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The First Few Days of Fall

September 24, 2008 Leave a comment

Well its that time of year again.  The leaves are beginning to change colour and fall off their branches.  The temperature is starting to crawl down to the single digits and the sky is frequently overcast with clouds.  Its autumn.  And this is perhaps one of the most ambiguous periods in the fall semester. 

Its ambigious for one reason really…midterms.  Midterms usually begin sometime between the first week of October to the third week in October in some cases.  Theoretically as students, we should always be studying for our classes and reading our textbooks…theoretically.  In reality however, its much more complicated than that.  Its one of those times were it still kind of feels like that school has just begun (even though its the third week of classes already).  So its kind of early to study for midterms.  And if you have a paper that is due, its normally not due until late November or early December.  So what is a student to do?

My suggestion is to hang out with friends.  Right now is prime time to conduct as much socializing as possible.  Why?  Because every ones schedule is so light.  People can afford to waste time and procrastinate, even miss a class here and there.  As long as you keep up with your readings and stuff (which in reality is not all that hard) socialize away! Do it now because once midterms hit, everyone is going to be a stranger and nobody is going to have time to hang out and chill…unless they have a sever case of procrastination.  If that is the case well then…I have no advice for you.

So waste as much time as you can now because you can comfortably afford to do so.  Go out with friends, stay out late and be merry because as soon as midterms hit, surely you are going to regret not getting it out of your system.

Don’t Bug Me, I’m Cranky

September 23, 2008 Leave a comment

I am totally cranky at the moment right now.  Last night I got home really late.  After finishing an assignment I had found out about a few hours before, I ended up going to Tim Horton’s with a few friends of mine.  I got home at around 1.00am and didn’t get to bed til around 2.  I was then awaken at 5.30 for Sehri (those that are fasting in the month of Ramadan know what that is).  I then fell asleep again an hour later.  But this time it was more of a restless sleep.  I finally forced my tired old self up at around 11ish today and barely got to my 12.30 class.  I got there at 12.37 to be exact and ended up sitting next to this really annoying guy who kept exhaling really loud, making funny noises and talking to himself.  I figured after class I would go to the library and take a small nap like I normally do to rejuvenate myself.  The only problem is that just at the moment where I was about to fall asleep, I hear this loud horn go off…HONK.  Its some stupid construction worker right outside the library honking his loud truck horn every like 10 minutes.  On top of that, these ditsy first years came and sat down across the cubicle from mine and wouldn’t stop whispering to each other or digging through their purses and exchanging lip gloss. 

I have class in a bit.  I am hungry because I am fasting.  I am sleepy but cannot sleep.  On top of that I have a whole pile of studying to do and so little time to do it in.  My last class ends at 8 and it might possibly go beyond that.  I am scheduled to eat at sunset which is approx. at 7.35 if I am not wrong.  Everything in the food court ends up closing at 8.  And by the time I am out of class, I am sure the MSA will be out of food that they give out to all that fast.  This is going to be a long day… 

Just keep reminding myself…patience is a virtue.

Dark Sunday Evening

September 21, 2008 Leave a comment

Tonight is one of those gloomy Sunday evenings.  The sun hasn’t set yet but the light outside is beginning to fade.  The clouds are thick and dark and the rain is subtly pitter pattering over the city.  And I can’t stop listening to this… 

Life in Suburbia

September 21, 2008 Leave a comment

I believe it is in Urban design or Urban Planning where you study a theory that essentially asserts that the whole concept of Suburbia is inherently flawed in that a suburb is designed in such a way that it is not sustainable and thus self destructive.  The theory goes on further to assert that it is quite possible that the suburb and its entire lifestyle is perhaps the greatest misallocation of resources in human history.  This is because the suburbia is dependent on non-renewable energy.  In new developments, one has to drive to the corner store, to a shopping centre, to work and so forth.  Is not possible to simply walk or take the bus to these places because the design and layout of these living areas is as such that one needs a vehicle to get around.  Thus when non renewable energy runs out, it will be the end of suburbia as we know it. 

I am currently coming to this realisation as we speak.  I knew of these theory and the ideas and logic behind it for some time now.  But I never experienced or lived these ideas up until now.  How did this all happen? I simply did not maintain my car.  Apparently there was a knock in my engine which meant something inside my engine is broken.  Now I have to spent close to $2000 to fix this problem.  And as it stands at this moment in time, I am trapped in my house and have nowhere or no means to travel anywhere. 

