6/30/2004 09:56:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Baby oh baby! Times are good for fans of downloadable media: 'The court ruled that companies providing wide access to the web are "intermediaries" who are not bound by federal copyright legislation. ' Read more about it here Read a little more about the on-going legal problems facing Canadians regarding music downloading here I wonder how long it will take until this shows up on Slashdot. After checking, it was already there! CYODFS|W|P|108861478672369917|W|P||W|P|11/09/2005 05:47:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous undergrads|W|P|Hello Mike,

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Here I am, doing my job as I would normally, and my boss walks him. He says that because I've registered a lot of people onto our e-Business site, that I'm given half a day off, paid. For doing my job!

This is very exciting because it's the first time that I've gotten a kind of reward for doing what I'm paid to do. Is this motivation? I'm woozy!

CYODFS

|W|P|108860780064057301|W|P|How Mike Did His Job and Got Half a Day Off, Paid!|W|P|6/28/2004 07:31:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Paypal is being weird, so the "Donate to Mike's iPod Fund" is temporarily down. CYODFS|W|P|108847641025670155|W|P||W|P|6/29/2004 09:53:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Dru|W|P|Are donations tax-deductable? ;)6/28/2004 02:46:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Maybe this title should have been "Need...To...Sleep!" because we have been just so busy for the last few days, Rose and I have been ridiculously busy! Friday night we wanted to go see "Fahrenheit 9/11". Apparently a few thousand other people had the same idea because the theatre was completely sold out! Bot of them! So we ended up seeing "Troy" instead. All in all not a horrible movie, but it was *WAY* too long and if I see Brad Pitt do one more of those jump attacks, like some kinda of oiled up Mega Man I swear to the Almighty that I will go crazy. Who leaves their feet in a sword-and-spear fight? But other than that, I found it to be just historically accurate enough to resemble the original story (IE all the people and places had the right names and the general idea of warfare was conveyed) that things were fun, and yet inventive enough that things were interesting. But it's pretty obvious how the producers left it open for "The Odyssey" to be filmed in a few years. After the movie we went to "The Watchman's" for a few drinks. We missed Chris and Tara and Aaron and Mev. He finally proposed, good for him! Apparently, as he described the event, it was a tear-filled weep fest, so that's good...'cause she said YES! During Saturday we didn't do that much really. Rose worked so I stayed at home, getting the placed all cleaned and ready for people to come over...when no one did. Which, in retrospect, was kinda nice since we were tired. So once again we hit up "The Watchman's" and had a great time. Got home late, went to bed later! Rock on! Sunday was lazy and relaxed, with Rose going to church and me sleeping. Safeway was involved in the breakfast-making effort, and movies were watched. The original "Gone in 60 Seconds" was funny. It was really about the car, so the 45-minute long car chase really makes you feel good inside when he gets away. Remember the afore-mentioned Chris and Tara? They showed up Sunday night and are crashing at our place 'till Wednesday. They're in the middle of a move, and they needed to grab some stuff from Chris' dad's place, so things are fun that way. We have house guests once more, and maybe this time Chris can teach me all kinda of nefarious tricks and tips for me to use on my computer.....mwahahahahahahaha! That's about it really, other than my lunch time exploits, trying to keep my tastee falafel out of the hands of the evil goose-people. Man, those brain-damaged geese really know how to beg! CYODFS |W|P|108845921760518098|W|P|Need...To...Breathe...|W|P|6/21/2004 02:51:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|

Wow.

This weekend was so much fun that it's hard to remember it all. Everything started on Thursday evening when Rose and I helped Chris and Tara move their apartment into a 14' U-Haul truck. Let's suffice it to say that they have a *LOT* of stuff. I think we helped them move for 4 hours and we moved maybe 3 rooms worth of stuff. But it was fun and we got free beer and free pizza, so I'm happy. But I'm sad to see them leaving us, even if it is just to Edmonton. But hey, as Batri said...ROAD TRIP!!!

Friday I was kept busy all morning preparing for the arrival of Aaron and Mev. They showed up around noon, so then we took the rental back and had some lunch, all while I was enjoying my day off. Bumped into Josh and Bernard from the office on the way back and gloated about not having to work. It feels nice to be an ass! Later Friday night we had food (my famous Dal) and went to see Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on the IMAX screen. Holy crap I'm never seeing a movie on a non-IMAX screen again! This was, by far, the best way to see any movie ever. Especially H.P.3!

