Saturday, December 30, 2006

My music Year end extravaganza

Top 9 albums of 2006
Technically a lot of these CD's are from 2005 which doesn't say much about my music hipsterishness but whatever, these disks are still what I am listening to on my ultimate driving mix tape/mp3! If you want to listen to the songs, I have provided a download link at the bottom of the post that contains all the songs I talk about in the post. I really do suggest that If you find a song you like to please buy the whole album. I am more than willing to support piracy when the song you are downloading is "sexy back" by that poseur Justin Timberlake (though I would really wish you had better taste) as he has already made his cash, but most of these bands could use your support!

The Bravery, The Bravery. This is a solid CD, great for road trips. I am very much looking forward to their new disk coming out in 2007.
Best Song: Out of line

Fischerspooner, Odyssey. I discovered this band a month or so back while reading a gay music blog. Micheal Stipe of REM was talking about them. I had heard of the band before but never really had the chance to check out their music. The CD is filled with great songs I just wish I had found it sooner!
Best Song: Just let go

Cansei De Ser Sexy, Cansei De Ser Sexy. I had heard about them a while back because of the song "lets make love to Death from above". Now I figured that any band that like DFA1979 can't be half bad. The disk is filled with fun simple lyrics and great beats!
Best Song: Music is my hot sex

The Cardigans, Super Extra gravity. Remember "love fool'? that incredibly catchy tune from the 1990's. Well the cardigans may be best known for that song in North America, over the pond they have been putting out some great music. Plus any band that can make a song with a title this long (it is also one of the best songs on the album) I need some fine wine and you, you need to be nicer and still make it catchy is getting a thumbs up in my book.

M.I.A, Arular. The slick raps, cool beats and toung in cheek lyrics what is not to love about M.I.A?
Best song: Hombre

Of Montreal, Sunlandic twins. Great light summer CD perfect for long slow drives in the country with the windows down.
Best Song: So begins our alabee

MSTRKRFT, The looks. You have heard me gush about this group before so I will keep it short. BUY THIS DISK your groove thang will thank you.
Best Song: Easy Love

Cadence Weapon, Breaking Keyfabe. I am not a big fan of rap buuut that being said there is something inherently cool about hearing your home town (Edmonton) rapped about. Much like Kanye (without the narcissism and insanity of course) Cadence Weapon avoids the many rap cliches with smart lyrics. This isn't ghetto rap its much better.
Best Song: Oliver square

Controller.Controller, X-amounts. Maybe it is because I have seem them live twice in the past year or maybe it is because i love the "thump thump" that permeates all of there songs, but I can't seem to stop listening to X-Amounts.
Best Song: City of Daggers

Favorite Album of 2006
Shout out out out out, Not saying just saying. They are being hailed as the best thing to come out of the Edmonton music scene in years. This CD is the first step to total world domination. Better than anything Daft punk has put out in years this disk is a must have for anyone! Seriously buy one for you Grandma she could probably use the cardio workout that she will get when the catchy dance/pop takes control. Best Song: Dude you feel electrical

Favorite Songs of 2006
7/4 (Shoreline) - Broken Social scene. I don't know what it is about Leslie Feist but something in her voice in this song hits me emotionally somehow. I often find Broken Social Scene's music too cluttered and overproduced somehow but this song stand out amongst all others.

Heartbeat- MSTRKRFT. On three separate occasions in my car while driving people around this song has come on and someone has commented on how we should go dancing because it got them in the mood. It is infectious it may have to be labeled as dangerous. If this were the town in Footloose even uber conservative John Lithgow would have been moved to dance wildly and perhaps even shirtless.

Favorite Mash-ups of 2006
Walking with a ghost in pairs -Tegan & Sara vs. Mylo. I have been known to enjoy T&S on occasion but this mash-up took a good song and made it great!

Yur Hung up- M.I.A vs. Madonna, DjMonsterMo. This is the one and only time you will ever find Madonna on here. I think she is overplayed and generally overrated especially at the gay bars (why is it that most gay guys have such terrible taste in music?). This song is what started my love for M.I.A and mash-ups in general and I am eternally grateful for Ryan for passing it on to me.

Favorite Remixes
Kennedy Killed the hat (MSTRKRFT remix) - Buck 65
When I was a young girl (vw remix) - Feist

Favorite Videos
Work on You- MSTRKRFT
Old school transformers style animation combined with kick ass beats! How could this not be the best video of the year!


Monster Hospital- Metric
Creepy but perfect for the tone of the song and the album. If i were straight Emily Haines would be my main girl crush, i love her!


Biggest Disappointments Musically of 2006
The new scissor sisters, bloc party and peaches albums just did not do it for me this year. However, the biggest disappointment would have to be missing the Shout out out out out and MSTRKRFT show at the Citadel tomorrow night. It is going to be a kick ass awesome show. Tickets were too expensive :( and i found out too late about it to get the cheaper ones.

DOWNLOAD LINK FOR SONGS: Get em all here. This uses Sendspace the download link should be in the middle of the page somewhere.

Well that was that, Aaaaaaand I'm spent!

I am having really shitty luck with computers this week. Nothing has been working the way I need it to and critical things are breaking at the absolute worst times.

I just finished watching Pan's Labyrinth. A griping story of a girl split between the harsh realities of living under Franco in Spain during the civil war and an even harsher but more wondrous fantasy realm. I really wanted to fall asleep but I had to finish the movie ( I am neurotic like that). The movie was so beautiful and horrifying at the same time. While I can appreciate the artistry of Del Toro's (the director) work I am just to emotionally exhausted to really be in a good place to review it. Del Toro has always had an eye for well put together visually stunning yet slightly twisted work, I was just unprepared for the seriousness of it.

It definitely tugs at the heart strings and makes you care about what is happening so I know it was a well put together piece. Something just seemed to be missing but I am not sure what. I think it was missing some of the light-heartedness that exists in childhood. How can a fantasy movie not have any laughter (or perhaps that is the whole point)? Either way I am thinking I should have watched Mean Girls instead tonight and saved this for when I could commit myself better to it (because it definitely requires some commitment).

