What mean teacher would give this student a C? This is brilliant!
Oh and if your hamster is bent in a backwards C shape in its wheel like the one in that article, your wheel is WAY too small for the hamster!
thanks for the link Calvin.
Now it's back to Jim and James asking an acupuncterist if he only "gives it" or if he "takes it" too. I'm impressed by the talent on their Egg program (really relaxed, really natural...unlike StirTV eeek sorry dudes, I couldn't stand watching Stir and the web site was even worse -- since when is favourite clothes an important part of a host's bio and educational/professional background not?!?). Stir still airs on AZN. Anyways, I found the production of the other stuff I saw on AZN really professional. Not too many of the I-just-wannabe-like-MTV style cuts or the amateurish, non-moving camera or excessive zooming/extreme close-up type productions.
I just have to remember to tune in on Monday nights for the films. Hooray for AZN.
****THURSDAY & SATURDAY ENGLISH TUTORING CLASSES****I can't begin to explain how much it angers me when Christian churches trick people into coming to their church. They also host a free "welcome dinner" for unsuspecting international students. Kinda like when girls at my undergrad university would tell me they love my shoes or something I'm wearing and then proceed to invite me to their bible study group. Stop fucking with me! Did you *really* like my shoes or did you just bear false witness against thy neighbour? Huh?
*** Many opportunities to intermingle language with community activities.
=== Compliments of the Edge Campus Ministry ===
& Covenant Presbyterian Church community
If people want to find Jesus I'm sure they will head to the nearest church. They're everywhere and there's no mistaking those little (or sometimes large) buildings with the cross structure up top. These aggressive recruitment campaigns just piss me off. I have a right not to have people approaching me. I get enough yahoos at school walking around with clipboards and flyers trying to shove their cause down my throat.
Ideally I'd have a Treo or something of the sort with the camera, phone, PDA in one. Preferably with wifi so I can walk around campus connected. Preferably not something running on that God awful Palm OS that has shown zero innovation over the last 6 years. I was shocked to see nothing had changed from my Palm IIIx (which I sold because the screen was garbage) to the Sony Clie (which has a dead battery). Unfortunately the good shit costs a minimum of $200 used and I don't have that kinda cash. Suggestions anyone?
I've given up taking my laptop to campus because, well, the battery is fucked so I have to tote around the power cord and, secondly, because it hurts my back and neck to haul all that shit the 6 blocks I walk to campus from my car.
I've been having a hard time getting to sleep lately even though it's never really been a problem before. I need to re-train myself to make midnight my bedtime so I can get shit done in the mornings before I have to head to school or get to work on my thesis/reading. Like ship out stuff I sell on eBay. My leather Claiborne purse went for a disappointing $5.50 (before shipping which I charge $6 for). At least it didn't go to that moron who asked me to stop the auction early for her so she could win the purse to match her outfit. Oh well, a little cash in my PayPal account is better than giving all my stuff indiscriminately to Goodwill.
Oh yeah, our Toastmasters area contest is now 10/1 which means I can attend and I can also make it to TO for Simon's cousin's wedding on 9/17. Wedding #5 of the year that I'll be attending. Tasha and Sheldon's will be #6 in October (YAY Banff!!). Got a cheap $353 flight to TO but I'll be spending a third of my trip on the damn airplane -- total of about 16 hours roundtrip for a Friday to Sunday trip. I hate flying. I don't know how you people more than 5' tall can stand it.
So last night we went to bed around 2am, which is getting to be the norm, in fact it's almost 2 now dammit. I could not sleep for the life of me because I was thinking about my Toastmaster's speech contest and what I should talk about. I was also kind of hungry even though we had a kick ass dinner at a new Greek place by the Albertson's here. I tossed and turned and heard Simon tossing and turning too. At 4am he got out of bed and went downstairs. I didn't hear any typing so I knew he wasn't taming his servers at work. Then I smelled food so I headed downstairs. Very much a sitcom moment except there were no sandwiches. Simon was slurping up a bowl of udon with chili bamboo shoots and I heated up a big bowl of Thai curry chicken. That helped me sleep even though I woke up this morning with some bad heartburn. Maybe I should've made a sandwich.
Then second email he sends a photo of this orange and black floral shirt that looks like it came straight from hell, then asks my size. First I mention I don't like the shirt but why is he asking my size? I just ordered 16 shirts from him in small. Is that so hard to figure out?
