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Photo of the Moment

By Jerlyne · August 30, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

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The Tragedy of the Commons

By Jerlyne · November 9, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs but nor for every man's greed. - Mahatma Gandhi

I'm currently taking a course on human rights, specificically on the rights of Indigenous Peoples. I'm not sure what is it about the course (perhaps the nature/topics covered in the course), but it is one of the few that I truly feel for, not just another course I read about then trash the information because it's irrelevant or 'useless'. 

It's forced me to see the world and the way ot works in a very different light. And it makes me sad, what we've come to. Sure as a society we're moving forward because we are so rich and all, but the expense of it is ridiculous. Everything costs money. Even water. Goddamned water that is free flowing and is necessary for our survival and well-being as humans (and is technically covered under the UN Declaration of Human Rights, betcha didn't know that!). The bulk of everyone's problems today comes from, you guessed it, money. I'm not advocating the whole "money-is-the-root-of-all-evil" shit, because it's not. But the importance that we've come to place on money, is. It's sad to read what people will do for money. Robberies, assaults, murders... Hell a friend of a friend got kidnapped and robbed. How ridiculous is that shit? if you're willing to harm an innocent life, of a person you don't even know who has never provoked you in your life, you really need to re-evaluate yourself. (And no, don't give me the 'but-it-happens-pretty-often', therefore 'it's-no-big-deal' shit. We as a society have become horribly, disgustingly desensitized to violence and hate. I truly wonder what it will take for everyone to stop and go "Okay, we HAVE to do something about this".)

I've been trying to imagine a world without money, or the concept of it rather. No money, just straight-up barter-trade. What would our world look like now? Would it still be as advanced as it is now? Or would we still be living in the conditions some centuries ago? Time travel would be a lovely idea now, just to see what would actually happen if the concept of money never came about (I still wonder which society(ies) came up with money). I personally think sticking to barter-trade would very likely not produce the problems we have today, but we would sure have to travel a heckload to get what we need! Which can't be too bad, since exploring is always good... Right? Anyway, I digress.

I know hardly anyone reads my ramblings, but if even one person reads this entry, I hope it at least gets you thinking a little. I'm going to go back to my readings now (oh the life of a student), but I will leave you with this:

The Great Chief in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land.

The Great Chief also sends us words of friendship and goodwill. This is kind of him, since we know he has little need of our friendship in return. But we will consider your offer. For we know that if we do not sell, the white man may come with guns to take our land.

How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land? The idea is strange to us.

If we do not own the freshness ofthe air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them from us.

Every part of this Earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clearing, and humming insects is holy in the memory and experience of my people. The sap which courses through the trees carries the memories of the red man...

We are part of the Earth and it is part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters; the deer, the horse, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the juices in the meadow, the body heat of the pony, and man - all belong to the same family...

We know that the white man does not understand our ways. One portion of the land is same to him as the next, for he is a stranger who comes in the night and takes whatever he needs. The Earth is not his brother but his enemy, and when he has conquered it, he moves on. He leaves his father's graves behind, and he does not care...

This we know. The Earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the Earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected...

Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself...

The whites too shall pass; perhaps sooner than all other tribes. Continue to contaminate your bed, and you will one night suffocate in your own waste...

When the last red man has vanished from this Earth, and his memory is only the shade of a cloud moving over the prairie, these shores and forests will still hold the spirits of my people. For they love this Earth as the newborn loves its mother's heartbeat.

- Tom Perry, inspired by a 1854 speech by Chief Seattle, of the Dumawish nation.

Respite

By Jerlyne · October 30, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Boo I'm back! I disappeared for quite a while (close to 2 months I believe), but I promise I have good reason(s).

School was, and still is, a lot more hectic than I thought it would be. I normally take about a month to settle into the momentum of school, but the pace is so fast this year I actually feel scared that I'm not on top of things. Every time I go into a class, I feel like I'm lacking or missing something, as though everyone knows what the prof is talking about except me (okay it only happens in one class but it happens to be a core course pertaining to my major so FML). 

Like I said, the pace for this year is terrible. I had a major assignment due 24 Sept, around 3-5 days later a midterm, 2-3 days later a major assignment, a few days later another major assignment, another few days later another major assignment, a few days later a major assignment, a few days later a midterm, a few days later a major assignment, a few days later a midterm, yet another few days later another midterm. My torture finally ended on 22 Oct. How I pulled through a month of sleepless nights and nonstop stress is beyond me, but I sure as hell never want to go through this again. I just started enjoying myself last Thursday, and though I have a midterm and an assignment due next week, I'm super reluctant to give up my hard-earned off days! It's a shame we don't have a full reading week this year, just 3 days of it. How pathetic. 

I'm hoping to space myself evenly this week, and maintain a good balance of rest and study (I was supposed to cover a chapter of psychology today, already failed that blah). As usual, a bunch of things happened to me, and I'll try to give them separate blog entries. But I'll give a quick run-down here:

1) As per the school year, I moved in wth my boyfriend (again)

I HATE commuting via the buses in my area to school; they're never on time, they take forever to come, and they're basically unpredictable. So I moved to my boyfriend's downtown apartment because taking the TTC subway is that much easier. Life is as per usual, pretty much the same thing as last year, but things are slightly different. For one, he's a lot messier now and all he does is game (not sure if the 2 are linked). And things just feel slightly different. You know when you become so comfortable with someone it's just... Almost plateauing? I don't know how else to explain it. The first year I moved in with him we were still getting to sort of how each other, each other's habits and quirks and getting used to them. This year we pretty much know everything about each other and are used to those habits and quirks. My friend says that we're like "an old couple", which is weird considering we've only been dating for slightly over 2 years. It's slightly difficult to imagine what 3 years or even beyond that would be like. Married people, how do you do it? I'm not saying I'm sick of him, I'm just curious how people stay with the same partner for so long without getting frustrated at their peculiarities. Married people, how you do it?

