Wednesday, March 12, 2008


I was taking the metro this morning when I saw the most exasperating thing I've yet to see in public transit. Rush hour in the morning, metro car mildly full, a girl leaves her seat to get off. There were about 5 people standing around, doing what people do in such a case, namely, looking at each-other to see who was going to take the seat. And believe me or not, in that split-second, some fat dude spots the seat, goes "Excuse me! EXCUSE ME!", literally shoves aside 2 people, on of which was an old guy who looked like he could use the seat, and sits his fat ass down. I hope he's that motivated when it comes to losing weight...

Where does their money go?

Back in Cegep, I had a teacher who became known for always wearing the same shirt. So much so, that a Facebook has been created just for him, called "Please buy [insert teacher's name] a new shirt." Well, what do you know, Cegep teachers aren't the only ones around in need of extending their wardrobe selection. Who'da thunk that University teachers would too? Law teachers, on too of that. You'd think that with their salaries, they'd be able to afford a bit of diversity in their wardrobe.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Yes I did.

There's a islam-awareness thing going on around campus, and I was speaking to this guy at the booth, and what he had to say was interesting, but I couldn't help but notice one thing: he kept repeating "But you already know this, don't you?"

Which struck me as curious, since I obviously didn't, otherwise I wouldn't be asking And yet, there was something in that sentence that just made me wonder, Why? Why did he keep asking that? OK, maybe I should go back and ask him why. Would that be rude? Or inappropriate?

And do I want to know? Maybe it's just something he says. Or maybe it's some dark tactic to mess with your subconscious. To make you go "Well, OF COURSE, I knew it already".

If I suppose good intentions, and assume that this question is asked out of modesty, then it kinda makes sense. As in "I'm giving you all this info, but perhaps you already know all of this? Am I boring you?" And by doing this, you assume the one you're talking to is not an utter moron. Though, it only works when the person really did know it already.
Because it really could go the opposite way. As in "You know this already, don't you? Because I assume you do, because you really should be knowing all this stuff. Moron."

And if I assume bad intentions, and it I were the least bit paranoid, I'd be thinking he's trying to subconsciously force these facts into my mind. As in: "I'm saying something totally unrealistic and untrue, but you did believe that too, didn't you? Yes you did."

Friday, March 07, 2008

I have a paper to write for Monday, and I haven't started yet. Maybe, if I keep staring at the blank page, inspiration will come by itself. Reading and re-reading the instructions doesn't help, that's for sure. I'm supposed to offer a CRITICAL and PERSONAL reflexion. I can't help but feel like there's a contradiction somewhere in there.

Oh well, I guess critical isn't the same thing as objective, though pretty close. Will figuring out the difference help me with my project? Dunno, but let's see. It's not like I knew what to write about anyway.
Merriam-Webster says this about Critical:
2 a: inclined to criticize severely and unfavorably b: consisting of or involving criticism critical writings>; also : of or relating to the judgment of critics critical success> c: exercising or involving careful judgment or judicious evaluation <critical thinking> d: including variant readings and scholarly emendations critical edition>

and Objective:
3 a: expressing or dealing with facts or conditions as perceived without distortion by personal feelings, prejudices, or interpretations <objective art> objective history of the war> objective judgment>

Well, I guess the judgment doesn't have to be objective, then.
Emendations. What does that even mean?
1 : the act or practice of emending 2 : an alteration designed to correct or improve

that helps.
: to correct usually by textual alterations.

Right. BAsically, give lots of quotes, and pretend you've actually read what was to be read, I guess.