For Granted

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  For Granted
January 27, 2005
  A match made in hellPDF files may take a moment to load

All middle-aged women working at customer services are bound to the most disastrous marriages I have ever witnessed. In this particular relationship, their partner is some kind of twisted god­--all powerful, authoritarian, oppressive and intolerant. His name happens to be "the computer"--not just a computer, but the computer!


January 20, 2005
  On a scale from one to awesome...PDF files may take a moment to load

The Universal Student Ratings of Instruction on Infonet has not lived up to its potential. Don't get me wrong, it certainly gives me a sense of immense satisfaction to see awful profs score some very low points. The frustrating part is, of course, seeing instructors scoring undeserved good marks. What's worse is that the information on display can easily mislead students into sitting through painful lectures or missing out on some really great learning experiences.


March 04, 2004
  Linguistic imperialismPDF files may take a moment to load

One of the biggest job markets for students nowadays involves ESL teaching in foreign countries. The idea is quite appealing: free travel, cash and a chance to educate the rest of the world. In reality, the bigger picture shows they are participating in a global conquest for perfecting Standard English.

Indeed, in many countries, the more English you know, the better off you'll be. It's a pity many kids don't even respect their mother tongue anymore and only aim to learn the more "useful" English.


February 05, 2004
  Judging by appearancesPDF files may take a moment to load

Since the begining of December, Canada's conservative right has supposedly been united even though nobody really believed it. With an election on the horizon, Calgary is experiencing daily bombardments of media coverage on party candidates, oops, I mean candidate, singular.


January 29, 2004
  Crazy for Chinese customsPDF files may take a moment to load

As most people at the university already know, Chinese New Year is celebrated Jan. 22 to Feb. 6. Also, many people have learned to say the phrase kung hei fat choi to Chinese elders who reward their blessing words by giving them lucky money wrapped in red envelopes. Indeed, living in China up to age 16, I probably raked in an average of $500 per Chinese New Year.


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