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Ben Babcock

15 Articles in November 2005

  1. Stolen from Laura

    Anyone in for some "audience participation"? :w00t:

    Okay, so Laura posted this on her blog, and told me to put it on mine as well. I normally don't like chain things like this, but why not? I'm thinking of having more contest-like participation things for those of you crazy enough to read me. :D

    Here's the deal: I want you to email me with a completely made up and fictional memory of you and I. It could be good; it could be bad. I like humorous ones, but it doesn't have to be.

    I'd do it by comment, but I suck in that I haven't bothered adding a queue feature for only single blog posts . . . the comment system on my blog is terrible in general. :-/ But enough about that. Send me an email, and I'll put the ones I like the best on the site. :D

    Include your name (real or pseudonym), a link to your website (if you have one), and of course, the memory. If you don't want it put up regardless of how much I like it, simply indicate so in the email. Enjoy.

    Oh, and I almost forgot! :shifty: If you…

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  2. Semi-snow days

    The inclement weather, consisting mostly of snow, made the highways too difficult for the buses to traverse today, so most rural kids did not go to school. That's okay, small classes are good. Then, during period two, the principal announced that rural buses would be leaving at noon, so most rural kids who were at school left at noon (some stayed).

    So we didn't do much during drama (which was cut short by a drinking and driving assembly that was okay). And then there were only seven kids in physics class, so we did nothing there. I played Yahtzee! with my physics teacher, my biology teacher, a chemistry teacher, and another student. (And I won :D )

  3. And another one bites dust

    So the Liberal minority government has fallen (and not even mightily), thus the polls shall open soon and the election bells will toll alongside the yuletide ones.

    It's not very unexpected, eh. I mean, we've known for the past few weeks that a non-confidence motion was going to happen. We've known that the Bloc, NDP, and Conservatives would team up to defeat the Liberals. There was very little doubt.

    Then it actually happens.

    It was kind of cool to watch it; I've never actually "watched" a non-confidence motion before. :D All the MPs stood up and their names were called out, it is all very ritualistic and fascinating. Just not surprising. :no:

    Being too young to vote, I can only gripe and rant, but I like to think I do that well. Let's just say that I'm disappointed with Paul Martin. I liked the Liberals! Or, at least, I liked their ideology! And they have to go off and ruin the government with their poor leadership and management! Leaving responsible, liberal people like myself with an unpalatable choice to make. Do we continue to support the old, corrupt leadership? Or do we support a new, corrupt leadership.

    I do…

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  4. What an awesome day, eh

    I had an awesome day. You can tell, because I only use the word "awesome" when I'm in a good mood, and then I tend to overuse it.

    It was raining all today and the rural buses were cancelled, stranding a few peers out in the country. Some got rides to school (whew . . . good thing too) but a few people couldn't make it. As a result, my English class was virtually barren, and we did zero work. After those wasted 75 minutes, it was down to the drama room to haul all of our stuff out to the waiting bus.

    We went to an elementary school and set up in their gym. It was, frankly, awesome. I mean, everyone had their little mistakes . . . such as performing an entire scene out of order. :r But other than that, I think that the performances were all done quite well. Each group had its strong points and weaker points, but the kids, I'm sure, loved it. :D Good job, guys!

    Now tomorrow we have to clean up and do the post-performance evaluation stuff. -_- Joy.

  5. Open wide...

    I had to go to the dentist today. waits for all the sympathetic hugs to pour in. :'(

    Thanks. :D It wasn't as bad as I thought it could be; I don't have any cavities. But I do need to brush better and floss more. I know this, and I have no good excuse for not having shiny white teeth. It just doesn't happen that way. :no:

    I can never decide which is worse: the tooth polishing or the fluoride treatment. Both are sickening, which is unfortunate, because I have a very sensitive gag reflex.

    Let's see . . . I should get to see my midsemester report card tomorrow and fill out a response form. The actual report card is en route to my house via mail, and we all know how slow the Canada Post can be. . . . I hate filling out that response form. It always asks me to list achievements, and I honestly feel terrible listing any sort of achievement. Yeah, I'm weird.

  6. Surprise!

    I can't stop saying how wonderful Cabaret was, because it was . . . wonderful. I loved every minute of it, and was sad to see it end. Two of the best nights of my life.

