1 Toilet + Some Super Glue + Unsuspecting Woman = International News

Seriously?  This has to be a joke?  Really?  And the cops think wha… Oh god.

Yeah, I’m at work at the moment.  In my downtime I log into WordPress to add to our World Of Darkness game that I’ll be playing with some friends later but the news always has something that is remotely entertaining.  The following is pretty ridiculous even for the news.

Allegedly a woman in Monticello went into a Walmart bathroom and upon finishing  her quality time on the porcelin throne, she discovered that she was not able to stand.  The seat was covered with quick bonding super glue.  EMT’s had to be dispatched.

Now, I understand that this is pretty funny but honestly I beg the question.  Who the hell would take the time to do this.  Props to them for making the news, and considering this happened in the US it is International News.

Here’s the kicker, the glue is pretty quick drying.  The articles specifically states that the police are not accusing the victim of anything, however “if the glue was there for any significant amount of time it would not have stuck to her because it would’ve been dry.”

Which means not only is this an incredibly embarrassing story, it may have very well been self-inflicted.  Of course this begs the question, If this is the lie she tells, then how embarrassing is the ACTUAL story?

Click Here To Read The Article On LAX18

Anyway, I saw this headline and felt that it had to be shared with you all.

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– A New Blog: Insight Into Gender Equality –

Feminism "Men Are Pigs!" by TypoCity @ Deviantart.com

So as most of you may already be aware, I am a journalism student at the College of the North Atlantic.  Well, here’s a little interesting tidbit for you.  As an elective here in my final semester I am taking a Women’s Studies course.  It actually has been pretty interesting thus far, so far I only had to find experts and pose questions to challenge one thing that was said in class.  It’s not a man-bashing class, which is a big relief and makes me feel like I am not getting myself into something that’ll end up with me in trouble.

I’m pretty sure my parents were afraid that this decision would lead to endless arguments and maybe a homicide of my instructor, but truth be told we get along great and I think she has been one of the most thought-provoking instructors I’ve had, (with the exception of Fred Campbell). 

Anyway, part of the course that I decided to participate in as an assignment is to keep a reflective journal.  After every class there needs to be a new entry where you reflect on something that came to you or was inspired by the class.  I thought it would work excellent for me since I already do this blog thing anyway. 

In the interest of keeping things separate and easily organized I have a different WordPress URL for the journal, but in the interest of still sharing my journalistic travels and insights with anyone looking to follow I will post the new entries here as they come.  So, here you go. Enjoy.  Click the image below or Here to view the journal,

Blondes Are Dumb by Shadowstar_287 @ Deviantart.com

– Forget Geico, Tony Clement Is The Man Saving Me Money! –

Ladies and Gentlemen this is it, my 100th post!  Thank you for reading and actually being interested in the ramblings of this random Journalism student.  I wanted to do something special and do something great, but really there is something that I want to write about because I have a new hero in my life.  Mr Tony Clement. Here is why

Minister of Industry, Tony Clement.

For those of you that are not Canadian, or just don’t follow politics.  Tony Clement is the federal Minister of Industry, and he came in swinging earlier today to save a lot of internet users from gross charges brought about by the CRTC.  Thank you Mr. Clement.

The CRTC decided to approve usage-based internet service to wholesalers that was being requested by Bell Canada.  This would mean that users like myself that is privy to a lot of downloading would be face with an internet bill in the hundreds every month. 

Netflix customers would definitely be hit hard by this new policy, anyone that essentially uses the internet for anything other than just casual browsing.  This is something that could’ve been implemented back when 28.8kbps modems were all the rage but in today’s society when even the average user is comfortable watching movies and downloading music from the internet.

I mean, if you watch a couple of Netflix HD movies here, and download an album there you are already at your cap and every time you check your e-mail you are progressive being charged more for your service.  Mr. Clement you are a godsend to your constituents and although I have traditionally tried to stay on the fence when it comes to politics I am in your debt sir.

Before leaving St. John’s Rogers was implementing their usage-based billing system.  I was sent a preview one month with my bill showing me how much I would’ve been charged under the new system.  All of a sudden my $60 bill, would have costed me between $700-$800.  I do a LOT on the internet, I’m sorry.  I’m just one person, people with small businesses running out of their homes could have an even higher usage charge then that.

Bandwidth limit is not a viable way to charge consumers for this kind of service, it isn’t even close to being justifiable.  The money that ISP’s are making with their current rates are enough to make them wealthy beyond most industries in the country.

So, in short I want to say, Thank you again Mr. Clement.  You are a saint and scholar sir!

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Since this is the 100th post and it should be something special, I’m going to use the end of it here to let you all know that the roommates and I will be putting off a show at Clancy’s Pub on the 3rd of March. 

