brief tv thoughts

i don’t know if i am becoming smarter or dumber without a television. at times like right now.. i just want to lay down and watch tv… just lay there and take what is given to me… times like this i wouldn’t even really flick back and forth.. i would find one channel.. and just sit there and absorb all that is provided to me… it’s the fact that tv does not require any energy to be enjoyed… i want to goto bed right now, since i suddenly became so tired.. but i know as soon as i lay down.. i will not be able to sleep and i will become bored… well read then.. you might suggest.. but reading is way too much energy… hmm… so i don’t really think i am missing anything from not having a tv.. maybe just the exposure to the propaganda that it provides… but that’s good.. i think… even tho i will never know if there is a new type of swiffer out…

sunday: i before e except in weird.

so today, i enjoyed the whole day walking around… first i walked from one side of kits beach (right by the pool) all around to the other side… it was kool… being on the beach… people playing with their dogs… while watching people sail, kayak, and then looking up and seeing snow on the mountains… i eventually made it all-around to granville island.. and then up to chapters on broadway… then back down.. and home… i walked from about 2 to 6… so a good four hours… i am glad i got out today.. since it was a beautiful day… not one second of rain!! now i am home… got me a bottle of wine, and a space heater… so i am set to watch a movie or doing some reading on the net… i wasn’t able to find a book at chapters that jumped out at me… i need to find some good reading material.. to read on the bus.. and in my down time… not too political and deep but kinda medium-weight non-fiction… maybe even fiction would be good… but i’d rather read something.. that i can apply to something in my life.. either my career or my ability to have deep conversations at a local coffee shop… or just something that interests me… i need to grab a library card this week… ahh the perks of working on campus… since i don’t really believe in buying books… i don’t need to own the actual paper… i am just fine with the content.. this must be tied to my connection with the www and the fact that information wants to be free!!

fogged-over windows

we all sit there, in a silent state, reflecting on the events of our day, we may even be thinking of future plans.. or we may even be sleeping… our heads are bopping up and down and back and forth.. people are watching us… well i am watching you… i am amazed at how you can rest so easily during this time of transit… how the abrupt stops and the countless strangers around you don’t bother you… the bus provides provides you with a safety net of some sort… it feels like you are in a bubble.. a protective shield that is your daily routine… your headphones are on.. and your discman in hand… you are so cute and remind me of something i once had… eyecontact is not even made… a total state of uncertanity is us… a mystery… and then wait.. it’s my stop.. kool.. this bus is quick…

creative writting with a side of friends

well.. i am in bc.. and since i have been here i have not done any creative writing.. my blog has consisted nothing more than my daily activities and a synopsis of my progress… but now that i have a place, a fixed address, a stable job, a bus pass and a starbucks card.. i am ready to write again…. all i need is furniture and a bit more heat in this motherfucker and i will be set.. ohh yeah.. i also need some friends.. it would be kool to know and hang with some kool people…

update: update from hell

update: so george came by right away this morning.. and fixed the bathtub problem.. he also turned the heat on.. so lets hope tonight is a little smoother.. since i do have to work in the AM… i have also met one of my neighbours.. mainly.. kuz i guess her heat was off last nite too.. but yeah… laundry is done.. i got sheets, towels, and yeah.. ready for work tomorrow.. i’ll keep ya all posted.. peace out for now…

update from hell

so last night was like hell… well sorta the opposite, it was fucken cold as hell… heat is suppose to be included in the fucker but its old skool hot water heat.. and its on very low.. way to cold for me.. so i guess.. i am going to buy a little electrical heater thing, and pay for it when i get the electricity bill… also about 6:30 am.. the dude upstairs took a shower.. and his water remains decided to bubble up from the drain in my bath tub.. this sucked ass… first night and all these problems.. now i have george here.. fixing the drain… and i mean fixing.. or else he is not getting decembers rent.. which is now two days late :)… the drain.. must be fixed.. that is unacceptable… the heat.. on the other hand… as long as it is 70 or 72 or what ever the minimum is set by law.. then i am shit outta luck.. its my fault… for deciding to take a place with heat i can’t control.. allison did warn me about this… but i guess i don’t listen.. especially when i am with dre and he seems to not have an attention for detail at first sight… well.. at least i have internet now.. and a powerbook that heats up.. so that will keep me warm… ohh yeah.. and if i get some thick curtains.. to cover up these blinds.. and the paper thin windows.. then that should block some of the cold too.. peace out for now… must go get some coffee… i’d make some.. but i don’t have any mugs/cups.. heheh l8r

it’s win win!!

So I got the job at the University of British Columbia (UBC)!! I will be working the the Office of Learning Technology (OLT) and my title is something along the lines of ‘WebCT Training & Support Liaison’… It looks like this job will be good for me, by expanding on my experience, by challenging me, by rewarding me and of course by further developing my name in the world of academia. I am quite excited, and a little nervous, but I will be fine, once I get my familiar with everything, get my grove back and when everyone (including myself) realizes that I do know what I am doing/talking about. I will have a lot of learning to do, which will be awesome.. I get to expand my brain again and help others in the process… It’s win win!!

