Hair-Raising Competition

The proud Festival du Voyageur tradition of pitting facial hair against facial hair continued for the 36th time in 2016. The venue was packed full of excited people decked out in sashes and fur hats bellowing “Heho!” at every opportunity. Scattered throughout the room were men (and women!) with jaw-dropping facial hair of every colour, texture, and length imaginable.

Although the night was full of carefree jigging, wild moustaches, and an overall feeling of light-hearted fun, the competition was for a greater cause. Participants in the Clean Shaven Competition, who had their faces freshly shaved in mid-December and were judged on their two-months worth of growth, gathered donations from family and friends for their cause. This year, the competitors raised over $2,000 worth of donations for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.


Participants in the beard competitions often use not only their facial hair, but also extravagant costumes to wow the judges./GEHMAN
The competition’s MC, Gabriel Gosselin, speaks with a participate who claims to have been at the last 30 years of Festival—and has the pins to prove it./GEHMAN
The dance floor showcased a variety of dance styles during one of the musical breaks in the competition including waltzing, jigging, and swaying to the funky Celtic rhythms of the Dust Rhinos./GEHMAN
Not all beard are home-grown: the Open Category of the competition encourages both male and female participants to create their own beards out of whatever they want, even bees./GEHMAN
Gosselin gets beard growing tips from Mike Toogood (#19) who won first place in the Clean Shaven Catergory./GEHMAN

Knights of the Old Rebulic


This week I finally bought Knights of the Old Republic. It’s been on my Steam wish list for over a year now, but it was on sale for like $3 and I couldn’t resist.

After some hardcore internal debate about whether to get the first game or the second one, I decided to just start at the beginning.

I’m hoping to be able to review the game by the time reading week is over, so look for an actually interesting blog post next week of the week after.

But if anyone has any tips, hints, or tricks for a first time play through, I’d appreciate it. (no spoilers though)

Women of Marvel

My family is discussing possible group costume options for this year’s Comic Con. One of the suggestions we were throwing around was Marvel characters.

We were having troubles brainstorming some possibilities for the girls in my family, so I decided to find a list of Marvel women to jog my memory.

The first hit for “female marvel heroes” is from the official Marvel site. It claims to be a list of the “Women of Marvel.”

Do you want to know what the page is?

It’s this:

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That’s it, folks. All seven of the “Women of Marvel.” We can all go home now.