Archive for April, 2011

Freddie Wants You!

Posted in People with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2011 by Jordan

Born in a dank alley on the wrong side of the tracks, Freddie’s life has been an uphill battle since day one.  He spent the first three months of his life in a shelter with a bunch of no good ruffians where he was exposed to an underground world that most of us couldn’t begin to fathom.

When The Whole Ball of Wax first met Freddie at the shelter in 2010, he weighed under a pound, he had a six inch suture on the underside of his belly, and had just been exposed to a deadly disease that threatened his life.  However, Freddie was created with a fighting spirit and a “blue collar” personality that allowed him to persevere and overcome the limiting odds placed on him at birth.

Now a year old, Freddie is in the midst of his next life challenge. He is in the running to be voted the best cat with thumbs in the entire universe!  Along with all the other challenges Freddie was dealt at birth, he was also born a polydactyl which provided him with an additional two thumbs on both of his front paws.  Consequently, he looks like he is constantly wearing oven mitts.

With only one week left in the voting, Freddie is in the fight of his life.  He currently sits in 5th place and just 2 percentage points out of 1st.  With time fading, every vote counts!

This is a challenge to all readers of The Whole Ball of Wax to get on their computers, phones, and ipods to vote for Freddie as many times as possible.  Tell a friend and tell them to tell two more.  Send an email or a text to friends and family near and far and educate them on the greatness of Freddie and his extra thumbs.  Tell them of his struggles and his perseverance and help make Freddie a true rags to riches story.

Freddie needs you and he WANTS YOUR VOTE!

Cast your vote here: http://www.mirror.co.uk/cats-with-thumbs/vote/

UBC LipDub… Not How I Remember UBC!

Posted in Education with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2011 by Jordan

A couple of days ago I received an email with a link attached to it with a caption reading, “Not quite how you remembered it, eh?”  Intrigued by the caption, I clicked the link and watched the corresponding video which was a video created to help University of British Columbia (UBC) students feel a stronger connection to their largely commuter based school.  As a graduate of UBC, I must say I thought the video was pretty well done; however, what I saw in this video is in no way shape or form a reflexion of what I experienced at UBC while obtaining either or my degrees.

It’s very possible that the culture of the Point Grey campus has changed since I graduate in 2009 (I hardly doubt it but I am willing to concede that it is possible). I have a lot of memories of my time at UBC but none of them include anything portrayed in this video.

It’s not raining once in this video, which is about as likely at UBC as Kirstie Alley not weighing over 250 lbs.  Furthermore, the people in the video are completely out off character and misrepresented.  There aren’t more than seven white people that actually attend UBC so I’m not sure where all the white people in the video came from, Asian people don’t stand in libraries, they sleep on their calculus textbooks, and the engineers wouldn’t be caught dead near an Arts building due to various pretensions.  To top it all off, students at UBC don’t make eye contact with each other.  They burry their heads, walk into each other, and continue on with their days without saying a word to one other.  I also didn’t see one frat guy aggressively soliciting a student to join their frat, which is odd because I think frats are obsessed with doing that.

Despite all these oversights, the two most obvious aspects missing from this video are that there isn’t one heroin addict mumbling to themselves on the bus and there isn’t one homeless person armpit deep in a garbage can looking for discarded treasures.  How these two aspects were overlooked when making this video about UBC are beyond me.  Interacting with drug addicts and homelessness on a daily basis is an entrenched aspect of life as a UBC student.  I think it would have been pretty cool to see a disheveled mess mumbling to themselves during the scene on the bus or to see a homeless guy with his entire torso in the garbage can outside the Aquatic Center.

Alas, you can’t always get what you want and I’m sure it is very difficult to get drug addicts and homeless people to cooperate with an artistic vision.

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