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Femion » 2007 » February

What is this thing called Reading week?

February 25th, 2007

Here’s what I did with my week off:
1. worked on research project
2. did earth science assignment
3. went to see Guys and Dolls with friends
4. had pseudo-second-birthday party with friends
5. ate at the new Boston Pizza up the street from my house with parents
6. played 11 out of 12 levels on Theme Hospital
7. watched all the episodes of House season 3 so far
8. Read For one more Day, The man without a country, and the comic book versions of Constantine and V for Vendetta
9. went skating
10. Slept. A lot.
Now you know.

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Gazette #17 - Darwin Day

February 25th, 2007

In Defence of Darwin
The c in defence really bugs me. Defense. Defence. I think it’s one case where my American citizenship controls my spelling. I still think that neighbour, theatre and centre are spelled correctly.
So I’ve got my own email address so people can send their comments directly into my inbox. I wanted to leave a note at the bottom of this submission welcoming any creationist arguments other members of the student body here may have. Though they edited it out, I’ve still got one comment back asking how we get life from a rock.
Yes, I realize that I could be treading into dangerous waters and that some criticism can be nerve-shattering, but I’m not really afraid. Getting letters disagreeing with my points of view makes me feel legitimate. Plus, it gives me something to write about.
The week after next (or perhaps the week after the week after next) I explain the origins of life.

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Valentine’s Day Cheesy Music

February 16th, 2007

A busy week and way too much work has prevented me from posting this on the appropriate day.
Let’s just pretend it’s the fourteenth, okay?
Here’s my three most romantic songs. With an extra helping of the fromage.
Elvis Presley: Love me Tender

Although credited with writing the song, Elvis didn’t actually come up with either the lyrics or the tune. The melody is an exact copy of the Civil War ballad Aura Lee, and the words were written by a man named Ken Darby and attributed to Elvis to escape royalties.
Even though he may not have written it, it’s still a very powerful song because Elvis sounds so vunerable.
Carole King - You’ve got a friend

Unlike Love me Tender, Carole King actually wrote You’ve got a friend, though most people assume James Taylor wrote it since he was the one who first sang it and made it popular. To truely appreciate it I would listen to the version she sings on Tapestry when her voice wasn’t so old and without the obnoxious audience metronome in the background.
Billy Joel - Just the way you are

Though Just the way you are is a good song, the real reason I love it is because of the awesome sax solo written by Phil Woods, which I somewhat mastered for a high school concert last year. It’s not quite the same in this version, but it does appear on Joel’s album, The Stranger.

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Gazette #16 - Terrorism in the Sex Issue

February 10th, 2007

Letting Terrorists Win
I couldn’t count the days of the month, so this article just happened to come out in the middle of the sex issue. Darn, because I could have had my topic for my collumn for free: there’s tonnes of psychology papers about love and sex. But instead, I decided to point out the insanity surrounding the recent boston mooninite scare.
I can officially say ‘collumn’ now, because now I’ve actually got one. Not Newton vs. Nostradamus, the pretentious (’Kingsy’ as my editors called it) and too long title I suggested, but not Sassy Skepticism they suggested, either. It’s Scientific Skepticism, which will hopefully be self-explanatory in the way I intended (being skeptical in a scientific manner, not being skeptical about science).
Oh, I also got some more criticism for my criticism of organic food. I wasn’t called anything like naive. Ah shucks.

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Gazette #15 - Yay for free topics

February 3rd, 2007

The Gamble with Health
This covers the third Trust in Science lecture. I found the lecture actually pretty boring compared to the other lectures. But it was worth it: the question period at the end was hillarious. I find that the same people seem to come up to ask a question to the guest, and it’s never a one or two phrase question; it’s a sermon from the aisle. The moderator asked all questioners to keep their questions short or be in danger of being cut off. The first guy to go up didn’t follow the moderator’s advice. He went on and on about how he knew you couldn’t trust doctors because he lived in a family of doctors and other anectodal evidence like that. Looking back, I have no idea what he was asking or even what he was even trying to say, just that it was a fifteen minutes I would have rather spent somewhere else. To my, and the rest of the audience’s rescue came a man a few seats over to me, who hollered out: “Enough! Can you make your fucking point or sit down?”. To which the questioner responded: “I am.” When asked to restate his question, the questioner said “well I am asking my question, I’m answering these questions for her.” The moderator said that maybe he should reserve this for a time when he was at the front of the audience, and not the speaker. I don’t remember the exact line of dialogue which continued from then on between the moderator, the man and the questioner, but I know it ended in the questioner yelling “This is not a democracy!” and leaving the microphone.
So that’s why I attend these lectures. And also because it gets me out of having to come up with my own topic for a week.

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Randy Newman - A few words in Defense of Our Country

February 3rd, 2007

This is his musical version of a recent New York Times opt-ed he did.

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