    Anyway, to continue my pageantry of a busy weekend (I have no clue if that last sentence made any sense whatsoever), I went to the surprise birthday party for my friend. It was great. We had this "video scavenger hunt" where we taped our teams doing tasks in public. Then we went back to his house, watched the videos, and watched movies, and such like that.

    I feel quite drained now.

    I need downtime. And not in the sense that I need time to relax, because essentially I'm doing that right now. I need the burden of Impending Tasks to be lifted . . . that awful feeling of knowing that you have stuff to do in the future. Unfortunately, I hate being idle and listless . . . contradictions are terribly weird things.

    Yeah . . . so that's life. . . .

  7. Cabaret!

    Cabaret was awesome!

    My friends who were in it kept on insisting that it was worse than last year. Well, I did not go last year (nor the year before that, ad infinitum), but I'm sure they were pretty good even by those standards. It was non-stop fun, and by the time I got home, I was pretty tired. ^_^

    Muwahahahaha. Good job Neil, Cassie, Cortney, Vivike, Ally, Crystal, Robbie, Ricky, Andrew, and um . . . anyone whose name I'm too tired to remember. :D

    Yes, it's a Friday morning. I have school. And I'm dead tired. I think this will be an unproductive school day and then work after that. My weekend is also surprisingly busy, due to the fact that I have two unplanned excursions to go on top of the two I knew about. :ermm: Suddenly it seems like I've been catapulted from no life to a very busy life. . . .

  8. Canadian? Yes. Proud? Sometimes.

    There are times when I think I need a scale. On the far right end, at about 100 or so, there's Canadians like Stephen Lewis, who make me proud to be Canadian.

    On the far left end, at about -100 or so, there's Canadians like Andrew Uitvlugt, mayoral candidate for Kelowna, B.C., who wants to offer crack to homeless people who will pick up garbage! His idea being to reward them with crack, hoping that their sense of a job well done will make them need less crack.

    I have lost all hope that such people will key into reality.

    So um . . . yeah. If you live in Kelowna, don't vote for him. Because that just might be insane.

  9. Life's an adventure

    You think that driving near a bus is scary? Try being on a bus. :fear: I just noticed today that buses are big, heavy machines that are too large for most streets, and that you need to be insane to operate one. (Of course, this is true for any piece of modern equipment. I'm insane for even typing this under the delusion that someone will read it.)

    I thought of a cool new design for a T-shirt. :D (As I order my own from Rock-It Air Wear). An arror pointing up to me, and then the words "Proof of Intelligent Design". And the best part is that very few people would actually get it. ^_^ Next time I need a new T-shirt, I'll consider actually getting it made.

    Today's my dad's birthday. So to all those nonexistent people who are actually insane enough to read this delusional tripe, please give him some birthday wishes, as I know he's reading this . . . right now. Well, actually, now . . . yeah, hi Dad.

    I should go write my novel. I need to get to 50 000 words. But I also need to get my mom to finish her essay…

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  10. Six hours

    There's such a thing as "too much of the CBC". That is what I learned today. :D

    I went into work for six hours (because the pay is lucrative but I find it difficult to work for any large amount of time due to the fact I have "school" ). From noon until six today, I mostly sat down in the basement of the Chapples Building and carefully sorted paper from paperclips, the former going into a container to be shredded. This humdrum existence was periodically punctuated by brief trips upstairs to return a full bin and downstairs with an empty bin. :yawn:

    By 5:30 I sort of ran out of steam. I had been listening to CBC Radio One for nearly six full hours by that time. A number of revelations flashed through my mind!

    You start to notice how often the host cuts off the guest by interrupting them. I started counting how many times the hosts would say "Okay," or some other acknowledgement until they had to actually step in and blatantly talk over the guest in order to end the segment. It's just like listening for people's intakes of breath before they talk, it's this…

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  11. We remember

    I remember a lot of things. It comes with having a brain whose neurology is more complex than the fastest supercomputer. It comes with having a mind that can look up into the stars and wonder why we're here. It comes with those little packs of Smarties you get at Hallowe'en.

