03/28/2004 - 04/04/2004
I think that line should win some award for "best out of context sentence" (FYI, the classics prof was talking about so-called phallus-birds, drawings of birds that looked like penises). It's a good course, humour in the ancient world. I did an essay on it on "the humour in a loss of control over bodily functions" and edited it afterwards to remove all occurances of "shitting himself". We had a prof from Trent come in and give a guest lecture last week.
They did another experiement on me, on internet relationships. So I'm scanning the info sheet and a phrase pops out at me, "correlate internet use with physical attractiveness".
Me: Er- how exactly do you measure physical attractiveness?
Her: Well I'm going to take a picture of you, and then we'll have three grad students analyze it and give a rating between one and seven.
Me: Isn't that a little subjective.
Her: Oh if there's a difference of 80% we'll have a meeting.
So I can just imagine a troika of grad students sitting together starring at my picture with one going, "Oh he's not that ugly.
Speaking about the subjectivity of rating attractiveness, I'm probably one of the last people to come across the site HotOrNot.com. It's strangely addictive. I put up my picture from this site just to see how low a rating I can get. Some of the ratings seem pretty unjust though. This girl got a 6:
I'm really fascinated by this picture. There's a mystery behind her face. I can see her in a library somewhere listening to emo music and reading Nietzsche...
Oh, I got 73% on the test.
I took the damn zombie test. I haven't even seen many zombie films.
Congratulations! You scored 69%!
I also spent 9 hrs editing today and again tomorrow. The reason I know how to survive zombies is cause I know how to think like one.
As I told Jacob last night, he's not the only one who hates his student government. The newly elected SAC here at U of T is filled with ultra-liberal fucktards who want nothing more than to waste my money. Two plebiscites passed in the election, one was to throw my money at a student centre, even though we already have two. This would constitute a $45 levy on tuition, for something that won't be built until I'm long gone. I'm told this plebiscite is non-binding but for fuck's sake, are people crazy?
The second was for financially supporting "Radical Roots", an idea for a student run cafeteria that specializes in vegetarian and vegan food. Now, firstly, if you're going to choose that lifestyle, it's your own fucking problem, there's already plenty of veg* food up for grabs in Toronto. In fact, there's already a student run restaurant on campus that sells a disproportionate amount of that icky stuff, so what they're basically proposing is to clone Diablo's café and making like it's their great idea. But moreover, when we pay taxes for healthcare and the social safety net, we do so so that these services will exist if ever we find ourselves in need of them; if I need a kidney transplant, I've got OHIP; if I suddenly lose my job, I've got welfare/UI; if I am injured badly and unable to work, I've got worker's comp. Now, I don't anticipate ever turning vegan. Since it is completely voluntary, I can actually fucking guarantee it. So why the fuck should I be paying for a service that I'm never going to use?
That felt good, to get all of that off my chest. Back to your regularly scheduled aping.
I'm satisfied with my accomplishment. I got the picture of the pistol wielding guy. I was hoping for riot gear.
Hooray I'm a stormtrooper!
Damn withdrawls. I actually *DREAMT* about Naruto last night. More specifically, Kakashi. I think I have problems. Well, I'll be back in London on Monday. *YAAAAAAAAY*. Is anything happening this weekend, gents?
Wednesday night is Retro Night at the Trasheteria, the most popular bar among students, it's alwas packed. Kimi and I arrived from cadets at about 11:30 cause we'd stayed in the Officers Mess with the others. When I showed up my Tom and Ryan were there with our friends Jenn Amanda who was there with two of her friends Erin and Kate (she's a politics major from Kingston), who I hadn't met before. Soon Kate and I were dancing together. I'm going to call Kate today/tomorrow/thursday.
So I too could survive a zombie attack. This is good news and confirms everything I already knew. Anyways, I'm going to be in toronto as of thursday to sunday. I hear plans for drinking thursday night, and you can count me in.
So, due to a lack of money, I will now only work on weekends. Fortunately, this isn't as much of a pay cut as it sounds, cuz tips are at least double on weekends.
What this does leave me with, however, is a new overabundance of time. Where I once had three solid days of work, I now have three gaping holes in my scheduel. Granted, I lost some weekend time, but I won't have to get up as early to make work on the weekends. My question is: what should I do with all my excess time? I was thinking of collecting all my comics in anthology format for sale at the Beguiling (a vanity project if ever there was one), but really, any suggestion is helpful.
What is there to do?
April 7 will be Geek Day on Trent Radio, a day to celebrate all things geeky, dorky, dweeby, nerdy and just plain goofy. Anyone can sign up for a time slot to do a show about anything they want. When Tom and I were in there on sunday afternoon people had already signed up to do shows about 40k Warhammer and a game of D&D. Tom and I signed up to do TMNT and Transformers possibly Ghostbusters.
Continueing with the theme, check out Hero Machine 2.0
What happened to the comments?
Now we can't answer Atly's question.
Yes. 'Toons are representations and exaggerations of people. We find people attractive. A photograph or a video is an inanimate object - it is a representation. A cartoon is an abstraction of said form, but still a representation.
