The gift.

Denmark and our preparations for it are driving me around the bend this morning (about which I’ll undoubtedly rant later), so I’m distracting myself by packing and taking care of errands – and making bacon, which I hear is not crispy in Europe.  (Thanks for the heads up @enniscath and @eskay8)

In any case, one thing I wanted to start doing is posting more pictures of this adventure – so I thought I’d share a few from my pets wearing a sweater – a gift from someone who should know better.  (thanks Lynette!)  we put them on a couple nights ago, when it came back from Toronto with me.

Anyhow, It’s cruel, and I don’t believe in making animals wear clothes, but it’s too good a picture not to share.  The cat (Ollie) actually looks like he’s cooperating.  And Ollie never cooperates with anyone about anything.  I think it’s the box, which mellowed him and took off the edge.   The dog, unfortunately, is a bit less cooperative:

Both pets are somewhat oblivious to the changes that are happening this weekend, and I suspect the sweater threw them off the sent…  they’ve both so happy not to be wearing it that they’re not complaining too much about the other changes going on.  All in all, mission accomplished. (=

Tofino reprise

Last week, I was away on vacation, capping off my month of not being around much.  And what a month it has been!  The final week of June was spent about as far west as you can get in Canada with a car.  It is, in fact, the western end of the trans-Canada highway.  Which, if I may say so, just kind of ends on a little unobtrusive dock.  Highly unimpressive.

Anyhow, my wife and I convinced my parents to join us out there to enjoy some great food, beaches, scenery and (of course) company.  We all had a great time, and my wife and I even took a surfing lesson on the one least rainy day. (She still has the bruises, but I guarantee I drank more salt-water.)  In any case, I thought I’d post one of my wife’s pictures – One of the few times I’ll let anyone take my picture, really – I’m far from photogenic.

Although you can’t tell from the picture, all of the rain gave me the perfect opportunity to show off my Complete Genomics hat.  I’ll go out on a limb here and suggest I may have been the only person in Tofino (pop. 1,650) who had the faintest idea what Complete Genomics is, but that isn’t quite the point.

Anyhow, with the weather being so un-cooperative, I don’t have much in the picture department to show.  I’ll just include my favorite of the trip – part of the broken islands.

I’m glad I had the chance to visit Tofino in the summer – it’s really a stunning place. Hopefully, one day I’ll visit and witness a day when it doesn’t rain.

Just to close out, I have two pieces of advice:

  1. Surfing in a wet suit isn’t nearly as bad as it sounds – the water is warmer than it looks.
  2. Don’t give your kids a DVD player to watch on the road to Tofino, there are a lot of mountain switchbacks, and carsick kids can be messy. (Passed along by a colleague of my wifes, but the advice sounds pretty good!)



Copenhagen/København – 1 day before Copenhagenomics

Copenhagenomics starts tomorrow, and I’m getting excited.  I can’t wait for it to get underway.  I’m finally over my jet-lag, and looking forward to some good science talks.

That said, I still spent today walking copenhagen until my feet hurt!  We managed to see the round observatory tower, Rosenberg castle, the Danish crown jewels, the residences of the Danish royal family, the Danish Aquarium and the Zoo.  How’s that for a full day?

Anyhow, like yesterday, I have some pictures to share with you, so if you can’t be here for the conference, at least you can feel like you’ve visited some of the city.

For the record, the Danes are pretty touchy when it comes to their jewellery – I managed to get scolded for touching the glass while taking pictures (after paying the 20kr for a photography permit, I might add), and my wife got a loud “HEY” from an armed guard for standing too close to his shelter.  An exciting day, all in all.


While my laptop is perhaps recovering from whatever it didn’t like about the flight (I got it to turn on, but the screen remains black), I’ve been helped by some fantastic people at CLC bio, who have lent me a spare linux laptop. (It actually says “Spare Linux” on it.)  They have been incredibly kind to me this week, and even took some time to give me a tour and tell me a bit about their work.  While I don’t plan to blog about that specifically, it’s clearly worth a mention.

In any case, I thought I’d put the laptop to use and post a few photos I took today, as well as a few from sunday.  (I put away my camera yesterday, so there are no pictures to share from the Århus trip – and yes, I was just looking for an excuse to slide an å into this post somewhere.)  The pictures are pretty amateur (apparently jet lag isn’t good for working out composition), but they give a flavour of the city.