I'm also selling a purse on ebay right now. Another one. My Kenneth Cole one sold for $23 but I STILL have not received payment grrrr. Anyways, so someone emails me to say that the purse matches an outfit perfectly so she needs it and asks if I'll end the auction at her bid for her. She has a really good rating and promises to paypal immediately. I respond by telling her that if the price is right, then I'll consider it. I'm thinking if it's a big number it's better to get it to her than to someone with a poor rating who doesn't pay at all. She emails back saying "thanks~ but i was referring to opening bid. :) there really arent that many pics of it, like the inside."
OK, moron, there ARE pictures of the inside, if you are so unsure, why did you contact me to end the auction for you? Secondly, why the hell would I end an auction at the opening bid of $1.99 just so you can match your stupid outfit? Do you understand the concept of how an auction works? Bidding to drive up the price for the seller? I don't owe you any favors!
- Within the last 3 months, five of my friends have ended medium to long term relationships.
- Another friend who's been with her guy for 8 years is in a rather bad situation that she needs to escape.
- And about 3 years ago, another friend ended a relationship after 7 years.
- Two years back, yet another two friends were unexpectedly let go just as they were contemplating proposing.
- And last year, another friend moved out of her bf's place after 4 years.
- I also personally know of someone who announced that their wedding was off a couple weeks before the big day.
- And now a repeat of that (read the 8/17 post).
So what does this all mean? I dunno. That's tough to answer, but all I can say is there's a few questions you should never ask:
1. If you see a friend/acquaintance sans partner at social outings a few times in a row, don't take it upon yourself to ask where so-and-so is. Just don't, not even for the sake of small talk or conversation. The chances are they might've broken up, feel like the world is ending, and they're not ready to make a public announcement of it yet. Just enjoy their company, buy him/her a drink, and don't ask.
2. If you're at a wedding or, hell, any social function, don't ask couples who are dating when they're going to tie the knot. You can pretty much assume everyone in the world has already asked them that a million times, they're sick of coming up with witty answers, and if it's not yet a topic of conversation between them because it's just not time, the question just makes things uncomfortable. Trust me, when someone gets engaged, you'll fucking hear about it. Until then, just don't ask.
3. Finally, if you are asking a SINGLE friend when they're going to get married, you're either an asshole, a complete retard, or a Chinese granny... so just don't.
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Trying to be all personal and then ending with/embedding a link to some stupid site for gambling or even vaccuum supplies. Make it stop, it's pissing me off.
Cut bait, don't look back, keep the good friends you've got. Good friends don't have to be people you see every week or even talk to every month, but wave hi once in a while so I know you're alive and it's all good.
People who don't make an effort eventually find themselves very very alone and sometimes go scrambling around to reconnect when things go to the shitter for them. I have a hard time pretending like things are OK with people like this when they finally come out of the woodwork because they need something from you. All I'm thinking silently is - have you no shame?
OK back to watching the assassination attempt episode of West Wing for the third time.
My xanga page, which is nothing more than a recruiting page for thesis interviewees and a picture of myself, invited the following series of emails:
hi my name is manuel i am a photographer for gente magazine. i would like to
hire u to model for the magazine. how much will u charge
Vanessa Au to mrraider805 More options Aug 11
(4 days ago)
very flattering but i'm not a model. just a scholar
studying the import modeling scene for my Master's thesis.
Manuel Alamillo to me More options 12:08 pm
hi its me manuel again, i would like to photograph you. i
think you will be very perfect for the magazine section i have for you. let
I don't get it, what's the deal? Gente is some sort of Latino magazine. I'm 5' tall and have the classic ex-gymnast build (ever seen American Gladiators?), though he can't tell from my head shot there. I wonder what it is that this guy wants. I bet he's just another pervert posing as a photographer who takes nasty pictures to wall paper his room with. Move along Manuel, there's plenty of girls out there who'll fall for this but hell will freeze over before I get sucked into something this stupid.