Still if you get a chance check it out I guarantee it is like nothing you have ever seen (the last time I said something like that it was about the intriguing but flawed Lady in the water and this movie totally blows Lady in the water away).

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Good tidings we bring...

So much has changed for me in such a small period of time.

I have so much to be thankful for.

These next few months are going to be a rollercoaster.

I can't help but wonder if this is the last Christmas for a while that I will be spending with my family.

All closeted drama aside I wish you all a very merry Christmas and hope that the coming year is filled with joy.

Expect some year end wrap up blogs from me next week.

Now I am off to go over-eat rich ukrainian food and get asked awkward questions about where my girlfriend is. Yay me!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

An Open Letter to the Golden Globes Commitee

So I saw your nominations for you little awards show. Overall I thought they were ok (sure you nominated a perenial overactor, I am looking at you mister Pitt). I just have one question are you guys fucking blind? How could you not nominate Battlestar Galactica for best Drama? As much as I love heroes, 24 and lost seriously do you really think any of these shows stack up against the best written show on television (perhaps ever).

All you have to do is watch the most recent episode which almost made me cry. Now I know I m not the butchest monkey in the barrel but seriously I do not cry due to TV often (try never). SO go get a clue commitee and check this show out. Give it the recognition it really deserves!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

This is why you should never buy a Dell!

My company out of habit buys Dells for locations. I am not sure why we buy them. Perhaps it is the consistency of there availability or the price (or just an old habit I have yet to break). I hate Dell. The machines come clogged with irrelavent software that is worse than any virus infection that i have seen. Today while troublehooting some brand new Dell Dimension e521's with our company's software i spent almost an hour removing the various packaged limited trial programs on it.

Why did I do this you ask? Well other than the fact that all of the programs they have on there are useless (corel photoalbum, musicmatch jukebox, the list goes on and on) I went to install our software via CD. I pop the CD into the drive and hear it start to spin. Up pops up corel photoalbum saying that it has found pictures on the CD and asks if i want to put them in the album I click no and proceed to go to the CD by clicking on the drive. Nothing happens.
I click explore.
Nothing happens.
I click search.
Nothing happens.
I type out the address of our software folder.
Nothing Happens.
I remove the CD (which by the way has worked on three other computers perfectly).
Test the drive by using another cd with a self starting prompt.
That seems to work.
I try our CD again and corel photo comes up again. This time I let corel do its thing and it finds all the pictures on the cd so that means the computer is reading the CD.
I proceed to go to my computer and do all the steps i did before and nothing is getting me into the CD.
FUCKING DELL!
I removed all the software that wasnt windows or driver related and it worked fine. Lesson to everyone please do not buy a Dell!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Cookie baking madnesss!!! & a Milestone

So ladies and gentlemen this is officially my 100th post on blogger! I wonder if i have actually said anything of worth in all this time (contemplative pause) nope i guess not so here is some pictures from Erin's great Christmas Cookie baking extravaganza! She threw a great party with an amazing spread of food . We cooked like small Asian child labourers and tobogganed our collective assess off ! If you look at the guy in the blue on the right (Lucas) see how hard he is concentrating!? It was his first time baking cookies! We totally popped that cherry all over the place.

I am amazed at how much Chels looks like Leslie Feist in this pic. You may know Feist from those ever catchy Lacost commercials. You may know Chelsea from those ever popular Wanton Hussy nights.

Post tobogganing, this is my "my bum is soo damp face". Allison is clearly totally into it.

This is how the parkies do Chess, Drinking style!

So this is apparently what happens when you pop some one's cookie baking cherry.

Mmmmmm messy cherry poppin goodness!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

An open letter to the game of poker.

OK mister you and I have had a passing knowledge of each other for the past year or so. Now i have been wary of you for a long time but at the behest of my buddies I have tried to associate with you. We would meet at parties and awkwardly feel each other out like teenagers on there first dates. We never got into anything too seriously a 10 dollar buy in here, a 50 dollar pot there.

Really i feel like the relationship just isn't working out for me. It just doesn't feel like i am getting anything out of the relationship, especially lately. I give and give and give and all i get is some harassed and mocked for my performance. Now i know i don't put forward the best performance and yes i admit that I use a cheat sheet to help me along. Maybe it is because i don;t really understand the way you work . I admit my shortcomings with math and numbers but really you have got to start showing that you give back into the relationship or I am going to have to stop associating with you.

Thanks.
Aaron

P.S. I want my money back you bitch!

Friday, December 08, 2006

OOO boy thats a lot of debt

I got a call from the bank just now. My mortgage approval came through! Now there is nothing stopping me from buying my condo!!! I was tottaly pumped about it even when Vanessa went out over her way to mention that all it means is i am going to be in debt for the next 35 years of my life.

She is just jelous.

Now to start shopping for floors!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS THIS!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How did i not know about this show??? Seriously Shout out out out out and MSTRKRFT in one place in my own town! I may be willing to auction off my left nut on ebay to go to a show like that.

I just checked and tickets are $ 53.00 each which officially puts them way out of my range. Plus I should be spending new years with Kyle and I don't think he would enjoy the booty thumping electronica of both these bands. :(



And That is Why I am Glad I am Canadian

Well Stephen Harper you have successfully wasted government time in a pathetic attempt to gain voter support by using divisive politics and fear mongering against lesbian and gay community. Now were this the United States those tactics may have worked, thankfully however Canadians don't seem to react to hate and fear in the same way that your stateside, christian fundamentalist, neo-con financial backers hoped.

It has been a good month so far for the queer community. First mildly insane (US backed) Alberta progressive conservative leadership candidate Ted Morton was trounced by a quietly gay friendly (at least so far) Ed Stelmach. Personally I was shocked at how far Morton made it in the leadership bid with his uber right wing platform. Today sees the death of the bid by the Harper Tories to reopen the debate about gay marriage. Parliament voted the motion down 175 to 123. For more information check out this CBC article.

