Reasons to hate work…

August 16, 2006

IN PRISON. . you spend the majority of your time in an 8X10 cell.
AT WORK . . . you spend the majority of your time in a 6X8 cubicle.

IN PRISON . . you get three meals a day.
AT WORK . . . you only get a break for one meal and you have to pay for it.

IN PRISON . . you get time off for good behaviour.
AT WORK . . . you get more work for good behaviour.

IN PRISON . . the guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you
AT WORK . you must carry around a security card and open all the doors for yourself.

IN PRISON. . you can watch TV and play games.
AT WORK. . . you get fired for watching TV and playing games.

IN PRISON. . you get your own toilet.
AT WORK. . . you have to share with some idiot who pees on the seat.

IN PRISON. . they allow your family and friends to visit.
AT WORK. . . you can’t even speak to your family.

IN PRISON. . all expenses are paid by the taxpayer with no work required.
AT WORK. . . you get to pay all the expenses to go to work and then they deduct taxes from your salary to pay for prisoners.

IN PRISON. . you spend most of your life inside bars wanting to get out.
AT WORK. . . you spend most of your time wanting to get out and go inside bars.

IN PRISON . . . you must deal with sadistic wardens.
AT WORK . . . they are called managers.

So ……. why is it again that we work?

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Peace for the Middle East!

August 6, 2006

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[Link – Cartoons of Clay Bennett]

If Israel continues its pursuit of Hezbollah, Lebanon will be wiped off the face of the Earth. Doesn’t the Israeli government feel responsible at all for the death and destruction it has caused so far, against the Lebanese people? The more civilians that die in Lebanon, the more support Hezbollah will gain. Nothing is worst than the loss of innocence, especially the children. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Lebanese children of today, grow up to hate Israel for the hardships they will be forced to deal with.

I would like to see the International community come together quickly, and put an end to the violence, and hate between the people of the middle east. No war is going to solve these conflicts.

In order to create peace there must be an international presence in the middle east. A presence that includes the Jewish community, the Muslim community, and the Christian community. There must be open dialogue and reasonable rules, that everyone can agree upon. No declarations should put hardships on anyone. The key to peace is tolerance of each other. If one community skews its laws and regulations to benefit its own people, then of course there will be no end to this war. The day when all the people of the middle east start taking care of each others needs, that day will bring forth the peace process. Maybe a Declaration of the Middle East needs to be written.


100!

August 5, 2006

Last Wednesday I had an exam in Finite Math class. After I took the exam, as I turned in the test papers, I thought to myself…wow. I feel like I nailed that test! I actually feel like I made a decent grade. The next day the professor handed back the exams, and I made a 100! I got all the points! This hasn’t happened to me since high school. Particularly high school chemistry, was the last time I made a 100 on a test.

For a few days before the test I had been studying with friends. I didn’t actually think the study sessions would help me, but to my surprise the sessions were God send. I can’t remember the last time where I actually sat down and studied for a good amount of time. I’ll usually study for half an hour, then I’ll try to play video games, or watch a movie. The one thing that I learned to do, is to sit down and concentrate on my work. I suppose being with someone, helped me out a lot. Nothing is more challenging than to study with another person, and explain your work to them.

I’m really glad I made a good grade on that test! I won’t forget the valuable lesson I learned, about concentrating on my work. Whenever there is studying to do, I’ll have to try hard not to get distracted. 🙂


Van Gogh – The Cafe

August 3, 2006

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Recently I’ve started to enjoy looking at art. Paintings in particular. This one is Van Gogh’s “The Cafe”. I know that this would be way too expensive for me to buy. I wouldn’t mind getting a copy to put up in my room! I find it strange to buy copies of paintings, because it isn’t the original. But I keep asking myself, why buy it when you can get a copy for $100.00? I guess, maybe, when I’m rich, $500,000 will look like $100.00! Then I might buy the painting. But there are starving people in the world! sheesh, I don’t know. I guess for now I’ll just look at the picture on the computer!

[Link – www.art.com – Van Gogh “fakes” for sale…lol]


Old Boy

August 3, 2006

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Synopsis: 

Oh Dae-su is thrown in jail. He doesn’t know why he is being detained. All he has forward to do in jail is to watch t.v. and eat fried dumplings. Every day gas floods the room to put him to sleep, and while he’s sleeping people come in to groom him, and to clean up the jail. Then after 15 years he is released! Nobody tells him why he was in jail, or why he was released. So after he leaves jail he goes out in the world to find out who locked him up, and why. He has been preparing himself physically and mentally for 15 years to find out the answers to his questions. He also wants revenge.

Daanish’s review:

Well, what I wrote in the synopsis is pretty much what happens. This film is one of the best films that I’ve ever seen. Being a South Korean film I was hesitant to watch it at first, but I’m very impressed with it now. The plot, the characters, and the plot twists are just amazing! The story line is excellent, and full of suspense. In the end, I just sat in front of the screen thinking to myself…How the F*** does somebody write a film like that? Just amazing! Just so you know the movie is in Korean, but the one I saw was dubbed in english.

Daanish’s rating:

10 out of 10!

Links:

[Link – Chan-wook Park director of Old Boy]

[Link – Old Boy website]


V for Vendetta

August 3, 2006

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Synopsis on the back of the DVD:

Who is the man who hides his scarred face behind a mask? Hero or madman? Liberator or oppressor? Who is V; and who will join him in his daring plot to destroy the totalitarian regime that dominates his nation?