Saturday was spent in Canmore, walking in the sun and seeing some beautiful mountains. We lunched at the Grizzly Paw Pub, which was really nice. They have a great veggie burger, which both Aaron and Rose got. And they put beats in their ruffage salad, which I think is a very unique touch. That night we went to Bob and San's place and had a huge bar-be-que/bon fire. See, Bob's got this portable fire pit which you can use to have a real bonfire in your backyard without having a fire hazard warning from the local FD. Really got it going, too! To the point where the wooden handle on the top of it was glowing red and ready to burst into flames itself. We stayed up too late and drank too much, so things were really fun! I think Sunday morning made up for it.

I've realized that there is only one thing worse than shopping drunk, and that's shopping in a strip mall hung-over to high heaven. Late brunch, huge meal and extra coffee notwithstanding, I was feeling like crap about 20 minutes into Winners. But we managed to go for about 4 hours, then we crashed. Rose and I slept, Aaron and Mev went for a walk...somewhere, I really couldn't remember where. Then we had dinner at Mt Everest's Kitchen followed by a very nice walk down 17th. Then we returned home and watched Girl with a Pearl Earring which was awesome.

So needless to say, I was kinda tired this morning. I'm very much looking forward to some Firefly and some sleeping.

CYODFS

|W|P|108785467627526377|W|P|Holy Busy Batman!|W|P|6/17/2004 06:19:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|I'm sorry about the last post, I don't know what happened to it! I e-mailed it in, so that might have done it. Anyway, deepest apologies! |W|P|108747842899177480|W|P||W|P|6/16/2004 06:33:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Rose and I had a very fun weekend this week. It all started on Friday night when Chris and Tara came over for dinner. We talked about their moving to Edmonton, and we're really going to miss them. We also talked about Chris's server, so that's going to be really, really fun to watch! So we're going to miss them, but we can also have the occasional excuse to rent a convertible and drive up to Edmonton to visit them. Waa Hoo! We watched the movie "Calendar Girls" which is absolutely hilarious. A bunch of old ladies posing nude for a, you guessed it, calendar for a fund raiser. Great flick if you are looking for one! Saturday was pretty much copa cetic for us: Rose working and me doing the tasks at home that I do when Rose works: laundry, dishes, computer games, and naps. I took a really, really good nap! We are kinda short on cash right now so we stayed home Saturday night with each other, which was so much fun that I hope to do it again next weekend! We watched a few movies, but basically just took things really easy. It was tons of fun! Then we got busy on Sunday. It started with Church, which we had been sadly neglecting. Afterwards, we had planned to head off to Spruce Meadows for a Shell bar-be-que and events like that, but St. Stephens was having a new comers pot luck, so we decided to go there instead. We met a host of interesting people from, believe it or not, all across Canada, and we shared stories, chatted with the rector, and just generally got to know people. When we arrived we got name tags, and they had given Rose my last name. It was the first time that it happened, and I was curious to see how long it was going to stay that way. It lasted for about an hour, which is a fine starting point I think. Afterwards, on our way to watch the equestrian events, I asked Rose how it felt, and we agreed that it would be up to her if she wanted to keep her name or use mine, Hopefully I'll have an answer for you sometime soon. :P One really interesting thing about the pot luck was that there was a gentleman there named Peter, from New York. When I asked the small-talk question "So, where are you from?" he made a face and responded "That's a bit of an odd question, really..." Well, it turns out he's one of those guys who have been everywhere and done a lot. MIT, Boeing in Seattle, London, Ireland, and I'm 90% certain he was gay. Which doesn't bother me in the least, but it was the fact that he was hitting on me in a Church basement. That I found kinda weird. And no priest jokes here, ok? It's not funny what some people do. CYODFS |W|P|108743601585655160|W|P|Interesting Weekend, Yes?|W|P|6/14/2004 03:34:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Check this out. I've compared my car, the 2003 Hyundai Elantra VE with Toyota's Prius with their greenhouse gas emissions per year and the green scale they both boast according to the Weather Channel's website. Take a look, it's really interesting. Notice the miles per gallon specs on the Prius...incredible! Comparison CYODFS|W|P|108725260834537311|W|P||W|P|6/14/2004 05:53:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|
Hehehehehehehe...anyone else feel like this? Posted by Hello|W|P|108721761369234413|W|P||W|P|6/12/2004 12:20:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|We'll Miss You, Ray! |W|P|108706805578512697|W|P|Sniff...Bye Ray!|W|P|6/10/2004 05:58:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|And you thought going to the dentist for a clenaing was bad! Can you freaking believe this? Six glasses of wine! That's over a bottle! For lunch! My God I'm seriously going to talk to my would-be dentist before I sit down in that chair! I've got an amazing yarn of a tale coming up...I'm just awaiting the outcome of it. CYODFS|W|P|108687240389675023|W|P||W|P|6/08/2004 10:39:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|OMG this is the best news I've heard all day! Hell, it's pretty much the best news I'v eheard all week! Thanks to Josh for hookin' a brother up! "Serenity" now a reality! Awsome! CYODFS|W|P|108671658396803166|W|P||W|P|6/08/2004 03:53:00 PM|W|P|Blogger dj freq|W|P|did anyone else think that this was going to somehow relate to Frank Costanza6/07/2004 08:23:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Well, we came close. Didn't we? |W|P|108666498983055710|W|P|Aw Crap!|W|P|6/08/2004 07:35:00 AM|W|P|Blogger Dru|W|P|We did. And I really hope that Calgary recovers from their disappointment soon enough to make the players realize just how much they brought this city together. Even if the cup didn't come home, I think it's fair to say that it was one hell of a ride.6/07/2004 03:42:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Sad, sad times for everyone. This is something that really affected me, not just a sad piece of news. I remember Reagan. Granted, not very well, but the man is not completely unknown to me. I can still hear his voice. Now I realize that as a Canadian, this might not be the most worth while of opinions, but he was such a pivotal person in the history of North America, especially in the last 30 years, that it's hard to imagine him not being there. In Québec, we used to refer to him as "Notre oncle Régean". Granted, it wasn't always in such a nice way, but that doesn't mean anything. We had a nickname for him. I don't know of any nickname we had for George Bush Sr or Bill Clinton. We liked Reagan, even for an American. Sigh. CYODFS|W|P|108664855093161441|W|P||W|P|6/03/2004 10:00:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|

