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School post # 1029410928412

I’m sorry that I talk about school so much but really, it’s the biggest activity that I am involved in currently which explains why I discuss it so much.  Anyways, from hereon it’s a rant…about school…so stop reading if you are sick of my complaining (sorry…it’ll end after October, I promise…this month has just been crazy with a capital C).

I have an exam tomorrow for EASC and I know – trust me, I do! – that I have to stop expecting good teaching because that’s not what I pay for (even though IT SHOULD BE what I pay for!) but I’m sick of having bad professors in science!  This prof (who shall remain nameless, because I know he’s a nice guy, he just sucks at teaching) has the worst lecture notes.  All the points are fragmented sentences that don’t really make sense.  And I felt that maybe my saviour in this course would be my textbook – which, though not without faults, makes a lot more sense than my teacher does – but I have just realized with the aid of my dearest friend Harry that the lecture notes are probably more important.  Fuck!

In addition, my other complaint about this class is that the lecture slides are so FULL OF PICTURES.  I get key images to describe points, but…honestly, the BACKGROUND is a picture.  THE BACKGROUND OF THE SLIDE IS A PICTURE!!!!  It’s a waste of ink, not to mention the fact that it makes it so freaking hard to read the actual text.

Argh that’s the end of my school rant for this week.

Yesterday William and I hung out and he showed me where he’s going!  It’s called Wurzburg I think, and the city looks amazing.  I’m actually quite jealous.  If only I could visit him for a week.  IF ONLY SFU HAD A READING BREAK.  Ahhh.

Back to studying!

October 19 2008 at 10:13 pm Leave a comment

William’s going to Germany for four months come January for a co-op position, he found out and told me on Tuesday.

Sigh.  It’s starting to kind of take over my thinking and making me worried about how much I’ll be able to see him before he’s gone.  It also means that he won’t be able to go to Mount Baker with us for our snowboarding trip.  Which, by the way, I miss tons x 102401928401284.  Ah, when will it snow?

I am running on four hours of sleep – miraculous that I’m still awake, really.

October 16 2008 at 11:19 pm Leave a comment

Big Screen Version

I’m studying for my CMNS 253 midterm, and my prof always includes youtube videos relevant to what we’re studying (it’s an information technology class)…anyways.  He added this one about Fox News and it made me laugh so hard; it’s an example of the commodification of the news and the decline of the public sphere through trivialization of debate (as described by Jurgen Habermas).

So for your enjoyment,

Back to studying!

October 12 2008 at 1:34 pm Leave a comment

3/3!

FINALLY…my week in hell is over.  My last assignment was a literature review for 253 – something I have never, ever encountered before, and made all the more difficult because the prof didn’t provide ANY examples, just guidelines.  Although I love 253 – the material is so interesting – the vagueness of the assignments irritates me, particularly because they mark quite hard.  But you know, I guess you can’t have it all.

Tomorrow (or today I guess?) I’m going TANKSGIVING shopping with Yoshi and Alex.  This year, the three of us have decided that we’re going to have a Thanksgiving dinner, on Monday, with our significant others – I’m bringing William, Yoshi’s bringing Jennifer, and Alex is bringing his “flavour of the week” which as it so happens is Mike as his other possibility (I don’t remember her name) turned out to be not such a possibility.  I am super, super excited for Thanksgiving (and Tanksgiving of course); it’s definitely one of my favourite holidays ESPECIALLY because Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner is my favourite meal in the whole wide world.  MMM…turkey…mashed potatoes…STUFFING!  And lots of pumpkin pie and whipped cream.  Heaven!

Today on the bus I sat next to one of those people who fall asleep and bob from side to side.  It was so funny because he would lean to one side, then get perilously close to that person’s shoulder, and all of a sudden it seemed like he subconsciously realized that he was very close to laying his head to that person’s shoulder and he switched sides (though he was asleep through this all).  The person sitting across from me though this whole process was hilarious, as did I.  Hahaheeheehoho.

By the way, I’ve been craving Dairy Queen all week.  William promised to bring me on Saturday.  Wheee!

October 9 2008 at 12:42 am Leave a comment

2/3

Monday October 6: CMNS 223 paper due
Tuesday October 7: CMNS 261 research chronology paper due
Thursday October 9: CMNS 253 literature review paper due

I am seriously so close, I can feel it.  Coincidentally, my paper for 253 (Introduction to Information Technology: The New Media) is on the subject of the blog world.  My thesis will be something along the lines of “the world of blogging may need a code of ethics, but such a code would likely prove unwieldy and unenforceacble.”  Yep.  Fun times.  After this week I’m thinking I’m just going to pass out and watch 1209481042 episodes of The Office.  Seriously?  I miss having leisure time.   School = my life.  It’s a sad one.

