Thursday, March 31, 2005

All tomorrow's Parties, All tomorrow's Parties...

Doesn't it seem that we're obsessed with the future nowadays? Most people are in a constant state of worry about what will happen not only tomorrow but months and years down the road of life. I know that I catch myself thinking about the far off future too, things a year, two years, five years away. If you remove yourself from that view, you can relax a bit and see that you must live in today more in order to relax and see that that really is a long ways away. But we can't really let go of our worries of tomorrow because society is planned around that. We, therefore, must also plan lest we fall behind and become lost in a neverending today. I guess we'll continue to plan for All tomorrow's Parties, All tomorrow's Parties...

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Blogs

I fell upon this blog today.

http://www.aweekofkindness.com/blog/archives/2005/03/laura_k_pahl_is.html

It's about this girl who gets this guy to write a paper for her, and he later contacts her university and busts her. (Notice how many comments are at the end of the story! And she does comment herself towards the end.)

Fact or fiction? (I automatically thought fact, always believing it's true first. But ya never know)

Instant Rice...

As I was walking into Save-On-Foods, I was thinking about our seminar. William Gibson's short chapters were done deliberately to show how the future is becoming very fast paced. I was looking for something to cook tonight for dinner and I wanted it to be quick and easy and this reminded me of how the world is changing into what Gibson is trying to protray in his book. Maybe one day all our meals will become little pills to just pop into our mouths, no time at all because we don't have time to prepare, cook and actually sit down for a meal. I finally selected side kicks spaghetti. It will only take me 12 mins tops, to cook.

Douglas Coupland

I found this article in the Vancouver Sun on Saturday. I thought this article would be relevant because it's about Coupland and his new book about Terry Fox. I also wanted to post it because like he says in the article, if you weren't alive in '81 you most likely don't remember Fox's marathon (I don't think many of us were). I live in the same town that Fox grew up in, blocks from the high school he attended, now named after him. Fox is one of Canada's greatest heroes, so I wanted to post this.

(I had to cut it into two parts, click on the box that appears in the bottom right hand corner to enlarge it.)

http://www.sfu.ca/~lmadsen/part1
http://www.sfu.ca/~lmadsen/part2.jpg

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Bridget Jones

"I'm not going to even dignify that with a response." (page 224)

I stumbled across this line, and not that this book isn't disturbing enough on it's own, but this quotation remined me of a line out of Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. I'm not sure exactly why I started thinking of the many adventures of Bridget Jones, but I found a vague parallelism between the movie and this book. Obviously, the book is focused on addction and religion, and Douglas Coupland did a hell of a job (no pun intended) in making the reader realize that one cannot predict the upcoming events in their life, however hard they try. The Bridget Jones plot is not so much focused on religion, but it tackles the addiction theme. Here we have a thirty-somehting British woman that's desperately trying to lose some weight, quit smoking, and finally find happiness with her Mark Darcy. It doesn't tackle heavier issues such as addiction to cocaine or alcoholism, but rather targets a couple of key areas that almost 100% of people struggle with. I guess that's why I liked the movie better, it has a way of relating to everyone but adding a touch of humour to the situation.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

perspective

Have you ever woke up thinking that this could be your last day? I often have flashes of getting in a serious car accident on my way to work or school and then that would be the end of my life. After reading this book I kept thinking of Cheryl. I mean, she thought her life was going perfectly....she was married, graduating from highschool and pregnant. Yet, this unexpected tragedy happens and she is no longer in control of her life. Was she ever in control of her life? Unexpected events happen all the time and that just shows us that our time here on earth is so uncertain.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

addiction

Here are a couple of blogs I came across that I thought were interesting. After talking about the book being focused on addiction I made me think how we as a society are addicted to things such as, drugs, alcohol and medications. I was looking at these blogs and the first one is this guy talkign about how one of his friends drank himself to death in a tequila contest...now that's impressing. I dont' understand how our society has become like this. We need to watch someone drink 50 shots of tequila, which will end up costing him his life, for entertainment.
http://bigpimpinfred.blogspot.com
The second blog is just a blurp about how many people suffer from depression and how those people should get help. "Free drepression info" This heading is almost making people feel like they need help even if they aren't depressed. What happened before anti-depressent drugs were available? Like we were saying today, it's not like the world was full of mad people. Our society has become so addicted to these "comfort" drugs that I don't think we would know how to function without them. Now that shows us how in need of help we really are.
http://free-depression-info.blogspot.com

Cheryl...

Cheryl pretended to be interested in Youth Alive! but all she was after was Jason, but it turns out that she actually was interested in this religion. She would go to the Lunches with this group, but was she actually doing it for herself? She didn't seem to want a part of it. But then why did she still go? It just seems like, Cheryl agree to have a certain personality or something. For no reason. Just to make things easier for everyone. But when you think about it, I mean, how do you know it's even you?...I mean Cheryl. Not until she gets married does all of these things seem insignificant to her. She didn't care what the others thought of her and Jason or what they were doing together. Her true self seemed to protrude... or it this just another agreed personality?

