Let the games begin

season 2006
The new NHL season will begin tomorrow for the Ottawa Senators and my bro and I will be there! Wooo

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Confidence

On my way to my 1pm class (Database Management Systems) as the 96 was turning out of Bayshore and onto the 417 I was thinking about confidence and a way of putting into words and here is my rendition…

When you aren’t confident in yourself and the things you do I think what happens is this. In your head you’ve decided on a plan, a course of action. You are going for it. Your arms are moving towards the goal and your legs make sure you get there, but deep inside you don’t believe in yourself. Well hey, if you’re going to put forward the effort to go for it you might as well believe in yourself. Worse come to worse it doesn’t work out but at least you put 100% of yourself into it.

Just a thought 😉

God doesn’t limp

Hmmm, its been 5 days since I made an update? Wow time flies when you’re doing nothing busy.

So here is the scoop.

  • For one, the COOP process is under way. I’ve gone to my coop pre-placement interview and I was suggested to make a web page showing off my projects. For that task I needed a CMS (content management system), so I went out looking and found that Joomla fit the bill quite well. Once it’s completed I’ll let you see it. 😉
  • Apparently my summer work place overpaid me on my last cheque and now I have to send them back a check of $454.25, great. I should sue for the inconvenience…
  • Last weekend (Sunday) I was at the gym, bench pressing as usual when my mind drifted, which in turn messed up my breathing and fucked me over. I got a killer headache that started in the back of my head. I’ve had this happen to me once before when I was a kid. The pain went away after 15 minutes and I managed to forget about the incident. Come Wednesday of this past week, I went to the gym again. Everything was good but I completely forgot about the incident I had on Sunday. So I started my routine with a simple chin-up warm up. On my last rep I got a strong pain in the back of my head .. AGAIN. Suddenly I realized that I forgot about what had happened and that I definitely should not have come to the gym today. Shit. The headache spread and lasted for the rest of the day and right through my pre-placement interview. I got home exhausted from the pain, took two pills and took off the headache. The next day my head was still sensitive so I got concerned. I went on google to do a little research about what I had experienced. I found a message from a fellow weightlifter in one of the groups. He had the same problem and he explained what the doctors told him.
    I also got an explanation of what happened, and what could have
    happened.  You are correct about the breathing being the cause.  When
    you hold your breath while straining on a hard lift, you cause the blood
    pressure to increase in your skull (also known as the valsalva maneuver,
    which fighter pilots use to prevent blacking out during high g-force
    turns).  The increased blood pressure causes the wall of some blood
    vessels in the head to stretch and this irritates the blood vessel
    lining.  Since these blood vessels are surrounded by a sheath of neural
    cells, this sheath also gets stretched and irritated (hence the
    headaches).  This irritation presents itself in a form of inflammation,
    which takes several weeks to heal.  In a few (less than 5%) of the
    cases, the blood vessel may rupture slightly, which can be extremely
    dangerous, or even fatal.  Hence the need for a CT scan and a lumbar
    puncture to detect any blood in the cerebro-spinal fluid.

    I was not allowed to return to the gym, or do any exercise, until I had
    two weeks headache-free.  The headaches are not expected to return as
    long as I continue to breath properly while lifting.Link
    So all that means no working out for at least a week. That goes for any and all physical activity which raises blood pressure. Yeah that sucks big time. But I won’t let my mind wander again…

  • I didn’t last very long with reading The Count of Monte Cristo, and I stopped around the same place as everybody else. Edmond was just jailed. To make up for my laziness I downloaded borrowed the movie. I recommend you watch the movie and skip the 1000 page monster.

Anyways that’s the low down right there. Oh and did I mention that I dislike my class schedule and I’ve started skipping classes?

“God doesn’t limp” – House MD, Season 3, Episode 2

World Trade Centers

twins

Remember Remember the 11th of September

It’s 7:51pm and I was watching a video released today by Bob and Bri of what they filmed on that day 5 years ago. You know to this day it’s surreal and unbelievable. The video quality is quite high so you might want to check it out for yourself. The thing that strikes me most is how you hear the fire trucks honking their way through traffic, people screaming, debris falling off of the towers. I keep trying to put myself in their position, try to understand what they felt what ran through their minds. It’s scary, it’s unpredictable but oh so real.

Bri (the women filming) says “it was a military plane”…
Was it really those “terrorists”? Will we ever know the truth?

Then when the first tower falls, you hear the women crying … I’m left speechless.

I will never forget September 11, 2001

Video

Minority Groups

I don’t get it. Why can’t a person of a minority group be an idiot? I don’t care if you’re homosexual, or your skin is puprle poka-dots, if you’re going to whine and moan about being accepted in society then accept this:

You too can be an idiot!

