Let me tell you about how broken the Canadian Senate is:

In my Canadian Politics course, for most of today my teacher detailed all the ways in which the Canadian Senate is horribly broken. I must have face-palmed like 5 times.

This is straight from my notes:

Original Vision for the Canadian Senate:

1. Provide Regional Representation to offset power of large populations in Ontario and Quebec (which makes up 60% of MP’s in the House of Commons).

2. “Sober Second Thought”. Respected individuals review proposed laws to improve, or power to stop implementation of bad laws.

The Good:

-A minority of Senators take work seriously (about 20-30 out of 105). They review legislation, do research on important issues to aid government.

The good news is that only about 30% of Senators actually do their job as senators. Let that sink in.

The Bad:

-Senators are usually chosen as a reward for past loyalty to governing political party or P.M. (and therefore don’t defend regional interests).

-There are ‘no conflict of interest’ guidelines. None. Many senators hold paid positions on corporates boards and are lobbied heavily by banks and corporations. Because to pass a bill the senate has to agree, if you tried to legislate actual ethical rules for the senate, the senate would likely kill the bill. This goes with just about any kind of senate reform you can imagine.

And the Ugly:

-Job pays $132,300 per year (base salary) and the position is for life (or at least until old age). Senators are also appointed by the PM (not elected). Senators have no legal obligation to do any work in the senate (again the lack of rules).

-Not until early 1990′s did the senate even take attendance, and senators don’t get in trouble unless they miss several months (this is mostly done to check if senators have died or not). This came about as a result of a senator who vacationed in Mexico during the sitting hours of the senate and came back to Canada in the summer (after the Senate closed).

One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Works
[april 3–september 7, 2015; Special Exhibitions Gallery, third floor]

In 1941, Jacob Lawrence, then just 23 years old, completed a series of 60 small tempera paintings with text captions about the Great Migration, the multi-decade mass movement of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North that started around 1915. Within months of its making, the series entered the collections of The Museum of Modern Art and the Phillips Memorial Gallery (today The Phillips Collection), with each institution acquiring half of the panels. Lawrence’s work is now an icon in both collections, a landmark in the history of modern art, and a key example of the way that history painting was radically reimagined in the modern era. One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North reunites all 60 panels for the first time at MoMA in 20 years.

Along with Lawrence’s series, the exhibition includes other accounts of the Migration from the era, including novels and poems by writers such as Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, and Richard Wright; music by Josh White, Duke Ellington, and Billie Holiday; photographs by Dorothea Lange, Ben Shahn, Gordon Parks, and Robert McNeill; sociological tracts by Carter Woodson, Charles Johnson, Emmett Scott, and Walter White; and paintings by Charles Alston, Romare Bearden, and Charles White. The range of works in the exhibition sheds light on the ways in which Lawrence drew upon and transformed contemporary models for representing black experience in America.

In conjunction with One-Way Ticket, MoMA is collaborating with a variety of partners to create new commissions, projects, and events that explore the history and legacy of the Great Migration and its continuing influence on American culture—and on New York City in particular.
The exhibition is accompanied by a book, Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series, copublished with The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C. With the opening of the exhibition, MoMA will also debut a rich multimedia website that explores each of Lawrence’s Migration panels, accompanied by a range of visual, auditory, literary, and documentary materials.

[best thing the MoMA has done in years, so excited ! ! !]

So, when I was first looking up harnesses to buy, I couldn’t find one that was under fucking $60, it was insane. (While I understand the braided/chain/whatever ones are very hard to make, the price makes sense) but the plain black and brown ones, that didn’t make sense to me. 

I had contacted a leather company that specialized in them and sells to many clothing companies I shop with, I figured I’d go straight to the source. I emailed them asking if they wanted to collaborate, even though it seemed like a long shot, I always do it anyways. 

A few days later, no response.

This is what prompted my DIY Harness Blog

I ran to Michaels, bought some leather, key rings and round pins for a total of $15 and made one myself. 

Here’s where it gets awesome….

Today, the company I contacted that never heard from… commented on this photo on Instagram. (above) saying, “Is this our harness?” 

NOPE. *pats self on back* I made it myself. :) 

They were super stoked I made it myself and were very sweet about it. I wasn’t trying to rip them off, it’s just some of us aren’t made of money haha. It was a simple design and I love it.

I’m really proud of myself and the fact that they recognized it. It made me smile so I thought I’d share. That is all. 

While doing outpatient paperwork with my two nurses

Fred (nurse 1): so what’s your sexuality?
Me: Pansexual.
Fred: What?
Me: Pansexual is the attraction to all genders.
Fred: So, bicurious?
Me: No, pansexual.
Fred: Should I put experimenting?
Paul (nurse 2): Jesus Christ, Fred just put pansexual.
Fred: But pan sounds exactly like confusion.
Paul: No, it doesn’t. Pansexuals aren’t confused, you idiot, they’re just really open minded. This term has been around for a long time. Before we were born; before the fuckin 60s
Fred: Paul, there’s only two genders, so pans-
Paul: Excuse my French, but, are you a fucking idiot?! There’s so many genders. Male, female, nonbinary, androgynous and so much more. Shut your fucking mouth, Fred, and just write pansexual.


A triathlete kind of day.

I swam 2,900 yards (sorry, no picture). I’m slightly faster from my Masters swimming but hardly, really. I’m going to drop down to one day of Masters and do 2 days on my own. I enjoy swimming with the group, but I need more long sets which I’m just not getting at this particular class.

Then I worked on my bike. Got the trainer tire off on the road tire back on, the Di2 battery is charged up and everything ready to ride outside tomorrow. I’m hoping to get in my first outdoor ride of the season late tomorrow morning. It will still be chilly outside but I need to get out.

And, of course, I had to run. It was a gorgeous 60 degrees which means that all Minnesota runners are required to go outside and run in shorts. I ran 6 miles and felt great.

I’m excited and nervous for my ride tomorrow. Only 8 more weeks until my race and I’m just now getting outside. I think I can get out tomorrow and Sunday looks okay for a long ride outside. I hope so!

  • Amethyst
  • Direct Current

So there’s this Steven Universe 60 minute challenge thing and I decided to do music because I’m not a musician pff

I don’t think it counts since it’s music but I wanted to work on being faster at production

Since Amethyst is represented by electronic drums the piece starts with those

but unfortunately my focus left me and I added things (piano, a quiet bass, and strings). A pretty short piece but eh oh well