Friday, November 30, 2007

Bye November 2007

I will not miss you. You were mean. Though one could argue my own deep love for procrastination was a major reason this month was such a nasty and brutal beast. But why shift the blame back to me? It is much more fun to pick on a month that can't defend itself. Now if this month was April, I wouldn't be passing any blame its way. Nobody messes with April. She's a tough month. But November, he is a patsy. Though I shouldn't be too hard on him because after all, he has given me lots of birthdays which in turn has given me lots of gifts. I like gifts for those people who have way too much money and looking to blow it somewhere. I always am willing to be a recipient of mass giving. You could consider it a 'I survived my teacher's college applications' present. Anyway, I've got some essays that feel rather neglected due to all this love shown to the applications. Don't worry, I'm here for you, my precious papers.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

The End Is Near!!!

No, I am not prophesizing the apocalypse or the rapture. Afterall, my initials aren't JVI. Rather I am foreseeing a much rosier and joyous future, one that is absent of teacher's applications and school papers. Of course, the complete end of all school duties is still approximately three weeks away. At least, I now have some hope that I will be able to avoid a complete mental breakdown. I hear sanity is a nice thing to have during the holiday season. I will consider this newfound hope, my early Christmas gift. Anyway, I thought it would be nice to let my loyal readers know that I indeed still breath. I will now go back into seclusion.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

For All The American Readers. . .

Happy Thanksgiving!!! Today doesn't mean anything special for the majority of the world but you Americans get to stuff yourself, enjoy a parade, do lots of shopping and watch tons of football. Sounds like a pretty fun day to me. Of course, we did that over a month ago minus the shopping thing since our Thanksgiving wasn't invented as a strategy to encourage consumerism. I think ours was designed as a new way to piss off the First Nations. Plus it is nice to have a holiday thrown in during the fall season.

Anyway, enough about the long gone Canadian holiday and back to rooting for that American version!!! For all my friends from the United States, have an absolutely fantastic turkey day and a great time with your family. As for all non Americans, enjoy your typical Thursday but you can still have a great time with the family even if it lacks the splendour of being a holiday.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Now, For A Completely Different Approach

I don't know how many people are already aware of this, but a USC student created a video game called Darfur is Dying. Essentially, you can pick from a family of displaced Sudanese who must try to care for his/her people while attempting to avoid the Janjaweed militia. I personally haven't decided exactly how I feel about this. On one hand, it presents an incredibly important issue to a demographic that may not normally be exposed to it, due to being apathetic or cynical to traditional news media. On the other hand, I have fear it turns a serious crisis into entertainment and also risks trivializing such an important issue. Then again, it is really critical to try to effectively use all forms of media out there in order to reach as many people as possible. Especially in regards to a serious dilemma like the conflict in Darfur. I obviously have a lot to say about this issue alone but I'll save it for when I don't have numerous essays and teacher's college applications mocking and threatening me.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Happy Anniversary Tim & Carolyn!!!

I don't know if today is the actual date or not. I do know it is somewhere around this time period. Maybe it is the 19th? I also think today might be another Carolyn's birthday. Or at least, it is pretty close to this date too. What do you mean that is what a planner is for? I thought its purpose was to keep track of what time the Office is on. Not that it matters anymore with the writer's strike.

Happy wishes to Tim and Carolyn Teakle and I am sure you will have many, many, many more splendid years of marriage. As for Carolyn Ho, I don't even know if you check this ever, but Happy Birthday to you, anyway.

I am going to bed because a man isn't supposed to average 4 hours of sleep a night.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Definition of Irony

Tomorrow, I am giving a presentation on coping with stress.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

A Trillion Dollars Is A Lot Of Money

No matter if you're pro or anti war in Iraq and Afghanistan, you have to admit that a trillion dollars towards those war efforts seems like an exorbitant amount to spend. To me, it seems the funds could go to so many more worthwhile places. You could pay off a huge amount of Africa's debt and finally really begin to seriously bring aid to that continent. Or the money could go to help the American citizens with improvement in health care or education. I know there is an argument that this money is going into protection for the western world. But when you look at the military being a multi-billion dollar industry, you start getting a little suspicious of the real purpose behind it. I am not trying to diminish the efforts of the troops or even attack the American army. I do feel that people really need to start reanalyzing war and its true purpose. Is it really leading to a protection of our rights and allowing for a greater good for humanity? Has any war ever lead to this? I look at the history of war and I am hard pressed to find a single war that did not directly or indirectly lead to another war or conflict or crisis. Of course, I am open to any rebuttals.

