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Posted by Jazmin on November 1, 2006

NaNoWriMo, NaBloPoMo, I wonder how many more Na-whatever-Mo’s there are floating around. Those are, for the uninitiated, National Novel Writing Month and National Blog Posting Month. Pronounced with the full proud mumble of a nearly unpronoucable acronym adopted as pop culture buzzword. The net (at least my corners of it) are alight with the already lamenting cries of ‘I’m behind in my word count! I havent started and it’s after /noon/!!’

It is a love hate relationship with deadlines. Most of us need the incentive of accountability to push into doing anything. Doubly so when it is something so easily pushed aside in favour of the always essential but never popular Real Life ™. You know RL.. the laundry, cleaning, work, errands that make even the most easy going of people sometimes look to one another and say ‘Y’know, this being an adult thing really sucks’. Real Life. RL to those fond of acronyms. It nearly always wins, except when you can hold up a longer and less pronounceable acronym and state with pride ‘I cannot do dishes! I am doing NaNoWriMo and I am 900 words behind today!’

I really should probably caveat my ramblings here.. I am not trying to disparage or mock any of the NaXXMo’s. Heck, even in my most wildest thoughts I don’t dream of trying to write a novel in a month. Nearly 1700 words a day. You have got to be kidding me. Anyone who knows me knows that my relationship with deadlines is more akin to the infamous quote by Douglas Adams. I don’t have enough confidence in my own writing skills or my own ‘Ooh shiney’ tendancies to do that. Which, ironically, makes me nearly the target audience for NaNoWriMo.

I am going to try for NaBloPoMo. It’s more my speed. Either here or here. I will beg indulgences for while we are out of the country and without net access. 6 days of November. So my goal is 24 posts in 24 days. We shall see.


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Posted by chaosrunner on October 23, 2006

So I was watching Food Network this evening (which isn’t a big surprise for anyone who knows me) and an episode of Bobby Flay’s show ‘Throwdown’ was on. He went to Philadelphia to challenge one of the best purveyors of cheesesteaks in the city, Tony Luke. I’m from Philadelphia originally and while it may be a bit of a stereotype, I love cheesesteaks. Well, not the cheese part. I’m not fond of cheese, except for mozerella on pizza. But that’s beside the point.

There was a lot that was said during the episode about what makes the perfect cheesesteak and I have to agree with a lot of it. It’s not any one thing. The bread is important and it’s the thing that most places outside of Philly seem to miss. Even if the same type of steak is used, it’s not the same if the bread’s not right. But even with all of the ingredients being the same, it’s still not the same. There’s something of the city’s attitude that’s essential to the sandwich. Without it, you’re left with something that’s a little less than a Philly cheesesteak.

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Another voice..

Posted by Jazmin on October 20, 2006

Before this collaboration begins to read as Phillipe’s thoughts alone with only occaisaional comments from others, I felt I should add another voice into the mix.

I am not a business person, I do not work in a coporate world (academia is not corporate, no matter how much some people try to make it so). I am a fibre artist, a knitter, spinner, lacemaker, gamer. All of that is a longwinded way of explaining (warning perhaps?) of a totally different perspective. 🙂

Nothing illustrates this more than my occaisional treks across campus, especially during that brief flurry of activity that happens on Winegard Walk just after class ends when students have a mere 10 mins to hurry off to another class. Except that I do not, as staff I likely have a meeting to get too, but on my way back to my office, I can stroll. Enjoy watching the students, watching the leaves upon the green. Pause to watch a young man practicing juggling on the lawn of the arts and social science building. Pause to wonder what an amateur camera crew (four people with a video camera looking perplexed) and a young woman who stands in front of the camera laughing are trying to capture. Watch young couples walk hand in hand from the major cafeteria back down into the heart of campus. On a university campus, it is not spring when young people’s fancies are perked, but rather autumn. October is generally about when they have seen each other in class, in residences, at the bars just long enough to have caught someone’s eye.

Everytime I have to walk across campus, I’m reminded of the energy of working with youth, who are still (generally) idealistic, still living in an unreal world of academia and campus life.

I should walk across campus more often.

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Posted by Philippe on October 16, 2006

The most interesting blogs that I’ve read aren’t the ones where a single person muses. It is a place where multiple personalities come out and take part, sometimes discussing the same topic from different angles; sometimes writing on different topics…

I’ve decided to invite some of the people that I know from around the world to take part in these writings and postings, different views on various thoughts …


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What this is all about…..

Posted by Philippe on October 16, 2006

I’ve got a business blog, two companies, a child, a wife, and an online real time environment that I administer. I’m looking for a full time job to add to all of that. I’m a professional — that’s really all there is to say about it. Even in my personal life, I tend to act professionally.

I was looking for a place to be able to discuss anything I wanted to, thoughts that simply popped into my mind — This blog, “hrmm”, will be exactly that. Its a place for musings, a place to post comments, a place where products can be reviewed, politics discussed, amusing anecdotes found … a repository for poetry, stories, or simply a place to post thoughts.

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