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Gold Arms

August 16th, 2006

Fed up with the constant pressures of Antigonish life (hint: sarcasm), the traffic of Church St., the students next door doing some pre-term partying, the way to high tourists-to-attractions ratio, and the general all-round nowhereness, Dad booked a cottage and we went up to Cape Breton for two nights.
We stayed at Kayak Cape Breton on the edge of the Bras d’or Lake. We went canoeing and got stuck next to a sandbar. We went to the Point Michaud beach in very strong winds and I found an Atlantic Ocean sand dollar, which broke later. We saw lots of animals: red and green hummingbirds, a rabbit, beavers, cows, and eagles.

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Now we’re back to normal city life, with internet, TV and books with plots.

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To Much Photoage fo’ yo’ Bandwidth!

August 13th, 2006




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Originally uploaded by milankie.

It is 10:47 in the evening in Antigonish. Since 8:00 I have been narrowing down the over-1000 set of pictures taken in California down to a litte-over-100 set of the best, rotating, resizing, redeye zapping, renaming and uploading. (pausing every so often to rate songs that come up on iTunes Party Shuffle) And after all of this effort, in my lethargy and laziness period of the year, after nearly three hours, Flickr informs me that my bandwidth for the month is used up. Maybe I shouldn’t have made the photos so big, or maybe I should buy the pro version of flickr, or maybe I should just wait ’til next month. Halifax can’t possibly be as photogenic as California, can it?

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A Mob at Six Flag

August 5th, 2006

Or, a pointless simulation to fit as many peeps as possible in a very small area.
I could blame this on the fact that I never tortured animals or bugs as a kid. Maybe I could call it my revenge for an incident in my childhood of being trapped in a huge crowd leaving Magic Kingdom. But the truth is that I was bored and curious. Let

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The Booty Song

August 3rd, 2006

It’s Thursday, which means that I will start posting again with a music review. It’s bad music time again, so actually watching these vids is not required (or advised).
It has been my observation that Summer is the time for major pop music hits, and that every summer must have at least one novelty “booty” song. Whether it was Sir Mix-a-lot’s Baby Got Back, Sisqo’s The Thong Song, Destiny’s Child’s Bootylicious or Nelly’s Shake Ya Tail Feather, every summer has one, and it usually gets more airtime on radio and tv than any other song that year. Summer’s not over yet, so it’s hard to say what will be ’06’s booty song yet, but here are three of the cream of the nasty crop that are in contention for that title.
Bubba Sparxx & Ying Yang Twins: Ms. New Booty

E-40 ft. T-Pain, Kandi Girl: U & Dat

D4L: Laffy Taffy

There are a few things that make a hip-hop video instant cheese. Some of the examples shown above include: having more than one ft. artist solo-ing in your song, having a hairstyle that looks like a yarn craft gone very wrong, getting help from the Ying Yang twins, overuse of sexual innuendo, and, most of all, MAKING A BOOTY SONG.
Remember that, kids. It’s an instant route to one-hit-wonderdom. Hopefully.

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There’s a Heartbeat Missing in the City

July 13th, 2006

Every week I want to have an entry about pop music, and since last week I made readers suffer through my rant about Nelly Furtado, I think I’ll talk about one of my favourite bands.
This is Sam Roberts. He comes from Montreal.
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He is a (very cute!) singer-songwriter. He has a band. It’s called The Sam Roberts Band. No, not something pretentious that doesn’t make sense to anyone outside of the band, and not one of the “The [insert plural noun here]” such as The Killers, The Hives, The Raconteurs, The Zutons, The Vines, The Raves or The Sums (haha, remember that old Sum 41 video?). Just The Sam Roberts Band. Like the old time bands I like, for ex. The Glenn Miller Orchestra.
Anyway, Sam Robert’s follow-up album to We were born in a flame, called Chemical City has been out for a couple months and the first two singles, The Gate and Bridge To Nowhere are already tearing up the charts. Unfortunately there are no good versions of the music videos on Youtube yet, so I can’t have the player in this entry to force you to look at them, but you can watch high quality quicktime versions of them off of their website. You should watch them, if you haven’t seen them already. Now.
Apart from the name, I love this band because Robert’s lyrics are like songs from Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel or Joni Mitchell: they sound great even without the music, as if it was meant to be poetry. Not that I’m saying that Sam Roberts is at the same calibre as those guys. But it gives them the quality of intellect without seeming pretentious or unrelatable as some “snob appeal” bands these days. The Sam Roberts Band is not indie, it’s major label, but since when did people decide that the only original music could come out of independent bands? The videos, as you can tell if you watch them are very stylish, although I realize that fact could be no fault of the band.
Last August, The Sam Roberts Band were supposed to give a nearly-free concert in Columbus field, but it got cancelled. Poo. I really hope they come to Halifax when I’m at Dal.
PS: There will probably not be any updates for the next couple of weeks because I will be somewhere within the confines of this red area.
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If you don’t know where that is, you seriously need a better Geography teacher. If you’ve already graduated from high school, go hang out with Pierre for a while. He probably knows more about the world (or at least its shapes) than most of the teachers at the Regional.