Friday night, we headed out to the San Mateo County Fair. I've never been and thought it'd be a fun way to spend an evening since we don't usually do much on Fridays but lay around and watch a movie at home. We met up with everyone, had some turkey leg, a beef sandwich, some garlic fries, beer, and funnel cake and then headed over to watch the hypnotist show. I've seen this type of show before in Vegas and this one didn't quite wow the crowds so much. His volunteers were mostly in the 13-15 age group and far too self-conscious to be suseptible to suggestion. He ended up with about 2 who seemed genuinely hypnotized and one of the two was an older lady. It got pretty chilly out so we toured the petting zoo, arts and crafts, and the area where people sell stuff. It's pretty much a scaled down but more expensive version of Vancouver's PNE or Toronto's CNE. We headed over to Stinger for a few drinks which, for Simon and I, turned into a few drinks too many after taking those last two shots with the bartenders. Someone, I don't recall who, suggested we go to IHOP where I put away a basket of deep fried cheese sticks. They were actually pretty awful, much worse than the homemade ones I concocted for our turkey fryer party if I do say so myself. They also did nothing to sop up the alcohol because the next day I was hurting bad. No pilates class for us. A small meal at home and a slow painful stroll through Target to get some necessary household goods before heading out to my friend DQ's wedding.
Wedding was at Koi Palace and the food was awesome. (Congrats again Dennis & Kim!) We were a half hour late due to hangover sluggishness but the show didn't get on the road until 2 hours after the designated start time (not really sure why), but really the food was worth the wait. It was nice to see some folks I hadn't talked to in a while. Too bad stupid me brought a camera with no compact flash card in it. Anyways, somehow the party wrapped up by 11pm or so and we didn't have any plans so we decided to check out this place that Denny keeps talking about - Lucky Chances casino in Colma. He goes there for the food but we were too full to try it. Still, we had to see the place since we were in the neighbourhood. The parking lot was full so we opted for the free valet parking. We took a few steps inside and I could feel the tired eyes of all the Asian gamblers turn in our direction. We were a little out of place in our post wedding get up and I swear to you the place was sketchier than an after party in Vancouver's Chinatown at 5am. I was just waiting for some Vietnamese dude to yell doh mah and a Chinese guy to respond with lay say pook kai and maybe deliver a few random bullets across the room. That didn't happen but still I was not feeling at ease at this place. We walked around and observed people playing strange games with dice and dominos that we'd never seen before and trust me Simon is no gambling rookie. We watched the Texas hold em tables for a while before we decided it was time to head home.
Oh yeah, Simon has been really diligent about updating his blog lately. And Herman started one too.
MyInks.com has a 20% off sale and free 10 sheets of photo paper with every purchase and free shipping with $50 purchase. OK so the $50 minimum is hard to reach, especially when everything is 20% off prices that are already about 1/2 off MSRP but I bought the value pack of 9 assorted cartridges and added a few more colour ones to meet the $50 minimum. After all was said and done, my cartridges costed about $4.45 each, got the free photo paper, and my free shipping. At a real store I wouldve paid around $10 a cartridge. Shitty thing is I have a LOT of cartridges now but if my little printer keeps performing the way it has the last 5 years, things will be just fine. I *heart* my Canon S600.
OH and speaking of deals, Simon got a 4 motor massage chair online from Amazon for around $80, free shipping. Those things are usually several hundred to several thousand bucks. Can't wait til that comes in!
After that I paid some bills online, checked my account status, double checked some credit card statements, shredded a pile of credit card offers, started working on my tutoring/work schedule for Fall, and looked up call numbers for some recommended reading that my thesis committee gave me during my thesis proposal meeting. I guess this is the kinda stuff that rich people get their personal assistants to do for them. I guess it wouldn't be so bad if I were paid to deal with this crap but I don't. Anyways, I ended my day with a post on eBay. Gotta do some Spring/Summer cleaning around here. I'm going to see how the sale of this goes before posting my other stuff.
Work done on my thesis and Ph.D. applications zero.
Jane and Joe arrive in Foster City Sunday 6:57am after a 16 hour over night drive from Vancouver
After sleeping in until 1pm, they replenish with pho at Marina Plaza
We head up to Union Square after lunch where, uh, they eat again
The next day we had lunch at In and Out in Mountain View en route to Gilroy to shop
And in Gilroy, more eating! This time garlic fries.
So back to normal life now. I kinda feel inspired to do some sort of barely planned road trip on impulse but it probably won't happen. Ah well. My next big decision right now is whether or not to spend $9.99 on one of those Entertainment Coupon Books because that's how much they cost when the whole thing expires Nov 1. Regularly they're $25. I figure we order some $6 movie tickets and get a 2 for 1 dinner and it breaks even. Hmmm... OK gotta go buy groceries and prep for Toastmasters. My turn to speak, I'm going to do a cooking demonstration (speech #3 advanced manual - The Demonstration Talk).