My preparations for my South Africa placement are going slower than I would like. I need a new passport before I can get a visa because my current passport expires in July. I had to get a police background check which made me kinda nervous even though I had no real reason to be. Who knows, they could have uncovered that security video of me picking my nose on the Leaside bus.
Work at Indigo is going as well as I could possibly have hoped. I collected my shiny new iPod Shuffle yesterday. What a nifty little device.
Kate was in Toronto most of the week and, God, I can't say enough good things about her. I am more in love with her everyday. She and her parents gave me a digital camera for Christmas and I gave her an amber necklace which my parents matched with a pair of earings. They also gave her a framed collage of pictures of me over the years for when I'm away. You can order your own today. Hurry while supplies last.
Just in case you think Ol' Box-O's gone soft...Think Again!
Dear Users of Bluetooth or other hands-free phone technology,
Please, for goodness sake, get off the phone. Scitzophrenia is a serious issue. I live blocks away from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, I have seen first hand the effects of this illness. I know that scitzophenics may seem cool but you DO NOT want to imitate them in public. You look ridiculous. What do you really need to keep your hands free to do anyway? Drive? You shouldn't be trying to talk on the phone while driving anyway.
Besides, when the state initiated pogroms against mental illness begin you don't want to be lumped in with gays, liberals and the actual scitzos.
A little birdie told me that the PM is setting up special work camps at nickle mines in Northern Ontario for just such 'undesirables'.
Have a nice day
What could be more blogful than annoying quizzes and links? Nothing, that's what!
Well, I was going over my late, unpublished article for the September Mondo on the late, lamented Catch23 (unpublished what because of the cancellation and all) trying to update it to make it more of a retrospective on a year past, when I came across a link I had all but forgotten: Good Morning World! A video project of Peter Oldring and Pat Kelly, when I first took note of the website, my computer was "of the decrepid" and not really capable of "viewing" these videos in their entirety (i.e., with pictures AND sound). Now, that problem is in the past, and I encourage you all to check it out. This is one I would especially recommend, altough it is probably best viewed on the website rather than Youtube.
Ans speaking of things that are humourous, I promised you an annoying web quiz (you still ALL have to take it), so why not one measuring your humour style? I think it actually did a fairly good review of me, so I don't fault its accuracy (although I may flatter myself on the "darkness" scale). Do you?
CLEAN | COMPLEX | DARK
You like things edgy, subtle, and smart. I guess that means you're probably an intellectual, but don't take that to mean pretentious. You realize 'dumb' can be witty--after all isn't that the Simpsons' philosophy?--but rudeness for its own sake, 'gross-out' humor and most other things found in a fraternity leave you totally flat.
I guess you just have a more cerebral approach than most. You have the perfect mindset for a joke writer or staff writer.
Your sense of humor takes the most thought to appreciate, but it's also the best, in my opinion.
You probably loved the Office. If you don't know what I'm
talking about, check it out here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/theoffice/.
PEOPLE LIKE YOU: Jon Stewart - Woody Allen - Ricky Gervais
The 3-Variable Funny Test!
- it rules -
If you're interested, try my best friend's best test:
The Genghis Khan Genetic Fitness Masterpiece
My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
Sorry bout the double post. I'm on page 10 of the last essay I have to write this term. It's not great, but I was struck by a great concept for a movie that springs out of it (because historical fiction is in). The Spanish Match. The King of England is trying to get his son married to the Infanta (princess) of Spain. But negotiations are dragging on. So the prudish prince disguises himself and heads off to Spain, accompanied by his dad's gay lover. "High jinks" ensure. I guess the wackiness is undercut slighly by the fact that despite all his crazy antics (including trying to sneak onto her windowstill) the princess didn't marry him. Also, both men died of political violence.
And here's one of those 'Whaaaaaaaa?' articles.
1. Yale educated Washington journalist Mike Crowley writes an article attacking Michael Crichton a while back (saying he was a shill for Bush).
2. Michael Crichton publishes new book with a completely superfluous character named "Mick Crowley" who's also a Yale educated Washington journalist. But this Crowley rapes two year old boys and has a small penis.
So to procrastinate studying I did another podcast. Almost makes me feel technologically ept* what with all the programs and transfering and such (though if I was truly skilled I could probably do it easier). You can listen to the new podcast here. If you have two and a half minutes you'd like to waste that is.
This story is pretty funny but really not the sort of story you want to get out about your country.
This is another thing you don't want to get out about your country, though in this case entirely self-inflicted. Short version:
1. Dutch soldiers are protecting an enclave of civillians in Srebrenica a decade ago.
2. Serbian soldiers come in and, as the Dutch do nothing°, murder 8,000 civillians.
3. Dutch government gives medal to soldiers a few days ago.
*The opposite, I assume, of inept.
°Well "do nothing" isn't entirely accurate. Some helped the Serbs seperate the men from the women.