Friday, November 16, 2007

TGIF

The blessed weekend is here. It actually hasn't been an overly crazy week but I am hoping to be able to get LOTS of work done this weekend. These next two weeks will be the definition of Captain Insano. Also tomorrow is the first Boys' Reading Club event, the theme will be comics and superheroes, so that should be lots of fun. On the business perspective, it is more experience to beef up those teacher's college applications. Alright, no more procrastination for me!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Blog's Future

Despite what several months of intermittent inactivity may show, I actually really do enjoy blogging. I do not ever plan to allow this blog to completely die or vanish. Of course, not everything is entirely under my control and if Blogspot goes bankrupt tomorrow then I would need to find a new home. Or if I ever get a tad ambitious, I may start up my very own blogging site. As for the state of 'The International House of Spicer', I hope and feel it will have a very long and vibrant life. Well, vibrant might be pushing it but I think I can at least pull off long. Anyone that has read many of my posts know that long is something I can do. I might lack creativity, grammar and talent but man oh man, can I go for an extended period of time. Oh blessed verbiage, it has been a friend of mine for eons. This blog will continue to produce a whole lot of words with the occasional deeper meaning or glimpse of wit.

When I started blogging, my intention was to never go over the minutia of my day. It isn't because I am a private person because most who know me, know that the opposite is the case. I also know that aspects of my personal life will always creep into this blog. If a really major event from life happens, and I think it has interest, then I will always most definitely share. But the idea of an online diary has never really appealed to me and this was never the intent of this blog. I am not sure if it has slowly began to lean in that direction but it is definitely not where I want to continue or remain.

I really enjoy writing. Above all, that was the reason I started up a blog a few years ago. One day, I hope to get some works published especially a novel. I knew blogging would be a good way for me to get used to actually writing for an audience. I also knew it would give me a decent idea regarding if people enjoyed what I had to offer.

As for subject matter, I have always been pretty intent on making sure it is a smorgasbord of writings. Actually, my hope is to continue to add way more different styles of writing. I see this blog as my chance to improve and harness my critical-thinking, creativity, literary, analytical and sandwich-making skills. My ultimate vision is include more politcal rants, more spiritual dialogue, more book or film reviews and more general musings of this world. On top of that, I would really like to start posting some short stories and poems on this site. I've been holding off on that just because stories and poems can often be such a personal and private part of a person. One often puts their heart into that type of writing. It can take a lot of energy to be willing to have people not only read but allow them to be critical of it. I've decided that if I ever hope to be published then I need to start somewhere. Eventually, expect some more creative writings to be here for you to critique, analyze and digest.

Now, after all that, I can't promise anything incredibly exciting, in depth or creative over the next few weeks. My typing will need to be focused towards the mountain of essays awaiting me to climb. Once this semester fades into dust, I will be able to focus on some groovey writings. No promises when I'll post a story but probably after I actually write one.

So, that is the planned future of this blog and you can now be excited, indifferent, scared or hungry. No matter your feeling, this blog will still be here like a loyal friend or a local Wal-Mart.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

30 Years Wise

My 20s are now officially over. They were good to me and I am sure I will miss them from time to time. I know I will have just as an exciting and enthralling a time with these 30s. Actually, based off certain events that I plan to happen in the next little while, I am absolutely positive the 30s will hold their very own amazing adventures. I should be able to keep you updated on my journey through the 30s on this dandy blog, as long as I am not kidnapped by cannibalistic, ninja-trained, telemarketing, Pro-Math llamas. Stinking llamas, always stopping me from consistent blogging. Anyway, I am going to savour the last 8 minutes of my 'special day.'