03/28/2004 - 04/04/2004
So, hurray for General Motors! They have designed an eco-friendly HUMMER! Which they will clearly never build. The very premise of the contest "something that could work by 2015" implies "we're not in the shit, yet". And then to think of the ignorant hooplehead cocksuckers they're actually fooling with this design contest greenwashing bullshit while they're selling millions of actual, real Hummers, spilling out litres of actual real gas.
Secondly, on the 'vironmental tip, I'm going to reccomend pople get Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind from your Turahna Public Library. It comes in four volumes and it's some great stuff. Yeah, it's full of anachronistic steam-punk post-apocalyptic we-have-the-technology-but-don't-know-how-to-use-it stuff that sort of breaks down when you really dissect it, but the story is so thrilling and so broad that I forgive it. To me I was so-so on the LotR movies (maybe I'd prefer the books if I had the patience) because to me, they don't reflect how I view society and people. Aragorn is an interesting character and there's some potential for Sarumon. Nausicaa introduces these characters who do vile, reprehensible things, but they've got some code of ethics. Kushana is the most interesting character in my opinion for that raisin. Get the books, you - tell - meeee. To me the real interesting commentary in the whole thing is how we use the environment.
But Goddamn it, if you want to get DVD's out of the library. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest fucked up and I missed the third act. (mini-rant) It shows how we treat movies in this culture. They'd never circulate the novel with the last 20 pages covered in ink.
Also, with my time, I've been cooking! Gyosas, chicken stir fries, new sauces, spices. Tonight is chili night. I was so excited I couldn't get to sleep last night. I love food, I love food so much.
Huh? That can't be right. That's what I read with a tired glance at the news screen on the subway platform. When I read the whole headline I realized it said "The Washington Post has reported that the lesbian daughter of U.S. Vice President, Dick Cheney , is pregnant." That threw me for a loop.
In other homosexual news, Stephen Harper has introduced a motion to the House of Commons that would reopen the the issue of ame sex marriages. It seems he was hoping to trap Stephen Dion, the new Liberal leader, by making him whip* the Liberal caucus when the motion comes to a vote. But Dion has said that Liberal MPs will have a free vote. So Harper's petty attempt to embarrass Dion will fail as will his disgusting attempt to undermine the Charter. The House of Commons has already spoken oon this issue, the senate has spoken, the Supreme Court has spoken and the public have spoken. Shouldn't that settle the issue?
While taking the bus to work recently, I noticed that four small security cameras were installed on the ceiling. I'm not sure why they think a bus route through south Leaside is high priority for cameras. Has anyone noticed these cameras on any other routes?
a. a party manager in a legislative body who secures attendance for voting and directs other members.
b. (in Britain) a written call made on members of a party to be in attendance for voting.
Forcing party members to all vote the same way.
Based on the venerable Cat and Girl's example.
To whit: I'm so rich, I make my soup with gold bouillon.
Haven't had much time to read th' ol' Ape recently. With my laptop kaput, I've spent very little time on the internet, and it's suited me well-- I've read two books in the last week and a half, and a third will, at current pace, make it a hat trick for the fortnight. When was the last time someone used 'hat trick' and 'fortnight' in the same sentence? Never.
Looking forward to the next coupla weeks, provided I can keep my expenditures on the relative DL. I have some out of town friends comin' in midmonth, and a good new friend leavin; for a bit, so I'll be busy. Also I'm making some artwork for Neil "Foxfire Forest" R's upcomin' cd. Gettin' prolific! Not Pro-life-ic.
(On that note, my mother bought Christmas Cards at church, sold by 'Toronto Right to Life'. I felt vaguely nauseous when I found them. They look pretty harmfless, but they all feature the virgin AND Joseph on them for sneakret family-values propaganda.)
It turns out that it's perfectly okay to be a Blood as long as you don't carry a gun. Really though, this is awesome. I was joking around about kid vigilantes giving the beatdowns to undesirable folks, (there was going to be a "song", too, maybe still will be) but the posse is already in effect. Man, I'd like to join. That'd be awesome. Walking around with a few old guys waiting for trouble to happen. Harrassing loiterers.
But the real scandal is the emblems on their uniforms! Holy Freemasonry, BatMan, we're not the only vigilantes in town!
Also, y'heard York is done classes? That's a month for me to write my first draft script, and maybe, Angels permitting, right my wrongs.
And raise your hand if you're me, WB or 'Cup. Oh wait, you don't hafta raise your hand because you're already using it to hold this website up!
Today is another 14.5 hour work day for me, one of 2 this week. But it won't last much longer. This is my last week ass nany for my three cousins. It will be nice to get some rest and not have to be out the door at 7:30 every morning.
Preparations for South Africa are moving along right tickety. Next week I have a consultation at a travel health clinic about all the immunizations and meds I will have to get before I leave.
I'm also trying to find time to see Kate again soon which may be difficult with my work schedule. She's going out to Alberta for the second half of December.
Last friday I was washing glasses at my aunt anne's house and one broke and sliced the back of my index finger. She took me to a walk in clinic and I didn't have to wait in any line. I got four stitches and was out in 45 minutes. It was amazing! I have never had such a pleasent medical experience. If I had gone to an ER I would have sat around for 5 hours.
Trivia note: I have now had 23 stitches or staples and these were the first to NOT be on my head.
The day after the hand slicing, Anne and Stu (yes, Stu, of Stu and Colleen in the Morning, 97.3 EZ Rock) hosted a baby shower for my uncle and his girlfriend. I have never been to a baby shower before. There were a dozen kids under 5 years, it was a regular petri dish of disease. Once most people left and it was just family, the women crowded into the living room to open presents and say "aaaaahhh", the men nervously slipped away to play vidya games.
Remember back when my posts weren't just essay-related. Yeah. Those were good days. In my essay on the Canadian franchise debate I found out there were a lot of people who wanted to give women the vote. There were also a lot of people who really hated the Chinese. From our first Prime Minister (who also said the post title) talking about how Chinese immigration would create a "mongrel race" and would destroy "the Aryan character of the future of British America". Then there was one who dude who in talking about the issue "they would have argued in favor of giving votes to a dirty, greasy man, a man with a long pig tail hanging down his back, unfit for human society; with a forbidding counienance, with a flat head, with pinched toes."
What I loved about it was it wasn't divided between 'progressives' and 'reactionaries'. Someone could argue passionately for women's rights and end it with talking about the "low and filthy Indian". Supporters of first nation voting could talk about swarms of Chinamen and Chinese-righters could slam back and "uncivilized red men". Well at least the essay's done.
On more interesting news, my co-op semi-formal was yesterday. I'd organized it and I think it went pretty well (people had a good time, sold out). Plus it's an awesome feeling to be able to say things like, "How many people still here? Twenty? Waitress, twenty shots please!" It's easy to be magnanimous when it's not your money.
In what is probably a perfect bit of slacktavism, click here, light the candle and a dollar will be donated to fight AIDS. Link from Ezra Klein's blog, which has this post containing the most hilarious chart I've ever seen (the first one).