These last few days have been an economic struggle for me. Rose seems to have handled it with grace, as she does everything, but I've been nervous since the weekend. We had an expensive week last week. Rose went to a dentist last week. Over two-hundred dollars just to have an examination done to determine that she needs work done. Pardon my language, but no shit Batman! That's why we went to the dentist.

So we have that money coming back (hopefully) from her insurance. Some student loans, some bills, and a parking ticket later, and we're maxed. Did I mention that it's rent week?

I don't mean to burden all of you with my financial situation, but it's helping me feel better to get it off my chest.

I will post something a little more upbeat once I get the chance. Our 'Net is down (again) so I will find some news stories once I can.

CYODFS

|W|P|108628204250977050|W|P|From Paupercity to Prosperity|W|P|6/02/2004 06:04:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|June US release date for Moore's film Yeah baby, it's about time! I can't freakin' wait to see this movie. Palm d'Or winner at Cannes and practically censored by the Bush's, I'm almost giddy! CYODFS|W|P|108618145606205142|W|P||W|P|6/01/2004 04:53:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|

Here are a few sites that I found quite interesting. They're about things that are close to me personally, namely the state of the United States as seen from independent people not associated with George W Bush (since the US is the last superpower on Earth, their political temperature is something that I like to keep a thermometer on, so to speak), and Internet rights and privacy in Canada, seeing how I am a proud believer and firm supporter of the freedom of expression on-line. I hope you enjoy them.

 

John Kerry Is A Douche Bag But I'm Voting For Him Anyway dot com

 

The name really says all that needs to be conveyed. Here's a quote:

 

Despite this and several other occurrences, Kerry has gone on to secure himself a spot on the ballot in November. Now, the challenge at hand is to get George W. Bush out of office and retired permanently to his beloved ranch in Crawford. In order to accomplish this, Kerry will need absolutely every single vote he can get. The most recent polls (at the time of writing) show that Bush still has strong support in general, and reasonable support for his war on Iraq; if ever there is to be a time that your vote counts, this is it.

 

The second site I’d like to talk about is one that those who are frequent readers might find a little surprising. It’s the raison d’être for the CRIA, the Canadian Recording Industry Association. The Canadian sister-organization to the RIAA, the CRIA has released a justification for their recent legal actions against Canadians who upload music. I will have to concede that there are some very valid points they make, but as with any argument used for the purpose of convincing people, there are wild generalizations and assumptions. But decide for yourself.

 

The Free Music Myth

 

Again, here’s a selection of quoted text:

Question: "THERE ARE NO LEGITIMATE SERVICES OUT THERE FOR ME TO USE, SO I'M FORCED TO FALL BACK ON THE ILLEGITIMATE ONES."

Answer: A number of legal online services are expected to launch in Canada this fall. Puretracks™, a Canadian service, has already announced a fall launch date. These sites offer better quality of product and service than illegal alternatives. Many are now offering transfer to portable devices. Potentially, hundreds of thousands of songs will be legally made available at cost-effective prices. And it's just not good enough to say if I can't get it legally, I'll steal it.

 

I hope that these sites inform you as they did me, as well as give you a little glimpse into my soul.

CYODFS.

 

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