Clancy's Pub, Stephenville Newfoundland

I’ve spent a lot of the last 6 months thinking about Kelly, and missing her immensely to the point where it started driving me insane.  It’s been going on 9 years and she’s still on my mind.  So the revelation I had about a month or so ago was that I am going to finally lay her memory to rest and try to move on with my life, so I’m going to play a show.  It’s going to be dedicated to her, and will be right before the kick off to CNA’s mid-term break.

This is going to be my first, and quite possible, last show that I ever really play in public.  I feel like I lost the passion I had for performing, music is still there but performing is not so much.  I think I’ll need some kitchen parties to recapture it.. oh well in the meantime like I said, I hope I can see you guys out. 

Another reason I’m putting it here is because I’m asking for some help.  Song ideas are welcome, we’re trying to finish off a set list for the show.  But also, we need a name.  The “band” consists of Me, Jawsh Nickerson and Johnny Pardy.. so feel free to share any ideas.

– James Cameron Sinks To A New Low –

As human beings we are very inquisitive creatures, the endless amount of research and money dedicated to space and ocean exploration is evidence enough of that.  We are always trying to make sense of anything that has not been explained yet.  So when I read that a submersible vehicle is being developed to dive into the depths of the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean in the world, I expect it to be in a column for National Geographic, an in-depth piece on the marvels that the creators hope to discover.

Avatar by PatrickBrown @ Deviantart.com

Instead, I look at the homepage of Macleans Online under the “Need to Know” column, and see a link to an article of The Guardian, reporting that this journey is a part of James Cameron’s production of his Avatar sequel.  Click Here for the article.

Really?  This couldn’t have been replicated with computer graphics, or you couldn’t just find a spot in the ocean to film this.  How much of Avatar 2’s budget is going to be sunk into the development of this submarine.  It’s interesting that this trench is such an unknown entity on our planet, and the second time mankind will ever venture down into its depths, it is Hollywood making a movie.

It can be argued that this is a representation of the priorities that the western world has adopted.  The first journey into the trench was in 1960, and since then nobody has ever attempted it again.  Of course now that our start filmmaker wants to capture the visuals of this enigma the second trip is being planned…  50 Years Later!

I fail to understand why is it that Hollywood is the forerunner on this excursion.  I would imagine this would be a tremendous opportunity to study a portion of this planet that still remains a mystery of us… Instead we are diving deep to most likely have a bunch of blue CG characters swimming around pretending it is a different planet.

From a story telling perspective I will admit that I am intrigued to see where Cameron is planning on taking his Avatar series, now that it has been made known that the intention is to make it a trilogy.  I am not trying to say that it isn’t ground breaking methods of film making, I just honestly don’t see it as being necessary.  You can have an underwater planet, without experimenting with a submarine and diving into an area of the world that no human eyes have seen first hand in 50 years.

The more I read the article, the more I think.  Wow, this actually sounds like the real life plot of a cheesy horror movie.  I guess the old cliché holds true that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.  Wait, hear me out.

An over-zealous film maker fresh off his monster hit is looking to film a sequel.  The first movie was so over-the-top that he really needs to figure out some way to make the sequel one not be over shadowed, so what does he do?  He develops a submarine to film his creation in the deepest depths of the Earth, needless to say this will mean he is giving us a setting that no over filmmaker has ever done in the history of cinema…. (this part is actually just recapping the facts.)… but then something does terribly wrong

The Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean is as deep as Mt Everest is tall.

The sub dives deep with a crew on board to see what kind of shots they could expect, but they are not alone!  Something lurks in the dark deep depths of the Pacific Ocean, something no other man has ever locked eyes with.  A creature so menacing that it dominates the entire ocean floor… mankind’s unwelcome intrusion will not go unpunished…. coming to a theater near you…. (In Memory of James Cameron RIP 1954-2011)…. 20th Century Fox presents.. The Trench!!!  Experience it in IMAX and 3-D

Okay so maybe it is a little dramatic, but I believe I have proven my point.  Is Hollywood our new medium for discovery and exploration?  Probably not.  But really, there isn’t any aquatic scientists that have wanted to do this before hand, and if money was the reason that they have not been able to, what does that say about our allocation of resources.  A movie takes priority over actual science?

Anyway, I thought I’d share this little piece of knowledge with you, since I don’t think I’m ready to actually share what has really been on my mind lately.  I guess that’ll be an entry to come later.

What do you guys think?

– Ramblings Make Good Filler –

First, a shout to all the Music Industry & Performance, and Recording Arts students that specifically let me know that they enjoyed the last entry.  It was actually the second most viewed entry I’ve ever written,  it received over 50 views just on the first day.  To everyone that read it, thanks. . .  But now on with the filler.