I think we just made Stephen Harper our bitch ladies and gents.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

And that would be almost all...

It is finally done. I finished my last lecture today. It was innocuous enough Org A 441 Business strategy. I didn’t get much out of the class all semester and today was no different. The prof was kind enough to mention to the whole class that after 7 years I was finishing school. He made sure to emphasise the SEVEN YEARS part and neglected to mention that I managed to get two degrees in that time. I would have corrected him but honestly what do I care what my class mates think plus it got a good laugh out of the class.

Yesterday I had a great time at school. Erica and I basically laughed our asses off through three hours of presentations in out alternative dispute resolution class. It wasn’t the presentations that were funny (in fact they were painful) but the fact that we were just in general acting like we were 12 years old and freaking out our fellow group members. She tried to coerce me into doing something crazy and random during my last presentation like blatantly pick my nose or play with my nipples. I was leaning more towards having an epileptic attack or slurring as if I was drunk (lord knows I know how do that). The pot head who wrote that literary masterpiece I posted on Sunday also had a five minute presentation. He rambled on for the whole time about baby boomers even though the presentation was about the most valuable thing we learned about alternative dispute resolution in the class. Baby boomers were never mentioned at any point in the curriculum. The three Profs in the class spent the whole time looking confusedly at each other while he was presenting. It is nice to know that my class wasn’t the only one he was fucking up in. Do drugs in moderation kids!!

We sent the pot head a letter about his shitty performance and to our surprise he actually emailed us back with a coherent message. I haven’t decided what my reply is going to be. Most likely a giant fuck you. After class yesterday Dave Tim and I went to the pub to watch the Oilers whup the Canuks. We were all in the same group and all graduating this semester so we figured celebratory beers were in order. Beer always seems better when your team is winning.

It is really weird to think I am actually done and that I won’t be sitting though anymore painful Finance lectures. I am ready to move on but I admit I will miss it. I am in RATT right now typing this enjoying a victory pint of strongbow and a typically sub par chicken Cesar pita.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

So how high was he when he wrote this?

One of the things I won't be missing when I am done school is incompetent, pot head group members. We have a paper due tomorrow about the HP scandal for my business ethics class.
This is what one guy just handed in (2 days late) for his part about the affected parties. I have not edited any part of this clusterfuck of a paper. Enjoy! My comments are in brackets and italics and purple.

The affected parties

Dunn

Obviously Dunn is kicking herself for assuming that the ethics surrounding privacy in this case were acceptable. But under the advice of her ethical advisor, whom is also facing an investigation, as well as herself being bound and determined to plug the information outflow from her own board, she may have thought the benefits would exceed any repercussions…..she thought wrong. Oh, yeah, she’s battling cancer too.

Wrong, and according to California ?? investigators??????, “collosally stupid”. But in today’s high-flying world of computers, these competitors are fighting tooth and nail to come up with the next new thing that everybody needs. If board members are leaking even the slightest hint of an upcoming project or deal, the repercussions could be colossal, financial losses, as well as loosing trust from other possible partnering companies. Speaking of which, if you were having your morning coffee and came across an article describing what you thought were confidential discussions with another organization, you would have reason to be concerned, if not avoid any further business with such a company. Although the company seems to be holding strong, there is a lot more to unfold in this case, a lot more newscasts concerning the scandal…..we just have to wait and see if HP can turn this around and uphold their current share of the market.


Keyworth—the old leaker

(this guy was found to be the source of a leak in the HP boardroom what a comic genius)

Leave it up to the old guy to forget to keep his trap shut…..

After being astounded at the efforts put forth to find out something he would have simply stated if questioned, I doubt that Keyworth would be interested in sticking around. But why not make things as difficult as possible and stand up for your rights, and your position. He knew that he wouldn’t be re-elected now, so why not!

He may have some trouble finding further employment, but he definitely didn’t come out as the bad guy in the end, especially being the longest serving member of the board.

Shareholders of HP are likely happy with their investments, but would get as much badgering and questioning as current employees would. There could be large financial repercussions on the way, as well as press (good or bad), but if the same kind of wealth is backing HP as Perkins or Larry Babbio, president of Verizon who stood up for Keyworth and the protection of personal phone records in general, they are probably not struggling financially and aren’t sweating a lot. As for the average investors, well, stay tuned!

Perkins: When a centi-millionaire and venture capitalist like Perkins resigns from a board position, people want to know why, especially company lawyers with the SEC on the other line awaiting reasoning behind the departure.

PEkins farts gold.
( I assume this is supposed to read perkins farts gold. What that has to do with anything is beyond me however I am certain that his drug addled brain found the word fart hilarious. )


Ethics officer/ Investigators: They simply tried to dance around privacy issues that they should have not been testing, and they got burned. Their support and/or actions are really the most astounding part of the ordeal, other then Dunn not further questioning the processes and what exactly was occurring (WOW what an idiot)

Media

It’s a great idea to have the media on your side. But dragging well-established writers of reputable, popular publications such as Wall Street Journal into such a mess is not a strategic move that would reap many positive benefits…at all. But the aggressiveness they were going after these people was astounding; they even tried mock emails inviting hungry columnists of a “distraught” employee wanting to spread some info.

The computer guy/ distributors – Computer illiterate moms’ and dads’ across the globe rely on their office’s computer guy for advice all the time. If said computer guy has a funny feeling regarding the ethical wrong-doings surrounding HP, then maybe he gloats about the latest competitor’s product instead of HP. Then un-educated word of mouth takes over at coffee time, and 7 minutes later they’re the bad guys across the globe.


Current employees: employees of HP will likely be updated on their ethics codes around their many offices, but other than that, they (and it just stops right there you can almost tell he got distracted by something sparkly)


Board members: Someone accidentally letting some impertinent- or at least thought to be important and next thing you know someone has stole your phone records. Not everyday does one find themselves in a pre-texting scandal, but every board member was a target. Think of the resources tied into examining everyone’s calls from every phone they could track, all done in a “hush-hush” manner behind their backs. They will certainly need some strong leadership to restore faith at the upper levels of this organization.

