boobquake 2010

April 26, 2010

“Female immodesty is killing thousands of innocent people…Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes

This theory by Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi is being tested across the world today (instigated by Jen McCreight) with recorded measurements of seismic activity in relation to female immodesty. Should be a fun day for all.

Update: Sure enough there were enough earthquakes yesterday (as the day before) to support everyone’s theory. The discussions continue.


drumming in the chief

April 18, 2010

I drummed yesterday after many months, and as usual after a lengthy layoff, it went from a casual class to drumming for a visiting Chief from Ghana! Actually (since the Chief was really late) we mostly drummed for the increasingly-bored and disinterested crowd of Ghanaians who seemed to want nothing to do with traditional drumming. Another example of the “love your colonizer” mentality? Or the “we are different than those uncivilized people back home” mentality? Or maybe we were just terrible.


April 10, 2010

Brainstorming session, Headquarters

Dim1: We are here to discuss this new idea from our strategic idea people. Lets talk about the opportunity of building our paper fireplace…
Derk: Cool! A fireplace that burns compact paper logs.
Dim1: No…it’s a fireplace made from paper…
Derik: um, wait a …
Dim1: Derik! Hang on. I want to get the idea on the table. So, since metal is too expensive, we are considering making the fireplace from paper…in fact white paper. Did I mention strategic?
Dim2: We should do an idea matrix…yes…no…a decision matrix…no…um
Dim1: I like the way you think Dim2…very strategic.
Derik: Shouldn’t we talk about …
Dim1: No Derik! Not yet. We are brainstorming here – getting the ideas out. I’m talking strategy here. You need to learn that.
Dim2: so, did anyone see the Matrix? It’s so awesome how they bend like that…
Dim1: Yeah that was a good one…Derik, see how Dim2 sees the big picture? We could use ideas like that – it’s paper, we could print one with Trinity, one with Morpheus… Read the rest of this entry »


April 7, 2010

born, only mother. no father
brotherly worship. love life
till you die so the memories
will not fade. mind barricades
the pictures of togetherness

married. children, married
eight is a lucky number. live
until you are happy to go
to other worlds, watching us
grow quiet and devastated

old woman, back bent straight
grandchildren want you, need
you to know things they cannot
say. wish you knew more about
me. thinks you do already. know

missing hoops

April 3, 2010

Anyone else notice how many outdoor basketball courts in the city have backboards but no hoops? The schools in my area actually take down the hoops to discourage teenagers from playing basketball at night. I think that there are a lot worse things for a teenager to do than exert energy and get exercise in a positive game. We take away the few avenues that they have to release their pent-up energy and then we complain when any shit happens.

The Vatican has stated that the criticism of the Roman Catholic Church over paedophilia scandals is similar to anti-Semitism. This is a very interesting analogy; it is somewhat like saying that what the Jews faced was similar to what the Nazis faced – in reality they both faced hatred and death, but something tells me that leaving out the context may be misleading.

In addition, for the Vatican to use the analogy of anti-Semitism is rather hypocritical – anyone remember Pope Pius XII and his silence during the height of Nazism? Or the pre-Vatican II official stance on Jews? In my opinion, the word ‘anti-Semitism’ is thrown around inappropriately a little too often especially when one wants to quickly quiet any criticism.

I have always hated the concept of those washroom keys tied to a stick that are part of the ambiance in some restaurants or coffee shops. I don’t know about you, but I have always felt uncomfortable with something that goes into the washroom with people of various sanitary habits and then is stored in a food-preparation area or handled by people making my food or drink. Mostly I try not to think about it.

I try not to use washrooms that use this elegant system of toilet security (and I pray when I have the misfortune of my server handling the key before making my food), but yesterday I had to pee very badly – so I succumbed. I unlocked the door, left the back-scratcher-key on the paper towel dispenser, Read the rest of this entry »