I was talking to Adam Hedderson (The man in black), he had a bag of candy. I knew that Cat would flip out when she saw it so I readied the camera. He waited for my cue to take the photo. I Snapped the photo almost as soon as I heard her yell and run towards the hand. Unfortunately my rapid shutter speed could not compete with a girls desire for candy... I swear the bag was still in his hand when I took this photo. The girl just REALLY likes candy.

In the wake of my little opinionated piece regarding Sonic Potluck 25, I find myself a little stumped for something to write about.  I’m sure this is evident with my official failure to produce an entry every day for the month of December.  ‘Tis true that I failed, but I still will be posting regularly; I just find myself in a transitional phase for this blog.  I am beginning to become of the mindset that I need to take it more seriously, especially as a student of Journalism.

As a journalism student I am told frequently to be very mindful of my “digital footprint”  The advice is basically saying that I should be aware of what would happen if a potential employer “google’d” me.  We should use the internet and social media for creating a positive image and help build our reputation.

I can’t say that I disagree, however I am well aware that his intention was to instruct us to gear away from the controversial.  Discussing topics like religion, or openly talking about your political beliefs is not something you should do, because it can cause particular employers to look past you.  I can’t help be look back on some of the things I’ve said in this blog, and some of the concepts that I’ve discussed and I can’t help but wonder what kind of impression my digital footprint will give my future boss.

Should I convert this blog into a strictly news-ish outlet so that I could someday even put it on a resume?  Hell, should I just put it on a resume anyway?  I mean it does showcase my writing style, even if it isn’t structurally the same as writing for a news organization.

Of course, these thoughts merely cross my mind for just a moment before I go back to remembering why this blog exists in the first place.  I need a medium in which I can vent all these ideas in my head and construct them into text so they don’t clutter my mind.  Since I’ve been more active on WordPress, I have found a considerable increase clarity when it comes to my own head.  In recent weeks I have been confused and lost, especially when I would try to figure myself out… try to understand the motives behind some of the things I have felt and done lately.

I think this blog is becoming slowly linked directly into my sanity and without it, I will implode with all of these thoughts.  Perhaps that explains my two-day absence from the world of Blogging.

Do you want to hear the real funny part?  I am actually pretty sure I lost out on 20 mark sin my internet journalism class because I didn’t do the blog assignment.  That’s pretty sad, yet hilarious.  We were asked to make a blog and over four weeks we had to make four entries on a journalistic topic of interest.  That sounds like a cake walk for me doesn’t it?  Regrettably this assignment came at a time when my head was not co-operating with the rest of my body and I was never aware of the deadline.  Oh, wait.. Digital footprint… do I REALLY want a future employer hearing that I failed to complete an assignment… Oh well, it’s typed now and the backspace button is so far away.

Eden's burn box event. Good times.

I’m starting to actually become more involved with the WordPress community.  It’s strange but this online persona is starting to really grow.  Ever since the “Quite Humbling Experience” entry when I commented on Josh Landry’s Blog, I’ve taken notice of other blogs online.  The only one I’ve subscribed to, is one that I linked on the right, which is “The Curse Of Future Tom“.  I’ve taken twitter a little more serious as well, mainly as a tool to get the up to date news on what’s going on because it seems twitter is the absolute fastest news source in existence at the moment.

I think I’m going to be able to get used to this.  It’s a very constructive hobby, provides me with some insight, helps me work on my writing, and allows me to be apart of a community.  Now if only I can convince my instructor to accept an insightful conversation about dating concepts as journalistic issues, I’d like to get that 20% back.

Anyway, I’m not going to be completely ignorant of his advice.  One thing I do still need to do is fine tune my writing.  It’s been said to me from Professors in the past that I have a natural flare for writing, and a superb ability to manipulate the English language that could help me become a very prestigious writer… I just need the basics.  Grammar, punctuation, the use of that damned semi-colon.   I’ll admit that my fundamentals have increased drastically in the last year while I have been in my program but there’s still so much work to do.  So I am going to be making a second blog, one in which I will add social commentary and analysis to newsworthy events.  So that’ll be up and running soon… anyway, for now I have an entry to read on Atheism written by Mr. Future Tom, then sleep before my exam.

I’m not sure why you have read this far, in case you haven’t caught on yet.  This has been the biggest example of me just rambling because there is no predominant topic on my mind.  This is filler.

I really have to start carrying a paper and pen with me at all times because I KNOW I’ve had numerous ideas in the last two days but by the time I go to write, I forget them. ha ha Oh well.  Hopefully I’ll have something of substance tomorrow.