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Back in Toronto after sooooooo many adventures…

So, many things happened.

Saturday night, after meeting Helenka’s parents and her brother in downtown Toronto, we went for a Red Lobster meal, since they are non-existent in Quebec. It was pretty good, and I wish we still had them in Montreal. I haven’t found a proper Seafood restaurant that is as good – or way better! – than Red Lobster yet. I’m sure some readers would give me some good pointers and ideas of places to go in Montreal. Otherwise, the rest of the night was spent drinking sangria in Toronto’s port, and also at The Red Room. It is a nice place to hang out in the city, if ever you search for a good place to drink for cheap.

Sunday was a road-trip day. We spent the entire day on the road. Once we past the borders by Niagara Falls (which, by the way, aren’t THAT impressive if you ask me), we drived our way through Buffalo and Cleveland all the way to Sandusky. After a nice 9 hours on the road, the sangria at the mexican restaurant was fucking awesome, and pretty much two bottles of red wine in a pitcher, mixed up with just an once or two of orange juice. I was pretty tipsy by the end of the meal ūüėõ

Monday was actually cool. We ride all the main important – and thrilling! – rides of Cedar Point. The Top Thrill Dragster was the coolest, in my opinion. There was also the Millenium force, the Maverick and the Magnum XL 200. Those rides were just…awesome!!! Serious, I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to go back to La Ronde…

Tuesday was..a bad day for me, if we look it that way. Starting the day with a bird shitting on me, I lose my hat on the Magnum ride (had to re-buy another hat for the day or I would have burned), and I was refused access at the swim bar in Soak City, solely on the fact that I did not have a driver’s license and our passport was not recognized in Cedar Point…WTF? What do tourists do anyway when all they have is their passport for valid identification and age id, and what do non-drivers like do? Seriously that was the stupidest law ever we saw in Ohio.

Then, like if it wasn’t enough of bad luck, I had a little…accident in the water park. We four (Helenka, her brother, Darling and me) went on a raft ride that was quite dangerous. The tip of our raft passed over the border of the ride, and as a reflex, I put down my head and tried to get in the center of the embarcation, trying to slow down the raft ride. But, at the same time as putting my head down, Darling had the same reaction and put his head down in the middle of the raft, meeting with mine’s…I can now attest of Darling’s hard head. My right eye is now a nice shade of purple-dark grey, and it hurts like hell when I touch it (even the day after!). Anyway, it was funny trying to explain to the paramedics in the water park that Darling’s head hit me, and that it was an accident, nothing more. I passed the rest of the day holding Helenka’s or Darling’s arms, trying to enjoy the water park with only one eye. Quite funny! And like if the bad luck wasn’t enough, when we went for supper at T.G.I.F.,, the waitress asked for our IDs and refused our passport…then went on on the park’s policies of identification. But luckily for me, I was able to get a drink to forget my day! She was left a nice tip ūüėõ

And today, we came back by Detroit in Michigan, and Windsor. Two bottles at duty free, and we were happy to be on our way to Toronto.

So, that’s it for now. I’m sleepy, and I can’t type right anymore, so I’ll leave you guys on this.

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Toronto – Jour 1

Je devrais me trainer un carnet pour prendre mes notes et pensees du moment…and damn, le clavier est en mode Anglais…done, maintenant en fran√ßais!

Anyway, la ride de bus √©tait tr√®√®√®√®√®√®√®√®ssssssss longue (environ 7h). Et le paysage ontarien est assez plate et morne, quand j’y repense. Vall√©es, verdure, collines √† perte de vue…Oshawa est extr√™mement laide comme ville (des industries et des putains de chemin√©es partout), mais s√©rieusement, Toronto n’est pas si mieux que √ßa c√†¬īt√© design. Pleins de filages √©lectrique partout √† cause des tramways dans les rues du centre-ville, et j’aime leur m√©tro: il sort dehors de temps en temps, comme celui-de New-York!

Malheureusement, nous partous dans 5 minutes pour l’Ohio, et je sens que ce sera un voyage tr√®s √©ducationnel de ce c√†¬īt√©-l√†¬† de la fronti√®re US. Sandusky, et Cedar Point park, here we come!

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Avant les vacances…

Je suis all√©e chercher mon passeport ce matin au bureau de Passeport Canada dans le centre-ville, et bon dieu que j’ai l’air d’un terroriste sur ma photo! Pas de sourire, pas le droit de montrer les dents, ni de lunettes…tout pour avoir l’air cave sur sa photo! M’enfin…
Le d√©compte est commencer…5h30 avant le d√©but des vacances! ūüėÄ Qu ej,ai h√Ęte… j’ai besoin d’une petite pause, moi!

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Faire ma snobinarde en regardant les maisons de luxe √† Montr√©al…

Je suis en train de surfer sur luxuryrealestate.com et je regarde les maisons de luxe dans la r√©gion de Montr√©al. C’est fou de reconna√†¬ģtre la plupart des endroits en vente, √©tant donn√© que j’ai beaucoup march√©e dans la ville ces derniers ann√©es…Je m’amuse √† reconna√†¬ģtre les maisons et leur nom de rue, de quartier. Vraiment, je suis une vraie exploratrice urbaine ūüėČ
Et j’ai encore de la mis√®re √† croire que nous avons des condos √† 4.3 millions √† vendre dans le Vieux-Montr√©al…Je pensais que c’√©tait juste √† Manhattan, ces conneries de condos au prix hyper-exag√©r√©!

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My old history essays are back online

I’ve reactivated my old essays from university, taken down the password and giving free access to these. Now that I have put a Creative Common license on the entire content of this blog, I don’t feel the need to put a password on the essays.

Hope you people will like it. Really, don’t hesitate to read, discuss and comment them. Just√Ę‚ā¨¬¶don’t look at the errors. Anyway, I’ll rewrite a couple of those in the next few weeks!

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Savethedevelopers.org

J’ai un petit script Javascript qui appara√†¬ģt seulement si le monde utilise le navigateur Internet Explorer 6 ou un vieux de vieux Safari/Op√©ra/Firefox (je viens de le tester justement, et √ßa m’a rappell√© que je l’avais install√© sur ce blog…) √áa fait apparaitre un texte pop-up, par dessus le texte principal, qui indique au gens d’upgrader leur navigateur. Je suis quasiment tent√©e de l’utiliser au boulot, tellement √ßa me d√©sesp√®re de travailler encore sur IE6.

Pourquoi le monde reste avec des vieilles technologies sur leur ordis? Je ne comprend juste pas…

New webdesign part 2

Like you can see, I’ve changed the general template of the blog to continue with my idea of designing an entire new design for this domain. This template will be easier to mold into the webdesign I have in mind. So for now, you don’t really see what I did, but you can already get accustomed with the general navigation.

Enjoy for now!

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Auto-censure…

Depuis que j’ai mon boulot, je me suis beaucoup censur√©e, je trouve. Je me suis restreinte sur beaucoup de choses, m’emp√™chant de parler, de donner mon opinion.

Ce n’est pas moi.

Je n’ai jamais √©t√© de la sorte. J’ai toujours dit ma fa√ßon de penser, j’ai toujours √©t√© franche, surtout envers moi-m√™me. Car je me respecte. Alors pourquoi me censurer? De peur que quelqu’un le lise et pense que je suis compl√®tement cingl√©e ou d√©tract√©e? Me semble que √ßa ne m’avait jamais fait peur ou arr√™t√©e auparavant…

Non pas que j’ai de quoi √† dire de particuli√®rement m√©chant, malsain, violent, ou agressif, mais juste que parfois, j’ai l’impression de me censurer pour rien.

Faut que j’arr√™te cela. Je ne bloggue plus √† cause de mon auto-censure…

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Random thoughts…

Comment aller dire √† la personne qui vous demande si vous allez bien que la majorit√© de vos probl√®mes sont reli√©s √† elle, et que vous avez √©t√© bless√© beaucoup plus que vous ne l’aviez pens√© au d√©but?

C’est un peu de la sorte que je me sentais la semaine derni√®re, surtout quand la dite personne m’a parl√© un peu. J’avais besoin de parler, j’avais besoin de ventiler certaines rages et ins√©curit√©s, mais l√†¬†… pas √† elle. √á’aurait √©t√© malsain et violent pour nous deux!

La vie est si compliquée pour rien.

Blog Action Day 08

This year I’m participating at the Blog Action Day event (October 15th 2008), and I’m gonna blog on a really personal subject which touched me in my childhood: poverty. Still a subject that need to be talked about, since it’s almost taboo to talk about it in our society, I find it important to participate and talk about it: sensibilizing people about how poverty still touches a lot of people in the world.

Be there October 15th for the post for BlogAction Day 08!