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The Political Olympics

I don’t enjoy watch­ing the Olympics. The cov­er­age we get (exclu­sive­ly from the CBC), is shod­dy. There’s no pre-planned time sched­ule for match­es or events, so I nev­er know what’s going to be on when I have time to watch. There was also absolute­ly no cov­er­age of table ten­nis, which has already end­ed, most of the medals going to China. Why is this? I sus­pect because Canada basi­cal­ly had no chance of plac­ing in the top three, so why would the CBC want to show them? Well, more like­ly not even in the top five. Even Google gave table ten­nis props with one of their dai­ly ban­ners, and with 28 Olympic sports but only 16 days, 12 of those sports aren’t going to have ban­ners.

There are also so many pol­i­tics involved, with dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tions, dop­ing, judg­ing, etc., that every­thing just seems taint­ed. There’s also all the frus­trat­ing media cov­er­age in the mix, such as Perdita Felicien’s hur­dle dis­s­a­point­ment splat­tered on the front page of most papers while Ann Muenzer’s gold­en achieve­ment gets a sports sec­tion blurb. And with sports that don’t need to be in the Olympics (why have syn­chro­nized div­ing AND div­ing AND syn­chro­nized swim­ming?), there’s not much to keep my inter­est.

It Was Beautifully Dark, Cold, And Wet When I Went Outside Today

It remind­ed me of home, when I would walk back from Ashley’s house on the shin­ing pave­ment.

I got 14 hours of sleep today, and I still feel a lit­tle drowsy. My exhaus­tion must be catch­ing up to me.

I fig­ured out that I have four mid-terms and three assign­ments due next week. I real­ly should be work­ing hard­er. I got today off both work and school, since it’s a school hol­i­day, and I made up my work hours on Tuesday. I was only able to fin­ish one assign­ment today, since I gen­er­al­ly just felt lack­adaisi­cal.

It’s amaz­ing to find out what peo­ple blame for their mis­for­tunes. The lat­est sniper killings have the Washington Post going on about how the deaths are com­put­er game relat­ed, the con­nec­tion between “I am god” to “god mode” in games. I wish peo­ple would under­stand that any­thing can cause some­one to mur­der, and that it’s not pop­u­lar cul­ture that sim­ply leads some­one to take a life, it’s most like­ly a men­tal heatlh issue that devel­ops with­out rela­tion to a game. Popular cul­ture may pro­vide an idea for a method of mur­der, but the idea that a game can spark some­ones will­ing­ness to kill seems com­plete­ly ridicu­lous to me.