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June 29, 2006

Promises Message

Yesterday I ate an individually-wrapped Dove chocolate. On the inside of these candies' foil wrappers are little inspiring phrases called Promise Messages, not unlike the messages you find in fortune cookies, only written by Hallmark. Stuff like "Smile before bed, you'll sleep better" or "Write a letter, not an email" and crap like that. The message I got however was slightly disturbing:

"Age is nothing but a number."

I know what they're trying to say (you're only as old as you feel), but I think there are some people currently in jail who took this philosophy a little too literally.

08:08 | Bizarre Sighting of the Day | Comments (0)

June 28, 2006

The Most Important Issue

The Washington Post put this question to the US Senators who voted for the proposed flag-desecration amendment : Is this most important issue facing the nation?

"I don't think anybody would say it's the most important,": Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.).

"No, no, not even close,": Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.)

"Ha, ha, ha,": Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.).

"This is the day we're dealing with it,": Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.).

"It's not a burning issue,": Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.).

"You know, it's interesting, in terms of the question of why, why, why now... Is it important? You bet it's important,": Bill Frist (R-Tenn.)

"I think we have some misplaced priorities...I don't think it's the right time to bring up the issue... I'll vote for it,": Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

"I'm not going to put it 'the most important,'": Norm Coleman (R-Minn.).

"I wouldn't call it the most pressing,": John Cornyn (R-Tex.).

And Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the author of the amendment:
"In my opinion, there's nothing that would supersede this in importance."

My tax dollars at work.

07:32 | America , Politics | Comments (0)

June 20, 2006

Different Gifts

The American Episcopal Church's bishop-elect Katharine Jefferts Schori told a convention that she believed homosexuality was not a sin, rather one of the many different gifts God gives each person. This news that religious leaders can be tolerant, accepting and modern puts such a happy smile on my face.

I realize this article is from a conservative "Defend the family" website, but I felt its reporting was relatively fair. I did find this quote interesting: "'This is yet another example of the culture influencing the church, in lieu of the church influencing the culture,' [Joe] Dallas told CitizenLink."

Looks like Joe Dallas should do some research on how Christian denominations have changed to meet the needs of society, and not the other way around.

19:44 | America | Comments (0)

June 19, 2006

Money Where Your Mouth Is

Yeah, I know I haven't been blogging much lately. Hopefully this video will appease the masses until my "blogger's block" goes away.

Georgia Representative Lynn Westmoreland, a Congressman who co-sponsored a bill to require the display of the Ten Commandments in the House of Representatives and the Senate is asked by Stephen Colbert to name the Ten Commandments. He only gets two.

07:34 | America , Politics | Comments (1)

June 12, 2006

RIP Paul Ohashi

This weekend I received some bad news. A high school classmate and friend, Paul Ohashi, fell to his death during a mountain climbing expedition in Indonesia over the weekend.

I was in a lot of classes with Paul in grades 9 and 10, and enjoyed hanging out with him. He was smart, funny and very musically talented (he was a drummer, but had the uncanny ability to pick up and play just about any instrument he was handed). He introduced me to some interesting music that I know I would have never stumbled on myself (from King Crimson to taiko drumming).

After high school, Paul and I lost touch, last seeing each other at graduation. I looked him up a few times online to find out what he was up to and found out he had become a world traveler, so I wasn't surprised by the news that he was in south-east Asia.

Next year will be my ten-year anniversary of graduating from high school, and although the idea of a reunion wasn't very appealing (I still talk with just about everyone I still want to keep in touch with), I was looking forward to meeting up with a few people I hadn't seen, and Paul topped the list. I'm sure he would have had fascinating stories of his travels, and I always appreciated his opinions on current Canadian events. I'm sorry I didn't get to know the person he became.

My condolences go out to his family and loved ones.

20:00 | Stuff | Comments (1)

June 6, 2006

Doubled Up

Due to space constraints and new hiring, it looks like I will be doubled up, once again. I've been enjoying the last year or so without an officemate (and an office move, since my last one) by playing music loudly or reclining in my Poäng while reading some specs.

Luckily for me, instead of being paired with a new hire, my new officemate is a coworker and friend of mine. We'll see how long we stay friends after eight hours a day of close quarters...

18:16 | Work | Comments (0)