Now I just have to call FSlounge and tell them I am never coming back as well as call Tina (who wanted to have an interview with me this Thursday at some small internet marketing firm), that I may be in touch sometime in the future. But for now that’s all folks – I guess skill, knowledge, experience, dedication, networking and of course the support of others seems to eventually pay off. Next event: Moving Day!

thanks mister coffee shop man

so this morning, i was kinda hung over from my fun filled night at the casino. i did win a bit… i walked out with 50 bucks more than i had going in.. and so i must of won about a hundred bucks.. kuz i had purchased a few fine imported beverages from mexico during my visit at the casino… anyways, this morning, i made it down to my coffee shop… the one i have been going to every morning… its a great place… two guys own it and run it… i don’t know their names.. but they are really kind and good people… so this morning i was their first customer (at 8:30 – they open at 9:00)… and i talked to the one guy for a good 20 minutes… he was able to read right through me and he was able to judge my character and personality… this was a kool experience.. the guy doesn’t even know me, and he was so helpful in opening my eyes… he made sense of all my problems and he gave some good advice… he said.. you have to like your work.. he said i don’t belong at futureshop.. he said.. the training and the companies goals don’t fit me… he said i should be teaching… helping… sharing…
this was all very kool… i just wanted a coffee.. and this guy was so friendly and stuff… it made me feel bad for getting a place so far away from this one… these guys are exactly what i want in a coffee shop… and now… more change… ohh well… let’s just hope i have a kool coffee shop by my new place… other than that big ugly McDonalds and Starbucks…

making something look beautiful?

so today, it really bothered me… it bothered me that i am in a uniform, wasting my 8.5 hours selling pointless, wasteful consumer electronics to people… it bothered me, that while i am in my uniform i cannot change the world, i have no positive effect on my life, and i am simply a robot paid minimum wage to help increase company profits. and guess what.. this is bullshit.. there is nothing kool about working at futureshop… there is no good music on, there are no real people (ones that think) that work there, and guess what… no matter how much training they give me, i will not be their profit fetcher… sure i am great with customers, they actually really enjoy talking to me and i am quite helpful… i make their futureshop experience quite pleasant.. and this is the only joy i get out of the job… i miss laugher and jokes with co-workers, that don’t involve PSP or monster cable… and the worse part PSP and monster is no joke.. i was told to get my monster numbers up today… i need to tell every customer that they need the 129 power bar and the 60 dollar cables to hook their dvd player up… and it bugs me.. kuz my managers tell me in a way that the customer needs these… but guess what… i know the real story.. i know that you are bitching at me, kuz i am not selling your most profitable products… and if i am not doing that… my ‘customer service’ quickly becomes a liability.. well fuck it.. i will do what i want, and if they don’t like it.. i guess i will be let go… and this is a risk i am will to take… if my managers are not going to be honest to me (well maybe they don’t know better).. then i am not going to spread their monster cable propaganda… i just want them to tell me straight up!!

working at futureshop is nothing to be proud of… i would have more self-respect if i worked at a city park picking up trash… at least i would be making something look beautiful… futureshop is simply ugly and totally unfulfilling.

ok ok, we need to focus on some of the benefits.. such as the networking aspects.. which in all reality, there are only like 6 kool people that work there… out of 100… i should get to know these people better… fuck.. i should be going to a party tonight with one of them… but i gots to work tomorrow… and there is no way in hell i will wake up if i go out tonight… especially since deep inside i don’t care if i get fired or not… so i better not… keeping in mind.. i will have rent to pay soon…

buy nothing day

BNDso… buy nothing day is coming up again.. november 26th… and i was just wondering if any one out there has any thoughts on it… personally i think its a good idea… just to prove to ourselves that we can go one day without consuming… but i dunno.. the whole adbusters thing is ‘still’ a little to radical for me… mainly kuz adbusters seems very contradictory to me… but yeah.. let’s not get started… i do support kalle lasn’s legal action against four of Canada’s biggest television broadcasters – CTV, CanWest Global, CBC and CHUM… to allow adbusters to buy airtime… [see ‘our airways, our messages‘]

so, do i participate in BND this year? every year i ask myself this question, and in the past i have brushed it off… and this year.. hmm.. i think it will be hard man… to go a whole day without buying anything… especially when i have to work… does this mean.. i can’t buy my bus fare? or my lunch? or does it just mean… i don’t buy that song from the new canadian iTunes music store… or the new issue of adbusters magizine, or calendar.. hmmm….

if anything.. i think adbusters ideals… are successful… not necessarily in what they want you to do, but in that they make you think and question society around you… look at me… writing this… questioning if i should partake…

i doubt that i will, but i know for sure i will limit my consumption, as you should everyday… “the more you consume, the less you live”

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