Monday, 29 January 2007

Do we really have a second chance in life?


Do we really have that second chance to make everything work?
The makers of Second Life seem to think so... Never heard of it? Well...its quite the thing now...
It was created in 2003 by former RealNetworks CTO Philip Rosedale through Linden Lab
It's a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents...(residents being users like you and me)
Basically its an Internet based "game" (some ppl also take this game very seriously....) which is based on real life.. but isn't...You can own a house, a business, clothes, have friends, have a job.. and basically create a life for yourself that doesn't exist.. but that you wish did exist.... So for example, you are a short skinny guy.. and you want to be this big buff hot looking man..with wings!! well you can create your avatar to look just like that! And then you have always wanted to become a clothes designer.. but never had much talent, well you can start your own business..open a store.. and ppl can come buy your clothes...for real money...These avatars (virtual ppl) explore, meet other residents, socialize, participate in individual and group activities, and buy items (virtual property) and services from one another. As they spend more time in the world, they learn new skills and mature socially, learning the culture and manners of a virtual environment.


The currency used in Second Life is called Linden Dollars...which are exchangeable for US Dollars in a marketplace constituting users, the Linden Lab and real life companies. One U.S. dollar will buy 271 Lindens, enough to buy a basic outfit for an avatar...

Stores like American Apparel and Dell can be found in this virtual world.. and some new cies are adding themselves constantly...(pictures of AA in Second Life)


There have been many articles written about this program how its becoming our new reality...many questions are arising from this smart program which can... "make all your dreams come true..." However, there was a story about a woman, who dedicated her life to this program. She had developed her own clothing business.. and had spent her entire earnings on developping this product..her only revenue was the money she was getting from other residents who would buy her clothing.................


The first time I heard about this program.. I thought. WOW.. this really encourages people to become anti-social and spend their days developping a person that isn't even themselves..and spending money on something that isn't even real.. A friend of mine was telling me, that you can have Virtual Lap Dances (des fake dance à 10...), buy trips, have fake sex.. and simply.. do anything you want.. but virtually.. And I still believe it does encourage people to become anti-social.. however... this program can be a source of hope for those you can't walk, so they decide to dance, and hike.. or for those who are stuck in a dead beat job and always dreamed of becoming an artist...or for those that are just interested in trying something new....But I believe that everything should be done in moderation...I don't believe technology is taking over our lives.. I believe we have the choice to decide if we want it to or not.. and for programs like this that are emerging.. we need to think about what we really are as human beings... and develop skills in order to be the best we can be in the real world before needing to escape to a fake one...


- NC

If this subject interests you... go check it out...

Wednesday, 24 January 2007

A Proud Montrealer...

Every time I walk through the streets of the Old Port, or on Crescent street... I come across what we call.. TOURISTS....I must say, I have been a tourist in many cities across the world, from London, to NYC to Sydney Australia and I realize that for a local, it can sometimes be a pain to have a tourist in their city... I don't know why I feel this way, but I am trully annoyed by tourists in my beautiful city. I think the worst tourists are the All-American Men who come to Montreal to party....I am sure you have spotted them.. they tend to hang out in groups and walk in groups... all wearing some Abercrombie/Gap/American Eagle/ JCrew outfit, all look the same.. the all-american look, which i have to say, do find quite hot... But these men are completly obnoxious... with their LOUD SCREAMING, their whistles...to their HEY BABY.. WANNA COME BACK TO MY HOTEL ROOM??
They think they're hotshit by hitting on you at clubs and bars with their classic line..."Me and my firends are having a party and your friends can come too." then when you decline they make it seem like its your loss!!!! Get it through your heads just because your not getting laid back at home, doesnt mean you can come and invade Montreal to try and get some!!! We are not prostitutes!! Except for those on the corner of St-Catherine and St-Laurent at 4:00am.....

But still... I think its great for our economy to have visitors...and I do have some kind of hidden love for those All-American boys..... but RESPECT our city and respect the women in the city!!!!!

Tuesday, 23 January 2007

722$ DOWN THE DRAIN.......

