March 16th, 2007

newavi

Thursday, March 15... sort of... :)



Ok... so that dorky picture was me... at 8:38 this morning... feeling all chipper, or pretending to feel all chipper. :)
And yes... it's tomorrow already. Tough... :) It's still thursday for me.

It's 1:30 and I've only just finished my day...
I went to the office downtown for another team thing...
then home and working in the study all night.
Er... I made dinner in there somewhere.

I'm frazzled.
Oh... and boss man has me toolin up the cv for a possible
gig requiring trips to the stunning hot bed of the social-experiment-gone-haywire...
Regina.

When we left for our mini - and ultimately aborted - vacation... the front yard was all snow-forts and snow-men.
It's a green pasture now.
What a difference a few days can make.

wearing
~ was all businessy...
~ am now all ... slobby and relaxed.
planning
~ long, tiring day...
~ bed time reading... bed... oh sweet sleep... :)
wishing
~ that I get through this contract without going mental...
~ that whatever component in my pc is chirping ever so delicately... would frigging die already!!!
~ to send a squeeze out to nbbmom... just 'cuz...
~ to congratulate murphy59 and his sugar on the birth of Natalie...
~ and for wingswithwar ... to find a field less likely to host a battle. :)

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Just say'en... I give Mugabe [ :: dorkus erectus :: ] a big "less than three months to live" vote... and I'm betting the bullet comes from one of his close advisers.

/
There is a horrible horrible crime being committed against so many young people in our western societies...
It's a crime that began years ago and shows no sign of letting up.
It rips the bank accounts apart and plasters unmanageable and unnecessary debt across it's victims shoulders.
The criminal?
A pompous fiend, bent on self preservation and fully submerged in it's own hypocrisy.
The Liberal Arts Degree...
Never have so many been hurt so badly but one so cunning.

Skyrocketing tuitions?
And for what?
So you can join the ranks of those "working outside the scope of their degree"?
For this you blow everything... or maybe your parents do... ?
Oh and then the segment of society that goes into punishing debt...
For what?
It's not like there's a job that actually needs whatever the hell you learned in your three year program.
Oh... stop.
So... so a few land right on the money. Go them.
Few and far between and half of them were jobs tagged to become dependent on some otherwise worthless degree.

Ok... certainly there are great and valuable courses.
Mental capacity expanding without mercy. Cool.
5% of your grand parents got degrees, 25% of yours and 40% of you...
And most of them don't actually care... don't actually work hard...
Meanwhile... the actual reason your paying all this money (or assuming all this debt) is...
What?
Social stigma?
Prove yourself?
Dude... it's a liberal arts degree.
Been there...
Done that.

Without question... the training and experience I gained at community college (Algonquin bus. admin.) dramatically out performs the Poli Sci degree from Uni. And one cost a fraction of the other... 20 years ago.
Today it's totally stupid. From a money stand point.
Close to $200,000 for a marginal four year program...omfg!

And look at the Masters and (omg) Doctorate years for Liberal Arts subjects!!
a) Oh look at you... still in Uni when your thirty and ... pretty much unemployable beyond entry level...
b) there can only be so many "profs"... and again... that's just "University feeding on itself".

The amount of money that is poured into universities by people who can ill afford it, let alone those who can...
is criminal.

And next year... a whole new "Grade" of kids will pour into Universities expecting miracles, contributing marginally, and paying a fortune for the chance.
newavi

Friday, March 16



another day... up and slave'en.
March is almost over and when it goes, I can kiss this contract good bye!!
Far far too much work for a lazy guy like me... :D

I was at it in the study for the morning and downtown all afternoon.
So I stopped for chinese food on the way home and now? My tummy hates me. :)

Ya'ever cut yer head... in the hair somewhere...
and when it scabs up... and you forget it's there but get an itch?
... and like... a bit of scab comes away... but it's around a hair (or two)...
so you sliiiiiiiide the scab bit up along the hair to get it outta there...
yeah... ick.
I BLOOOONKED my head getting into the car on the day we were leaving for our ski-trip.
bloody.
Like... even on the pillow the next morning.
Very scabby...

ps. I'm listening to Geo and Z complain about the hackers on Maple Story... hahaha... land of the undead monkeys.

wearing
~ blue jeans... brown turtleneck...
planning
~ to find a way to unwind tonight... to relax... :)
~ I need endless energy so I can tackle a project in the basement... perhaps tomorrow.
~ bosses think I'm gonna work all weekend. Bosses are wrong.
~ bosses read my journal... hi boss... :P
wishing
~ I could find the form for the appointment I have at the "imaging lab" on monday... must search again...
~ to send some lj love out to sirenity who's little bun is almost done baking... :)
~ and to thank cynnerth and her main squeeze... for sharing some simply amazing photos of the Na Pali coast... sigh...(and wow!!)

Birthday moments...
Happy birthday to a long absent Jenn... (mariposadyke)... may you be wrapped in happy where ever you are...
and a big HB to smalltowngirlie! I hope you enjoy your day... find friends to celebrate with ... and that you have a wonderful and ... fun loving year!! :)

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Liberal Arts
Once again... I've offended people by talking trash about the way the education system has robbed us.
I know there are many and endlessly wonderful thing about going to Uni.
And that there are many and grand things worth learning that lead to Liberal Arts degrees.
But that's not my bitch...
My issue is with the social notion that everyone is supposed to go to university and get a degree.
Of course, not everybody can... but SOOOO MANY DO... and so many of them have either no business being there or have no idea why they're there. It's like the worlds most expensive day-care-service!!
And the notion that our tuition is only a small portion of what it costs to attend... and that Uni's depend on grants, philanthropy and government subsidies and tax breaks... yeah yeah yeah... BAH!
It (the Uni) wouldn't need all that money if they weren't trying to make space, service and solutions for the all the people going broke attending that shouldn't be there. And they (the Uni's) don't need such insanely huge infrastructures, except to handle the bazillion people.
My point is that the system has become crazy... feeding on itself, generating waste, chewing through funding (that could be used elsewhere) and sucking the bank accounts dry left right and centre.
Don't get stuck thinking I'm hacking on your degree or on you....please.
I'm just watching what's happening and wondering how it's ever going to stop.

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My geo is starting to get better... but after any chest cold thing... his asthma is just crap.
He zooms along ... because he knows no different reality...
but it breaks my heart to hear his coughs and laboured breathing.
~ taps toes waiting for my little guy to get all the way better.

:)