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Mar. 31st, 2006 05:25 pm
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1) No root canal... the dentist took a look and saved my tooth #46, so I am feeling rather frozen but not nearly as poor as I thought I would. I also get to avoid going back until the fall. He and his assistant are nice and all... but I can content myself with saying hi on the sidewalk this summer.

2) I won the GSA Science directorial election, with two thirds of the vote (an impressive 66 - 33 victory). I was pretty relaxed about it either way, but it's nice to be validated, and I hope not just because "Hortop" sorts lexicographically higher than "Saleha".
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[cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] concordia_u]


Hi, I'm Eric Hortop, and I might be your candidate in the GSA elections... voting is tomorrow through Thursday at http://gsa.concordia.ca/www/elections/

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Comment with an interest in being interviewed and I'll think up some questions for you. Comment with some questions and I'll try to answer them.

Watch out, the hippie germs are contagious. )
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I am officially adding David Emerson to my Peter Mackay club.

Went up to Ottawa by train with [livejournal.com profile] rottenfruit this weekend. We had a bunch of plans, and although we didn't manage to skate the (closed due to warm weather) canal or see the (no longer free) National Gallery permanent collection, she recorded three new (to recording) songs with some help from me (clapping and singing along on one of the tracks, and and constructive [I hope] lay criticism), we saw [livejournal.com profile] hallelujah, ate some food, chatted and got Christmas gifts straightened out, played a couple of games of travel Scrabble and visited her parents and Tasha the cat. The visit felt really short, and wasn't quite what we were counting on, but I'm happy we went.

Work and school are insane. They would've been anyway, but the trip did cut into my panicking time. So I'll panic more efficiently. Starting by dumping my current state out on LJ :-P

Pretty close quiz result for one side of me, I think. )
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It's a fantastic excuse to drink Tuborg beer and eat those crackly-with-sugar butter cookies.

http://hnn.us/blogs/entries/21097.html

In a previous life I sat on Media Council at Dawson and didn't stand up for the Plant's right to be obnoxious in the Gay Leprechauns Incident. We actually hauled the editor over and took the whole thing way too seriously. I kind of regret that, I hope they're managing to be good and offensive from time to time.

Boycotts are all well and good, and sanctions have their place, but the Saudi and Kuwaiti governments bullying Denmark over some cartoons... time to raise a can of cheap beer in solidarity.
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Had a pleasant evening with one of my high school friends (outside of LJSpace), talked politics, religion, work, the future, grey hairs, gossip... I'm glad I met up with him, and it's been a while since I've sat down with just him and talked. He's mellowed a bunch since high school, I enjoyed myself more than I thought I would, even.

I smell like smoke now, though. I can't wait 'til all cafés and bars become smoke-free in the spring.

Oh, randomly: Go on the CBC had Peter Mackay on as a guest this morning, and I was really disappointed that they didn't humiliate him any. Really. I'm this close to writing a letter demanding they stop making him look good (for those of you who don't know, I dislike Peter Mackay with almost the intensity that [livejournal.com profile] dzuunmod likes Pierre Pettigrew).
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I will be very disappointed if our otherwise budget-conscious governments decide to help (by ceding land or kicking in funds) build a giant religious structure, as Mr. Jaziri Saïd is suggesting (for the record, any cathedral still acting as a cathedral's upkeep should be the problem of the church using it). Just because all the cool mid-Eastern monarchies' taxpayers are kicking in, doesn't mean we should.

In other news, the donated computer continues to flake out. Gift horses and all, I guess, but I can't pass my old clunker on without a reliable replacement, and this new one isn't it just yet.
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Not to condone theo-totalitarian lawmaking or anything, but if you're going to do it, you may as well pick on your victims a little better:

Gerald Allan throws out the bathwater with the baby
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How ironic.

Peter MacKay, tory turncoat, miffed at a political agreement being ignored when convenient.

David Orchard is probably deciding between having a chuckle and a cry right about now.
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1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the whole sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

Politicians and government officials blamed the contractors for the escalating costs.

–Bourrie, Mark. Canada’s Parliament Buildings. Toronto: Hounslow, 1996.

The above sentence refers to an 1860 boondoggle that became our present Parliament Hill. Plus ça change...
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How’s this for bluntness? From Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish:
Even the vice-president cannot manage to explicitly endorse such graffiti on the founding document of this country.

It would be fun to see the anti-gay-marriage-amendment issue be the tipping point on a treaty-busting, protectionist-in-globalist’s-clothing, chicken-hawk, half-baked, Enron-loving, paranoia-inducing, wildlife-stomping, justice-concealing[denying], economic-hand-waving, theocratic, plutocratic, kleptocratic, generally moronic, soapbox-made-of-corpses administration. Although that it didn’t tip earlier is still kind of terrifying. I suspect Montrealers will be dancing in the streets when we find ourselves sharing a bed with a donkey rather than an elephant again!
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you are lightgoldenrodyellow
#FAFAD2

Your dominant hues are red and green, so you’re definately not afraid to get in and stir things up. You have no time for most people’s concerns, you’d rather analyze with your head than be held back by some random “gut feeling”.

Your saturation level is very low - you have better things to do than jump headfirst into every little project. You make sure your actions are going to really accomplish something before you start because you hate wasting energy making everyone else think you’re working.

Your outlook on life is bright. You see good things in situations where others may not be able to, and it frustrates you to see them get down on everything.
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In other news, the STCUM maintenance workers’ slogans of negociation = peace seem to have been in bad faith... news reports on CBC radio are indicating that members stand accused of crippling the system (again) by cutting power to garage doors in protest to “arrogance” on the part of the provincial government. Other unions are up to other tricks, but for a union the city supposedly made peace with, the maintenance workers are making outsourcing look like a first-rate option right now. I understand a fear of becoming like Harris Ontario, but I think decomissioning a few largely symbolic measures of the PQ government and trying to make provincial spending balanced deserves a chance.

Open the maintenance bay doors, HAL... we know how this one ends. Strike up the band and get them to play “bicycle built for two”.
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I think I’ll be going to bed tired every night for a while... I think that’ll be a Good Thing in some sense.

I’ve decided to try to create swaths of working time here and there, rather than little patches. We’ll see how that goes...

Had a very long argument about whether the rest of the world should stop whining and help the US subdue Iraq, and how our cherished freedoms and processes ought to be changed. I wish we’d talked about classes, gossip and D&D instead...

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