The area where I live in is still being developed.  As I type this right now, there are cement trucks and earth movers roaring away right behind my house.  They are busy digging large holes for basements, paving streets and so on.  Because of all this development, we don’t really have any buses coming out this way.  There is a bus that comes every now and then but its schedule is so messed up that its better to consider it as not having a bus come by.  And within the community itself, there is not one store or plaza where I can go to grab a slurpee or a snack.  There is a shopping centre close to the house actually.  In fact, I can see it from my kitchen window.  It has literally has everything you could ever want…a Rona, Shoppers Drug Mart, KFC, Starbucks…some furniture store, etc.  But as it currently stands, its not easily accessable.  If I wanted to go to grab a coffee for example, It takes a good half hour walk to the Starbucks that I can see from my kitchen window.  This is because there is only one road in and out of the community.  So I have to walk around the entire community.  Not only that, I then have to cross a major artery that is frequented by bulldozers and large dump trucks filled with earth just to get my coffee.  THEN I have to walk all the way back.  So it takes me literally, one hour just to get my chai latte back to my house.  And by the time I get back home, into my comfortable sofa, the chai is cold. 

So if it takes me that long just to get a warm beverage, one can imagine that I am literally paralized in this suburban wasteland.  In order to live in these areas, one absolutely needs a car.  And not just any old car, you literally need a car that will not ever…EVER break down on you.  Because if you have a car that fails you, consider yourself to be a dead man because you’ll never get out of your house. 

As of right now, I literally don’t know how I will get to school tomorrow.  And if I do get to school, I don’t know how I am going to get back. 

Thus is my current life in Suburbia.

Start Wearing Purple!

September 21, 2008 Leave a comment

So I got lost yesterday in the Youtubes of the Internets and I happened to stumble upon the Urban Prankser/Improve Everywhere website.  These are the guys that do live public art all over the world.  Anyways, one of the guys from Improve Everywhere was approached by Yahoo to do an ad for their ‘Start Wearing Purple’ website.  The jist of this add is that a women (an actor or agent as IE terms them) gets on an elevator and begins singing “start wearing purple” by Gogol Bordello.  Meanwhile there’s another agent in the elevator that tries to stir a light reaction from the other two strangers in the elevator.  She sing is kinda aloud to herself until they hit the next floor where another agent gets on seeing that the first agent is singing the song.  Before you know it both the agents begin singing.  By the time the third floor comes there’s a young guy (agent) who’s listening to the song on his IPod very loudly.  All of a sudden all three of these agents begin singing the song and dancing.  The forth floor surprises the strangers in the elevator when a guitarist and a drummer add to the festivities on this weird elevator ride.  As soon the 5th floor (what I am assuming to be the main floor of the building) arrives, all the agents stop abruptly and get off the elevator.  The strangers (and the actor agent stirring them up) are literally floored as they don’t know what just happened.  As they get off the elevator, four other agents get on to the elevator wearing nothing but purple. 

Watch the video below and you’ll get a better sense of the ad.  Its actually a very creative and brilliant idea on the part of IE.  Not only is the song catchy and sticks to your brain like glue, but the fact that they did it live with hidden cameras to total strangers made it all the better.  They ended up doing the same bit 15 other times to various people who were fortunate enough to step into that elevator that day.  You can find the rest of the videos and behind the scenes stuff at www.startwearingpurple.com

This sorta stuff only happens in New York City.

(P.S For all you Y! purists out there, here is the original link to the vid, playing in a yahoo video player which I don’t know how to embed into my blog: Yahooooo!

Target Dorm Commercial

September 14, 2008 Leave a comment

I’d be watching some of the American channels every now and then and I couldn’t help but notice Target’s new commercialFor those of you that don’t know, Target is a store similar to Walmart.  Anyways Im watching this ad and its like one of the coolest ads I’ve seen in a white.  It has these two first year girls (Im guessing they’re first years) in their dorm dressing up the place while dancing to Calabria 2008.  There’s nothing really wrong with the commercial except that, what University has dorms this big? Their dorm is like bigger than my basement!  By the way, Target must have some really progressive (or young) people in their marketing department because stores like this normally don’t use songs like this. 

In a Frou Frou Kinda Mood

September 14, 2008 Leave a comment

So today being Sunday, its only appropriate that as I write this, I am sitting in my bed, still in the state that I woke up which was about 3 or so hours ago.  Sundays are a perfect day to kill on youtube.  And thats exactly what I have been doing since I got up three hours ago.  I’ve been watching people’s variations of Frou Frou’s Let Go.  I don’t know what it is about this song but it always takes me aback.  Its like one of those songs that makes your day.  I am hoping this song will be stuck in my head for a few hours because I have to go to work in the evening.  This is the best variation of the song that I have seen on youtube today.  They are a Capella group called The California Golden Overtones from UC Berkeley.