Here's me showing off my Karate moves from when I was black.
A blog feed aggregator for Iranian blogs in English? Don't know how long it's been around but it's definitely very cool.
Musicbox is back
I've added a musicblog to the site. It's not a separate entity but you can find it in the sidebar on the left. I'll update it as frequently as I feel like, depending on my mood. The music will not be archived so if you see something you like download it cuz it might not be there next time you check. Also, this is intended for broadband users. Don't curse me if you have a modem connection.
My purpose of setting this up, as always, is to showcase lesser known bands and music very particular to my own taste. I strongly suggest anyone who has the resources to set up a musicblog to do so cuz it's one of the best ways of discovering new music. Credits to Ehsan for being the first to do this and for updating his so frequently.
Free Healthcare? Think again
Remember last year when York University suspended the student activist Daniel Freeman-Maloy for three years without appeal for sounding a bullhorn and disrupting classes during a pro-palestinian demonstration?
Well he's getting back at them now by suing them for $850k in punitive damages. I just found it really interesting and I'd really like to know the verdict for this case. Read the article in the current issue of the Varsity if you're interested (the online version isn't updated yet so I can't link to it).
In other news, if you're a student from BC studying in Toronto, you better not get sick. If you have a BC health card and would want to see a doctor, you might as well flip a coin to evaluate your chances of being accepted or not. It's so ad-hoc it's not even funny.
Just a few weeks ago, after months of waiting, my friend went to see a specialist (who was referred by his then family doctor, who accepted his BC health card without mentinoing anything) and he was turned away at the specialist because they didn't accept his health card. His alternative was to pay $150 for the visit!
Yesterday, I went to see my family doctor for the first time, and I too was told they would not accept my BC health card and I would have to pay for the visit. They said the BC card is only valid for 3 months here and they don't get paid otherwise. Furious, I called the ministry of health and I was told the card is valid for 12 months and after that you have to apply for an Ontario card.
It's all the more absurd because a month ago I applied for the Ontario health card but they refused to give it to me because I am a student. They told me as long as you're a student you are still covered by BC and you won't get an Ontario card unless you are living and working here, outside the university.
Unfortunately, the doctors don't buy that and thus it seems I'm officially in limbo.
but if I keep them,
and she marries him,
then he probably won't want me dating her. (1:58)
Tomorrow has the potential to be the worst day of the year.
I haven't been up to writing any coherent entry here.
I just wanted to bring up the Varsity issue. As in the [non-existent] stadium, not the paper. One of the first things that caught my attention when I moved to Toronto last year was the fact that UofT didn't have a single propper stadium. Specially since I had visited a couple of American universities before comign here (UVA and UMD) and they had unbelievable stadiums. The UVA one had a 70,000 capacity, I was totally in awe. Even UBC had the Thunderbirds, which although not big it was still a decent sporting venue and worked well for the Soccer and Football teams.
When I moved to TO, the once-existing Varsity stadium had been torn down and there were talks of plans to build a new one, which was promising.
Just last week, UofT announced that they scrapped the plan, due to cost overruns. Honestly, I was utterly pissed off by the news. I probably wouldn't even still be here when the stadium was supposed to be finished, but the less than convincing excuses brought by UofT really bothers me. I think it's simply disgraceful that a university of this size and calibre doesn't even have a propper stadium, and the administration simply doesn't give a shit.
What a shame. I might do an editorial cartoon on this issue soon in the Varsity (the paper)!