So...I haven't been around lately.
Due, in part, to discovering: THE GREATEST ANIME OF ALL TIME!!!
Yeah...yeah...I jumped on the bandwagon. Three days ago it was all on my computer, and I've gone from episode 0 to 81. And I'm addicted. Like...uber-ultra-OMG-withdrawls addicted. Of course, I'm in trouble once I hit episode 126 and then I'm waiting for weekly installments.
I swear to god, if it turns out like Inu Yasha...someone is going to DIEEEEE.
And by now I assume you all know what I'm talking about - was there every any question?
*squee* I want to be a ninja - apparently they offer ninjitsu in Waterloo, and the entire coop crew is going. Lucky bastards.
Just means we'll have to get a ninjitsu squad together in T.O, eh?
Anyways, my question comes from a discussion we were having at lunch today: CAN A CARTOON CHARACTER BE "HOT"?
The person arguing against the possibility said that it was the same as assigning appeal to any inanimate object...it can't possess qualities that make it "attractive". It can't be visually appealling IN THAT WAY. He also mentioned something about anime not being really based after "real humans" - so there was nothing that could be physically attractive about the appearance.
I, on the other hand, think that's a stupid arguement. Take Kakashi for instance. *DROOL FEST ALL OVER THE PLACE*!! Sasuke isn't too bad either, hee. But for you boys, female cartoons can be hot, can't they?!
Now, I must go to bed. Ciao!
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Screened the rough cut of the film I'm editing today. It looks pretty bad, but it's not my fault. Many shots are out of focus (blame the directory of photography) and haven't yet been re-shot (blame the director). When everything's done they'll say, "Leo, he organized that mess as best as possible".
Home alone this wknd. Managed one decent dinner, ravioli and one great dinner, veggible 'n' sausage stir fry, but tonight was my downfall. I thought fried eggs were supposed to be easy. Instead they all got ruined and I mashed them into my rice and ate a bunch of bacon. Oh, and my salad tonight was lackluster because some jerk insisted on eating my tomato when I offered him fruit.
Every day I think about Killbear. Got the application in. Now I'll just watch my watch for a couple months.
One more link. If you just read up to where he starts about Houdini, you'll have read the best of it.
Bringing you your weekly world update, here I am. It looks like the beginnings of civil war in a country very dear to me, at least as former Soviet states go. Protesters in Kyrgyzstan, protesting election fraud, burnt down a fucking police station today, and are occupying 6 government buildings in Jalal-Abad.
If it ever comes time for some sort of grand revolution 'round these parts, I want to burn down a police station. I mean, that's fucking hardcore. Shouts out to my homies fighting the good fight in the dot k-g.
St. Patrick's day was loads of fun. We turned in all the bottles that were in our living room (in the centre we found an unopened case of homebrew! Score!) and took them down to the Beer Store. It was almost beautiful, the tower of tied down boxes, flanked by us with backpacks full of bottles. We made $26.60 which didn't leave the Beer Store, it was turned into a 2-4 right there (a "real" 2-4, not a "Jacob" 2-4). After that we pretty much just drank at my housemate's girlfriend's house (going out later to Rhea's, a townie bar). She had this great card game, Pimp, the Backhanding which is not only funny it's pretty fun to play. Some of the ho's have special abilities, (k)andy (the transvestive hooker) for example is immune to the "Knocked Up" card. My favourite was Jenni who's an art school grad: "Clay Pots, Jenni has the ability to make clay pots. This ability is completely useless on the streets".
Last night I saw Moonraker, which was quite a fun movie. Throughout the movie I kept thinking, "Hey they stole that from Austin Powers! Oh wait..." I like how it started off semi-seriously and then got progressively more silly until it concluded with a giant laser fight in space (One wonders why the USA didn't use their space marine squad to take out Goldeneye). Some of the dialogue was priceless. "I'm looking for Dr. Goodhead." "You found her." "A woman?"
Adding butter to your rice really makes it better. I had the fluffiest rice I've ever made last night.
Today I caught the first sign of The Apocolypse. If you've ever seen the Surreal Life you know what I'm talking about. This is a show where they put a bunch of awful washed up D celebrities in a house and watch the wacky sparks fly. This seasons "cast" includes Dave Coulier (Full House), Jordan Knight (New Kids On The Block), some woman who had failed on the first American Idol. These are all people who would beg for a chance to be on Hollywood Squares (*shudder*). The only redeeming quality of the show is that it has Flavor Flav. Yes, THE Flavor Flav, wearing a massive gold or brass viking helmet. He's graduated to the digital clock bling chain. For him the highlight of the show seemed to be yelling "I'M FLAVOR FLAV", the highlight of the show for me was watching him trying to seduce the woman from American Idol...and he was doing it with fried chicken. Chuck D on the other hand has managed to maintain his dignity and continue to be a vocal artist with a conscience.
Recently I've been watching a lot of Mythbusters, Trailer Park Boys and Six Feet Under to keep myself sane while working on essays. Thank gawd to risk taking HBO.
Oh yeah Dave Coulier was also the voice of Peter Venkman in the Ghostbusters series.