The new leader has a lot on his plate, good luck buddy. (good luck indeed, what a douchebag)

Carly Fiorini: (it is actually Fiorina how he could not know this blows my mind)

The book tour couldn’t reap any better rewards from keeping HP in the papers, especially if they mention the previous leader. From her accomplishments consisting of the Compaq/HP merger to her exit from HP, read all about it for only 19.99 at your local bookstore!

All in all, there could be more parties uncovered at time progresses. Maybe this is more common than we think. (truer words have never been spoken man am I glad I am done with these types of people)




Friday, December 01, 2006

The list of last times

It is December I officially have 4 classes left. Two on Monday and two on Tuesday.
I can not believe how fast things are ending.

Pretty much since my seven year university career began a whole bunch of us have been meeting regularly on Fridays first at the Powerplant and then at RATT on campus for beers and bull-shiting. Now that I am graduating as the last of the original crew I am not so sure friday's at the RATT are going to be happening that much anymore. I am sure we will find a new place and things to do but is still kind of sad to kind of see the end of a good thing.

Today I go to my last official Friday at RATT. Next week is my official last presentation and papers. On the 15th are my last hand in exams.
Then I am no longer a student.
What I am after that is yet to be seen...

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Im no Steve Irwin, which I guess in this case is a good thing

I had my final bug presentation today. It was supposed to be a "creative" presentation on co-operative strategy. The rules were you could not use PowerPoint or other traditional methods. So I ended up acting as a crocodile hunter type guy who was following the partnering habits of a company. Not only was I acting in it but I also did up some really intensive animations in flash of the company/creature going about its day meeting with other company's and making babies. The animations were a total hit I was worried at first that people wouldn't get it but they were laughing there assess off and got the message.

The downside is my other group project is not going so smoothly. I suspected as much would happen. There are 3 group members that I am just not getting along with and the fourth is a cute cubbish guy that gives a metro/mo/sexual vibe who seems to know what he is talking about. I have had a hella busy week and the one girl who I can't decide if she is purposely an evil control freak (look up Martha Stuart in the big evil dictionary of evil (yes the dictionary of evil is evil too, it was not a mistype) or if she is just socially retarded. The reason i think she may be kinda retarded is that she keeps picking her nose in front of everyone. Now i think it may be because of her nose piercing but it is like every time i look at her a finger is up her nose. Ahh soon all this silly school work will all be over. At the behest of Ms. Evilnosepickfuckbitch I have to get my portion of the paper due on Tuesday done tonight instead of hanging with my boy.

On unrelated notes I have my downpayment for my place and now i need final mortgage approval.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

So i guess that makes me all grown up.

Looking back a few years from now it probably won't seem significant however Monday was still a huge step in my life. I probably won't remember how bad the roads were (i keep thinking they can't get any worse but then the next day I am proven wrong) or that giant accordion bus trapped comically spinning it's wheels in the middle of one of Edmonton's busiest intersections or the fact that I totally backed into a cement pole scuffing the hell out of my bumper. No Monday will be remembered as the day I took the biggest step of my life and bought real estate.

Up until this point the most expensive thing I think I have ever bought would have to be my laptop at a whopping $ 1300 and that I paid cash for. I have never really been in debt at any point in my life. During school i worked two jobs to pay for my tuition and my family helped with textbooks so I am going to be convocating with 0 debt (which is more than many students can say). The thought of being 190 thousand in the hole though is kind of disconcerting. I am going to be paying this off for almost 35 years (hopefully sooner than that).

At first I kind of was in a panicked daze (hence me smoking that cement pole with my bumper) after i signed the papers. That feeling went away and now all i have is this feeling of excitement. This is really going to be a chance to wipe the slate clean and develop an Aaron separate from his family and old routines. I really can't wait!

The deal is still pending a few things but it shouldn't be anything too serious to overcome.

In other news does anyone else know how the hell a hate mongering, ultra conservative, bigot like Ted Morton could have possibly be in a position to take the Alberta PC leadership. Now i know there have been rumours of religious fundamentalist groups in the states backing him with wads and wads of cash but can Alberta rural people really be that ignorant. I am totally embarrassed for my province.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Adventures in Christmas town

Things are really begining to wind down at school. This week is going to suck however because I have 2 presentations and papers due. It is funny being so consumed with classes and work i never really notice that Christmas is coming up. That is until that day in late Novemeber when I go to my Baba's (Grandma's) house to put up her decorations. I have been doing this every year for as long as I can remeber. We spend the day listening to Bing Crosby and putting up my Baba's insane amount of decorations here is some pictures of the final result. It really does feel like Christmas town.
The VillageThe Tacky nicknack repository and my uncle's head

The tree

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Jasper pictures!

My term paper is in which leaves me with 1 more paper and 2 more presentations and I am all done school.

As promised here are some pictures from my ski trip:
The always lovely Erin before we left Sherwood Park.

Jorge's insanely tightly packed jeep and my home for the next 5 hours.

It is a good thing I am tiny and fit into most places there was no room when the seat is leaned back.

Gotta love the big Albertan sky.

So as some of you know one of my best friends Tim has been traveling Europe for the last 5 months. Over the last few weeks he has been sending emails that he is falling for a Spanish woman and may stay in Europe for even longer than he had planed, not making it home by the end of December as planed. As Erin and Jorge and I were opening the hotel room door Tim comes strolling around the corner with a big stupid grin on his face. The whole story was a lie and he and Chelsea orchestrated this whole trip so that he could surprise us. It totally worked as we were all blown away. It is great to have him back! Lesson learned from this: my friends are wonderfully devious bastards who are not to be trusted.

Eoin drinking from his Irish "pint" glass.

So someone had the bright idea that we should all try to drink from someone pouring from the pitcher into our mouths. I was the third fool coaxed into it.

The prep (me trying to come up with excuses not to do this).

It is critical to use the proper protective equipment when performing this.


The pour.

