Anna-Maria’s Vicarious Post

Anna-Maria writes:

Hello all! Boy, have I ever been busy lately. I am registered in six classes and I am in two plays- both of which go up on Tuesday. However don’t feel too bad for me, there is one class I don’t even go. I just show up for the tests. Hey! Like the one I had today! I should probably feel ashamed or something for not going to class, but I don’t. I feel proud. I’ve never felt so proud of myself. There’s not much that compares to the feeling of doing well on a test, for a class that you only went to twice all year. On quite a different note, do you all remember my weight issues? (What can I do? I’m socially conditioned to believe that I could always use to lose an extra ten pounds. I learned about that from the textbook for the class I never go to.) Well in the play I’m in called Peer Gynt, I have to wear a boustier- a belly shirt boustier! That’s right ladies and gents, it’s also sleeveless. On top of that I have to wear tiny (very tiny) white spandex shorts with a see through skirt over top. I’m freakin out. You have to admit that that would make anyone feel a little self-conscious. Anyway, I’ve gotta get going. I will write again soon. Let me know what you think about the outfit. Jeff will fill you in on what I did for the role on top of skimpy clothes.

I haven’t seen Anna’s play so I don’t know exactly what she is going to be doing except that it is somewhat sexual in nature. (I believe something to do with a pig troll rutting on stage). All I can say is you wouldn’t catch me in such a compromising roll. On a side note, Anna had her eyebrows waxed in preparation for the show.

I just saw one of my professors walking down the hall and thought that now would be a good time to comment on his strange choice of names: Anonymous William Smith. I just call him Wil. I guess one day he decided that he would “spice things up” by changing or eliminating his middle name and then adding Anonymous as his first name. That’s the name he uses for all his art and whatnot. I thought I would have more to say about that, but I guess I don’t. I’ll just let you think about it.

In other news I qualified for Junior Nationals for swimming. The times are faster than Canada West but slower than the CI’s. I don’t think I’m going to go though, because none of the other teammates that qualified are going – and it is $250, not to mention it’s over reading week – which I’ll need to use to catch up on my homework.

What?! Maybe I Slur My Words a Little But….

Yesterday I was telling Anna-Maria that I talked to a guy on the phone about coming to see the room. I said I thought he had a bit of a lisp on the phone and then she said that I might — to some people, sound that way too. WHAT? She explained that I had an ever so slight bit of a lisp. Needless to say I’m confused about this — if I have a lisp how come nobody ever pointed it out to me before. So I’m forced to ask myself, do I really have a slight lisp?

Last night I visited with Anna and some of her friends while they had breaks in between ques for rehearsal. There are some strange characters in that play and when I say characters I mean actors. Anyway afterwards Anna-Maria and I drove one of the girls home and I asked her if she thought I had a lisp. My worst fears were confirmed when she hesitated. Damn-it I knew it. I have a lisp. Although she said that if there were such a thing as a radar for speech anomalies mine wouldn’t even make a blip.

Jeff Milner Movie Review – The Borne Identity

Anna-Maria and I rented the Borne Identity last week. Anna was fairly critical of it, but I thought it was a great show. Ironically I thought it looked dumb to begin with meanwhile it was Anna-Maria who wanted to rent it. Anyway The Borne Identity DVD is now a week over due at Video Update and I’m thinking maybe tonight would be a good day to return it.

I’ve now uploading the short clip I blogged about last time where you can clearly see my basketball dunking skills.

Update: I’ve moved hosts and haven’t uploaded my video to the new server.

My First New Media Faculty Meeting

Today I went to my first New Media Faculty meeting. It was pretty long but nevertheless I think I’m glad I get to go. They did spend an overly long time discussing really boring things like what to do about the situation of how to hand students back their papers at the end of the year because the teachers don’t have much time at the end of the year and the faculty secretary is too busy. Actually I was stumped too, because if the teachers were refusing to let students pick them up at their offices and the students couldn’t just pick them up from a pile somewhere because someone needed to be there to verify identity for F.O.I.P reasons, then what really could they do? The Faculty is also thinking about bringing some keynote speaker from Ontario. I can’t remember his name but he’s the guy that wears a camera on his glasses and is convinced of the future of remote conferencing / technology to solve all our problems. Anyway they are going to pay to have him speak at the University — but here’s the catch, he’s going to web cast it. Yep — they are paying him to do the speech at the University but from wherever it is he works / lives in Ontario. All in all, I’m sure it will be interesting and at least the guy practices what he preaches.