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Getting Rid of Seventeen Year’s Worth of Junk

July 11th, 2006

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Tomorrow morning is the day of the drop-off for the local hospital’s charity flea market on Saturday, so this afternoon my mom and I collected all the things we wanted to get rid of and made a huge pile in the dining room. Included in this pile is a eighteen-year-old Epson Equity LT which my parents had in England when I was a baby. It boots off of a floppy disk, and apparently the only thing they did with it was word processing and data management. Seems like a waste of plastic to me. We’re also getting rid of:
- a almost completely gutted computer tower from 1995 (power button not always working)
- a Canon bubblejet printer, from the same year
- a scanner with a broken lid, possibly from 1997
- a DVD player from 2000
- a tape player
- too many audio and video cassette tapes to count
- lots of software designed for Windows 3.1 and 95
- two boxes of children’s paperback books
- a toddler pottie and a toddler-sized rocking chair
- two Smithsonian science activity sets
- a large white and blue teddy bear.
Where am I going with this? Well, I suppose the lesson learned is that technology is a lot like children’s toys and stuff: really only cool for a couple of years, and then it’s just junk that gets stashed in your attic, resurfacing once and a while to embarrass you.

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Loyfriend has left the country

July 2nd, 2006

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Yep, Roy went home. My sidekick is in Spain, my homeboy is in Newfoundland. Homeslice and Garlic Fingers, well, there’s some issues, and Rubber Duckie’s working at Mickey D’s. I really don’t want to spend the next few weeks cocooned in my room.
Last week, during graduation, there was an awful lot of drama among all of my friends. Remembering opened up some old wounds, and certain problems that never got solved during high school were amplified in a big way. I don’t really feel like getting into the details (though you probably already know them) because this isn’t a gossip blog. After discussing it over with Mark, he said something very insightful:

“…and we’re just the nerds. Can you imagine what goes on with the rest of the school?”

Anyway, sorry to be so depressing. If there’s anyone in Antigonowhere who reads this blog, drop me a line via phone or e-mail.

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Grad Party

June 29th, 2006




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Dear fellow grade 12 classmates,
I hope you all had a great time last night. I know that most of you will be waking up sometime soon and I hope that the hangover isn’t too bad. If I told you that I was drinking when you asked last night, I’m sorry but that was a lie I said so that you wouldn’t shove alcohol in front of my face. Believe it or not, I was completely sober, although from my dancing in the middle of the field with Roy and my falling butt down in the mud, it may have looked different.
I hope that you remember some of last evening/really early this morning. I know I will. I will remember dancing, I will remember people I hardly knew or hardly ever spoke to coming up and hugging me. I’ll remember talking about our future lives, and about how glad we are that we were finally done high school. I’ll remember it if you forget.
So, I’m off to Halifax next year. Even though it’s only two and a half hours away, it is still goodbye for most of you because I’ll never take classes or party with most of you again. I hope you stay in contact, but no one ever knows. Time and space can separate even the strongest of bonds.
And, as always, there are pictures of this event on my Flickr page
Yours Truly,
Catherine Holloway

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PROM!

June 27th, 2006

Number of incidents caused by me wearing heels for the first time: 3. 1 - tripping over Erin’s door, 2 - sinking into the grass, 3 - stepping on a balloon and popping it.
Number of girls wearing the same dress: the most I saw was two, but there could have been more.
Temperature of Gymnasium: way too hot.
Number of people acting as if hammered: too many to count.
Number of couples making out on the dance floor: again, too many to count.
Number of people for which last night was the highlight of their life: unknown.
Number of pictures taken: 98.
Which is why I’ve only put one picture up. For more photos of last night, please visit my Flickr page.
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Bug Bites on Prom Day

June 26th, 2006

It’s the day of the prom. I woke up about a half hour ago. It’s raining and I’m covered in bug bites because I accidently fell asleep while reading Inkheart in my back yard. I suppose I could blame it on the rain, but looking back on where I put my bookmark, the last words I read before I drifted off were “If someone doesn’t say something I’m going to fall asleep”. Interesting.
I missed the Ecumenical service ( I know that’s not right but I’m not going to look it up now) but I did go to the Hypnotist (or as Roy says, Hippo-tist) and that was quite amusing. Cara was hillarious.
And, tonight I’m going to prom with no makeup, no fancy hair, and lots of bug bites. Who cares, honestly. I’ve got a date, I’ve got my friends and I’ve got a great dress. I don’t need anymore.

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