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Allan Olley
I am doing the ride for heart again, for the ninth time. I began participating in 2006 in honour of Kiran van Rijn, my friend and fellow student at the IHPSTS, who died at the age of 29 of a heart attack, September 21st, 2005.
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So if you are interested check out my donation page here
 
 
Allan Olley
18 September 2013 @ 11:49 pm
My friend Mike put a link to this story about a middle-class white family in South Africa moving into a black slum for a month and there was much response on Facebook. Mike was unconvinced there was much merit to the criticism these people received and other people chimed in to suggest why it was problematic. Having now read the article I can see Mike's point as little harm seems to have been done and the family that moved into the slum seems to have acted in good faith. However I also see that the criticisms have some bite. I was just going to respond to his post, but this got way too long too fast.

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Current Location: Oakville, Ontario
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
 
 
 
Allan Olley
02 June 2012 @ 01:16 am
I am posting again (having spent 3 years not during which time I got a PhD, became an unemployed/independent scholar and made lots of facebook posts), recently I had a chance to comment on something even less common than my livejournal posts, the Transit of Venus. I wrote up some historical notes for the University of Toronto's Scientific Instrument Collection (UTSIC) exhibition on the Transit of Venus. Only parts of this were used in the actual exhibit, so here get the unabridged notes. The next Transit of Venus is on Tuesday, June 5th, after that you will need to wait until 2117. Click into the full entry to see the poster information and associated pictures (with text).

One final note there was a workshop on the history and science of the Transit of Venus on April 28th coinciding with the UTSIC opening. Full videos of the talks are available on UTSIC's Youtube channel.

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Also, I am doing the Ride for Heart again on Sunday, here is my sponsorship page.
 
 
Current Location: Oakville, Ontario
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Current Music: the Planets
 
 
Allan Olley
Hey all. Just wanted to announce that my choir the Hart House Singers has its concert tomorrow (Sunday 26th of July). As I may have mentioned for the past year I have not only been a singer in the choir, but also the webmaster for the site.

It should be a fun show we are doing a great many folk songs from various places.

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Current Location: Oakville, Ontario
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Paint it Black - The Rolling Stones
 
 
 
Allan Olley
15 July 2009 @ 10:22 am
I've been meaning to check in with my blog for more than two months. At some point I will clear the backlog but I had to report this little incident. Long story short I wrote a letter to the editor and they actually put it in print.

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Anyway, I guess I've taken my first step to becoming a full fledged crank who writes to the newspaper.
 
 
Current Location: Oakville, Ontario
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: Take me out to the ball game
 
 
 
Allan Olley
30 April 2009 @ 11:11 pm
Well I am now 30 years old. Strange to have made it to this mile stone. My Phd still grinds slowly, but while I'm a bit worried about when I will finish, I'm not really worried that I won't. I feel like I've hit kind of a still period in my life. Hoping for some excitement in the future (tempting fate).
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Current Location: Oakville, Ontario
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: Cows may come and cows may go but the bull goes on forever - Peerless Quartet
 
 
 
Allan Olley
04 April 2009 @ 09:24 pm
Two events I need to tell everyone about. First On April 20th in Downtown Toronto at Sylvester's cafe 16 Bancroft Avenue I will be celebrating my birthday (3 days early because I plan to be out of town on the date). As in the last few years I'm braking out my Karaoke machine for the event. Any of my friends who can make it are encouraged to come.

Second, in June I will be participating in Toronto's annual Ride for Heart. I do it in part for the challenge (I'm not in the best shape so 50 km on a bike is a challenge for me) and because it seems like a worthwhile cause. More specifically as mentioned previously. If you would like to sponsor me feel free.

Now time for a meme (or as I like to call it a mime).
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Current Location: Oakville, Ontario
Current Mood: groggygroggy
Current Music: My Heart is Inditing - Handel
 
 
Allan Olley
25 March 2009 @ 03:49 pm
So early Saturday morning, a week and a half-ago, I was riding the Toronto subway back to Kipling station, where I had parked my car. There was a young (late teens or twenties I would have said) couple sitting across from me and as we neared the station, the young woman got up and started pulling out an ad from the wall. I then realized the ad said something like "There probably is no God," part of the (unoriginal) atheist bus campaign imported from England (go here to see what this looks like on a TTC car in Toronto).

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Current Location: Toronto, Ontario
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Current Music: The sound of silence
 
 
 
Allan Olley
12 March 2009 @ 03:40 pm
I have not updated this blog in three months, in this time much has happened including the celebration of Christmas, New Years and various other holidays including Ontario's newest holiday Family day.

Christmas saw my entire immediate family reunited and a good time was had by all. My parents have been away lately and it was good to see them. My Christmas haul was not as weighed down by material goods as in previous years. However it included books DVDs and sonic deer repelant and some nice winter boots.

I managed to damage my dad's car again in the meantime. I was not careful backing up and knocked out the wing mirror and thereby broke its connection with the control motor. I managed to repair it myself, but the parts were not cheap.

In the past three months I saw many shows including Evita, Hair, Knickerbocker Holiday (a little done political satire by Kurt Weill (music) and Maxwell Anderson), Jerry springer the Musical and just yesterday Tom Stoppard's Arcadia. Although most of these were done by amateur companies gotta were still enjoyable performances. Knickerbocker Holiday was done by a more professional group and although not the most brilliant work has a unique charm making it a shame it is not done more often.

There has been a great deal of snow the past three months. In December the snow pilot or so high I had to obtain help from my snow blower equipped neighbours in removing the snow.

My choir's performance at Christmas went off without a hitch and practice for our March 29th performance of Mozart's and Handel's coronation masses is goings well (3pm at Great Hall of Hart House).

My main impetus for writing this message now is that I have received the December 2008 issue of Isis, the journal of the History of science Society.. In this issue is my second academic publication, a short book review of Alan Grier's When Computers Were Human.

My thesis work grinds slowly on. Far more slowly than I can justify. I must hope I can yet return to my all but blunted purpose. It is not just livejournal I have been neglecting (my personal diary is also several months behind).

The past few months have been made happier for me by all the good news of my friends who have gotten married, graduated or been blessed with children. Hopefully soon enough I will have some achievements to report. Until then I remain reminded by predicament of the ancient Greek thought that the only victory that can grant happiness is the victory over oneself.

Got to go (I'm seeing the movie Watchman in IMAX tonight) I'll update this a little more later, hopefully.
 
 
Current Location: Oakville, Ontario
Current Mood: hyperhyper
Current Music: Load Sixteen Tons
 
 
Allan Olley
06 December 2008 @ 11:52 pm
Hey first just announcing my choir, the Hart House Singers, concert Sunday, December 7th at 3 PM full details here. It should be a pretty good show and its been a lot of fun practicing.

In the past couple of weeks I've seen more local theatre (Crimes of the Heart and Sweeney Todd) and spent the last week in November in Tennessee celebrating American Thanksgiving with my family and my brother's in-laws. I also got the car fixed and got one or two other things done.
 
 
Current Location: Oakville, Ontario
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Bach: Komm, Jesu, Komm