stuff from all over

A few random things that have caught my eye lately:

1. ‘Big Brother targets Facebook. According to an article I read in the paper this morning, “millions of Britons who use social networking sites such as Facebook could soon have their every move monitored by the Government and saved on a “Big Brother” database … The idea to police MySpace, Bebo and Facebook comes on top of plans to store information about every phone call, email and internet visit made by everyone in the United Kingdom. Almost half the British population – some 25 million people – are thought to use social networking sites. There are already proposals under a European Union directive – dating back to after the 7 July 2005 bombs – for emails and internet usage to be monitored and added to a planned database to track terror plots.” If I wasn’t already re-considering my facebook participation, I certainly am now.

2. On another technological note, a review of the primary school curriculum in England has reportedly decided that school pupils should learn how to blog and use internet sites like Twitter and Wikipedia and spend less time studying history. While history would remain a part of the curriculum, pupils would learn two key periods of British history but it would be up to the school to decide which ones, meaning that it is possible that pupils would no longer have to study the Victorian period or the Second World War.

3. Ovechkin v Cherry. After AO’s 50th goal celebration, everyone was wondering what the Coach’s Corner reaction would be. Cherry’s big statement was this: “They’re not laughing with you, they’re laughing at you, Alex.” Is there not a hint of irony in this? A man whose whole persona is built on being boisterous and flamboyant, known for wearing pink suits and fedoras, criticizing the game’s best young player for celebrating his third straight 50 goal season. My take is this: for people to complain about AO’s exuberance, and for others to complain about Sidney Crosby being ‘too boring’ during an interview is to completely miss the point. As hockey fans, we are privileged to be witnessing the beginnings of what are already two magnificent careers with the potential to wow us on a nightly basis for years. The NHL needs the Oveckin’s, Crosby’s and Malkin’s to play the game with all the youthful passion that they have. While I personally am not a fan of the over the top staged celebrations [especially in the context of Bible college intramural floor hockey], I have to respect Ovechkin’s passion for the game – no one can deny that he is a special talent, and we are fortunate to be able to watch him perform his magic on the ice.

4. On a lighter note, a Thai firefighter dressed up as Spider-Man the other day in order to coax an 8 year old autistic boy off a third-floor window ledge. It was the boy’s first day at a new school, and he became upset and climbed out the window. The boy’s mother mentioned his love for comics, prompting fireman Somchai Yoosabai to rush back to the station, where he kept a Spider-Man costume in his locker [used the to liven up fire drills in schools]. The sight of Mr Somchai dressed as Spider-Man and holding a glass of juice for him, brought a big smile to the boy’s face, and he promptly threw himself into the arms of his “superhero”, police said. The photo of that moment is absolutely brilliant, no?

Slain’s Castle photos to be posted tomorro

    • Tom
    • March 26th, 2009

    “While I personally am not a fan of the over the top staged celebrations [especially in the context of Bible college intramural floor hockey]”

    I believe that you meant “with exception to the context of…”

    Like you didn’t LOVE the toilet bowl match, entrance music and matching uniforms!

  1. Ha. I’ll give you that Tom. The toilet bowl is a special case. I was more referring to pulling sharpies out of socks, signing the orange hockey ball and tossing it onto the stage. Yeah, it happened.

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