Monday, March 21, 2005

The Real Thing

So, the storyline of our book actually happened today. Eight people died in a shooting in Minnesota at Red Lake High School.

http://www.wkyc.com/news/news_fullstory.asp?id=32082

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Religion

While reading the book, it was obvious that there was a ton of religion, but I wasn't prepared for the amount of religion in this book that our last lecture suggested.

First of all, Dr. Ogden kept saying how by separating generations it's alienation, and that it's not right. I could see his point (or was it Coupland's point), because it was really annoying how he kept saying that we are a generation who spends hours and hours and hours and hours and hours on MSN. That was alienation and just annoying. Then Dr. Ogden suggests that Coupland suggests we have these generations. There are things about each generation that make us worse than before, when there was religion and everything was great??

Friday, March 18, 2005

Reg IS an asshole.

When you read Part One, Cheryl, Reg is definitely an ass. Even up to Heather's part, Reg is changing but I still don't like him. I am just about to start reading the Reg part, but I have a feeling, that I won't think he's any bit of a nicer guy, I'll just be more sympathetic towards him. I'll feel sorry for the bastard. We will see...

Monday, March 14, 2005

Profile

Hello ladies. I changed our profile, add/change anything. I posted our address on some SFU underground forum, we'll see if anyone joins us.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Nostradamus....frustrating

Cheryl and Jason got married to have SEX? I find this being very stereotypical.... meaning the main reason christians get married is to have sex. They went off to get married because Jason couldn't wait. How does this protray christians? It made me mad when I read this because by writing things like this makes society believe that's the main reason christians get married young. I don't know if it's just me but I found this frustrating.

Hey Nostradamus!

Wow, this is a pretty good book. Very chilling and sad at some points. Quite freaky, but extremely enjoyable. A little annoying how it jumps around from story to story though. Quite interesting to hear about this girls conversion as such a thing has always been a mystery to me. Kind of funny that she originally got into it just for a guy.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

British Music Hall

In John Mills' "Thank Your Mother For the Rabbits", the title is a vague reference to the British Music Hall in the 1930s. John Mills' father used many catch phrases throughout his life and one that stood out for Mills was "Thank Your Mother For the Rabbits". This memory was a link to his father who wasn't a part of his family for long. It reminded him of his fake relationship with him, because he was conceived out of wedlock. Because he knew that he was a bastard child he still wanted to have a connection to a normal family. To an average person, it would appear that his family was normal, however, in reality it wasn't and because he knew this he felt fake to the world. This ties in to the themes of the novel; appearance and fiction.

Monday, March 07, 2005

identity

At the end of the story Cam comes in to his mother's room with all his religous friends and starts dancing around her. To the nurses, Val and everyone who walks by finds this strange and out of the ordinary but at the same time Cam is just acting like everyone else in society. Cam is trying to fit in and figure out who he is. Many of us wear trendy clothes, dye our hair, listen to certain music to try and have an understanding of who WE are or just fit in with society.
One thing that bothers me is.....how are we susposed to be accepted by others when society has warped peoples view of what we should be like?

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Forgive and forget?

Forgive? Okay. Forget? I think not. Perhaps it's just my own idea, but it seems to me that Val from Forgiveness in families wouldn't be turned around so easily by only one good thing Cam did. If you really think about it, she's only highlighted a few moments in both her and Cam's life. I'm sure that somewhere within their time, Cam must have done something good in his sister's eyes. But obviously she's overlooked this so what's going to stop her from eventually overlooking what her brother has just done now in possibly saving her mother?
Hey, what do you all think? Am I wrong in thinking this? And if you think I am, explain why. I just don't think Val's character would allow something like this to change it so quickly.

Friday, March 04, 2005

Hello Ladies

So any ideas as to why Mr. Mills title, "Thank Your Mother For the Rabbits" is significant?

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

To the story...

So Forgiveness and Families. I enjoyed the story. I like how it's very realistic. Val is like so many people, denying the truth. Everyone has issues and so many people try to blame their problems on others. Cam is just the poor sap who's had to take all of his sister's crap his whole life. This happens to so many siblings

Alice Munro did such a good job of showing the readers this idea. This reality that we see all the time. It was done in such a sublte way. She teaches us this concept about life through Val's repentance.

Bye for now,
Lindsay

That was a rough week...

Well the mid-term papers are handed in, therefore we can really get going on our blog.... Sorry to anyone who was expecting greatness from us five ladies before the term paper was completed. Now all of our greatness can be directed into this blog!!!! Aren't you all soo lucky... :)