School is in da’ House

mindless

Goodbye summer and hello school(tomorrow morning at 8:35).
No complaints though, it should be a fun semester. Between database optimization, operating systems and prolog (wtf) I think I will learn a lot. Might even consider blogging about some of the things that strike me as interesting.
Things that will also be occupying me, will be TAing for Datastrucures and Algorithms as well as Stats. Luckily I like statistics, probabilities and such.
What are the chances I’ll win $1 million over the weekend… 😛

Something to think about

Seeing as how classes start on Thursday I decided to clean up my table, sort through my old notes and get things in order.
The easy part was getting stuff sorted into two piles, throw-out and to-keep.  Now as far as getting the to-keep stuff organized and put back into more logical places, that turned out to be the hard part. Maybe today just wasn’t a very organized day for me.

While cleaning up I ran into a few interesting things. First there was a piece of paper with an inspirational message on it. You can see a scan of it below.
the station

It’s called “The Station” and the story reads like this:

TUCKED AWAY IN OUR SUBCONSCIOUS IS AN IDYLIC VISION. WE SEE OURSELVES ON A LONG TRIP THAT SPANS THE CONTINENT. WE ARE TRAVELING BY TRAIN. OUT THE WINDOWS WE DRINK IN THE PASSING SCENE OP CARS ON NEARBY HIGHWAYS, OP CHILDREN WAVING AT A CRdSSING, OP CATTLE GRAZING ON A DISTANT HILLSIDE, OF SMOKE POURING FROM A POWER PLANT, OF ROW UPON ROW OF CORN AND WHEAT, OP FLATLANDS AND VALLEYS, OF MOUNTAINS AND ROLLING HILLSIDES, OF CITY SKYLINES AND VILLAGE HALLS.

BUT UPPERMOST IN OUR MINDS IS THE FINAL DESTINATION. ON A CERTAIN DAY AT A CERTAIN HOUR WE WILL PULL INTO THE STATION, BANDS WILL BE PLAYING AND FLAGS WAVING. ONCE WE GET THERE SO MANY WONDERFUL DREAMS WILL COME TRUE AND THE PIECES OP OUR LIVES WILL FIT TOGETHER LIKE A COMPLETED JIGSAW PUZZLE. HOW RESTLESSLY WE PACE THE AISLES, DAMNING THE MINUTES FOR LOITERING-—WAITING, WAITING, WAITING FOR THE STATION.

‘WHEN WE REACH THE STATION, THAT WILL BE IT’ WE CRY, ‘WHEN I’M 18.’ ‘WHEN I BUY A NEW 450 SL MERCEDES BENZ WHEN I PUT THE LAST KID THROUGH COLLEGE.’ ‘WHEN I HAVE PAID OFF THE MORTGAGE.’ ‘WHEN I GET A PROMOTION.’ ‘WHEN I REACH THE AGE OF RETIREMENT, I SHALL LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER!’

SOONER OR LATER WE MUST REALIZE THERE IS NO STATION, NO ONE PLACE TO ARRIVE AT ONCE AND FOR ALL. THE TRUE JOY OP LIFE IS THE TRIP. THE STATION IS ONLY A DREAM. IT CONSTANTLY OUTDISTANCES US. IT ISN’T THE BURDENS OF TODAY THAT DRIVE MEN MAD. IT IS THE REGRETS OVER YESTERDAY AND THE FEAR OF TOMMORROW. REGRET AND FEAR ARE TWIN THIEVES THAT ROB US OF TODAY.

SO STOP PACING THE AISLES AND COUNTING THE MILES. INSTEAD, CLIMB MORE MOUNTAINS, EAT MORE ICE CREAM, GO BAREFOOT MORE OFTEN, SWIM MORE RIVERS, WATCH
MORE SUNSETS, LAUGH MORE, CRY LESS. LIFE MUST BE LIVED AS WE GO ALONG. THE STATION WILL COME SOON ENOUGH.

Now I asked my mom if she was the one who gave it to me, but she denies to ever have read it. I’m not sure how I got it, or why it was in one of my drawers, or who A.P is. Thought provoking though.

Another thing I ran into while cleaning is something that could make me rich … if it was real.
millions

Where did I get that? Why do I have it? I have no idea why, but I think I’ll put that in my wallet, because you never know when I might have to pay someone off with a 1 Million Canadian bill. Or perhaps something more amusing would be to go into a Dollarama and ask that the fellow behind the cash give me that bill in quarters.

And the last thing of interest that I found was this:
brick game

Now depending on how old you are and where you grew up, that may hold no resemblance or interest. But for those who are curious, that is a Brick Game 8IN1 (E-88). You have no idea how much of my childhood was spent playing that game. That was perhaps the toy of my childhood. And terminator was always with me…
I actually think Tetris helped develop my more analytical self. It’s amazing how good I was a kid at that game!

Nostalgic…