16 March 2006

Hours of entertainment



You all MUST check out this website:

  • South Park Studio


  • The above image was created through this website...it's the South Park version of me! Only, they don't have devil horns, so I couldn't really complete the full me...but the angel side is represented. Ok, gotta go back and make more...this is way too much fun!

    15 March 2006

    French students revolt

    Over the past few days I've been following news from France where students in Universities, and now high schools have been mounting demonstrations against a new employment law that the Prime Minister, Villepin, is trying to push through. There was even a sit in at the Sorbonne in Paris...the students were eventually taken forcefully out by police in full riot gear. There's going to be huge demonstrations tomorrow with students and young people traveling from all over the country to Paris to participate. Basically, this new plan was set up in an attempt to try and create options for employers that would make it easier to hire more young people (this being an attempt to help resolve major issues that came out with the rioting months ago)...however, the program puts into place options for employers that do not at all favor the employee. One of the major issues is that the employee (this is applicable for anyone 26 years of age and younger I believe) is placed on a two year contract which states that at any time during the first two years of employment, the employer can fire the employee without giving a reason, nor does the employer need to give any sort of notice..one day your working and the next your not.

    If you can read French, here are some sites with info for and against this new employment plan:

  • Movement des Jeunes Socialistes

  • UNI


  • And here's an article in english for those of you who can't read French but might be interested:
  • Seattle PI


  • It's been interesting to follow this issue...it reminds me just how lame the US is in terms of how citizens interact with government and politics...I know that France is a smaller country and all that, but really. I can't imagine the youth of the US rising up and demanding better employment rights if something like this happened here. And these demonstrations that have already taken place, and are being planned are having an effect...politicians are responding and there is a dialogue and interaction between citizens and government. From experience I know that the French take their politics very seriously and they would never stand for a government that did not allow them to be vocal in what they stand for...or for that government to ignore them. Of course some of what has been going down in France with the students has been violent, but then again that doesn't surprise me much either...the French Revolution comes to mind. Although, apparently there had been a week of peaceful demonstrations with no attention being paid so the students decided to force the issue. We'll see where this all goes.

    This and That

    Found a five dollar bill when I got off the bus on my way home from work last night. That was exciting :-)

    By using the measuring tool in google earth yesterday...I discovered that I walk about two miles when I walk to work. And then from there figured out that I walk 4mph. Speedy me!

    Have become addicted to lemon tea over the past week.

    Can't wait for my trip up to Vancouver this weekend...it's finally hitting me that I'm getting out of Seattle for a few days! And getting out of the US as well...even if it is just crossing the border into Canada. Still exciting :-)

    ok, that's all the random stuff I can come up with at the moment.

    10 March 2006

    Pearls Before Swine...again



    I love those crocs...they're so stupid!

    09 March 2006

    A quarter of a century

    I'm old today....25...I think I hear my knees squeaking, and I woke up with a pain in my back, and my eleven white hairs stood up on end this morning, and...and...oh, wait...I guess I'm not really that old yet. Plus I still have my better than 20/20 vision so that's all I really care about (especially with my job). However, must everyone keep saying, "ah, 25...you're a quarter of a century old." that just makes me feel like I'm ANCIENT!

    I'm as old as a quarter now....yay!

    08 March 2006

    Google's quote of the day:

    "I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out."
    - Rodney Dangerfield

    06 March 2006

    Oscars



    This image comes from the Seattle PI, their collection of Oscar shots...it shows Nick Part and Steve Box, the creators of "Wallace & Gromit and the Curse of the Were-Rabbit"...they brought matching crazy bow ties for their Oscars...how cool is that!? I love those guys!

    Other winners that I had to cheer for were the Frenchies from "March of the Penguins" who brought stuffed animal penguins with them!!! yay! More cool people! My mom and I were jumping around cheering for the Frenchies when they won :-) well, plus we really loved that movie. Then there was the winner of the Best Foreign Film that went to "Tsotsi" from South Africa, which isn't out in theatres quite yet...but I've seen the trailer and it looks excellent, and apparently the soundtrack is awesome as well. Can't wait to see that one! One other movies that was up for Best Foreign Film was "Joyeux Noel", a French film that shows good potential as well...but mainly I have to see that movie cause my favorite actor with the gorgeous eyes, Benno F├╝rmann, is in it. *swoon*

    02 March 2006

    video

    So why is anyone surprised at what the new video that was just released shows concerning Bush being briefed about hurricane katrica? I mean, we know that he lies all the time...I mean, duh, weapons of mass destruction in Irag? Come on now. Here we are now getting to view another lie...his statement that no one could have guessed the levees would break in New Orleans is now officially a lie...cause he knew, and so did Chertoff. Although, perhaps he wasn't listening during that video clip...perhaps he was just sitting there with his brain turned off. That's an even scarier thought.

    On a completely different note, check out the following site:

  • 7 Deadly Sinners: March calendar


  • click on the calendar image and you'll be able to read all the details...it's quite excellent.