Talk about unlucky....I m driving home from a friend's house last nite around 11:30pm...and Im driving into my neighborhood and I see a cop driving in front of me. Soon after, the cop kinda left me go in front of him and decided to follow me..... Careful as I am.. I took my time and drove very slowly and of course respected the speed limit. At the light before getting to my house, the cops took another way and i felt relieved that I was't stopped....However, as soon as i walked out of the car, the cops were in front of my house and asked me if I was the owner of my little Rabbit. I answered yes, and for a split second.. I thought he was going to tell me that the car was stolen.. and I had all my papers ready to prove to him that he was "dans le champ".
Well... the lady cop that was with him told me.. "Ben Madame la... on vous a chequé au rond point là..random de même, pis m'semble d'après nos données, que ton permis de conduire n'est plus valide depuis 2006!" PARDON!! Pas valide depuis 2006!!!!!!!!!!! tu me fuckin niaise!!! Je me disais que c'était IMPOSSIBLE!!!!!!!Alors la popo me demande mes papiers, mon permis.. je vous rappelle que je suis maintenant stationnée dans mon entrée de maison... Mon père avait tout vu, alors il était sorti dehors pour venir voir ce qui se passait.... ma mère, par la suite est sortie (sans manteau biensur) pour s'assurer que tout etait correct... Mon frère et ma soeur regardaient par la fenêtre.. Je te dis.. c'etait l'événement de la soirée!!!
Alors finalement, après avoir attendu dans mon garage pendant 10 minutes, les deux agents viennent me voir et me donne une contravention... avant que je l'ouvre.. ils m'expliquent que je n'avais pas payer mon permis depuis Février puis que j'avais une amende pour ca.. et si yavait un problème... je devrais dealer avec la SAAQ... et qu'ils ne voulaient pas que je conduise mon auto jusqu'à tant que tout était arrangé... (Well... I did take my car this morning....mais je me suis pointé a un point de service de SAAQ pour arriver là and it was closed.. and would only open at 9.. it was 7:30 at the time...)

J'ouvre la contravention en leur présence.. pour voir une somme de 430$!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Je pensais m'évanouir!!! Les agents me disent, " Madame, c'est pas ns qui décidions des amendes..blablabla" I was gonna shove their "MADAME" up their ass!!!!! Alors, toute depressed je rentre chez ns pour trouver sur le comptoir... 2 enveloppes...une de la ville de Montréal... FUCK UNE CONTRAVENTION... et l'autre de la SAAQ... Could things get any worse.. how much money do I owe to the freakin SAAQ DAMNIT... Alors 37$ pour la contravention... et pour l'immatriculation... 255$!!!!!!!!!!! et la pour cette amende de merde.. 430$! Pour un total de 722$!!!!!!!!!! But wait.. I still will have to pay my permis.. which supposinly isn't paid.. ANOTHER 86$! SHIT.. Just not my luke.. i have to say.........

This damn SAAQ just trying to find every freaking way to make you pay more and more and more and more...and the city aint better with their HUGE parking meter fees... WHAT IS THIS.. 4$ for 2 hours DT?!?!? You gotta be kidding me! Il me semble qu'après toutes ces années, the streets have been paid for... this is just basically another way for the city.. to make money off its residents backs... But the thing is... is that the cost is obvious! You want your residents to be happy.... stop making them pay for ridiculous things like parking!!!!
You want ppl to take public transport.. well then make it more accessible... Why are the bridges always packed at 6am?!?! Well isn't it logical.. If you get a reliable train system through the city and into the suburbs... you'll see a difference.. You have to spend money to make it.. and its as if our city is just falling apart with the new rules and legislations...

THINK ABOUT THAT!

So yeah.. I m finished my ranting... good day! xxxxxxxx

Monday, 22 January 2007

From Ipods to Meat-lifting.....

I just wrote a super long post.. but I was just babbling about absolutly nothing...so I just decided to delete it!

Well... back to work, Monday morning!! Not quite the most exciting day of the week.. but, what are you gonna do?
I got
  • My Monster energy drink (yes i drink one in the morning.. it gets me going...)
  • My heater.. yes I brought a heater from my home cuz its sooooooo damn cold in my office... i think ppl are jealous! LOL!!
  • My Mix96 coming out of the phone... yeah can you believe that! the music is coming out of the phone.. but after hearing No Heaven by Champion, Don't feel like dancing by the Scissor Sisters and Irreplacable by Beyonce more then 3 times a day.. I shut it off and take out my broken Ipod.

Talking about Ipod.. I must admit that I am a big fan... I have what you call the 3rd generation, before the color ones came out.. I got mine in September of 2004. I was sooo proud of myself. . I had spent a wooping 350$ and baught it over Ebay! I dowloaded all of my favorite songs... from Black Betty to the ancient Motown oldies.. to the 90s Mr Vain, Move this.. basically then entire Dance Mix 94 and 95 CDs to more recent music through out the past 2 years.... I also used my ipod like some sort of USB port and decided to download my entire laptop onto this little device.. which was a pretty bright move when my laptop went dead and got erasedSo anywayz, 2 years later.. after using this machine to its capacity.. I was listening to a news report on the radio talking about Ipods and how they only last no more then 2 years.. battery defects.. etc etc.. and I was saying to myself.. HA! mine is 2 years old and works like a charm.... well I think i spoke too fast.. that day, the click wheel stopped working... Meaning that I can't chose a song to play (or a playlist) and I can't change the volume.. so basically my ipod plays on random at a given volume. which is a little too loud.. BOU!

