Friday, March 26, 2010

Virtual Love Letter

I have always believed that writing a reference letter is similar to writing a love letter. You praise and brag about how wonderful this person is, and overlook all their flaws. Your language changes from daily speech, to a more flowery prose.

The more substantial proof is in the writing process. You start off by picturing their face; regardless of how they look, you start attributing their positive traits onto their physical feature. The eternally optimistic person will have their smile etched, and the corners of their eyes wrinkled, the sports enthusiast will have a trim physique, minimizing the body fat content, the perpetual green thumb will have that adorable streak of dirt across their forehead, and a slightly messy hair. Then the visualization comes to life. The modest kid shows a quiet inflection in his speech. The emotionally expressive person would be offering a hug. The homely would smell of fresh baking.

A good and truthful reference always gets better at the end. The process of writing builds this person up, which just further motivates you to write a reference that is worth such an amazing person. The ultimate test really is to finish writing the letter and meet up with this person, and not be disappointed. Sometimes we just build someone up so high that even the most perfect of men would fail to meet our standards.

The man I wrote my love letter to met my expectation and then some. =)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Quick update

Obviously I'm busy with school and neglect this thing, but here're a few things happening recently.

- I rolled my ankle playing volleyball again - there is HUGE bruising right now one side is about 3"x1", the other side's 5" x 2". After the swelling went down I can walk pretty decently, as long as I'm on flat ground.

- Just desserts' this Thursday. I get to walk up, get a plaque, then eat a whole bunch of dessert, it'll be sweet. Literally.

- I get to plan an operation =D I love those, I am starting that up with my committee next year (knock on wood)

- I'll be in a lab in UBC this summer. yay nserc. (yet to decide if the second part's sarcastic or not)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


So Boris doesn't bore.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

School Politics BAD

So I've been wanting 2 uncontested people to lose in the elections happening right now for very different reasons.

One of them I like and have great respect for, but just isn't working as hard as he needs to. He is running against a "joke candidate" and he would get the position regardless. I want him to lose so he can finally realize he needs to step up a bit in terms of doing outreach work - he would be amazing in the position, but it's easy for him to not get the position.

The other I just want to lose. Not that she wouldn't be better than the current person holding the position, but she doesn't do follow up, and even hassled multiple times, nothing gets done.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Justin fails at preparing stuff


Organic x2

Getting yourself out there:
Get a job