Sunday, November 29, 2009

Vari Hall - The Way Must Be Tried.

Recently there have been three photos tossed around as to what Vari Hall might look like in the future. From what I gather some people like different things about the three photos and you guessed it some people want to keep it the way it is.

Here is the first one. And firstly you must remember that these are simply ideas, not what it would actually look like. I love the green wall firstly. I think this would help to make and keep our campus green. I also like the pushed out space on the second and third floor offering more room for studying.

Here we have the second one. I love the potential for advertising on the top, which is currently in my opinion wasted space. This will be great space for clubs and others to put events and try to gain membership. Also the lounge chairs to the left and the right look great, except I would try to have them throughout the center of Vari Hall as well.

Finally, we have the third one. Nothing too special about this one in my opinion. I dislike the center rise as there may be accessibility issues.

Overall, I think this project will make student space more useful. I think this will bring a few things forward. Firstly, it will stop the protests that happen in Vari Hall. The average student at York hates the protests and it makes York look bad. These protests are not demonstrations, they are not being done towards people who can change the world. After the big protest that happened last year in Vari Hall the war didn't stop going because our VP Equity (HA!) took a side.

I agree, students should have the right to protest, but not when it disturbs academic life on campus. And honestly, if you're going to protest, go to parliament to people - who care or not care - but CAN do something. The most you will do here is annoy a bunch of students and get fined.

Let student space be student space. A safe space, a space to study and network with fellow students. A place for commuters to sit and relax rather then become slapped down by the commuter dilemma. We have problems at this school and the protests that happen here just adds to them.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Social Media and Networking

I have recently been diving into different types of social media technology including twitter, google reader, facebook, and most recently google wave. It is a weird feeling to be up to date to the second with, well at least the rest of Canada. I'm connected with RSS feeds and getting articles in the Toronto Star before they even come out onto the paper the next day.

Most recent out of all of these has been Google wave, which I admit I haven't had the full chance to use, but from what I've seen, it looks very promising. Alot of people at York have been asking "how do we advertise to people" because posters really don't work anymore. People just ignore them, no matter how many posters you put up! I think what you have to do now is get one good message and feed it everywhere. Blog about it, then shoot your blog onto facebook, twitter, eventually embed it with Google wave and perhaps even make a video and snap it up onto youtube and have people connected.

Staying up to date with the social media can be hard at times, but it is indeed rewarding as well.

Are there any other social media tools that people use? What are your thoughts on this?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Out of Touch

I attended the York Federation of Students meeting today. A number of interesting things happened in the meeting.

Firstly, the YFS passed a policy called "Contingency Reserve Accounts". The policy is made to outline how contingency reserve funds will be managed. The idea behind this fund is simple,
these accounts would be created and maintain balances equivalent to a minimum of six months of operation. The principal of these accounts was to provide a financial fall back for the organization that may be accessed during times of unforeseen circumstances -- YFS Operations Policy 18 - Contingency Reserve Account

I found two points under "Access" to be of interest.

One, "Capital Acquisition"
The reserve accounts may be accessed as part of a detailed plan for long term financial planning for large capital acquisitions. Capital acquisitions may include the purchase of a new building -- YFS Operations Policy 18 - Contingency Reserve Account

I guess this would be one of the unforseen circumstances that they were talking about. He couldn't possibly be talking about buying out the Student Center could he?! Nooooooooo the Student Center board would NEVER allow that would they?

Two, "Unforeseen Circumstances"
In this it states that these shall include but not be limited too
loan requests from other student organizations

When a member of the board tried to amend the policy to say "York student organizations" the YFS President replied that should our sister organizations such as Ryerson Students Union ask for a loan that we should give it to them.

Is he representing you when he says this? Do you want your tuition dollars going to other student unions to bail them out of debt? I certainly don't. I want to see that money go where it belongs. I mean, did you know that they have spent $9179.00 on CFS General Meetings? What could possibly cost that much? What kind of accommodations do they get on my dime?!

That aside, there were three board appointments. All there which I believe were pre-planned with a person for each spot.