From the creators of The Matrix trilogy comes V for Vendetta, an arresting and uncompromising vision of the future based on the powerfully subversive graphic novel. Natalie Portman stars as Evey, a working-class girl who must determine if her hero has become the very menace he’s fighting against. Hugo Weaving plays V; a bold, charismatic freedom fighter driven to exact revenge on those who disfigured him. And Stephen Rea portrays the detective leading to desperate quest to capture V before he ignites a revolution. The stakes rise. The tension electrifies. The action explodes. Whose side are you on? In V’s world, there is no middle ground.

Daanish’s review:

I absolutely loved this film! V, Hugo Weaving’s character is the story of a man who wants to change the current government of Britain. Having been tested on with chemicals and other forms of torture, V, will do anything to get people to stand up against the governement. Many people live in fear, and don’t want to face the police. There is a curfew that is enforced, and anyone caught, being out, after the curfew is punished. V doesn’t believe in the curfew, nor does Evey. Evey is Natalie Portman’s character. She comes from a family that is known to be active in protesting against the government. But she is too afraid to stand up, and belive in her rights. V helps her understand his opinion. She has to decided whether to join him, or to continue her life in fear. In V’s own words “Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof.” This is one of those films you won’t forget. “Remember, remember, the fifth of November.”

Daanish’s Rating:

9 out of 10

Link:

[Link – V for Vendetta website]


LFO – Frequencies

July 23, 2006

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Track List:

1. Intro

2. LFO

3. Simon from Sydney

4. Nurture

5. Freeze

6. We Are Back

7. Tan Ta Ra

8. You Have To Understand

9. El Ef Oh!

10. Love Is The Message

11. Mentok 1

12. Think A Moment

13. Groovy Distortion

14. Track 14

Year/ Label:

1991/ Tommy Boy

Daanish’s Review:

I enjoy listening to IDM when I’m studying. The subtle clean-cut beats help me remember all the mundane information that I have to be tested on at college. LFO is an acronym for Low Frequency Oscillation, and the frequencies are definitely flowing in this album!

One thing that has always bothered me a bit with electronica music, are lyrics. I’m glad that LFO keeps the lyrics to a minimum. During certain tracks there will be a voice that’ll repeat the name of the track over and over, which is kind of freaky. But I’m glad the singing isn’t the kind that seems not to fit with certain electronica music.

While listening to Frequencies, you’ll be able to tell that the music was inspired by Kraftwerk. The same minimalistic beats are here, but Frequencies is music to move to. Though this is not cocktail party music, it’ll still have you moving from start to finish.

There is a dispute over the correct name of the tracks. The back of the CD case has the track names as listed above. But on LFO’s website the track names are switched about from track 7 to 14. Maybe this is a mistake by the record label. The CD is great never-the-less. Check out their very strange website. If you click the link for LFO’s website, it’ll look coded but if you click on the lists, music starts to play!

Very much:

IDM, Ambient, Clear-cut beats, Groovy, Late-night, Experimental.

Favorite Tracks:

These tracks are according to the back of the CD case:

“Simon from Sydney”,”Think a moment”, and “Track 14”.

Daanish’s rating:

8.5 out of 10

Links:

[Link – LFO website]

[Link – Buy this album]


Radiohead – Kid A

July 16, 2006

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Track List:

  1. Everything In Its Right Place
  2. Kid A
  3. The National Anthem
  4. How To Disappear Completely
  5. Treefingers
  6. Optimistic
  7. In Limbo
  8. Idioteque
  9. Morning Bell
  10. Motion Picture Soundtrack

Year/Label:

2000/Capitol

Daanish’s Review:

My first impression of this album was, has Radiohead lost its touch? This album isn’t even a rock album! But, after a few listens I’ve grown to like this album very much. From the very first track all the way to the last track, Radiohead has seem to turned into an electronica group. With its cold, dark noises and drumming patterns, Kid A, is the new face of gloomy trip-hop music!

However, this album isn’t like its predecessor, OK Computer. OK Computer definitely had its hit rock songs. I don’t think Kid A‘s tracks will sit too deep in mainstream music. For Radiohead to go off in this course of experimental music is quite exciting.

Every single track is gloomy. And Thom Yorkes vocals add to the gloominess. So like me, if your in a strange, gloomy, Radiohead kind of mood. Then this album will feed your craving.

Music Style:

Experimental Electronica, Dark, Gloomy, IDM, Experimental Rock, Trip-Hop

Favorite Tracks:

“The National Anthem”, “Idioteque”, “Morning Bell”.

Daanish’s Rating:

7.5 out of 10

Links:

[Link – Official Radiohead website]


Rage Against The Machine – Self Titled

July 10, 2006

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[Link – All Music Guide review]

[Rage Against The Machine official website]

Do you ever feel like you just want to tell it to the man? This rock album is one of my favorites. Rage is a band that has been very active in all sorts of efforts. There website is a wealth of information. Check them out. And next time you need something to get you fired up put it on track 2, “Killing in the name of”. Go ahead and listen to track 3 too. Heck if you listen to this album all the way through. You’ll be ready for anything. Don’t forget to check out their website.

Daanish’s Rating: 10 out of 10


Royksopp – Melody A.M.

July 10, 2006

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[Link – All Music Guide Review]

[Link – Royksopp Official website]

A lot of people can not stand electronica music. This album however will be loved by all. If your in the mood to chill, then this is for you. Whether your just hanging around the house. Or your studying for those hard midterms and examinations. This is great music to listen to. The beats are precise. The frequencies are flowing. This is one of those plug in play albums that you listen to all the way through. I am a huge fan of chill out music, and this album is something you shouldn’t pass up.
Daanish’s rating: 8 out of 10