Saturday, April 29, 2006

It's been a while

So thanks very much to all those who sponsored the MS Super Cities walk. Over 4 million was pledged across the continent last weekend which is absolutely fantastic. Yes, I did the walk. All 10Km in the pouring rain, too. I had soakers in both my shoes within five minutes of stepping outside... It's been quite some time since I've been that excited to take a hot shower!

I've spent the better part of today sitting behind a table, watching people walk past without a second glance. It's not like I'm that hungry for attention; I'm here on behalf of Redeemer Admissions, getting our name out to that ever-growing crowd of home-schooling families. Problem is, most people at this conference have either 4 year old children or are here "just to check it out." Hum. Yeah. And we don't have any free stuff at our table, either, which doesn't help. Well, we do, but not free candy and pens, like dude across from me from Heritage does. He keeps telling me the reason why I'm not getting any visitors is cause we don't have the booth set up right, but he hides behind his sign most of the time and people still come to his booth... It's for the pens and the candy, I'm sure of it.
On an interesting note, one of the first people I recognised today hasn't been in my life since I was about 10 years old... Ms Diane Tenwold. (Or however that's spelled) Strange to see her after all this time! I've also come in contact with the Batelans and a woman from Belleville who looks and sounds so incredibly familiar but neither of us could say where we knew eachother from...
That's life for the moment. I'll be more creative later in the week....

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Here's your chance!

So, as previously advertised, I shall be participating in the MS Supercities Walk in Burlington on Sunday, April 23. Should any of you wish to be part of such an event but can't make it out to the walk, please consider making a donation.

Friday, April 07, 2006


On my lunch break today I stopped by the bulliten board outside the English Pod only to learn that half of my ENG446 (Tolkein and Lewis) class had applied and been accepted into Graduate schools around the country. I was very proud of two in particular, Heidi Ellens and Sam Martin. Both were accepted into three Graduate Schools, Heidi for Law School and Sam for a Masters in Fine Arts (writing). Sometimes it makes me jealous. I hate writing papers and such, but I am definitely nerdy enough to get really excited about learning, understanding, and putting into practise new concepts and ideas. And I miss that. Maybe I should take Redeemer up on their offer of free courses and take a 400-level English next year...

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Another brilliant move from Google

Google to Organize World's Courtship Information with Google Romance

Service to offer psychographic matchmaking plus free “contextual dating” option

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 1, 2006 - Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced the launch of Google Romance™, a new product that offers users both a psychographic matchmaking service and all-expenses-paid dates for couples who agree to experience contextually relevant advertising throughout the course of their evening.

"Our mission, as you might have heard, is to organize the world's information," said Jonathan Rosenberg, Google's senior vice president, product management. "And let's face it: in what area of life is the world's information more disorganized than romance? We thought we could use our search technology to help you find that special someone, then send you on a date and use contextual ads to help you, ya know - close the deal."

Google Romance users who find one another via Soulmate Search™ may then select the Contextual Dating option, which offers an all-expenses-paid romantic evening in exchange for viewing contextually relevant advertising throughout the course of the users' date (learn more). "Our internal projections say Contextual Dating is going to be unbelievably huge, just a total cash cow," said Google CEO Eric Schmidt in prepared remarks placed into the notes section of an executive PowerPoint presentation and intended solely for internal use but promptly leaked onto the web and then roundly mocked on Digg and Slashdot. The product, a beta release currently residing on Google Labs, can be experimented with at