My last major stop on my trip was Halifax, where I presented research at the Canadian Psychological Association convention. The poster was about my research on the relationship between geomagnetic activity and creativity. Basically I found that when the earth's magnetic field is disturbed by funky stuff going on on the sun, people are more creative. So, you know, pretty out-there stuff. Surprisingly, nobody really challenged it and most found it quite interesting. One person asked me if this means that there is something to magnetic bracelets, and I said no, those are a scam and they are stupid. I think maybe she was wearing one so that was insulting, but dude, they're a scam.
Halifax is a beautiful city. I'd love to live there someday (though maybe I'd regret it come winter). Here are some pictures:
Apparently Halifax has the most pubs per capita in North America, and was populated only because residents were promised free booze for a year. My kind of place.
The Keith's brewery is there, obviously.
Alexander Keith, who was a mayor of Halifax in addition to brewing average-tasting beer, is buried in this graveyard:
We saw Anonymous protesting Scientology. One sign said "honk if you oppose Scientology", but I was on a tour bus at the time, so I just sorta made a honking motion in the air. Because seriously, fuck Scientology.
Peggy's cove, a tiny fishing/tourism village just outside Halifax, is gorgeous. Look:
This girl was chasing two ducks and some giant mutant duck-goose-thing in a prom dress. She was laughing as she tortured the poor birds, while other nicely dressed people took pictures. It was all very surreal.
What the fuck is that thing?
Anyway, Halifax was probably my favourite part of the trip, because I did lots of fun things and ate lots of delicious foods and met lots of awesome people. You should go.