Archive for December, 2006

Five things you don’t know about me

December 29, 2006

Alright, so this is the second time I’ve been tagged with this thing, so I figured I should just finally do it.

Here they are…my five:

1. I have weird food habits, both cooking and eating. My roommates in university used to go insane watching me compulsively chop food into tiny pieces before it could be cooked. I can’t stand when people stir things I have on the stove because they never do it right. I eat all the chocolate off chocolate bars before the insides. I don’t even want to tell you what I do with chocolate chip ice cream. I’m a kick ass cook though.

2. I studied piano for 12 years. I also play the flute, piccolo and trumpet. Beat that!

3. I used to sing myself to sleep when I was younger. I shared a room with my sister and it drove her crazy.

4. The grinch’s face in the live-action version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas creeps me out. Seriously. When I look at it I do a full-body shudder and get itchy all over.

5. I’m a terrible driver. It’s mostly because I almost never drive, but every time I arrive home safely in the driveway I think that it’s a miracle that I didn’t get into an accident.

Phew, that’s finally over. I tag Donata, Nadia, Bobby, Slava (I know Rachel already tagged him, but he hasn’t done it yet) and my dad so maybe this will make him actually start that blog he keeps talking about.

Waiting for the grownups to show up

December 27, 2006

I watched the first season of Grey’s Anatomy again over the weekend and one of the funniest lines that never made it into the show was when the interns are reflecting on how they have no clue what they’re doing, realizing that they’re all now doctors and Meredith says “I keep waiting for the grownups to show up”. This is exactly how I feel. It’s like I’m an adult, but not at the same time.

Going home for the holidays took me out of my regularly scheduled life and back to the sounds and smells of my childhood, which seems farther and farther away every time I go back. It’s an interesting experience that has altered me a bit and allowed me to gain more perspective on my life. I could go on, but stupid Ze Frank beat me to the punch and says it really well with his large, unblinking face. Enjoy.

Christmas time is here again…

December 24, 2006

I’m writing this after waking up from a nap at my parents house, which happened while I was still wearing an apron after helping my mom stuff the turkey for tomorrow. Something about being in this house brings on hours of laziness followed by short burts of furious activity. That was actually my second nap today. How I love being back home!

This is the first year where I’m working full time and not living at home during Christmas. It’s odd, only having a few short days to spend with my family, but I think it makes it that much more enjoyable, just enough time to get nostalgic but not to the point of being remembering why I moved out in the first place. I hear one of my sisters coming home, which means I have about 30 minutes to take this damn apron off and get ready to go to my uncle’s house and celebrate with my extended family.

Merry Christmas everyone!

My 2nd-favourite American

December 18, 2006

Holiday greetings from Rogers

December 15, 2006

I have to give props to Rogers for what I found in my mailbox when I got home tonight. This nice little envelope with an actual lick-on stamp made me think “oooooh, a Christmas card, exciting!” and I didn’t even wait to get into my apartment to open it, I tore it open while walking up the stairs. Talk about disappointment when I found a crappy promotion from Rogers inside.

Usually envelopes from Rogers that I know aren’t my monthly bill go straight into the garbage without a thought to opening them, so when I found this little gem it brought a smile to my face, thinking that they managed to actually get passed the envelope opening stage. Unfortunately, that’s where they lost me. Though the contents did slightly resemble a card, it also looked WAY too much like a flier and went straight into the garbage.

It should have looked like a Christmas card, with a pretty picture on the front, a nice holiday greeting inside, with the message that they were trying to get across printed on the back, or on an insert that looked like a hand-made coupon that kids do for their parents at Christmas time. It shouldn’t have looked like the corporate propoganda that you would expect from a company that is as widely hated as Rogers.

Try again next year guys.

Solo and so sad

December 13, 2006

I was watching television last night when I actually looked up and paid attention to a commercial because of the name of the product. You’d think that a company that makes single serve frozen meals would do everything they could do distract the consumer from the fact that they’re likely going to be alone while eating this meal and the stigma of being sad and lonely that is attached to this product. They attempt this in the commercials by showing the frozen pizza being eaten at lunch with a jealous coworker. However, the product name “Solo Gourmet” makes it fall flat on its face by conjuring up images of a candlelit dinner for one. Saaaaaaaaad. Back to the drawing board with this one.

Classic

December 8, 2006

I was on the phone with my not-so-tech-savvy mother yesterday and she was asking me about my last entry.

“I don’t understand, are people putting porn of YOU on Flickr?”

Ahhhhhh mothers, they’re so precious.

Flickr porn

December 6, 2006

Frankly, I didn’t really want to write about this because porn already gets more attention than it deserves, but Slava seemed to think that this was a very important issue that needed to be addressed. Wonder why.

People are using Flickr to share amateur porn, and in a very sneaky way. I got an email a couple weeks ago announcing that someone had added me as a contact on Flickr. Not recognizing the name I took a quick look over at their site to see who my new friend was. My new friend was not a friend at all! It was someone broadcasting their naughty bits all over Flickr. I was quite outraged and immediately began looking for the “report this photo” button…but it wasn’t there! Why? Because this person marked all their photos as viewable by family only, added me as a family member. Honestly, I’m touched, but please leave me alone. Maybe “touched” wasn’t the right word there *shudder*.

I quickly forgot about it, but was rudely reminded when I looked over at my google desktop, and google – being the nice and helpful people that they are – had added the feed from the photo page to the photos on my google desktop, so I had a big, naked bum staring at me in the face. Aahhhhhh!!!

In the next few days I got about 10 more people welcoming me into their family. Somehow, after this first person added me I got into this underground Flickr porn ring! Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! Make it stop! They’re likely using some sort of bot to access other people’s contacts, then adding them as family. Does flickr know about this? I’m sure this violates their use agreement.

The other big question I have is Why? How are people making money doing this? Are the genuinely just doing it because they get off on people looking at their hoohoos? If anyone else has insights into this feel free to share them, because I’ve already spent way more time than I care to on this issue.

I’ve been reading and following the course of this…

December 5, 2006

I’ve been reading and following the course of this demoCamp/gender/inclusion discussion and I have to say I’m very impressed. Previously, voicing this opinion has been met with “quit your whining, that’s the way the world is and it’s not going to change for you.” To see the comments that people are making and serious discussions that are going on has just blown me away. I’m further convinced how cool and open these people are. It’s an incredible community.

I wish I could really offer more advice on how to improve demoCamp, but being such a newbie I don’t have very much experience with the community or similar events, but I hope that attending more of them in the future will give me more insight. Thanks guys.