    Today is Remembrance Day, so I figured I should post something about that before I continue my little existence on this small planet as it whirls around the star we call the Sun. You see, even though I'm not a fan of wars, which get in the way of more important things, like supper, I have enormous respect for those who risk their lives in war. Because they put their lives on the line, and sometimes even died, for a cause and for a people and for an ideal that they hoped would live beyond them.

    Which is why we have as much a duty to them as they did to us back in those fateful days. We have to continue devoting ourselves to forging that ideal they upheld, and to making the world a better place; that is the best way to be true to their memory. Shiny…

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  12. CBC News: The Hour

    So CBC News: The Hour had its season premiere tonight. I loved this show, and I still do. I have been waiting all summer for it to come back, because I can finally watch something each night and get up to date on all that "news" stuff happening in our world.

    They changed the format a bit . . . and the guy working the cues needs to pay more attention to which buttons he (or she) is pressing and when. :D So while I mourn the loss of last season's opening music, I think this season will grow on me.

    So to start of the season, I shall now blog about politics!

    One of the things I've always found interesting about Canadian politics is the fact that, especially with a minority government, our government is technically always on the verge of "collapse." In the U.S., you vote someone into the White House as president and they stay there for four years. In Canada, Paul Martin has been struggling to stay in power within the last year alone. rolleyes

    Now, to change the tune about, how about that Gomery Report, eh? I actually liked Jean Chrétien better than Paul Martin,…

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  13. I sicken me

    I don't like bragging. And I don't like seeming like an elitist egotistical person, even though sometimes I think I come off that way. -_-

    But yeah . . . I have 100% in biology class as of today. So unless I do fantastically badly on our mitosis / meiosis quiz tomorrow, my mark will most likely be 99-100% for midterm next week. Sickening, eh? :r

    As if I don't already attract enough attention in class, what with my crazy dancing, reading, question-answering, question-asking, and other atypical behaviour. >_< I'm beginning to think that reputations are a lot more trouble than they're worth, but I can't for the life of me figure out how I could get rid of mine without completely changing my apparent lifestyle (and I'm just too lazy). I think people care way too much about what other people are doing.

    To offset my elation, however, I do have an 89% only in drama. It's up 1 per cent, but I'm still a little miffed. I don't blame the teacher or the class, both are excellent, so I've only my own stubborn inflexibility to refuse. I think it's my writing that has brought my mark down. Oh…

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  14. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    I decided to be kind and not call this post "Harry Potter and the Half-Baked Prince." That might have been too strong.

    I don't know many people who have not read the book and not read spoilers, but if you don't want the surprises to be ruined, you can turn back now.

    No?

    You see, I think that book 6 of the Harry Potter series was not as good when stacked up against its predecessors. I think that several parts were okay, but overall the book was quite anticlimactic. :-/

    The problem with Harry Potter is not its writing, it is its success. Success does weird things to authors. For Rowling, in my opinion, success has decreased my enjoyment of her storytelling. For some reason, the series seems to have lost something because it's no longer relegated to the back shelves of a musty bookstore. Yeah, I know, I'm odd. :D

    One good thing about The Half-Blood Prince is that Harry Potter and friends are finally growing up. Rowling promised us this in prior books, but for me, it has come too slowly. The characterisation in the book is vivid and great, that is something that I enjoyed through and…

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  15. Happy Hallowe'en!

    I had a pretty good Hallowe'en. After work, I went over to a friend's house for a party and had a really good time. I caught the tail end of Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail, saw Shaun of the Dead, and then we watched the beginning to Monty Python's Life of Brian twice (because two friend came in late, so we restarted that movie, but then everyone had to leave at 9).

    Ever notice out many funny people are either British or their last name is Adams (or both)? :D Not all, of course, but just many. I love Monty Python :wub: so much that if ever I make a movie, it shall be a British comedy only slightly less funnier than Monty Python.

    This entire week seems like it will be very hectic and rushed for time. :wacko: I certainly feel that way. I suppose that part of it is due to the fact that teachers are preparing for midterm marks that are coming next week. Hallowe'en, of course, had a bit of pressure with it, and having it on a Monday amplified that impact. :yawn:

    Brought my computer to school today, along…

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I’m a 26-year-old math and English teacher back in Canada after two years teaching in England. In my free time, I read books! When I’m not reading, I’m writing, coding, or knitting.

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