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Friday, December 17, 2004


Something amusing. 

I love what I find when I check Jeffery Rowlands blog. this time I found this fountain of wisdom.

Thursday, December 16, 2004


This week on "Where Are They Now?" 

So I was trying to relate to a friend of mine the unequivocal awesomeness of Jonathan Mahoney's website (the much-maligned "xtreme little place", surely a reference to greater Truro?), but I couldn't remember the damn address. I began searchin' around, and found some pretty awesome stuff about what he's been up to since then!

Basically, he goes on these internet forums for rap battles, and such. He seems to have a reputation or something, cause everybody hates him. It's pretty awesome.

From the above link and this one, you can see he seems to really care about deadlines for submissions. It's the only way he wins. Also, this one. Hell, I can't find any others he took part in.

He's garnered quite a few awards, according to his forum signature. To elaborate:

December 2003:
- 2nd Best/Most Active Replier
February 2004:
- 2nd Best Text Drop (Seven Days)
- 2nd Best Crew in Audio (GM)
- 2nd Best/Most Active Replier
July 2004:
- Best/Most Active Replier

Quite the laundry list.

Anyway, his new website, http://www.nalms.tk, doesn't seem to work. But I did find out he uses Yahoo IM under the familiarly xtreme moniker of xtremelittleplace! Fantastic. I think we have to accost him. I really, really think we should.

Shit man! I just about forgot to add the most awesomest part: Cra-Z singles! Yes, available for download in MP3 format! Oh lordy me, the x-citement. Check out "Bad Mood", a "[s]ong [he] wrote when [he] was in a bad mood." Also, "Coppers Got Me", some battle he did with what I think may be a person with a mental handicap. One of them talks about bringing bread around, and his rake, in case he trips? Or something? I can't quite figure out who.


Things were getting a little too predictable 

Well I for one am glad that the KGB is making a comeback. We in the complacent West needed a good reminder of how crappy democracy is in the rest of the world so we can better appreciate our own comparatively less flawed system. Also America needs a new foil, those damn I-raqis just don't provide enough hatebility nor do they have the same potential for cross-promotion and marketing that the Russians do. I can see it now: the #1 toy on every kids Christmas wish list will be a Viktor Yushchenko or Vladimir Putin action figure (complete with small doses of dioxin, ricin, anthrax and cyanide)

Wednesday, December 15, 2004


They're Ba-aaaack... 

So apparently that Victor Yushchenko fellow over in the Ukraine poisoned by his enemies. Well, no real news their, but what is frightening is the amount of journalists, lawmakers and other muck-wrackers who have taken ill under similar circumstances recently, often with fatal results. Looks like Putin's been putting that KGB training to good use, eh?

Russia's comin' back...


Firefly Rocks! 

This weekend Neil left the Firefly dvd box set at my house. For those not in the know Firefly was the critically acclaimed scifi-western TV series that was only on air for one season. But we've watched the first 6 episodes and it is a very good show. The characters and writing are excellent and the fusion of sci-fi and western themes works really well. It was created by Josh Weadon (sp?) who did Buffy and Angel.

We're in the process of emtpying our fridge before we all go home for the holidays so I get to eat all the Oreos I want.


So how did YOU celebrate your 19th birthday? 

Hey all -

Just a note that I am alive. And kicking. And now: 19.

Brilliant singing, Jacob & Aaron, I was SO impressed.

So, rather than going out and getting mad hammered up with the crew - I am studying for my four finals that I have throughout the next 3 days. And then saturday it all comes to a crashing halt...and I am done...maybe forever?

I got a coop job in London next term as a Microbiology Research Technician - and this is London, Ontario - not England. I wish. But there's still time.

So I bought 4 months and don't have to make a decision about UoT (neuroscience) and Waterloo (Honours Biology) until March.Ish.

Anyhoo, I better see y'all during the holidays before I'm shipped off to L-town.
~Ash

Tuesday, December 14, 2004


On the move... 

Hey all

The last few months have been crazy, crazy, crazy! Or for Leo, loco, loco, loco! Right in the middle of exam week I get a call from a friend that she wants me to go look at a house with her. I dropped grammar like a hot potato and went to see it with her, and it turned out to be a nice place. Suddenly we were making an offer, and in a few days we found out we got the place. The move in date is January 1st if not sooner, so I've been going crazy packing and trying to transfer to a store closer to my house. Studying for exams? What? Ah well, my last one is tomorrow so at this point it doesn't really matter.

