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World’s Toughest Man

Aron Ralston is described as “an avid outdoorsman in exceptional physical condition” who has climbed 49 of Colorado’s highest mountains. And yesterday, he amputated his own arm just below the elbow (CNN.com Story / DenverPost story) when it was pinned under a boulder. Then he rappelled down a canyon and hiked until rescuers found him.

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U.S. says Canada [not enough like Nazi Germany for their tastes]

It is reported in a Canada.com story, that comments were made in an annual report on International Terrorism criticizing the Canadian Government for not “spend[ing] enough on policing” and “plac[ing] too much emphasis on civil liberties.” I guess they would prefer us to get rid of the very few laws we have protecting our citizens just as they have destroyed some of the laws that I thought were so dear to the heart of every American with the creation of the Patriot Act. (The Critical Voice Article) I guess my Social 30 teacher was at least partially right stating that Canada’s government could be turned into a dictatorship under the right circumstances, but it turns out that it’s the United States Government that has turned authoritarian.

Update: The links have been taken down. It’s funny how I can keep posts on my blog for a few years, but news agencies feel they need to get rid of old content. Funny strange, not funny – haha.

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Volunteer Barbeque

Dad, Mom, and I went to a barbeque tonight held in honour of all the volunteers in town. Dad and Mom of course were invited for playing the violin and piano over at the old folks home. The BBQ was being held in the parking lot of Redi Enterprises and as we approached there was an older man walking toward his car – he appeared to be in his 70’s and looked normal in every way. Dad said hello to the man, but he didn’t respond in a way that I thought he was just ignoring us. Dad then asked the man if he worked here. The elderly man looked a little confused, said no, and then walked away. Mom and I were laughing to ourselves when Dad says, give him a few minutes; he’ll get it.

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Anna-Maria’s Old Age Make-Up

Anna-Maria applied some old age make-up to my face this morning. This was her first time of doing this particular kind of old age make-up and although she is confident she could do better her next time, I think she did a pretty convincing job.

The make-up took about two to two and a half hours to apply and after she had it marked for her final, I took it off (2 minutes after it was done)! Anyway my face is still a little red from the latex. I imagine Gary will be interested in trying this but I must say although it looks cool, the process of having it applied is very boring.

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Calgary

I went to Medicine Hat and then Calgary on Wednesday with Anna-Maria. We went to Medicine Hat so that Anna could pick up Jakob and take him to Calgary. I needed to go to Calgary to pick up Jackie’s car while she is in California and I must say that her car is a lot nicer than mine. I also started this post about 3 hours ago but forgot about it while chatting with Mom and Dad and explaining to them how to install some stuff on their computer.

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Done School

I finished my last exam yesterday. It’s nice to be done school, I now have to go out and get a job. I hate getting a job. I was hoping a job would just fall into my lap, but until that happens I suppose I’ll just lounge around here… oops I mean go out and find one.

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Weekly World News: Time Traveller Update

I guess we will never know the truth about Andrew Carlssin. He has apparently disappeared!

I can’t believe I was suckered.

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Jeff Milner Update

Insurance

I accidentally let the insurance on my car lapse so its been sitting in the garage for the last couple of weeks. I finally got it reinstated but not until I had gone to quite a lot of trouble. I highly recommend that if you move and have insurance from a company in your old city, that you find a new local place because frankly its just not worth the hassle. During the time that I was without my car I relied on Anna to drive me around and when she couldn’t then I was left riding Anna’s bike. (I’m so pathetic I don’t even own a bike). Last Thursday Anna was in Calgary for an audition and so I rode her bike over to the University. I somewhat lost track of time finishing some old assignments that were long overdue and when it was time to come home it was really dark out. I discovered a path that is actually a substantial shortcut from the road but it was REALLY dark. I rode down the hill pretty slowly – not wanting to die and all – and then thought of a really good idea. I would use my little key chain “phaser” light that Jackie gave to me to light the way. Well no sooner than I turned on the light that I saw a weasel zip across the path in front of me. How many weasels do you think had whisked across my path before the light was on? Anyway after all the biking I decided that even with Anna’s gel seat, her bicycle is still not very comfortable to ride for a long time.

Anna’s Sisters

When Anna returned on Friday night she brought along two of her sisters and their little dog. Lana went home yesterday but Pam will be visiting for the next three or so days. During the time that Anna has been spending with her sisters and I guess before she got back I’ve been doing so work around the house. I finally got that old lawn mower working and I also cleaned out the gutters and watered the grass. It turns out that the sprinkler that was left with the house actually doesn’t really work. It just shoots water straight up instead of swivelling back and forth. I’m about to go out and buy a new one.

Donuts

When I got home the other day I was in for a good surprise. My roommate got a new job at Robin’s Donuts and left three-dozen donuts sitting on the table with a note that I could help myself. This pleases me. :)

Jeff Milner Movie Review – The Phone Booth

Anna, her sisters, and I, took in The Phone Booth (Official Site / Preview) on the weekend. First off I have to admit that this movie did keep my attention the whole way through, but it really lacked in any kind of scene change or progression. The tension peaks early on and then holds until the end of the movie. Frankly nothing really happens – at least nothing unpredictable. Actually the most unpredictable part was that the police were so slow to arrive on the scene (if you’ve ever been to Times Square then you know how many police officers there are everywhere) and how poorly they reacted to the situation. It’s like the writers haven’t ever watched Real TV or even Cops and just have no idea how the police service actually works. Anyway I don’t regret seeing it but if I ever see it again – it will be too soon.

Finals

I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I missed my Music 1011 final. How did that happen? It’s a combination of factors really. I have been attending Music 1011 at 11:00am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I had special permission since I am registered in the 3 o’clock class. Well the 11 o’clock class is supposed to have their test on the 24th but my 3 o’clock class had their test last week and well I got mixed up on which day for which class and if I was supposed to attend the test for the class I was registered or the class that I attended. Anyway I could be in some serious trouble if I am not able to take it on the 24th but I’m just hoping things will work out for me. They usually do.

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New Additions

I added a Stairway to Heaven flash clip, that I made a while ago, to the New Media section. It plays a clip forward and then if you click on reverse, it plays the same clip backwards. I think you might find it interesting, but this by no means implies I worship satan, just in case you thought it did. I also added a joke section and a few jokes and riddles that I have collected.

Update: The blog has changed a lot since then and you can now find my Stairway to Heaven backwards here.

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Welcome Friends

I sent out a mass email telling some of my friends about the blog and the new flash movie that I completed. I remember some of them asked me to update them if I ever finished it, and as for the others that didn’t know about it? Well you can enjoy now. Please don’t be shy – share your comments. I’m getting a lot faster at making these flash movies, and who knows, maybe I’ll even get “good” at it one day. Thanks for visiting.