Best. Prank. EVER.
Because of the EDS has cause a severe back-up of work for me, and because afternoons are the worst for it, I've missed the final three classes of my elective (the international law course). I love it and the materials we've been covering, but it's a three hour course with a huge reading load, and since I wasn't being examined in it and couldn't stay away in class anyway, I regretfully shunted it to the bottom of my to-do list. Well, yesterday was the last class, and the prof emailed us stating that he was disappointed by the lax participation/attendance (but that he appreciated those who had shown up). Agh! I felt terrible...as nonchalant as I am about attending classes or doing any work or reading I don't see the point of, if I respect a prof I hate hate hate that feeling of having let them down. Anyways, I immediately fired back an email explaining my situation to him and apologizing, and I got a sweet email back this a.m. saying it was okay.
I know Firefox is supposed to be a masterful improvement over IE, but it freezes on me 10 times a day and hoovers memory. God forbid I try to engage Java! And the only way to shut it down is to go into Task Manager and terminate the process. Le frustrating. I've looked all over (the internet) for help, and everything I've found is super complicated and technical and involves extensions et cetera. Anyone else have this problems?
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”
Douglas Adams, 1952-2001
My Property essay is due at 4pm today. I have no fears that I'll get it in, but it may be pure crap. I honestly can't tell you. I have no idea what I'm doing...My attention span is shot and while I am developing a deft hand at "Big Money", my writing skills are not living up to their potential. I seriously miss living with people who are also studying, going to Stauf for marathon sessions with Dash and Leslie and Mel and whoever. Taking over study rooms. Wearing gloves on my feet to keep warm. I underestimated how much of a motivating factor it was to be surrounded by friends who were also all freaking out about papers and exams (I know a lot of you are, I mean having said people within a 5 minute walk/elevator ride). I desperately miss studying history; first year law is way to much of the same thing to sate my schizophrenic academic appetite. I also miss the 24-hour CoGro.
I hope all of you are surviving the-hell-that-is-finals.
One major theme this year has been the tension between judicial and legislative decision making. On the one hand, judges aren't elected and thus aren't "representative" of the people; on the other, legislatures are prone to tyranny of the majority and are inconsistant.
Newfoundland v. NAPE is a decision that has been troubling me. I'd like to hear others' takes on it, so I've created a survey. The following link will take you to a description of the case, link to the text of the decision if you're really interested, and a quickie one-question poll. Go forth and be surveyed.
When did they abandon the concept of a television schedule? You know, shows on in a weekly timeslot? Criminal Minds, one of my favorite new shows, bounces around like a meth fiend. Example: it was/is on Saturday @ 9, Today @ 7, Monday @ 8, Tuesday @ 9, Wednesday @ 9, the following Tuesday @ 9 and 10, Wednesday @ 9.
Another example, the Law & Order spinoff Conviction is/was on Saturday @ 9, Tuesday @10, Friday @ 10, Saturday @ 9 et cetera.
Don't even get me started on reality shows.
Just when I was starting to panic...
(thank you Thoth, Saraswati, Sts. Augustine of Hippo and Ivo of Kermartin, et alia)
Up at 7am today, and I actually got a good half day in until about noon when I broke for lunch. It's been a struggle since then. I still haven't actually "written" any of my "paper". I've just been pouring over the cases I'm using, trying desperately to find some sort of pattern. Any pattern? At all? Bueller?
Here's the prob. My paper is about the use of public and private property for ideological (political and religious) profession. Basically I wanted to see if the advent of the Charter (which protects freedom of religion/expression but not property) has changed the courts' attitudes to cases where e.g. people protest or hand out religious material. Theoretically, Charter rights should trump property rights.
In fact, Canada was pretty good about protecting those things before the Charter, and post-Charter we haven't really improved. They dislike abortion picketers and can't find much wrong with postering; otherwise, it's a freaking crapshoot. Of course, the absence of any pattern in a system which is built on patterns is significant in and of itself, it's just harder to attack.
Having been up so early, I was able to watch le toons with my toast and coffee. I totally heart Kim Possible. I also saw what may be the worst show in the history of television: Mystic Power Rangers. Arthurian + Hogwarts + Power Rangers. The acting was so terrible, so cornea-meltingly awful that I can only conclude immense effort was involved. I've seen pure amateurs act, and while it's bad, its bad in a very particular way. This was like...like something aimed at retarded toddlers who don't know English. And yet the production values were relatively high. So WTF?
Anyhoo, time to pass out so I can be up at the crack of stupid tomorrow...
Item 1 (Not Dodgy)
My favorite pasta sauce requires the following:
1 large can of pasta sauce, PRIMO is my preference, any of the flavours especially sweet basil or garlic and herb
1 can of red kidney beans
1 package of Yves Veggie Ground Round, Italian or Mexican flavoured
Heat sauce in a large pot, add beans (drained) and ground round (crumbled). Simmer, mixing occasionally, until beans and ground round are tender. Serve over rotini or penne (or other pasta suitable for chunky sauce). Especially good with grated mozzarella sprinkled overtop.
Item 2 (Dodgy)
You can make the following substitutions in apple crumble:
6 apples --> 4 apples
6 tbsp butter --> 6 tbsp margarine
1/2 c oats --> 1/2 c All-Bran Buds
1/2 c flour --> 1/2 c Buttermilk Pancake Mix
It shouldn't have worked...but it did.
The best way the heat up mac'n'cheese without a microwave is in a non-stick frying pan on medium-low with a big pot lid on top.