Since it tis' the season, I will end this quick post with a Merry Christmas to everyone on Goin' Ape. Have a good break!

Monday, December 13, 2004


"A world that loves its irony must hate the protest singer" 

I had also never heard over Scissor Sisters (big surprise). I dl'd a couple of their songs, and thought they're quite good. I've been listening to a lot of BNL recently, mainly because my housemate has over a hundred of them on his computer (iTunes, and I have no idea how it does this, will let you listen to all the music of anyone in the area and vice versa). That was a good era in pop, back when it was fun and bouncy. Then the boy bands/pop princesses arrived. Ich. "Shopping" is a great ironic song and perhaps most ironic at all it could be taken completly at face value "You know everything is going to be all right/when we go shopping". "Helicopters" is (I think) about the Kosovo War, which raises the question, "Why were the Ladies touring the former Yugoslavia?". I know they inserted themselves with dramatic lincense, but that'd be a pretty hard sell. ("Hellllllllllllo Sarajevo!"). It's interesting to contrast "If I had a $1000000" with "Celebrity", one written before they were famous and one after. "Celebrity" is dark and depressing (well as far as a Ladies' song can be "dark and depressing"). They found out what happens when the get that $1000000 and the results are not good "There's nowhere that I can't go/And there's nobody I don't know/And there's an emptiness inside of me". Little different from all the hijinks they had planned in "If I had a $1000000" (I wonder how many of them they did?)

That reminds me of that thing (I think I posted about it) where the party leaders posted their favourite songs and Layton had 2 BNL songs up there. Talk about pandering. Plus, "If I had a $1000000" is kinda unusual for the NDP favourite song. Shouldn't be "If I had a $498237.12 (Thanks to a system of progressive taxation)" or something? Not as catchy. In retrospect I probably should've gone to that free BNL concert the NDP had. Of course if I could change things I did, that probably wouldn't be on the top of the list.

If I could I might do a do-overs on my exam today. Went pretty well, then I'm as leaving someone's like, "So did you use the course readings in your essay?" and I was like, "There are course readings..." Because of my large messy writing (and the necessary double spacing) I used 7 booklets. I'm sure they'll take off some marks just for that (TAs are humans too).

Sunday, December 12, 2004


Goin' Mexican 

Heya guys, gals.
I'm off to Mexico tomorrow at early. I will be in Mazatlan (West Coast, Northerly) for one week. My flight Southwest involves a stop-off in Houston, so we'll see how that goes. I'm excited, I ne'er been to this part of Mexico.
I will be back on the twentieth, all psyched up for stunts. This timing works prethy well since WhiteBox and Neil will neuh be back in TO til around then any-who.

Also, Me and WB went to the Nas Show last night which was disappointing/awesome.
Cons:
1) He secretly kicked Royce off the tour two nights ago.
2) We had a hassle getting in from the cold.
3) We had to wait 1 1/2 hr.s while a relatively poor DJ spun.
4) Nas only played an hour.
Pros:
1) It's fucking Nas.
2) He ripped the mic balistic.
3) The crowd was bouncing off the walls.
4) He played a mix of songs from every stage of his career.


Am I so Out of Touch? No. It's the Children who are Wrong. 

So I was staying in and watching Saturday Night Live tonight (leave me alone! I was out for 3 nights in a row! This doesn't make me a loser!), and for the most part it was bleh. There was one quite funny sketch about wife-swapping, but other'n that it was bleh. But that's not important; what IS importand was Scissor Sisters, the musical guest. It really shows how out of touch with modern pop culture I must be if I could go without noticing a band like this. I have no idea what the rest of you think of this band (as I had no idea they existed until tonight), but I thought they were great! Good energy, proficency and some genuinely fun songs, with a cover of Comfortably Numb that was completely different from the original. I downloaded some mo' songs of theirs, and they seemed damn good. How many people knew about them? Exactly how divorced from contemporary society am I? Seriously.

Also, I attended the block Hannukah party tonight, which is always good for free wine & latkas. Many people there suggested I get a website for my comics. Whaddya think? (By the way Neil and Jacob, your parents say hi)

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