A new one is on my list of things to get, right next to an Apple Macbook and a new winter coat ( I think im goin to a Canada Goose one... THEY ARE SOOOOOOO WARM!!!!)

OH MY GOD....As im writting this blog.. I m reading some news online... Here is the title of the article I was reading: "The Purloined Sirloin: Why is meat the most shoplifted item in America?"

People shoplift meat?! Here are a few passages from the article...

"Meat used to be the shoplifting runner-up to health-and-beauty-care items, a category that includes cough medicines containing pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in home-cooked meth"

"Stores have had particular problems with cuts bearing the Certified Angus Beef brand, which are often displayed near ostensibly less succulent offerings. With only enough money to purchase an ordinary chuck-eye roast, many otherwise ethical shoppers make a snap decision to lift the Angus instead. Store detectives speculate that these meatlifters feel entitled to have steak instead of hamburger on occasion, as a reward for their hard work; swiping an expensive bottle of dish soap doesn't provide the same sense of satisfaction."

"Wary about squelching impulse buys, supermarkets are instead looking for a technological deterrent to meatlifting. Mettler Toledo and Hobart, two of the nation's leading suppliers of meat-preparation equipment, have developed security-tag applicators that conceal the tag beneath the price label; walk out of the store with a purloined sirloin and an alarm will sound."

"So, more innovation is required in the battle against meatlifting. Meat-sniffing dogs pop to mind, though some shoppers might object to having a Doberman nosing around their crotches in search of stolen steaks. But you know what they say about civil liberties in a time of crisis."

WOW!!!!

If you are interested in reading the whole article.. here is the site: http://www.slate.com/id/2157840/?GT1=9010


HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHA!!! Can't believe I found that video!!

Well have a nice afternoon folk! xxxxxx

Saturday, 20 January 2007

What it feels like for a girl....

What does it feel like for a girl? Sometimes.. it just aint as obvious as you may think! I tend to sometimes analyse my guy friends' relationships.. and it just seems SOOOO EASY! No bickering, not much fighting..!!! and they are simple as can be!! If they have a problem, they deal eith it and then go to the next thing. Just ain't the same when you're a girl! It gets wayyyyyy harder.. and way more complicated.. Lots of bitching, and hasseling and too much trouble.. and when it comes to MEN.. OH BOYYYYYY, thats just the beginning of a new set of problems!!!.. thats all I gotta say! But hey, you learn how to deal.. and thats the way things are!!!

Well its Saturday afternoon and boy... I wish I could get back to beeeddddddd!!!!! Im still wearing my pjs...

But no... Im bailing out a friend.. goin to the McGill Hockey game...to sell 50/50 tickets...in a really " warm " arena...However there aint nothing better then some hot Hockey players!! wouhouuu!!! (thats the good part of being a girl!!!)

So I leave you now..cuz i have to start getting ready....so im leaving you with one of my favorite video clips of all time... and goes PERFECTLY well with this post...

MADONNA - WHAT IT FEELS LIKE FOR A GIRL...




TOODLES! xxxxxxxxxxx

Friday, 19 January 2007

The Mad Scientists....

Good Morning!!

Well... what a day yesterday!! Remember that New Brunswick weird guy with no sense of humour... well he got FIRED!!! Right after I wrote my previous blog, one of the supervisors (we have this supervisor who just walks around all day, helping ppl with stuff...) found him photocopying some stuff that he wasn't suppose to copy.. and even asked the guy to search in his bag for any files he might have stolen from the company!
CRAZYYYY!!!!!

That was my little juicy news for the morning....I still feel like a little kid when talking about stuff like that... But don't we all love to feel like kids!!!! Sometimes its just so hard to realize that our real life is starting.. no more school, no more extracurricular activities... Those were the days when life was easy and we thought that the real world was some pretty place where everyone as SOOOO NICE! HA! NO WAY!
Anyways... Im still not ready to completly grow up... and to stay young.. I still try silly experiments!
Two weeks ago, I was sitting at home with my friend and we were watching different videos off YouTube... I had remembered seing this video showing some guys putting Mentos in Diet Coke.. and the Diet Coke completly exploding!!

Take a look at this...


