Totally Random


According to this morning’s CBC article, you may as well be sitting next to a smoker if you’ve got a printer sitting on your desk! A UBC professor, Stephen van Eeden says, “Just per mass, the amount of small particles that you inhale if you sit anything from two to three feet from the printer is about the same as sitting next to a person that smokes.”

How does this story relate to Land and Food Systems? Well it doesn’t, really, but I just might be on a long leave-of-absence 😉 Check out this photo of my desk area!


I spoke briefly with our team of IT experts, and they say that only the laser jet printers are harmful. Unfortunately for me, that’s a laser printer sitting on my desk. 😦

Panic! Panic! ….Panic??

Nah…In the end, I think I’ll still be here, working away. At most, MAYBE that printer will be moved (if I’m lucky). Oh well, the good thing is: we don’t print that much (as mentioned in my previous post, we’re a “paperless” office), so hopefully it’s not as harmful when our printer’s not in use.

In the meantime, I’m gonna go grab my super cancer-and-heart-disease fighting snack: Spartan Apple
Photo courtesy of East Kelowna Cider Company (


Are we there yet??

Not quite – but by taking this Blogging course, I think we’re off to a good start! I’m learning all about blogging in 4 sessions through my UBC Continuing Studies course – I love it!! All I need is to get some faculty and students on board with this project and we’ll hopefully get some interesting stories up soon!

In the meantime, allow me to summarize the Apple Fest at the UBC Botanical Gardens this past weekend. Weather: amazing! Turnout: incredible! (did we have a record attendance this year?? Hmm, will have to ask someone from Bot Gardens) Apple pie: dee-LISH! I will definitely be back next year with camera in hand (this year, I’ll just have to direct you to the website for photos: