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April 15, 2004
  Report card timePDF files may take a moment to load

Power is interesting.

Commanded by a master, it can do the greatest good, or the vilest deeds. In the hands of envious amateurs, anything can happen.

Students empowered 33 of their own last year to serve them, to represent them, and most of all to lead them in a time of uncertainty. Most Students' Union representatives tried to embrace their power, some actually understood it. All were given the right to try, but a mere handful wielded it successfully.

Individuals shone. The team failed.

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April 15, 2004
  Live Linux: No need to installPDF files may take a moment to load

IBM, among others, have declared 2004 the year of Linux. Many companies and organizations are switching workstations from proprietary operating systems such as Microsoft Windows to Linux, including the City of Calgary.

April 15, 2004
  Wading through fistfuls of oil and filthPDF files may take a moment to load

It's the yellow death. It kills millions every year and there isn't a damn thing being done about it. In fact, I'd heard there were people who were consuming the poison en masse. They'd pour it, inject it, snort it and smoke it before vowing solemnly, "never again."

But I knew the truth.

I knew that in their sticky, rotten centres they craved more. More and more until finally their bodies rejected themselves and oozed out of their wrinkled skins, crawling into the drains to hide forever.

April 15, 2004
  AustraliaPDF files may take a moment to load

How you going?"

Not "how's it going?" Not "where you going?" Not even "how are you?" No, "how you going?"

An expression used by all in Australia, it may sound weird and confusing but they all use it. Since I've been in Sydney, I've picked up on a lot of things which make this country just as unique as that expression.

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April 15, 2004
  PilgrimagePDF files may take a moment to load

If you are going to Muxia, it's four kilometres shorter by the road," says the truck driver as I prepare to cross the paved way and enter a winding dirt trail on the other side. "That'll save you nearly an hour of walking."

I thank him, smile and, when he drives away, continue down the path. I don't know how to explain to him that it has taken me 33 days to walk this far. By train, plane, car or bus, the 880km journey could be covered in less than 12 hours but sometimes you just feel like walking.

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April 15, 2004
  CanadaPDF files may take a moment to load

It always amazes me to hear about people traveling to other countries and listen to all their very diverse experiences along the way. Canadians love to travel.

One question I inevitably ask tourists I meet visiting Canada, having caught the travel bug myself, is about their homeland. I've boiled my curiosity to this: I'm interested in both the diversities and similarities of people and places around the world.

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April 15, 2004
  Craving a change of study scene?PDF files may take a moment to load

Fear of failing an exam can provide some of the best motivation there is, but for real slackers even this is not enough. For us--and I mean you--it is important to assess every little detail in your study routine in order to identify the "study inhibitors." These SIs are like little crawly creatures that seep into the very cells of our cerebral matter. They penetrate so deep we are rendered completely helpless, like a cockroach laying on its back, legs flailing.

April 15, 2004
  Pioneering myths of struggle PDF files may take a moment to load

The Albertan pioneer is a complex character. Independent and resourceful, he trekked west in hopes of finding promise and prosperity. When he arrived (make no mistake, he is unequivocally male), he was instead met with a host of struggles, from the infertile land to a harsh climate.

In the end, he overcame. He won.

April 15, 2004
  Dilated Peoples PDF files may take a moment to load

In a time of jiggy-ass MCs and beefs contrived to sell music cheaper than the CD it's pressed on, it's a joy to have releases from groups like Dilated Peoples.

Neighborhood Watch isn't groundbreaking, it doesn't take the crew in bold new directions and it won't turn the hip hop world on its ear. But it is fuckin' good.

April 15, 2004
  Barren Cross PDF files may take a moment to load

'It's a well-known fact that Jesus was a metalhead. If His long hair wasn't enough of a giveaway, the Slayer t-shirt He silk-screened almost two millennia before the band formed leaves little doubt about His musical preferences.

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