Bush Addresses 8.2 Million Unemployed: 'Get A Job'

Too close to the truth.
I went paddling today, and I'm finally convinced that the season is over. I kayaked the Saulk River and the Saulk Rapids, and when I reached my favorite play hole (which was larger than usual) I flipped once, and that was the end of it. It was cold enough to give me a big ice-cream headache, and I decided I had enough. Then, when I got back to SJU I realized that I left my paddle in the parking lot, so I raced back to retrieve the $150 carbon-fiber stick. Luckily it was still there.


I watched Carrie today, for the first time. I thought it was good; different from most of the horror films of our day. Instead of having blood and gore every few minutes it builds up to a big climax. When we finally get the climax it's something that's happening to a character that we care about and who we've learned about throughout the movie. It's really effective.


Street Painting

Street Painting
Originally uploaded by Jetman Jake.
A street painting (on a flat surface) by artist Kurt Wenner. I found it linked off of a site proving and disproving urban legands (http://www.snopes.com/snopes.asp), some of which can be an interesting read if you have the time.

Night Camp

Originally uploaded by Jetman Jake.
Here's a shot at this photo posting thing. If it works I'll upload some fresh stuff tomorrow.


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.
I had a great class this morning. We were talking about Catholic economic doctrine, then became embroiled in this big debate about Catholics and if there's an implicit fear of hell, if we are generally selfish or unselfish, and if those who follow God are implicitly better people. Good fun.

Oh, and it it rained yesterday and is cruddy out today. It smells like worms outside.


Get Political for Halloween
The Bush Daughters came to campus the other day, but their reception was by invitation only, and the organizers were pretty damn strict on who they let in and who they tried to kick out.


The grounds crew were all out with their leaf blowers outside my window at 8:30 this morning. I was not amused.

Oh, and my roommate is being a bit of a tool. He doesn't clean stuff, plays xbox all the time, watches bad tv with his girlfriend, and slams doors when he gets up early in the morning. Grrr.


Allow me to demonstrate my lack of tact by combining one very serious and three not-serious issues into one post.

The (now) fiance of one of my best friends is in the hospital, on her birthday no less. She has some sort of ball of evil in her chest and it's affecting her ability to breathe, which is scary as hell. They're not sure if it's cancerous yet, and for the time being we can only hope for the best. Now granted, I'm not a particularly religious person, but my thoughts and prayers are with them, and hopefully you can lend yours as well.

deep breath

Right. On to movie reviews.

I saw Antonia's Line, The Beach, and Simon Birch all in the last 24 hours. The Beach was pure trash, nothing that was in the movie hasn't been done better and earlier by other movies. Simon Birch was all right, a little too touchy-feeley and the bus crash at the end kinda ruined it. Antonia's Line, a Dutch film I saw in film studies, was excellent. It follows one woman's family in this small village, and the whole thing is great in that it has a strong emotional pull without taking cheap shots or undermining the audience's intelligence. Highly reccomended.

Oh, and listen to Rise Against's song "Paper Wings." My new favorite.


World views on our election. World citizens for Kerry anyone?

Anybody see Ashlee Simpson screw up on SNL the other night? Apparantly the lip sync track started before she knew what the hell was going on, causing her to get flustered and leave the stage. The whole situation is made even more amusing since she had previously spoken out against lip syncing, saying that she would never do it.

If only SNL would go back to hiring actual artists.

Oh well.
RollingStone.com: Ashlee Caught Lip Syncing.



Welcome to Bush is Lord, which may be the most frightening website I have ever seen.


Masturbation to End War: Masturbate for Peace

Find a cause you believe in.


I have witnessed a victory in baseball's battle of good and evil.

Go Sox.



"As the pattern becomes more intricate and subtle being swept along is no longer enough."

identify the qote, win a candy.


The Fabulous, Productive Weekend

All right, that may be going a bit far, but it was a good weekend. I got a lot of work done on Thursday and Friday (long weekend), and then Courtney and I went home for dinner with the family on Friday night. Then it was a family gathering on Saturday, followed by lots of lounging around on Sunday.

I'm doing my honors option project for film studies, an analysis of the Linkletter film Waking Life in which I'm tracking down all of the references in the dense movie. One of the most interesting theories is one put forth by Rupert Sheldrake called "Morphic Resonance." He claims that memories aren't in our minds but "out there" and that our minds tune into memories. This also allows us to tune into the human consciousness of a whole, plucking out ideas. This explains why most scientific discoveries pop up almost simultaneously all over the world.

Interesting stuff.


Same site, 'nother post. Sad, but funny:

Last year, a buddy of mine got a kitten (I don't know where from--probably a neighborhood "free kitten"). Two days later it went into a coma. $2500 worth of surgery later, the cat dies anyway. They "owned" the cat for less than a week total. It didn't even have a name.
So now our big thing to hassle him about goes something like this:
"So you could have a Caribbean cruise or a dead cat."
"So you could have a new deck, complete with grille, or a dead cat."
"You could see "Lord of the Rings" 300 times or have a dead cat."
Hours of pure fun, I tell you.
This from a post I saw online:

The Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Organisatoin at my uni in Georgia had a "Wear jeans if you're coming out" day. Ha ha ha ha to all the uptight homophobic bigoted bible-loving redneck assholes who freaked out that day...


This will be me in a few years.


I just had the most infuriating meeting of my life.

I met with a pre-law advisor for the first time to make sure I'm on the right track for law school, but apparantly I'm not, since the only way he thought law school worked was to have a poli-sci major and take econ. and accounting, then go to a ivy-league school and go into corporate law. Obviously my comm. minor won't help me, since it just shows me how to COMMUNICATE! Oh, and my choice to go to New Zealand won't help me either.



One of my best friends got engaged last night to his on-again-off-again girlfriend. Crazy. Everybody's growin' up so durn quickly...

Hopefully I'll be the best man or something; I've always kinda wanted to be a best man. We'll see.



So I bought Courtney a longboard for her birthday present, and of course the first time she was busy with stage managing during an afternoon I stole it to go and play. Things went really well for about 15 minutes, then really bad for about 15 seconds when I decided to bomb a hill and lost control of the board. I tried to step off of it at about 20mph since I knew I'd eat it otherwise. My first step onto the pavement launched me forward at which point I caught myself with my leg and the palm of my hand. Then I went to the BAC, since I knew they had both a large sewing machiene for my pants and a large first aid kit for my hand.

Longboarding is fun.


More paddling news. I ran the Kettle this past weekend, but I was having a bit of an off day. I wasn't catching the eddies I needed to, so I was missing the good waves for the most part. The wave I was riding consistantly eventually flipped me and held me in the hydraulic, so I ended up swimming. It was damn cold.

I've started my application for my semester abroad; if all goes well I'll be studying in Palmerston North (New Zealand) at Massey University. Woot woot. It looks like it'll be a great time.

Oh, a word of warning. Never, ever eat at the White Castle in Hinkley, MN. Shadiest fast food place I've ever been to (and that's saying quite a bit). The guy who handed me my food was missing at least 3 teeth. Good fries though, and they had cherry coke, but the burgers were... spongey. Ack.


The Big Debate. Did you watch it? Whadja think? I caught most of it; Kerry seemed a lot more polished and informed than Bush. Bush seemed to be repeating the same catchphrases over and over. Yes, we know the war is hard work. We know you think Kerry's indecisive. Mixed messages. We got it.

Oh, and the Poland jab was funny as hell.

Any swing voters out there? What'd you think? Personally, now I'm more of the mindset for voting for Kerry, not just NOT voting for Bush.