The very damp results.

Me before bed. Remember folks always wear protection!

The ride out to Marmot Basin.



The top of eagle ridge soooo pretty the conditions were amazing!


Me on the lift with the knob in the background. Thank god that lift wasn't open! Just look at all the rocks and stuff!



One sore and tired monkey!
This is my "rub me" face.

Overall the hill was great. It was opening weekend so the lineups were non existent. I also skied for the first time with real powder. I have to say it is a totally different experience one that I don't really like. The previous two times I went skiing the snow was fairly well packed and easy to maneuver on the powder however was much more difficult to deal with. I am sure it will just take some getting used to. I did manage to ski for the whole day though with only one major spill. I can't wait for my next trip.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

He's baaaack

I am officially home from Jasper and Marmot basin. Tons of crazy shit happened buut I am currently far too tired to "give you the deets" (which apparently is how all the cool kids are abbreviating "details" now a days, because you know... details is such a long word anyway). I just finished writing a term paper that is due in 12 hours and I am sore and exhausted from skiing and traveling.

Stories and pictures to follow tomorrow i promise!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Gone to Jasper

Well I am off for the weekend. My longjohns and touque are packed and I am pumped about going to jasper. I heard that they had a ton of snow at marmot so conditions should be pretty good :D YAY.
Pictures to follow on sunday.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

So the count down begins.

It is official in exactly a month until I am tottaly done university. It has been a long but really rewarding 7 years.

Now is the time to savour the moment. Which is exactly what I am going to do this weekend go out and live it up in Jasper.

I am soo pumped about skiing it isn't even funny. Pictures to follow soon!
Cheers.

Monday, November 13, 2006

And so it begins

Gaaaa I just started the negotiations process for my condo. It sounded like I will get possession around Feb 22.

I am kinda panicking right now. Debt responsibility and risk here I come.

Does this make me an adult?
Does this make me a sellout? When i was younger I always promised myself i would never live in a condo. I think however that this is the most socially and eco friendly option for me as I can literally walk everywhere and it is not one of those stucco monstrosities that are popping up all over the place. My ex Phil lives in one of those and it was sooo totally soulless, worse than the god forsaken suburb I currently live in. Still the little indie rocker dork in me feels like this is some sort of sell out. I am reminded of the lyrics from an awesome Shout out out out out song "they tear down houses don't they"

They tear down houses don't they?
There building tombs instead of homes...
They come with bulldozers to build there condominiums.

The song itself is about Edmonton's insane growth and how the developers are destroying all of these beautiful historic buildings. Edmonton is known for its "tear down the old" mentality and many worry that there is not enough protection for older structures that are critical to our cities heritage. This is really evident in the Grandin and Oliver areas (which happen to be filled with artists). The city has allowed much of the zoning of these areas filled with historic buildings to allow for multi-level condos. So the developers are snapping them up and tearing down really classic buildings in favour of giant stuccoed beasts that do not even fit with the neighbourhood.
I have avoided supporting this as the condo I am negotiating on was built in the 70's in an area that used to be rail yards. So i guess none of this applies to me but I still feel by doing this I am becoming part of the problem even though I am doing this to solve numerous other ones.

At least that's what I tell myself.


Scary.

Oh my god! Did anyone else just pee a little? New spiderman 3 trailer

Seriously this looks soo fucking awesome.
Check out this exclusive IFilm Trailer for spider man three and tell me it doesn't make your inner or outer dork pop a chubby... you know it will.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Things are falling into place

Yesterday I had a bit of a scare. As most of you know Klye and I have been in a grey area and that has been weighing heavily on my mind. Of course whenever something is weighing on me I end up not sleeping well. Yesterday was supposed to be the day we were going to sort things out.

yesterday I woke up to find that he had been taken to the hospital. Apparently he was almost crushed to death by a load of cement on Friday while at work. He was OK luckily he had his head up and was able to avoid most of it. They took him in to check an make sure that his hip was not broken which is wasn't thank god. Meanwhile I am worrying even more about him combined with my worries about us.

We did talk a lot yesterday and sorted things out. It was really good to finally be able to chat like we used to. Unfortunately make up lovin is going to have to wait for him to heal up.

I went to Buddy's with Ryan on Friday. It was a random night but I has an OK time.
I watched Nacho Libre and th Da Vinci code yesterday with my folks i enjoyed the code far more than I thought I would but Nacho was hugely disappointing. Hopefully tenacious d and the pick of destiny will be better!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Twas a Rockin good time

It was the year 1999. I was a short incredibly awkward kid with a lack of style. Now before those smart Alec's out there ask what has changed since then you really don't understand the totality of my awkward dorkiness. Imagine a boy with heavily gelled yet unspiked hair wearing a no-fear shirt and ill fitting uber baggy jeans. I was a prize i tell ya. I did well in high school, had a great group of friends from varied cliques and I did pretty well in school.
The highlight of my high school academic career had to be Mister MacDonald's social class. I had him for both grade 11 and grade 12 and it was by far the most enjoyable class i have ever taken.

We had a small class that year under 20. It seemed the school had put the leftover kids that they couldn't fit into social studies AP (advanced), social studies 23 (for the football players and stoners) and social studies 20 (normal folk like me) all into one place. Mister Mac would walk around this hodge podge of young potential and would simultaneously teach and mock. He was one of the most sarcastic people i had ever met. We all idolized him.

So in between our re-enactment of world war 1 through a snowball fight (how that got approved I will never know) and the easiest multiple choice tests I have ever taken we would have jeopardy style quizzes with two teams. Now i loved quizzes because I was amazing at them, I don't think my team lost once the whole year.

Quizzes were the one time i felt confident with myself, I knew the answers I knew I was the best. I was king of my little social studies castle and for those 10 minutes twice a week I was comfortable in my skin.