Update: The keynote speaker was Steve Mann. It was interesting for the first half hour and then some serious boredom overtook us and we slipped out early.

I read Dad’s email tonight. It definitely was from Dad. Here it is:

Be sure to check the attachment photo to see a picture of the latest pie I made. It had mackintosh apples in it and it was sure good. The feeling it gave when you were eating it was what I imagine would be similar to the feeling you get when you snort cocaine. If the food and drug administration knew about it they would have come and tried to confiscate it. They would have had to be right there though because we ate it pretty much at one sitting.

Oh one other thing. I asked a complete stranger to use the video camera I borrowed from the library to tape me dunking the basketball. I’ll download the video footage tomorrow and get a semi-permanent link to it.

Jeff Milner the New Media Rep

The other day I got an email from the professor of my multimedia 2010 and 2030 classes. His name is Anonymous Smith. Yes really. But anyway that’s not the point of this entry. I’ll comment on his strange choice of names later. He relayed a message that the Fine Arts department is looking for two student representatives to attend faculty meetings and then it’s their responsibility to relay anything important that happens back to the students. Well I didn’t think too much of it at the time, but then in class the professor asked if anyone was interested. As an impulse decision I raised my hand – you know I was a T.A. rep back at Hat High. So anyway to make this mediumly long story shorter, I had the first multimedia student I found nominate me and next thing you know I and some third year student are both elected by default. So now that I am the new Student Rep of New Media (formerly known as Multimedia) I expect you all to bow in my presence and say in unison – “All Hail Mighty Lord Jeff the Student Rep of New Media!” or at least, “congratulations” if that’s all you can muster.

Swim Meet in Calgary

The swim meet was great. I had personal bests in 4 out of my 5 swims. As of this posting the site is not updated but I should now be ranked in the top 70 of all Canada. This time the ranking will be more accurate because most of the Universities will have posted their swimmers times.

I didn’t take my own camera to the swim meet because I forgot it! Yes, I didn’t remember to take it when I rushed out the door to catch the bus.

One last thing, I am probably not going to Calgary to see Jackie off. She is going to California for a little while. Anyway I have things I need to do here including another Swim Meet (or is that the weekend after this?) Either way I’ll have to check. If I don’t have a swim meet I’ll have a training course for Water Safety Instructor.

My Christmas Vacation and Training Camp in Southern California!

My Christmas vacation was a blast. I took a bus down to California – 46 and a half hours later I arrived at the Disneyland Hotel. Quite possibly the happiest place on earth. (Especially after a bus ride like that). After spending 4 days with Anna-Maria and her family I hopped on another bus and drove down the State to meet up with my swim team. Lots of practicing, lots of time on the beach, and plenty of sun all around – it was a really fun time. I was glad to get home though and now that I am home I switched into the New Media program and things are going just great.

California Training Camp

Here are some pictures from my trip. More details to follow (later).

My Christmas vacation was excellent. I’ll post the pictures when I have them zipped.

Update: The pictures are down.

Planning My California Getaway

I am trying to get down to California so I can spend a week with Anna and her family before my swim camp (which is also in Southern California). Anyway if I take the bus down and don’t take the flight down with the team the airline will cancel the ticket for the return flight. So my coach sent out an email to see if anyone on the team who is not going would like to take this last chance and if someone replies then I guess I’ll be going, otherwise it doesn’t look good. For sure I won’t be leaving until Saturday at the earliest.

In other news, I haven’t been accepted to the Faculty of Fine Arts in Multimedia, but apparently they are accepting me as some multi-classified student or something weird like that. Whatever it is, it means that I will be eligible to compete on the swim team.

Hotmail Sucks

I hate Hotmail. I hate it with a passion. I wish I had never signed up for their crappy, albeit free, service. I just tried to click on a link from a hotmail message to join a blog, but hotmail keeps it’s little frame on and that messed up the scripts on the page I was trying to load and in the end I am just very frustrated with hotmail. I’m pretty happy that I now have my own domain and my own new email address, so I can finally say goodbye to hotmail once and for all.