Archive for August, 2008

Nothing Much to Say

Absolutely nothing interesting is happening to me right now, and I have nothing interesting to say. I’m a procrastinating on several major projects (including applying for a job) and generally not doing anything of import.

I have, however, been playing a lot of Super Mario Bros. on the NES. It’s nice to know I can still find all the Warp Zones, 1-Ups and other secrets. My NES had actually been broken for the last two years, but a few nights ago we cracked it open and cleaned the connector pins. It still takes a bit of effort to get to games going (hint; blowing in them doesn’t actually help) but with a little effort we can play pretty much anything.

I’ll find something to blog about soon.

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August 24, 2008 at 10:41 pm Leave a comment

The Haunted Unicycle

Earlier this summer, back when I was living in Vancouver, I saw a unicycle. At the time I thought it was interesting; it’s the kind of thing you don’t see often. In a move I thought was unspeakably bizarre it was left alone, latched to a pole with a bicycle lock. Did you know unicycles could be locked up with a bicycle lock?

At the time, it was just one of those mildly interesting things that slips your mind instantly. I forgot about the unicycle almost as soon as I left. Then I started seeing it everywhere.

The same unicycle (it could only be the same one) appeared at the bus stop, at the library, at the bookstore and by the dorms. All over campus this rogue machine stalked me, like the angry Polyphemus hunting Odysseus’ men. No rider was ever seen; like the haunted automobile Christine, this beast appeared to possess a mind of it’s own.

That’s…. that’s basically it. I spent a month and a half seeing this random unicycle everywhere on campus. It was weird.

This is what we call an anti-climax.

August 20, 2008 at 11:19 pm Leave a comment

On This Day of 17/08/08

Progress in keeping this blog updated: POOR

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Summer Reading List:

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley (Finished)
Freakonomics, by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner (Finished)
Guns, Germs, and Steel, by Jared Diamond (Finished)
The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli (Finished)
Norwegian Wood, by Haruki Murakami (Finished)
2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke (Finished)
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon (Finished)

Steal This Book, by Abbie Hoffman (In Progress)

Beowulf, Unknown Author
Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift
Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, by Hunter S. Thompson
The Constitution of the United States, by John Tucker
On the Road, by Jack Kerouac
A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
In Cold Blood , by Truman Capote
Beautiful Losers, by Leonard Cohen
The Assault on Reason, by Al Gore
Maps and Legends, by Michael Chabon

With only two weeks left, I’m almost certainly not going to make it. Any suggestions for which of the remaining twelve books I should try for?

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Things I am Currently Nostalgic For:

Sand bars
Hermit crabs
Truck-stop Diners
BBQ Potato Chips
Mint Chocolate-Chip Fudge Ice Cream

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I am back in Winnipeg now. This is exactly where I do not want to be.

August 17, 2008 at 9:25 pm Leave a comment


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