Monday, March 31, 2008

I am a sinner and a fool

Danica is down in Vermont for the day. I'm now on day four of fevers and aches. I could tell it was going to be a bad day wellness-wise when I felt a dull pain begin to creep up my spine up to my neck. Rods of pain spreading over my back. A fierce headache is next, followed inevitably by chills and fever. Being sick always makes me feel really lazy. Being sick means not upholding my end of the bargain. But Danica has been really good about looking after me: feeding me, going to get ginger ale from the store for me, putting drops in my ears (ear infection), etc. The only good thing about being sick is that you get to read all you want, which is what I did. I read The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene, which blew me away and reminded me a bit of J.M. Coetzee, of whom I am a big fan (is there anything more perfect than Waiting for the Barbarians? While reading Cormac McCarthy's The Road I kept thinking, "I wish the Coetzee of Life and Times of Michael K had written this."). I started reading Dusklands by Coetzee, his first novel, but I didn't care much for it so I stopped. I also spent a lot of time getting caught up with what has been going to in Basra with Maliki and Muqtada al-Sadr. I definitely want to check out Muqtada: Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia Revival, and the Struggle for Iraq by Patrick Cockburn when it comes out. You should do the same. Cockburn really knows his stuff when it comes to Iraq.

Speaking of reading, Danica gave me a gift card for Chapters bookstore for my birthday (yesterday) and I've already used it up. I ordered three books: Selections from the Prison Notebooks by Antonio Gramsci, Écrits by Jacques Lacan (all 900 pages of it), and The Indivisible Remainder: On Schelling and Related Matters by Slavoj Zizek. The first two make up part of my Ambitious Reading List. The third book is just for fun.

I can't afford to be sick today. I need to go turn in a paper and pick up some books on hold for me at the library. And of course it is snowing. Again. Again and again. Forever. I'm hoping my class will be canceled today, as the part-time teachers are on strike and all of my teacher are part-time. I am 100% behind this strike action. These teachers get treated like shit. The administration expects them to work "for the love of teaching," paying them next to nothing and offering no benefits. They haven't had a contract for six years now. It's really grotesque. We'll see what happens. I wish the student union would encourage students to join the strike. Students usually sympathize with their teachers.

There was a rally at my school that I wanted to go to this morning, protesting the proposed tuition increase for international students, but I didn't want to aggravate my fever.

OK, time to go to class.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Montreal march against police brutality turns violent

The Messiah is in the grave

"We have become a Nazi monster in the eyes of the whole world–a nation of bullies and bastards who would rather kill than live peacefully. We are not just Whores for power and oil, but killer whores with hate and fear in our hearts. We are human scum, and that is how history will judge us ... No redeeming social value. Just whores. Get out of our way, or we’ll kill you.

"Who does vote for these dishonest shitheads? Who among us can be happy and proud of having this innocent blood on our hands? Who are these swine? These flag-sucking half-wits who get fleeced and fooled by stupid rich kids like George Bush?

"They are the same ones who wanted to have Muhammad Ali locked up for refusing to kill gooks. They speak for all that is cruel and stupid and vicious in the American character. They are the racists and hate mongers among us—they are the Ku Klux Klan. I piss down the throats of these Nazis.

"And I am too old to worry about whether they like it or not. Fuck them."

- Hunter S. Thompson

Friday, March 21, 2008

I'm looking for...

For that we might stop watching campaign coverage for a few minutes:

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Gag me, me, me, me!

I am so sick
so sick!
of those damn commercials
damn commercials
that show lots of different people all reading the same
the same
damn script with cuts to each person repeating
each person reapeating the important words.
advertisers of the world, let's think of something new
something new.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Vie de merde

"Aujourd'hui, j'ai découvert que le gant que j'utilisais quotidiennement pour laver mon visage, mon homme l'utilisait également, pour nettoyer son organe après son passage aux toilettes." - VDM

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

In My Language by Amanda Baggs

"The first part is in my "native language," and then the second part provides a translation, or at least an explanation. This is not a look-at-the-autie gawking freakshow as much as it is a statement about what gets considered thought, intelligence, personhood, language, and communication, and what does not."

Related article here.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Festin d'Asie / Happy Asian Combo #1

1 Combo Sushi 14 mcx/pcs (6 Futomakis + 6 Hosomakis + 2 Nigiris)
1 Sous-marin 10" au poulet/Chicken
1 Poulet Général Tao Chicken +Riz à la vapeur / Steamed Rice
6 Ailes de poulet/Chicken wings +salade / salad
2 Mini Rouleaux Impérial /Imperial Rolls
1 Soupe Won Ton Soup (large/Big)
1 sac de craquelins aux crevettes Bag of Shrimp Chips



"Clearly the interiorisation of unhappiness is far more profitable than the outward realisation that perhaps misery has nothing to do with you personally and everything to do with the world in which you live."