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posted by [personal profile] mandy_croyance at 11:27pm on 19/02/2009
Productivity today? Zero.

Okay, technically I went to work and made a full day's wages so I suppose that's not exactly doing nothing, but measured on a scale one to what I actually need to get done today? Yup. Nada.

I have one essay, two assignments and a Big Bang fic to work on. Three of these four have to be done by next week and we are way behind on the other. And apparently I'm going clubbing Saturday night? I fail so hard, you guys. I have no idea how I'm going to accomplish this. /o\

What I've done instead? Glut myself on news.

Some of you may be familiar with my information whoring ways, but for those of you who are not so familiar, well, here's a brief introduction. Every day I consume:

1. The New York Times, deposited in my email inbox
2. My Livejournal f-list (to keep track of what's going on in the lives of my friends, bandom and a few other fannish interests)
3. My Google Reader which aggregates a number of news, tech, music, pop culture, glbtq interest, economics, scientific, and Toronto-centric lifestyle feeds
4. [livejournal.com profile] ontd_political
5. The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and the nightly news

And that's just the basics.



Lately I've been really keen on following developments in the landmark trial of popular bit-torrent tracker/index, The Pirate Bay. Three website administrators and one financial backer are currently on trial in Sweden for contributory copyright infringement. They face both criminal and civil charges that could mean jail time and millions of dollars in damages if they are convicted.

However, at this point, that is seeming less and less likely. In fact, on the second day of the trial proceedings the prosecution was forced to drop 50% of their charges after discovering they could not actually prove Pirate Bay was directly involved in the exchange of copyrighted files (not just indirectly).

Anyhow, if you're half as invested in piracy as I am (and who's not) it's certainly something to keep your eye on.



Second on the docket is Obama's visit to Canada. Seeing as this week is technically reading week for me, I initially considered going to Ottawa for his visit just for the hell of it. The atmosphere and to maybe catch a glimpse. I decided against it after hearing that he wasn't planning on making any public appearances.

Many others did go, though - over two thousand people congregated in front of the parliament buildings to welcome him and hundreds more lined the streets as the motorcade made it's way there from the airport. Considering the last time Bush was here, there were hundreds protesting outside of parliament, this is quite a remarkable change.

We like your president, guys. You done good. He's welcome back any time. In fact, we'll gladly trade you Harper, Ingatieff, Layton AND Duceppe if we can just keep him.

No? Darn. Was worth a shot. :P


And I'm sick of talking about a certain blond so this is honestly the last thing I'm saying on the subject (at least for now). The last dregs of my respect for her has officially evaporated. Does she really think she's got a shot at trying to sell a book about her experiences as some D-list rockstar's girlfriend? At least Pamela Des Barres slept with real rock legends.

(Since when is sleeping with famous people a bankable skill anyhow? This is everything that is wrong with the world. *facepalm*)

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