2) I got hired at a retail store, then got fired after a month

I got hired at Le Chateau, and quit my job at the wing restaurant. I was really excited to do retail; something about it just seems so nice, almost glamourous (remember I used to do nothing but food before this). Le Chateau was nice, but the mall I worked at was really slow, so I didn't get to do much retail-y stuff, other than clean and arrange clothes, recommend and dress up customers, and keep the place tidy in general. I had this weird thing going on for me, where I would constantly get customers who wanted to buy shoes. So I would be running in and out of the backroom to get shoes all the time. This one time, a lady tried on 8-9 pairs of shoes. My manager, who was taking a break in the backroom, was all like "Is is busy out there?", even though that lady was the only customer. It sucked she didn't get anything though, waste of time :/ 

No, I didn't do anything to get my ass fired. Head office cut our hours down by 30 a week, so we went from 160+ to 130. My manager had no hours to give out, so she ended up letting me and this other part-timer go. The timing of it really, really sucked, because the weekend before, I went on a massive shopping spree to buy clothes for work (and school too). I went to work on Monday evening, and within 5 minutes of stepping into the store, I was told I was being let go. The reality didn't sink in, because I've never been fired before; I leave jobs. But it was really shit, as my friend pointed out: "you spent all that money for them, and they just fired you like that". I definitely do share his sentiments; it's like I made a false investment or something. As though I spent money investing in something I believed in, only to have it go "nah man fuck you, I don't need you". It bites. So right now I'm currently unemployed and looking. It's a bit difficult for me, because I stay in Toronto on weekdays and go back to Richmond Hill on the weekends. I'd rather have a job in Richmond Hill just so I can see my family and my pet rattie, and it's just easier for me to work my schedule around. I know Toronto is basically job district, but if I get a job there I'll have no time to see my family. And no place would hire someone with an availability of like 2-3 times a week, with no weekends. My current predicament's shit, but I have amazing friends who have voiced their support for me and are willing to look for hook ups for me. Truly only in times of adversary do you know who your true allies are. You know who you are and I love you guys :) 

3) I got new contacts! :D

Which can only mean... A review post is coming! Soontimes, I promise.

4) I am sooper obsessed with Instagram

Which I personally think is weird, because Instagram is basically Twitter with pictures, and I hate Twitter. Mostly because people actually cause drama on Twitter, which is beyond stupid because it's hard to be intimidating and argumentative with a 140-character limit. But I am really obsessed with Instagram. I take pictures of everything now, random as they are, just because I feel like they'll make a nice addition to my collection. I'm Instagramming now as I speak! It's also my way of making up for not posting regularly LOL. 

5) I hate Hurricane Sandy

Then again who doesn't?

I almost got blown onto the streets today because the winds were so terribly strong. My boyfriend, his brother, and his brother's girlfriend and I went to Halloween Haunt at Wonderland, and it was pissing skybuckets. Just... Rain and rain and wind and mud and cold and more rain. It was fun nonetheless, but the rain really dampened everything (literally a wet blanket LOL punny). Going to school feels even more of a chore than ever thanks to the bleak weather. I'm actually hoping they'll cancel school somehow. Not like that would ever happen. I really am hoping that everything will be better by Wednesday, because I want to go out and do something for Halloween! I actually BOUGHT my costume this year instead of making one, so I WANT to go out. Sandy you bitch, you better stay out of my way or the pirate queen will come for you! D:< 

I think that's all for now. My life hasn't been that interesting thanks to school. It is reading half-a-week this week, and I have so many plans, but I'm not sure how many I can actually get around to. I was hoping to catch up with friends, watch shows, keep up with schoolwork, catch up on sleep... But eh. At least I caught up with my blog! :D

(Also, no pictures because I'm using my boyfriend's laptop. I will fix this issue soon, hopefully.)

Last Day of Work!

By Jerlyne · August 31, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Hooooooolllyyyyy bejeesus! I'm actually pretty excited! It's my last day of work at Wild Wing today, after working there for over a year. I'm finally moving on after being stuck in the F&B sector for like... 5 years. Whooppee! Come Sunday, 2 September, I'll be working at Le Chateau. My first retail job! After trying to make it into retail for years! Celebrate with me!

 

I've actually been contemplating flouting a few rules since it's my last day, like coming to work in a black tank top instead of the usual boring black t shirt. I'll probably put on a little make up too for the fun of it LOL. Too lazy to do anything with my hair though. The boring ponytail it shall be. It's also another coworker's last day today. Previously I told her we should do shots on/after our shift, but seeing as to how I have some sort of weird stomach problem, I doubt I can do anything today :/

 

Anyway, time for me to go back to editing my checklist of work duties for the other girls. My last duty before quitting!

Playing around n' stuff

By Jerlyne · August 30, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

So I've gone down the hipster road and made myself an Instagram account. Not really for anything besides attempting to make a "Photo of the Moment" widget. (I don't know HTML, RSS, CSS or anything like that. For someone who's been blogging since the age of... 13? 14? I'm extremely technologically retarded.)

 

Anyway, I found an Instagram widget that I've now placed here. I couldn't bear to have it shrunken and squeezed into the tiny widget bar, so it now proudly sits as a feature post :) I am a little disappointed that the pictures from my Instagram account that get streamed here don't come with the captions/comments that follow, but I'll find a way to work it out. It's all still a work in progress!

 

Isn't it funny how boredon can actually breed creativity? Haha have a good day everyone!