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Mural Grammar

June 22nd, 2006

You know, I suppose you could call it hypocritical of me to post this when I make numerous spelling and grammatical errors on my blog all the time owing to the fact that I don’t really proofread, but at least I didn’t paint it on a school wall.
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It’s not so much that I disapprove of their “disproved” logic, but that they try to make this semi-pretentious argument without knowing the difference between the two words.
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Yes, I can just see it: a wonderfully successful career as an Antigonish sign maker.
PS: I wrote my last exam today. Physics was mostly plug and chug, and Etudes Globales seemed pretty easy also. I’m freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Driving School Feuds

August 19th, 2005

As I’ve said before, I am currently taking driver’s ed from Ed Brown Driver Training. It is hell. We’re more than twenty crammed in a putrid green coloured room that was once a laundromat, we’re only given photocopies of a textbook that’s got to be over twenty years old, and they’re skimpy on the looseleaf paper. The guy who teaches the course is very loud, inconsistant, and confusing for someone who hasn’t got a clue about cars (i.e. me).
Since Young Driver’s of Canada left, the only options in Antigonowhere have been Ed Brown and McKay’s. There is a feud between them because Brown used to work for McKay and as recently as this Wednesday, this ad appeared in the Casket, (the local newspaper):
McKay’s Driving School
As you know, over the past three years we have been the victim of someone we thought we could trust. This trust cost us thousands of dollars and effected dozens of students. They can photocopy our books and try to copy our lesson plan but they can’t copy our trustworthyness. Over the past 16 years…

So not only do I have to tolerate two and a half hours a night of boredom and ear-drum breaking lectures, but I’m supposed to feel bad every time I see their photocopied books because I turned down trustworthyness in favour of a ten dollar cheaper fee and one night less of class. I don’t think so. As “loyal” as McKay’s is, they could stand to have some competition.

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Spending weekends Picking up Sticks

April 24th, 2005

My previous dilemma was solved. I’m taking two physics classes next year instead of Calculus. It’s a sacrifice, but it’s one that I can apparently makeup for in university.
In other news, the concert band is playing convocation on May 1st for StFX all day long which should be a) very long, and b) very boring. On May 3rd we have a big free send off concert for both bands followed by the departure on our trip un-civilizedly early on the morning of May 5th.
I’ve finally finished the two essays I had to write this weekend, one for English on propaganda devices in Animal Farm and the other on Canada’s involvement in the United Nations for Histoire Canadien. I was about to go crazy. I hate writing things like essays where I am held down by too many requirements and restrictions. Of course, it probably would have been better if I had worked a bit on it yesterday instead of playing Age of Empires and watching Napoleon Dynamite. Also, most of my afternoon was taken up by forced labour by my father. His knees are giving out like most old people, and he wants me to collect the sticks off the ground when he trims the trees. My Mother says that I should enjoy it because I apparently loved picking up sticks from my stroller when I was a baby. Yeah? Well I also threw up on your shoulder and shat in my pants when I was a baby, but I don’t think either of us enjoyed that very much.

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No Adam in my Atom

April 10th, 2005

This morning in the Globe and Mail Weekend Focus section (the Globe and Mail is the more responsable of Canada’s two national newspapers) and article that was slightly scary to me and my mom. It was called No Faith in Science and it talked about all the different ways that the Bush administration is supposedly censoring scientific research to fit their moral, religious, or political agendas. Now being in Canada, we get exposed to a number of anti-american views, especially in the deeper sections of the newspaper: for example, an article in a issue a few weeks ago bore the contentious title: “Who Do you mistrust more, Al jazira or Fox News” Yet if this is true, which I really hope it isn’t, it is very frightening to be a citizen to a country where politics can get in the way of Science and research that could someday save many lives. To advance as a civilization we need to teach people to have open minds, not hide the truth and replace it with some fairy tale version of reality.
In other, less opinionated news, Pierre and I went swimming lanes in a very crowded pool. There were five of us in one lane at one time, and although the rest of us had agreed to a system of cycles, one old guy on the edge kept sticking to the rope on both ways. Which meant that we would have people going two opposite ways in the same half lane, and I didn’t have my goggles to see when to avoid the people headed straight at me. I felt a bit like frogger, the fearless amphibian, avoiding the truck-swimmers on my way to the other side.

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Ashamed Citizen

March 22nd, 2005

There were four things that happened this week that made me ashamed to be an american.
First of all, I was very disappointed in the decision to drill for oil in Alaska. I mean, yeah gas prices are high, but on the other hand you could drive a more fuel efficient car and drive or walk more. We’re going to run out of oil pretty soon, and we may as well get used to it being a rare commodity. Once we dig in Alaska we won’t be able to dig there again, and we’ll be affecting the natural environment as we do so. I feel like America is turning into a greedy little child who can’t see beyond today.
Then there was the Ashley Smith affair. She saves herself from being killed and suddenly she’s some sort of messiah who has been the middle of attention on CNN for over a week. She does seem to be a very brave heroine, but I see no need for the amount of hype she’s been getting.
Next was Terry Shiavo. I can’t believe this actually happened. Congress comes at the drop of a hat and why? To intervene in the private affair of a family to save a woman who is about as alive as a formadelhide corpse with a couple of electric currents running through it to blink and breath. It’s also very hypocritical that these republicans will fly the flag of life high over our heads yet turn their backs to bombing civilians in the middle east.
And the fourth? Well I found it hard to believe at first, too. Certain Imax Films are no longer being shown in Science Museums in the south because they talk about evolution and Darwin’s work.

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Poetic Justice

February 21st, 2005

Ozymandias
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read,
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed,
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

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The Loathing Tuesdays

February 15th, 2005

Tuesday is my absolute least favourite day of the week. Don’t ask me why. It just is. (sounds like religious reasoning, doesn’t it) I had band today for five hours, and at least three of those hours stunk, like what comes out of the spit valve of a tuba after a frat party.
I’m also giving up all my spare time, which is only about an hour when you factor in practice, school, eating, sleep, and homework, to playing Civilization 2, a really old school turn-based computer game. It’s really complex and interesting yet doesn’t take up too many computer resources. I’m a pacifist and a secularist, but there’s just something really compelling about having a fundamentalist government and forcing your rule on the entire world.

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Warring Authors

January 29th, 2005

I’m currently reading The Blue Girl by Charles deLint, in which his protagonist accuses JK Rowling of stealing the image of Harry Potter from his friend, author Neil Gaiman. Talk about poetic justice, now we’ve got battling fictional characters!

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Fools on the Web

January 5th, 2005

Here are too disturbing/unsettling things I’ve found on the web about really right wing people.
First of all: Mediamatters.org
Anti-canadianism. I can’t believe that people actually think this. “If it weren’t for the US Canada would have been invaded by Norway.” We don’t have a military because we can’t afford it, and we have nothing that we need protection against. “Dog sledding”? Yeah, I wish I had a dogsled. It sure would help me cross that frozen tundra to get to school. Carolyn Parrish, the MP interviewed, is a bit crazy, but CNN shouldn’t take that as our government hates America.
Secondly: Lambuel and Friends How dare they use my favourite animal to spread fear of Atheists and discourage rational thinking! Honestly, this site is so scary I can’t tell if it’s real or not. Their alteration of the flag and the “Creation Science Fair” are funny, but if this is meant to be serious it’s pretty scary.
On another note, in a month less two days I will be sixteen.

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Plagued by Profound Profanity

December 25th, 2004

It seems that I am getting a number of “mock intellectual” spam in my blog comments. I’ll try to ban the IPs but I doubt it will work.

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