After one particularly heated round Mister Mac decided to give the winning team a quick break. As i was walking out he yelled my name and tossed me some money saying to buy some candy from the machine for the team. That's when it happened. An outburst of joy burst from my lips before I could stop it. Pure awkward nerdy unadulterated joy. For the next two years people would giggle about it and to this day I still haven't lived it down. I went from king to dork with one word. "ROCKIN" It echoed in the class as i said it. I don't think it was just the word but the mannerisms and exuberance at which i bounded off down the hall to collect my candy reward.

Ahh the cruelties of youth.

Looking back it really wasn't a big deal but i was mortified for a while about it. But now i can look back and laugh at how trivial it was. I was reminded by all this today while i was at work. Things are really coming together. After a year of edits and a handful of complete code rewrites the new DriveABLE website is up and running and I love it. It still needs a bit of work but overall I am really pleased. I am feeling again like I am king of my own little castle everything is coming together at work. It was definitely a ROCKIN day!

It is beginning to look a lot like christmas

I spent much of last night glued to the TV watching the US election. Being very Canadian and an outsider to the whole process I always find US elections a fascinating three ring circus. Perhaps circus is not the right word for it; Us elections are definitely far more like a freak show, or amature strip night at the peeler bar. Yes is is usually disgusting and costs far too much buut you cant stop watching.

I have to say I am pretty happy with the results. Gay hating homophobe Rick Santorum was ousted and If that wasn't enough of a present to all liberals in the world just today I see that Donald Rumsfeld has resigned his position. Poor old rummy allowing himself to be set up as a scapegoat for the Republican's woes is a mighty big show of character (or devious evil planning by neo conservatives). I am betting the latter is more likely.

Now i just wish we could get rid of Stephen Harper and Rona Ambrose here and I would be happy. By the way Rona, I know your throwing a bit of a fit that environmental activists are making sexist comments about the amount of time you spend on your hair versus planning environmental policy but really honestly my dear, your hair is the only interesting thing you have put forth since you were elected. Now had they called you a stupid bitch or something like that i would have felt it was offensive.

In other news I totally nailed my new business presentation for class. I can't believe how well school is going this semester. I just wish things with kyle would get sorted out.
Oh well I guess I cant have everything.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Let my nipples free!

I had a pretty great day at school. Received 95% on a paper I thought I slacked off on and we had a guest speaker in my business ethics class. He is the lead crown prosecutor for Alberta and all around a pretty cool guy. He shed some light on the legal process of taking cases to court that was really cool (I will expand on this in a future post).

I also wore my new vintage shirt that i proudly bought for 3 bucks at the salvation army. It is probably the loudest most hideous shirt i own and I totally love it!
Here is a picture of the print:
As you can see it looks like some sort of curtain fabric from a swingers orgy room circa 1976. The fabric is really weird too. Which is why I am not wearing the shirt in the picture. The shirt is fine in most situations but halfway through the day i was in a drafty room and caught a serious case of HNS (btw did you know HNS can also mean slang for homosexual national services? weird) that stuck with me till i got home. The shirt's unique rough fabric was like sandpaper on my nipples. Every shift and step i took was like some sort of non-hot nipple torture (i didn't know that even existed) that went on for 6 hours. I am now luxuriating in my 100% cotton shirt and my nipples could not be happier.
Ahhh freedom.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Get ready shake you booties ladies and gents

In hopes of lightening the tone of the blog (and in lightening my mood) get ready for some rump grooving tunes.
I have been obsessed with this duo MSTRKRFT for the last few months. Made up of one half of the insanely awesome Death from above 1979, MSTRKRFT's existence has softened the blow from DFA1979's tragic demise.
I thought there remix of Metric'c Monster hospital was great but I have finally found a video for "easy love" which is by far a superior tune.

So hop into your dancing clothes (you know something that shows off the goods) and shake that thang. There is no way you can't bust your hump to this.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Is it sad that astrology and Margaret Cho are helping feel better?

First of all I would like to thank everyone for the kinds words they have sent my way since my last post its good to know I have back-up out there!

My horoscope said this today: Happiness, in itself, is a shifty proposition. That's why attemptin' to manage it is like tryin' to hold as much sand for as long as you can in your little hands. the tighter your grip, the more that'll slip through your fingers while the more you remain calm and can keep open your palm, the more of it that'll linger!

Cheesy? Yes!
Applicable to my current situation? Yes!
Soothing in a weird way? Yes!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

I am an idiot

So i have done something stupid. It was random irrational and stupid. The worst part is I don't know why it happened or why I did what I did. Things have got to change soon or else I am going to fall apart.

I lived the last 6 years like I was wobbling precariously on top of an over filled water balloon. Never quite on solid ground but never quite out of control. Part of this is because I have had to be two people. One in the closet and the other out. Much of this stems with me being comfortable with myself and reaching that point where the self loathing goes away.

Now that balloon is starting to wear thin. In the next few months I will be finishing university after 7 and a half years. In will be taking a full time job. I will be moving out and buying a condo and lastly and most importantly I am going to come out to my folks.

I don't know at this point what will happen when the thin piece of rubber that's keeping me where I am finally gives way. Will the thin film just slowly give way and lower me to solid ground or will it pop spectacularly sending my flying into places unknown. After what has just occurred I realize now that what that balloon does is affected directly by me. I have two paths right now and my actions directly relate to what path I stumble down.

What occurred on Friday was a step in the wrong direction and I fear it has fucked things up in the one area of my life i was doing well in. It has come back to haunt me. I only hope that things work out.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Spookyness in the snow

Happy Halloween everyone!

As you may know Halloween is probably my favorite holiday. This years spooktacular festivities have been a little more laid back that most years. Vanessa and I went to the Roost on Saturday to meet up with Ryan, Blake and a few other people. Usually the roost has the best costume show in town. You can say a lot of negative things about gay bars but man they usually do costume parties right! The best costume had to be the streaker with the faux 15 inch penis or the two guys who went as the women from absolutely fabulous and stayed in role all night. I went as a cowboy after some last min lack of costume-itis. I was going to go as a hula girl but my coconuts went missing. I hear that happens a lot as you age though so I had better get used to it. The costume went over well with one issue i was sweating like a virgin bottom at a gang bang. I don't know how you leather aficionados do it but wearing chaps over jeans in the bar is ridiculously warm. Plus side I look hot in chaps.

