03/28/2004 - 04/04/2004
Facebook is a school networking slash time-waster website. And the Taliban guy who Dave referred to is on it. Now I don't know what to do. On one hand, it'd be very interesting to see what his profile looked like. Would the spokesman for a regime that murdered women for being outside unescourted be a member of the, say, "I'm a Feminist. Deal." group? Does he listen to Queen? How many friends does he have? And that's the thing, for me to see his profile I'd have to be his friend. Which feels wrong. Or I could poke him and see if he pokes back. I should just find someone I know at Yale to send me a screenshot of his profile.
There are other famous people who have profiles on Facebook, including Bob Kerrey former Senator and now head of the New School. I try to only add people as friends who I'm actually friends with, but c'mon this guy was almost the President. Kerrey is very funny, after meeting Rick "man-on-dog" Santorum he quipped: "Santorum? That's Latin for asshole, right?" He's also a member of the group (in fact the admin of) "Cock-blocker". Also my favourite unintentionally hillarious statement in a newspaper article is about him:
The controversy over his unit perhaps shooting unarmed Vietnamese civilians might hurt among some voters but the charges are disputed—and the debate would reinforce that this year’s Democratic ticket is not afraid of aggressive military action.
Other famous people on Facebook include Matthew Yglesias and Reihan Salam. Who are not actually "famous" but have been "mentioned before on Ape".
And now for an unrelated statistic of the day: 58% of the US adult population never reads another book after high school.
Words fail me.
Apparently Yale isn't letting a former Taliban ambassador get a degree.
Fahad Khan, an incoming Yale senior who knows Hashemi, said he was unaware of the decision but said it was a shame if he was not admitted. He said having Hashemi at Yale is important "at a time when bridges need to be built."
Okay, it's a little screwy that Yale should deny him on this basis. Instead they should ship his ass to the International Criminal Court, find him guilty almost by default, and throw away the key to his cell.
This "International Education Foundation" that is paying for his stay at Yale seems kind of sketchy too. Their website states as two of their goals:
I guess the Taliban have one such take on a "love-centered view of morality and ethics". And I hope that the IEF's donors know what kind of filth is getting a prestigious education on their dollar.
Sadly for him, he won't be getting a degree out of it. Now, watch as I rub my fingers together. This is the world's smallest violin, playing a sad song for all the Islamofascists denied a degree from an Ivy League school. Oh, the humanity!
Now if only they'd been a little more selective about awarding degrees to other folks.
Kenneth Lay, former C.E.O. of Enron, died on Wednesday. He was going to be sentenced in the fall. This man was one of the most infamous criminals in American history. When I saw this article my conspiratorial mind immediately kicked into high gear. A lot of his former colleagues would be ruined if he decided to spill the beans. Perhaps he was bumped off or 'persuaded' that suicide was the best option.
Fill in the blank: Jack Ruby is to Lee Harvey Oswald as _____________ is to Ken Lay.
Speaking of conspiracies, the University of Wisconsin is going to offer a course on 9/11 conspiracies. I wish I could take that class, but that would mean I would have to move to Wisconsin. This is quickly becoming the Great American Conspiracy of the 21st century. What fun!
Ever wanted to see a demographic breakdown of U.S. casualties in Iraq. You are in luck, www.militarycity.com has one. Nothing terribly surprising but facinating all the same.
I've got an interview with Student Partnership Worldwide on Monday and the next day I'm doing my driving test for my full G license. Should be exciting.
I'm using an odd computer so the formatting and title on this might be odd.
I'll be back in Toronto tomorrow, around 9 or 10ish in the PM.
We should all do something. I suggest perhaps seeing Pirates II, since it comes out tomorrow.
Also I got an awesome book, a how too guide on surviving a zombie uprising.
Goin' Ape on a musical toy
Hacking circuits with playdoh! What a great idea. I want to find some likely weirdo instruments and see what I can do. Maybe find some plunky casiotone keyboard and see what I can whip up.
I love my job. I make fun drinks and talk to cool people and listen to awesome music and get free coffee + espressos and stuff. I love going there! I love working! And I get paid! MAAAN.
Oh, so as not to wreck my leotype, I had the last class of my first summer course not this past thursday, but the one before. Out prof bought us beer! We drank in class! The security kicked us out and we got loaded in a park. I actually haven't been drinking much recently though. I'm trying to spend less money... reinvest in my loan and possibly move out in the coming months. Any of you jokers looking to do the similar? I'm hoping to find some loft space dupontish-- it's cheap and huge and full of artists right now.
Yorkers: Can you sign up for courses yet? When can you? I apparently don't have a fall/winter session. I don't know why. I'm trying to find out but the registrar's office telephone line is ALWAYS busy. I need to go to york tomorrow to drop off some books so I guess I'll axe what the fuck is up. This is megalame. Also I don't know if I'm going to be in school this year, or term. Maybe. I dunno. And I'm not so sure I want to do teacher's college anymore. Maybe right into grad school maybe. Maybe. Gotta talk to Korrick about that.
See you clowns tomorrow @ Jonna's for pool-raiding. Don't know what I'm talking about? CALL ME.
Alex Tindel tells me that Catch 23, Toronto's much beloved weekly improv show, will soon be coming to an end. It has only four more weeks left.
Therefore, I propose we attend all the showings in the next month. Get it all in while the gettings still good.
Okay, so the formatting is all messy on this library compy and I hope things work out.
As I mentioned while I was in town, that was the weekend the new staff all moved up. Tweens, tweenstars and even tweenstarrunners. Needles to say, things can be quite taxing. Resultantly, I have been drinking a lot.
I also have been running programs. My first one of the year, my historeical TRU MURDA program didn't go so hot, I'd thought, based on audience reaction, however when I ran into the KIIDS on the next couple days they miraculously remembered every gruesome detail I had edutained them.
Also, yesterday morning I did my animal competition and combat program and man was it a winner. Those kids love it when I nearly get seriously injured and so do I.
Last night was good, Watched Arrested Dev't S. 2 at Tony's.
Today am in town to buy veggibles and the great booze which so rapidly disappears. I'm on my weekend. Yep, it's Sathurday for me and it should be a beautiful day on the Sound.
Congratulations, NEIL, on getting MARRIED in NEW YORK CITY! On behalf of all Apes I wish you the very best!
So I'm currently in the States right now, typing this on a shitty hotel laptop chained to the front desk.
It was my cousins wedding today which is why we're here. We drove to New York (the state, not the city) on Friday and didn't to much the night we got in. Yesterday there was a rather boring lunch we had to attend but after that we did go into New York City. It was great. We were only there for a few hours but it was fantastic.
We walked from Grand Central towards times square, stopping to wander around the New York Public library for half an hour before they closed. This building was incredible. From the outside it resembles the ROM but larger. Once inside however all similiarities end. The ROM is insignifcant compared to it. The main entrance is all marble with huge pillars, balconies and a handful of security guards making sure no bombs come in and no books go out.
After that we wandered around for a while before getting a drink at a revolving restaurant 48 stories above street level. It sounds cheesy but it was cool to see New York all lit up at night.
Tomorrow morning we're headed off to New Jersey to visit my Mom's friend. Hopefully we'll be able to go to New York City at least once more before leaving.
I'll be back around Thursday or Friday, so we should have a gathering of some sort next weekend, especially since Box is back in town.
I hope there was some sort of Canada day celebrations that you guys got up to. Involving Gunpowder and fireworks I'd imagine.