spiders" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 07 Mar 2010. Web. 24 May 2017. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/03/07/speaking-of-spiders/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2010, Mar 07). Speaking of spiders [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/03/07/speaking-of-spiders/


The Redpath Museum

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A dinosaur in the Redpath Museum

A dinosaur in the Redpath Museum

The Redpath Museum, on McGill’s campus, has free admission. And there are dinosaurs, and geodes and lots of taxidermied animals, and a meteorite, and a mummy too.

This photo is from the end of November, when an old friend of mine came to visit me.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-534,
    title = {The Redpath Museum},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-12-18,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/12/18/the-redpath-museum/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "The Redpath Museum" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 18 Dec 2009. Web. 24 May 2017. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/12/18/the-redpath-museum/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Dec 18). The Redpath Museum [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/12/18/the-redpath-museum/


Weird to find this in the pages of one of your books

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Eat a hamburger. Do it now.

Eat a hamburger. Do it now.

Pickles was looking through some of the books that we don’t plan to keep, either because we have multiple copies, or because we don’t like the book enough to keep it around forever, and she found this. It’s a post-card sized advertisement for the beef that McDonald’s uses in its hamburgers. She was using it as a bookmark at some point in the past.

This is just weird.

If you can give me a good translation of the Chinese phrase at the bottom of the advertisement, you will be awarded 4 points.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-437,
    title = {Weird to find this in the pages of one of your books},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-09-19,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/09/19/weird-to-find-this-in-the-pages-of-one-of-your-books/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Weird to find this in the pages of one of your books" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 19 Sep 2009. Web. 24 May 2017. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/09/19/weird-to-find-this-in-the-pages-of-one-of-your-books/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Sep 19). Weird to find this in the pages of one of your books [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/09/19/weird-to-find-this-in-the-pages-of-one-of-your-books/


My unicorn doesn’t look right

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"My unicorn doesn't look right"

"My unicorn doesn't look right"

I’ve been saving this post for a special day. And today is 09.09.09. At 9h, I have my Bioethics Theory course. What were you doing?

The last time that I was in Stratford, visiting my family, I dragged my little sister out of her bed to play a game with me and Pickles and mom and dad. My little sister had gone to sleep early, saying that she was tired from work or VBS or something.

We decided to play Cranium, and part of the way through, she started drawing a unicorn for Pickles. She started by drawing the horn first, and then drawing the horse around it.

My little sister must have been tired, because she stopped drawing and looked at her picture and proclaimed, “My unicorn doesn’t look right, and I don’t know why.”

After a few minutes, she realised that she had put the horn in the wrong place. Does this make it a rhinoceros rather than a unicorn? I grabbed the piece of paper while she was still incapacitated from laughter, before she could correct it. I like the unicorn just the way it is, to be perfectly honest. :)

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-407,
    title = {My unicorn doesn’t look right},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-09-9,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/09/09/my-unicorn-doesnt-look-right/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "My unicorn doesn’t look right" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 09 Sep 2009. Web. 24 May 2017. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/09/09/my-unicorn-doesnt-look-right/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Sep 09). My unicorn doesn’t look right [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/09/09/my-unicorn-doesnt-look-right/


The best thing in the U-Haul store

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The best thing in the U-Haul store

The best thing in the U-Haul store

So after the mess-up with the U-Haul in Montréal, U-Haul generously sent me a gift certificate for the trouble they caused me, Pickles and my parents. I went on the U-Haul store on Sunday night to see just what exactly I can get there.

There were boxes and there was packing tape. There were packing chips and even special little envelopes, but I don’t think that anything could ever top the truck antlers.

Pickles is reluctant to let me get them, even though we have a gift certificate for it. “We’re trying to draw less attention to our car!”

I think they’re hilarious. My little sister says that we should buy them, give one of them to my older sister and my brother-in-law, and keep the other for ourselves. That way, we can affix the one to the front of the van, and rather than being a deer, we can be a unicorn. I would seriously be okay with that.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-274,
    title = {The best thing in the U-Haul store},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-08-19,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/08/19/the-best-thing-in-the-u-haul-store/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "The best thing in the U-Haul store" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 19 Aug 2009. Web. 24 May 2017. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/08/19/the-best-thing-in-the-u-haul-store/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Aug 19). The best thing in the U-Haul store [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/08/19/the-best-thing-in-the-u-haul-store/


Crazy dog

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This dog belongs to my parents-in-law. It everyone all the time.

This dog belongs to my parents-in-law. It bites everyone all the time.

Pickles’ parents own a dog. This dog, while adorable to look at, has very sharp, pointy teeth and a strong love of jumping on people. Pickles and I went to visit her family, since her grandmother had come up from Texas to spend some time at the family cottage. I met a cousin I didn’t know I had, spent some time with my in-laws and enjoyed a few days of gorgeous weather. And the dog didn’t bite me once. I didn’t give it the chance to.

Edit: Pickles took this picture herself. I think it looks pretty good. :)

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-260,
    title = {Crazy dog},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-08-17,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/08/17/crazy-dog/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Crazy dog" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 17 Aug 2009. Web. 24 May 2017. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/08/17/crazy-dog/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Aug 17). Crazy dog [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/08/17/crazy-dog/


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