So the both of us are watching this.... and we get the brilliant idea of trying it ourselves!!!! So i decide to call a friend of mine who was coming to my house to stop by and pick up the special ingredients!! He laughs on the phone.. but decides to bring the stuff anyways!!! Well he gets to my house, with a couple other friends.... The guys dont believe me... so I show them the idea.. and you can see the sparkles in their eyes... WE ARE TRYING IT... So we get all ready... go outside.. put the Mentos in the bottle, shake a little..and my friend Bob decides to throw the bottle down to the floor................... POUFFFFFFFF!!! The bottle went FLYING!!! Our experiment was a success!!!!!!!! We were screaming and laughing.. !!!!

The next day... the 7 of us (I believe we were seven ppl) kept on ranting about this amazing little experiment.. and so everyone else got excited!! So one night.. we gathered 15 ppl approx. and did the same experiment... BUT THIS TIME.. it didn't work!!!!!!!!!! Can you believe it?? We looked like complete idiots!!! But I guess you can't always get it right!

So.... we are waiting for another perfect time to do it.... now with all the snow.. don't think it will happen!!

But to all you who want to try it.. DO IT! Its really trully works!! Its some great entertainement!! :)

Have a nice day ppl!
xxxxxxxxx

Thursday, 18 January 2007

It's Time to Start a Blog!


Time: 9:45 am
Location: My workplace...
More specifically... at the back back, in what you may call the nose-bleed section of the office...

You may ask... Nose-bleed section? Well lets say, you walk into a company and well.. they don't really have a desk for you. So where do they put you? In an empty space of course! So thats where I am.. in an empty space! With one special orange wall to my right.. and Post Canada packaging to my left (we make their packaging).. Sitting in front of me at the moment is some random dude from New Brunswick..taking care of our Customs procedures... with absolutly no sense of humour..and with files that are almost piling over his head...quite funny if you ask me!

Im sitting here at my desk...doing absolutly nothing! Since I'm new and now its the dead season.. they don't really have much to give me... What do you do at the office when you have nothing to do? Well last night, I had coffee with a friend of mine who told me that when he is bored, he has mastered the art Elastic Competitions...(You gotta shoot the elastic as far as you can....) I believe the office calls them the Commando Competitions, or something in the sort! You know, I believe I would be an excellent Elastic athlete...however, I seem to be the only person with nothing to do....which would make it quite innadequate to try to compete! Up to date.. I have read the Gazette, BBC, some news about the new IPhone (which I find completly divine!!!!) and caught up with my personnal e-mails! Now.. I decide... its time to start a blog...

(This guy, Lloyd.. The New Brunswick fellow... hilarious to look at... more and more files pilling up..!!!)

You may ask... Nat, what are you going to write about? Well anything and everything! What else do ppl write about on blogs? I just need something to entertain me!!! And well if it entertain's you in the process... so BE IT! People are entertained so easily... with the smallest amount of humour.. to a bit of sarcasm! I must say that I am a victim of easy humour.. especially under the influence.. I laugh.. uncontrollably! As if the person talking was freakin Robin Williams!!

Talking about Robin Williams.. check out this video..........one of funniest clips! HA! GOLF!!!


Anyways... entertained easy...as i was saying! Well I have come accross this little book.. called " Le petit livre de la vie" (Life's little book) written like the Baz Lurhmann song.. Everybody is Free to Wear Suncreen! If you don't know it.. its great.. This little book is quite amusing.. and I think everyone should at least try to apply some "lessons" to their daily life! I could spend hours just reading it!! Its one of those page turners!!!

I'll let you go now... with the lyrics from the Baz Lurhmann song... enjoy! Have a nice afternoon and until tomorrow!


"Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’99 Wear Sunscreen
If I could offer you only one tip for the future,sunscreen would be it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience I will dispense this advice now.
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth, oh nevermind, you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now, how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked, you are not as fat as you imagine.
Don’t worry about the future, or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.
Do one thing everyday that scares you
Sing
Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.
Floss
Don’t waste your time on jealousy, sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind, the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself.
Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults, if you succeed in doing this, tell me how.
Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.
Stretch
Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life, the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t.
Get plenty of calcium.
Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.
Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t, Maybe you’ll divorce at 40, Maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary What ever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either

Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s.

Enjoy your body, use it every way you can, don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own
Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.
Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.
Do not read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.
Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for good.
Be nice to your siblings, they are the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.
Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard, Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.
Travel.
Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old, and when you do you’ll fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.
Respect your elders.
Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, Maybe you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out.
Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you're 40, it will look 85.
Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.
But trust me on the sunscreen "


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