Woke up this morning to find CNN proclaiming a public health emergency in the US. This is what happens when parents have to pay for vaccinations - they don't.* Nice work, non-universal healthcare. Of course, my first thought and action was to call Linda and give her a heads up that there might be an influx of terrified parents calling. I remember the same thing happening when they broke the whole "HRT causes cancer" scare. Goodness forbid they tell the OB/GYNs and GPs first, oh no, lets release this info on the news.
This guy pisses me off. First of all, he's an enviro-fascist, pushing his love of the planet by hating everyone else. I find it obnoxious. Who the hell judges the appropriateness of a subway line based on a purely economic cost-benefit analysis. Has Gord Perks ever taken the circuitous bus route to York? I doubt it. So maybe he should consider the desperate clamouring of thousands of commuting students. Consider the effect this has on their future opinions and use of public transit. Consider the effect this has on the popularity of Toronto's lefter university. I'm disgusted by the way he brushes off the 905 as not worth rapid transit, and that said, has he fucking well been to Toronto? In what way is York's area, or let's say, Jane and Finch, so "sparsely" populated that a subway is a waste? Think about the benefit to low income areas, with regard to access to services and employment. And his suggestion is "a few more busses"? That said, check out the proposed route...okay, so it's not King and Bay, but uhm, in what way is this "The 905".
Saw my specialist yesterday. The news is not good - hilarious, but not good. Please read this disclaimer ( hereCollapse )
Downloaded TV is far superior to real TV for study breaks. My new addiction is HBO's Rome. We need more swords and sandals epics. I'd love to see some of Big Love but it's not online. And I don't want to watch any of BSG Season 1 since I know I'll be watching the whole thing, followed by Season 2, this summer with my parents. I git them "hooked" except they don't get what's going on. As for Saturday's episode, allow me to say that despite my affection for Michelle Forbes, I was so pleased at the end. Gina > Cain.
REQUEST FOR ADVICE/OPINIONS: I know a lot of people who read this blog are into African/development studies directly or indirectly. Or are just smart. Anyway, I have a dear friend of the family who is first and foremost a second (or third?) generation Zimbabwean, born and raised, and fluent in spoken (and maybe written?) Shona, as well as English. He is also white. He ran a huge family tobacco farm in Zim, and while I used to consider that slightly dodgy/imperialist, my opinion has changed hugely. I'll expand on that another time, just trust me that if he'd come straight to Canada instead of trying to stall in Malawi in the hopes the political situation would normalize, he'd be a legit Convention political refugee.
Anyhoo. Not much call for tobacco farm managers in Ontario. He's stuck in a Catch-22 because he has outdated electricians credentials, but he can't update them without funding for courses, but he can't make money because he can't legally work, because he can't immigrate as a skilled labourer but has to depend on family-class (his wife is Canadian), because his electrician's credentials are outdated.
Focus: is there any call for Shona-English translators in Toronto? I know there are a lot of refugees and immigrants from that region, and largely they're from the same political faction as him. Is the fact that he's white "disqualify" him from becoming a translator? What about immigration-settlement programs?
For interest's sake, here are the Wikipedia articles which have piqued my interest in the last week:
accuracy and precision
* Most kids get one, or even two mumps shots, but in Canada we all get 2. Also, I'm pretty sure we would have caught this sooner. Also, we immunize our immigrants/refugees.
*Siapastar* at http://siapas.blogspot.com/
Pundits and Politics:
Rantingprofs at http://www.rantingprofs.com/rantingprofs/
You Can't Make It Up at http://youcantmakeitup.blogspot.com/
Human Rights First at http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/blog/ind
joe.my.god. at http://joemygod.blogspot.com/
Law and Law Students:
Vancouver Law Librarian Blog at http://vancouverlawlib.blogspot.com/2005/1
Law, Eh? at http://canadalawstudent.blogspot.com/200
I Am A Japanese School Teacher at http://www.outpostnine.com/editorials/te
Slow Children @ Play at http://www.slowchildren-atplay.com/
TardBlog at http://www.tard-blog.com/
April 3 - Legal Writing & Research Reflective Essay on ethics? or something? worth 10% - 7-8 pp
April 11 - Constitutional Case Comment on Vriend worth 25% - 8-10 pp (might be due on April 17, sources differ)
April 12 - Property Paper on the legalities of protesting on public land worth 60% - 4000 wrds
April 18 - Civil Procedure Exam worth 100%
April 26 - Globalization Paper on the changes to immigration and refugee law since 9/11 worth (gulp) 100% - 6000 wrds
April 27 - Constitutional Exam worth 75-100%
Now, I realize this is nothing compared to theses, but I am nevertheless pretty concerned. For one thing, we have no Reading Week, not even a day. For another, a lot of this is new and horrifying. So if I'm not around, or if I'm monosyllabic for the next little while apologies. And good luck to those of your writing your own papers and exams!
My TV is all static-y like whoa...grr-argh.
And now, care of rubedawg,
( The Spoiled MemeCollapse )
So, I was thinking about changing some of the format of my LJ
The new title would be: "I respectfully submit"
My links would be: "Joint Book of Authorities"
Comment would be "Make a motion" and read comments of course "Hear motions"
My flist would be "Persuasive precedents" and my archive "Binding precedents"
Userinfo would have to be "Citation and historical treatment"
My blurb title would be "Footnote"
But then I realized it would make me sound like a pretentious crackhead, so I'll just share the (lame, lame, law-nerd) joke here ;)