I tried for the Winters Councillor position when Krisna Saravanamuttu ask me a question.

Being a Winters affiliate for the past x amount of years I have noticed that Winters College Council is out of touch with Winters students...

Did you hear that Winters? Apparently WCC is out of touch with you. OH WAIT A MINUTE. Krisna, I think you confused things for yourself. You see it is the York Federation of Students that is out of touch with it's students. Perhaps you didn't notice the petition with what I'm told over 4000 signatures trying to impeach you last year. I've heard about your time at Winters Krisna, and all that I keep hearing is how annoying you were to live beside.

When asked a few simple questions like "Who is the Master of Winters, What is the Winters Hockey Team name, What colour are the frosh boss t-shirts, What GLORIOUS establishment does Winters own," the person who ran against me said:

"No, no, no, no and let me think.... No."

Okay, I could understand not knowing who the Master is. I get that. I even understand not knowing the name of the hockey team sure. I could MAYBE even understand not knowing the colour of the frosh boss t-shirts... BUT NOT KNOWING THE NAME OF THE ABSINTHE PUB AND COFFEE SHOP!?!?!??!

..and WCC is out of touch with Winters Students?!

Mr Saravanamuttu, if you were going to plant someone to be nominated for the position, at least have it be someone who knows even the slightest about the Winters Community. You cannot make the claim that WCC is out of touch with Winters Students, when you do not know what matters to them. Krisna, you are out of touch.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Happily using netbook again

So I have set everything up through my net book again. I think that I may be sending my desktop home and keeping my monitor, because I really don't see a reason to keep it here having this net book. I know the net book is supposed to be a companion to a larger system, but I think that it is working just fine on it's own.

I guess I should keep the desktop here for a bit just in case something screws up on the net book again, but I'm kinda keeping my hopes up.

I'll be sure to let you know how it goes.


Friday, November 20, 2009

Laundry Day!

I'm sitting in the laundry room on my net book that I finally got back from HP -bastards-. Really kind of bored right now watching my clothes turn round and round. Also kind of annoyed because the person who is using the laundry machine beside me has not come to put his laundry in the dryer, and it has been finished for over 20 min. I will probably end up pointing mine into my own before he gets back then I'll have to wait doubly as long. -grrr-

What is with the whole laundry day clothes thing anyways. I remember just the other day a buddy of mine came into the office with a tattered pair of jeans and a regular shirt and I looked at him and said "I think you need new jeans" and of course he said "No, these are my laundry day jeans." Why can't people just have a clean pair of jeans for the day they do their laundry. I suppose it is the life of the student.

Getting tired already and I got to go to watch a dodgeball game at 12am. -gaaaaaaaah- It will probably end up killing me, but that is okay, as long as I'm around tomorrow.

Going to see my brothe rtomorrowat around 2. It is always nice when family comes up to see me. I am kind of excited to head back down to Burlington come mid December. See all my good buddies again.

I recently started to tune into 99.1 fm CBC radio or whatever. I think they are running out of things to talk about. They were mentioning stuff like creating music with random things. Which is pretty cool I admit, but I think that is something they held for a rainy day.

Well the guy finally came and took his laundry... 24 min late... so I'ma go put my laundry in.


Debating Persuasion

It is daring, some might say suicidal, to write an article that considers the subject of debating. However, I consider myself a daring person and although many people consider dare devils suicidal I think that if they are well trained enough, that they are in fact just thrill enthusiasts. So here I go.

I have no doubt that practiced debaters will rip this article to shreds. They will have many reasons to disagree and disregard this article. But, given the nature of this article and given that this article is looking at a single subjective good a debater in doing so will have proved my article to be in fact true.

I truly believe that there is no evil, only differing and sometimes contradicting subjective goods. The problem that I have found is that it is up to debaters to persuade – not inform – the population as to which of these goods are higher and better.Most of the time our sets of subjective truths are based on how convincing the arguments are and not the factual merits of one side or the other. Among many fallacies in reasoning a prime example of this is in politics (ie. Conservative buzz saws attacking liberal party members based on nothing that has to do with the ability to run a Country – or in the case of international experience could actually help them run the Country).