We ended up heading home early that night as we had a really bad snow storm and the roads were fucked up.

I went shopping to Canadian Tire today. It is officially my favorite store as it seems to be filled with beefy man candy and cheaply priced hardware two of my favorite things. Tonight I intend on watching monster squad it is way too cold to go outside to do much (halloween in alberta sucks sometimes). Monster squad is perhaps the cheesiest most awsomest movie from the 80's other then the Goonies. I have worn out the ancient vhs copy we had but luckily it is out on dvd now. Do yourself a favour and check it out there are so many awsome lines in it.

I leave you with pics of my pumpkin:

I tried some cool exposure tricks with vanessa's pumpkin looks cool doesn't it?This is my pumpkin from last year by far the best one I have ever done.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Well this is going perfectly

So far today i have slept in, missed a meeting, and lost my pocket PC and one gig memory card all before 10:30.

Things can only get better.

**UPDATE**
The pocket pc has been found. We ended up getting 91% on our presentation which was the highest in the class. The proff had some really great things to say about our performace as a group which really made me happy.
So things did get better, yay me.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Cheap and Nasty, just the way I like it

So Saturday Erin had one of the best parties I have ever been to. The theme was Cheap and Nasty. Whatever you brought to drink had to be either cheap and nasty or both. Also you had to dress as cheap and nasty as possible (I dressed up as my buddy Tim because he fit the theme perfectly lol). The party was nuts we got home at around 5 am drunk as hell.
Here are some pics:

Erin with her evil concoction. Notice the insane amount of shot glasses


OMG Myckie where did you get those shoes! Doesn't she look nastay!


The cutie in this picture with the penis is my boyfriend Kyle just after he had been molested by the cutie with the ovaries Lauren. As you can see neither of them was having any fun.


Self explanatory.


Isn't he too cute for words!

So Kyle ended up staying at my place that night. Its weird in high school i never snuck anyone in to my house to fool around with. I guess I am making up for it now. He met my folks (who knew i would be having Friends over) but i still think they don't suspect anything. Who knows maybe I am underestimating them; regardless I am coming out to them soon anyway.

In unrelated news did anyone see battelstar Galactica on Saturday that had to be the best hour of television i have seen in a long time. So many jaw dropping moments and HOLY SHit did they just do that! I am officially totally in love with that show again.

Heroes has been impressing me as well. At first i though the artist that paints the future thing was cheesy but now its all starting to tie in together I love it!

Saturday, October 21, 2006

hmmmm maybe I dont suck.

S0 as some of you may or may not know i am math retarded. I don't deal with numbers well (which is why i took math 113 two times). Because of my apparent disability I am pretty bad at most card games with the exception of asshole and crib. I was playing poker tonight at Frank's and while i have managed to win once i generally am pretty crappy at the game so i expect to lose.

I came within 1 card of winning the whole pot tonight. Alas he cards were against me and I only got second place which is 10 dollars (the same amount as the buy in). I may be getting not horrible at poker....sooooo scary!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Just when you thought you had a shitty day at work...

So my cousin called me yesterday. We were really close going up almost like brother and sister. We don't talk too much anymore mostly because her job takes her all over Alberta where she is usually unavailable. She works as a surveyor for a road laying company. Now her job has always been rough and tumble. She leads up a crew of men on a work site of men who aren't used to listening to a woman much less a 23 year old one. She excels at her job though and doesn't take shit from anyone. As a self proclaimed uber bitch she was always proud that she could hold her own around the rig pigs and roughnecks and we are all proud of her. Now it used to be that I didn't really worry about her being in work camps with 100% guys out in the middle of nowhere in fact we used to joke that the guys had better watch out; but after her phone call I am beginning to wonder.

I knew it was something pretty important for her to call out of the blue. We chatted for a bit and she asked me how work was going (i proceeded to bitch endlessly about somethings that were pissing me off). Then she proceeds to tell me that some guy was murdered on her work site. Needless to say it made my day seem a hell of a lot better.
Apparently the guy was a gravel truck driver called "whiskey" and she worked with him off and on all year. It seems that some other gravel truck driver got into some dispute with Whiskey because he was cut in front of in the line to the gravel pit. The dispute escalated and Whiskey (who from what i hear was a pretty decent guy) ended up getting stabbed ( I will leave the gory details out but there was rumoured to be a sign post involved at some point, very csi). So ya the guy died and the other guy escaped into the woods for a while.

This combined with other incidents reminds me of "Deadwood" the superb hbo show. Its about a gold boom town's early days of lawlessness and debauchery. Alberta is booming right now lots of workers are coming in and in many ways the law can't keep up in the work camps and rigs up north. Even in the big cities we are feeling the crunch in many ways it is like the wild west all over again except fewer pairs of chaps (which is unfortunate).

Which brings me back to my cousin. I can't help but worry about her now i know she is a tough chick but there are so many fucked up transients out there these days. I told her to buy some mace to keep around just in case.

Here is a link to the full news story: Trucker charged with murder in Alberta roadside dispute.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

It just gave me chills.

Now I admit the majority of what Hollywood puts out is trash. Sometimes however you can find something with true art in it. You must see the trailer for Frank Miller's 300 that just went up on apple trailers. I really did not know what to expect after seeing the studio diary that was posted on apple months ago with out any of the digital effects applied and it looked pretty unimpressive. The trailer sent a tingle up my spine. This is what digital effects should be all about. I just hope the acting doesn't fuck things up.

Coolest website ever

I found this really cool site yesterday in my mediation class. If you are ever bored go to www.allfg.org and watch one of hundereds of your favorite tv shows streamed over the internet at lightening speed. I am going to be spending a lot of time in class on this site. Check it out and you wont regret it.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

So I am Kinda not so bright

So after switching to Blogger beta I found out that I had a whole shwack of comments from posts that I needed to approve. For whatever reason I did not get the emails for these comments and as such they were not approved so to Mikey, Ryan, Trefor, Ian, Christopher and the handfull of others who posted thank you kindly for your comments. I promise they will be approved a million times faster with this new blogger system.
Cheers!

