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Playing with Lego for University Credits

A really cool aspect of my major is that we get to build Lego robots in a third-year core lab course. So, essentially, our project is to code and actually have fun doing it, and while (ugh) I understand other normal courses are slightly more "practical" in the sense that, for example, we're expected to implement a boring word-sorting algorithm for a programming project, this course wins hard in comparison. Word-sorting algorithms: I love you, but you aren't made of colourful blocks that bring me back to my 6-year-old joys and wonderments. Okay - that was a blatant lie: the same friend that bought me my first serious bottle of wine also bought me my first lego set for my...

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I NEED A BIGGER KNIFE. (UBC Wine Tasting Sesh #2)

[caption id="attachment_849" align="aligncenter" width="695"] We WILL outdrink you. And destroy you. Whichever order results in better background music.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_844" align="aligncenter" width="695"] :)[/caption] Long-ass day. Doesn't seem so bad in retrospect, but I woke up early for a 9AM thing at UBC, took the 99 to the last stop for work, and then needed to travel all the way back to UBC to lead Part 2 of the sort-of-intro-to-wine themed tasting, all while wearing pants that weren't jeans, one of those shirts you'd hate to spill wine on, and shoes that didn't fit just enough to make my feet cry. The garb was fitting for all of the day's events but for this day in particular, I would defs have lead a...

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nine bottles for six bodies

[caption id="attachment_827" align="aligncenter" width="695"] mmmmmm.[/caption] Yeah - part of my job is that I get to taste a lot of wines. It's really helping with stressful midterm season, and my co-workers and I decided to taste some stuff at one of our houses (Thanks! I'm sure we annoyed your neighbours oops). Unfortunately one of us was sick and couldn't make it, which really sucks because we tasted some pretty cool things, but I guess more wine for us OH WELL. Also, we all had these blind with the exception for the last one, which is always fun. I'm glad everyone waited for a co-worker and I to close and travel to the place - I'm sure everyone was itching to open the...

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wine 101 @ UBC

[caption id="attachment_785" align="aligncenter" width="695"] The fantastic crowd![/caption] So yeah! I led the first tasting of this school year at the UBC Wine Tasting Club. It was awesome and complete with me spilling wine while demonstrating swirling, me speaking horrendously quietly and fast while avoiding the tens and tens of eyes on me, and me silently freaking out and wondering if people were getting bored as I barked on and on about the noble grape varieties. Which is great, because that's me being normal. Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating. [caption id="attachment_784" align="aligncenter" width="695"] Because his name is Brett. Like, Brettanomyces. I'm the worst.[/caption] What was also fantastic was that Holly brought her Le Nez du Vin set which was amazingly fun. People were trying to quiz...

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What wines pair with a zombie apocalypse?

So one time I wrote a cover letter. In the midst of it, while talking about my interest in wine, I half-jokingly stated that I could find wines to pair with a zombie apocalypse. Because why not? My major in university combines areas of science and art; wine itself combines science and art; so why not pair wine with brains, despair, and the rotting undead? (The cover letter was for some computer science co-op job. I'm such an idiot.) And so I gave it serious thought. Clearly, in a post-apocalyptic sitch, we're gonna need to find a balance of delicious and practical. It's inevitable. I mean - deliciousness is nice, but you're going to have to really think - will the slender...

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omg

Okay so clearly I haven't updated in like, ever. Typing up tasting notes for all those wines proved to be a challenge and I eventually got sucked up at work and on personal programming projects. Who knows if I'll ever get to those blog posts, but that's okay. Because here's a post. I got my WSET advanced results back. I don't normally brag, but I got a pass with distinction! #awyiss. Yeah. Exciting. And annoying for you. I'm sorry. Also, I'm helping to lead a wine tasting at UBC this Friday. We're going over the basics. Hurrah! I thought I had lots to say but I don't. So here's a picture of a wine we might have on Friday. ...

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