In my opinion the public should be given fact based opinions by a neutral third party, then decide for themselves who to vote for. Logistically however this may be impossible. So my question to you is how do we make decisions and remove the politics and debating?

The bottom line – assuming that we cannot overcome this logistical nightmare – is that if you are going to debate something, you better be damn sure that your subjective good is better than the subjective good of your opponent.

This can also be found on the Winters Free Press website

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

The legend tells that years ago every casino in Las Vegas had a three-piece chicken dinner with a potato and a veggie for $1.79. A standard bet back then was $2, hence when you won a bet you had enough for a chicken dinner. !”
So, the call of glorious victory rang out “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner" --Urban Dictionary

So I just sat and watched 21 at the suggestion of a friend of mine who also happens to live in residence. I am the first to admit that I like gambling. There is something about the statistics and the psychology that appeals to me.

What I don't like is to see a repeat. I don't like to see a Canadian (2004) film being repeated by the USA with a bit of Kevin Spacey. If you do not know what I'm referring too by now I shall tell you. If you have time, go watch the movie "The Last Casino" yourself and you will see what I am talking about.

I decided to look this up to see if others agree. Turns out Darren Barefoot agrees.

Acoustic Night & New Leafs Fan -or- Leafs fan in hiding!

So I just want to start off by saying that we definitely have some talent in Winters College. This is not particularly surprising as this is the Fine Arts College, but either way this acoustic night was awesome. Big ups to everyone who played and everyone who came out.

In other news. I have found a big secret of one of my friends. Her name is Becky. And she -despite the facade she puts on about being an oilers fan (pfft, who is an oilers fan anyways)- IS A LEAFS FAN!!! And here is the proof ^

The Canadian Conference on Student Leadership turned out to be pretty good. I did not attend to much of it due to prior commitments, however the session I attended and the one I presented gave great discussions and gives me hope for the future of our great Country. Big ups to the steering committee and everyone who came from across Canada to be apart of this great conference.

So apparently students successfully campaigned to make it so that University/College students can now be apart of the Student Rate for the TTC passes come next Fall.
"Today, students, from across the GTA, successfully convinced members of the Toronto Transit Commission to extend the high school Metropass to public college and university students. This decision will save students who purchase Metropasses hundreds of thousands of dollars!" Hadia Akhtar, VP External, University of Toronto Students' Union

I haven't heard anything from TTC on this yet, but I'm sure something will come up pretty soon. If it was done, the congrats to those of you who did it. I'm not getting my hopes up though.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The 2009 Leonid Meteor Shower

So, I went up to Hunter's Point about 10km from York. I managed to see about 10 of the meteors fly through the sky. Some shorter than others. But it was a pretty amazing site.

Was anyone else able to see these meteors?

Had a great time, thanks Connie and Becky!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

HP support - or lack there of?

I just want to take a moment to say that I will never -ever- buy an HP product again.

Their customer support is ridiculously bad. I sent in my net book to be fixed on Oct 3rd, 2009 and it has had three or four extensions tossed onto it. The expected delivery date is now Nov 20th, 2009.

If you care about customer service, DO NOT BUY AN HP. EVER.

Friday, November 13, 2009

One Week

What would you do, if you had one day, one week, or one month to live?

This was the question asked by Director Michael McGowan through the movie One Week. Although this movie did not seem to get many popular reviews, I found this to be yet another fascinating movie on a number of levels.

Firstly, it was nice to see a Canadian movie, based around Canada. Being able to see the different landmarks and -gasp- the Stanley Cup, the beautiful landscapes and the flourishing wilderness. This alone was enough to sell me on the film.

Then, what I consider to be secondary is the question which Ben Tyler - played by Joshua Jackson - is forced to ask himself. The question like many questions, brings about more questions such as "Am I content?" or "Is there anything else I need to do?".

Since Ben Tyler was keen about giving everything a rating out of 10, I suppose I shall do the same. This movie gets a 8/10 for me. I was going to say 7, but the whole Canadian thing just brings it up a notch.