Well that could have ended poorly

So yesterday I went and had supper with Kyle's family. I am still adjusting to meeting the folks. It's just wired being around them knowing that they know. I guess I was just so used to hiding when I was with Phil ( I mean I dated him for a year and a half and I wouldn't even know what his parents look like). The dinner went as well as things could be expected I was really nervous.

After dinner Kyle and I went to see Open season. It was ok, Over the hedge was far more memorable and had fewer boring spots. I can't stress enough how amazing it is to be able to walk around in public holding hands with a guy you really like. Coming out is sounding like its coming sooner and sooner. I want to be able to share who I am with my redneck family. Today everyone was here for my brothers Birthday and it was so hard sitting around them without saying something.

Friday, October 13, 2006

SCARY MOVIES on Friday the 13th oooooooooooooo

So I went over to Torrie's friend's house tonight for her group of friends annual Friday the 13th scary/cheesy movie night. On the marquee for the night was "Slaughter High" An insanely b-movie Canadian production about a nerd who gets revenge on the people who humiliated him in highschool at there 10 year reunion. It was by far the most enjoyable. The other movies were the hills have eyes (horrible movie) and Population/436 whose only redeeming feature was the decent use of Fred Durst as a sheriff. Its pretty sad when Fred Durst is the redeeming feature of a show. I'm embarrassed to admit he was hot in his sheriff uniform though. The best part of the whole night came during Slaughter High as one could has adulterous sex the woman demands of the man "talk dirty to me!"
He replies: "ummmmm titties." At which point I burst out in delirious laughter at his almost disinterested delivery. True comic brilliance.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

The Gremlins attack.

So I would much rather be blogging about how awesome Avatar the last airbender the cartoon is or how mind blowing Battlestar Galactica's season premier was or even how much I'm missing Kyle. No no this post is about the gremlins that are going out of their way to fuck with me. On Friday after a horriffically long day at work my laptop died on me. For a while the receptacle where the power cord plugs into my laptop has been loose meaning that it is very hard to charge the laptop. On Friday it came loose entirely. Apparently many averatec 3200 laptops have this problem along with multiple other power issues such as overheating all because the internal power board isn't really soldered at all. Luckily I found this site to walk me through the dismantling. I soldered it but I think I need some new parts because it still only charges 20% of the time. Fixing it allowed me to move my files to my main tower as a precaution. Yesterday my main tower went totally dead I think the power supply or the motherboard is toast. So all of my important files are inaccessible. I'm kinda pissed off about this like what are the fucking odds of both dying within 6 days of eachother.
I hate computers.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Things I am totally loving right now

So I went out with the parkies tonight to watch the oilers game. It was the first time we were all together in a long time (except Tim who is in Europe). Needless to say after tonight I realize I love these things:
1. Emotional honesty
2. Friends who seem to know me better than I know myself sometimes
3. Being a bit of a douchebag (in a charming way of course)
4. 4 liter team pitchers from Boston pizza
5. Reunions
6. The second season of Veronica mars

That is all now go about your business.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Epic shopping with the Ma

Flash back to last March. Chelsea's long distance boyfriend Eoin whom she met in Europe had flown in to meet her family and friends for the first time. The parkie crew decided that in honour of him and the approaching St. Patricks day we would do an Irish themed Bar Golf excursion. Now for those of you that don't know. Bar Golf which was created during one of our boozy nights at the powerplant is epic drinking at it's finest. 9 bars each bar is like a hole in golf meaning that you have to finish your drink at said bar with a certain number of sips. So each bar has a par for how many sips it should take. Ultimately the goal is to have the least number of sips (or strokes) by the end of the night. The way to win it is to finish your drinks in one gulp at each bar (a hole in one). Now this may sound easy but it really is not. There are numerous rules:
1. You have to drink with your non dominant hand.
2. You have to yell FORE before ordering a drink.
3. If you are drinking highballs they must be doubles in tall glasses.
4. No bottled beer is allowed pints only.
5. Additional theme rules may be added as necessary (for example we also had to yell "you'll never catch me lucky charms as we ordered and we had to call the other people by there Irish names, incidentally I was Paddy O'Sheamus).
Penalty for not doing these things is the person who catches you gets to decide what your penalty drink is. These rules are what makes Bar Golf the best drinking game ever!

So yes we were partying it up Irish style and we were all pretty drunk. In all my enthusiasm I began to give the girls piggy back rides after the first bar. Fast forward 3 bars later and its begining to snow after some unseasonably warm weather. This warm weather had created a thin film of ice on many of the sidewalks which was now covered in a dusting of snow. Allsion feeling left out from the piggybacking decides its her turn so she hops on my back and I proceed in all my wisdom to start jogging ahead. Three steps later and I am face down in the snow with all of Allison's weight on top of me. She gets up and dusts herself off telling me that she is ok. I however am not.
I broke the weight our fall awkwardly to protect my face (cuz who wouldn't want to save something as pretty as me) causing my one shoulder to flip up at a really weird angle. Had I not been so drunk I would have been in excruciating pain. The worst part however was that my super sweet vintage 70'2 leather jacket was had a foot long tear under my one arm. I was heartbroken as the jacket was totally unfixable. The moral of this story is don't run on an icy sidewalk with a girl on you back while drunk (seems kinda obvious now doesn't it!).

That brings me to today. I went shopping with my mom to find a new winter leather jacket for me. We went to the life sucking hole that is "south Edmonton common" and tried to find something. The main problem is because north Americans are so fat I am too small for most adult jackets being produced out there. One store laughed when I even asked for a small size saying they do not even ship them any. Dejected we went for sushi at this great place called Mikado. Then on the way home we stopped at a salvation army where I found not one but 3 great jackets. I got all three for like 80 bucks yay me! I am going to be soo pimping this winter and fall!