I changed my wallpaper recently to a Mad Men themed one (!!!)  I found the artist, Dyna Moe, from the Sugar network (I believe it was Buzz Sugar) and her illustrations are amazing!  I picked the Sally Draper cheat sheet one, but you can see her other Mad Men illustrations here.

P.S., Quote of the day:

Do you ride her everyday?

– Jocelyn, asking Olivia about her horse

Yes, I am like the most immature person ever.  It gives me joy, okay?  Haha

October 7 2008 at 8:54 pm Leave a comment

Thank you. Now stop complaining.

In a growing, innovative market economy, greenhouse gas emissions must face restrictions and penalties if they are ever to decline. It is that simple.

Mr. Graham Campbell, Director General, Office of Energy Research and Development, Department of Natural Resources.

http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=1875334&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=38&Ses=1&File=12#ftn51

The fact of the matter is, I don’t see how we, as a society, will be able to solve the climate change issue if we are unwilling to make personal sacrifices, whether they be financial or convenience wise.  It is, after all, our actions that created such a crisis.  It would logically follow then to solve such a crisis we would have to restrict those actions that created the crisis in the first place.  Yes, carbon taxes suck.  But you know what sucks more?  The destruction of our planet.  The destruction of our planet in which our children and future generations are supposed to live in.

October 6 2008 at 12:34 am 4 comments

List one: Things I Hate

I’m in a list-making mood, and coincidentally also in a very sour mood due to the sheer amount of work that I have to do for next week (three papers – what?)  For anyone who doesn’t know me, I love to make lists.  I usually have several shopping lists on post-its around my desk, posted on my computer, photo frames, on the wall…on the bulletin board…on the desk…etc., I’m sure you get the picture.  In any case since I am in a SPITEFUL mood right now this is going to be my first list on my blog.  I present to you, things I hate

Things I hate:

  1. When people leave toilet paper around public toilets.  I really, really don’t get this – although I understand quite perfectly how the paper gets there (for the most part at least), I’m guessing since people don’t want their bare ass cheeks to touch a seat that’s probably had skin-to-seat contact with someone else’s bare ass so they toilet paper it – but when it falls to the ground, YOU PICK IT UP.  It creates such a mess and it’s a huge eyesore when people walk into a toilet stall and there’s freaking toilet paper everywhere.
  2. When people don’t give up their seats to seniors, people with babies, pregnant ladies, someone on crutches…etc.  Have some common courtesy, really.  If you want someone to give up their seat if you’re ever in a position that would entitle you to such, please extend the same benefit to others.
  3. WHEN PEOPLE LEAVE TRASH…ANYWHERE REALLY.  Is it so hard to keep our public areas clean?  Parks, streets, buses, washrooms, everywhere.  It disgusts me how many people think it’s okay just to drop their pop can or their newspaper on the ground – it’s not only bad for the environment, but seriously, it makes our city look fucking ugly.  Jeez.
  4. When people talk really loudly on the bus.  I don’t give a shit about the fact that your best friend’s boyfriend’s second cousin’s brother’s girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend tried to hook up her your best friend’s boyfriend’s second cousin’s brother’s girlfriend’s sister or whatever.  Seriously, keep your private business private kthx.
  5. People who talk really loudly in lecture – if you’re not going to listen fine, but if you’re going to disrupt MY education, and the education of others around you please…get the fuck out and find a lame coffee shop to talk with your friends.
  6. People who are racist or bigots in general, pretty self-explanatory, but what I say is if you can’t deal with diversity of others around you, then we can’t deal with you.  Times are changing my sweet.
  7. People who plagiarize or cheat…because they make profs give lectures devoted solely to plagiarism when I would hope the large majority of university students aren’t fucking stupid enough to make your mistake
  8. When my hands are dry…cause it’s annoying
  9. People WHO WALK SLOWLY…seriously, when I get stuck behind someone who can’t comprehend the whole “go with the speed of traffic” thing, I want to punch them in the back of the head.
  10. When my pens run out of ink and I’m in the middle of an important, possibly epiphanic moment (haha)
  11. When people listen to music in class.  Seriously, what the fuck, see number 5
  12. When my room is messy
  13. When water gets into my shoes and I have to spend the whole day at school with wet socks/shoes
  14. Taking the bus late, because they take forever to come
  15. Translink in general

I think that’s enough.  Now that I’ve purged my hate, I think it might be an opportune moment to resume my research on Adorno and Horkheimer.  Chicka whaaat

October 2 2008 at 5:40 am Leave a comment


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