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Thursday, March 11, 2010

   Mar 11 2010
I found this great article that tickled the Hetalia fan in me:

Happy bloody birthday, America! Love, England

Oh, man!! It really sounds like England wrote this for America.... lol. :)

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Mar 2 2010
... It's so hard not to laugh.

Canada vs. the U.S.A, or: My Newfound Sense of Nationalism and the Vancouver Olympic Games

Alright, so I think this was written before Canada won against USA in the men's hockey tournament. So the article claims that America has been belittling Canada. I was kinda surprised at this, but I suppose that was to be expected... but anyway, this is what caught my attention:

"This is how I see it: America is like Canada’s older, more successful sibling (don’t even get me started on the inclusion of Mexico in this equation). Mother England and Father France or Father Spain or however you want to put it gave birth us a few hundred years ago (or, more honestly, kidnapped us from our First Nations birth parents), and we had to grow up together. In our youth, we got in big fights (the War of 1812, which, hey, Canada kinda won), but as we matured we learned to get along as best we could (more or less) because we had to. After all, we’re family.

But the U.S. also emotionally neglected its sibling, because it didn’t really need him or her. With its geographic disability (colder, less liveable space, etc), Canada’s growth had been stunted, allowing the U.S. to grow taller and bigger and stronger. Canada learned to accept this disadvantage (more or less), making the best of it and creating a nice little society with what we had, all the while knowing deep down we did need the U.S. Eventually, people in the global community grew to really appreciate the modesty that came with Canada’s accepted inferiority. And as we’ve seen, the U.S. likes to champion it too. But secretly they are as jealous of our likability as we are jealous of their bigger cities and bigger power and bigger cultural industry. And this is a dominant facet of a sibling rivalry that usually gets kept under the radar, mostly because it’s in our best interest to have everyone think we get along."

gahahhaha seriously, Hetalia cannot be good for my health, but these paragraphs just related so well to APH that... hahahhaha OMG Mother England and Father France/Spain?!?! LOLOL

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Feb 28 2010, Sunday

Jason's birthday, the last day of the Winter Olympics, and the day of the USA vs Canada men's ice hockey game for the gold. USA lost, 2-3. It was awesome tho. (I didn't really watch the whole replay because, honestly, hockey still kinda bores me... especially if I know when the goals are going to be made and if I know who's going to win...) OMG USA made the last goal with just 30 sec left in the game!! Like their last game against Canada when they made that open net goal at the last minute...

ha, I never would have thought that I would be able to write a paragraph about sports. hahahha

Anyway, I found this awesome news article about Canada's closing ceremony. It was apparently awesome! I didn't really watch it cuz I wanted to watch the... the hockey game (I really still can't believe that I was willing to watch a hockey game of all things. I mean boxing and basketball are ok.... but hockey??) instead.

Some cool quotes from the article:

There the athletes were, smaller and more real suddenly, snapping pictures like tourists, waving to cameras -- "Hi, Mom!" -- milling aimlessly, mashed together in the most accomplished moshpit in history. Canadians, Americans, Russians, Finns: all the stiffness, posing, pre-competition jitters was gone, dissolved in a moment of pure fun. There's nothing else like it in sports.

We didn't get that in Beijing. Organizers at the 2008 Summer Games ran a minutely-controlled and choreographed farewell that looked great on TV, but killed any hint of spontaneity; the athletes were all but herded into pens. But Canada is no China; it's the land of half the world's great comedians. When a faux-repairman, giant screwdriver on his belt, kicked off Sunday's festivities by "fixing" the same arm of the cauldron that so infamously failed to rise at the opening ceremony, allowing speedskating legend Catriona Le May Doan to finish the torch-lighting ceremony she missed a fortnight ago, we knew we were in good hands. Nothing is so endearing -- and rare -- as an Olympic host that can laugh at itself.

Aww. I thought that was kinda cool.


Team USA kept as low a profile as an athletic superpower can, predicting no wins, displaying no arrogance, celebrating with class. It was a switch no one predicted: The Canadians acted more like out-there Yanks, and the Americans acted like humble Canucks. And it helped set, for these games, a graceful tone.

gehehehe it's funny when I think of it in terms of Hetalia. :D

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

   lol Feb 25 2010

I'm running on just one hr of sleep again.... actually it's more like 1.5 hrs, so I guess it's ok.

Ok, so I was supposed to work on my presentation for ASA, my lab, and the Engineering practice problems last night... I mean, I had more than enough time but I got distracted by facebook, fanfiction.net, and the Olympics. I really want a US-Canada rematch in the men's Olympics.

Yeah, so I did half of the lab, half of the presentation, and none of the practice problems. I still have to catch up on my reading for ASA... I haven't been reading for 5 weeks now? lol. I dunno. I feel so bad. And I still have to do the FAFSA...

Did that sound like I was complaining? Cuz I totally was not. haha

I think starting right now, I'll just say "haha" instead of "lol." yea. haha

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Hype for the game

I mean the US-Canada hockey game, Winter Olympics 2010:

Three huge rivalries on display: Hockey Night for the ages

U.S.-Canada hockey showdown is the hype of Vancouver Olympics
"We don't like to lose at anything, especially to our big brother to the south," said Jason Maxwell, 31, referring to the American team.

lol, Hetalia.

Canadians screamed out their love of hockey into a passionate roar on Sunday, creating an ocean of red and flag-waving support for Canada's long-awaited Olympic showdown with the United States.

Waking Its Neighbors, U.S. Upsets Canada
The Americans wore their 1960 Olympic jerseys in tribute to the first U.S. hockey team to win an Olympic gold medal. It was during that tournament that the United States last beat Canada in an Olympic men's hockey game, prevailing 2-1. It was also 30 years ago to the day Monday, the U.S. Olympic team beat the Soviet Union in its now legendary "Miracle on Ice" game.

lol. I dunno. I guess Hetalia gets to me once again... it was a great game. I only saw the last 2 seconds, I think. I saw the last goal by the Americans. It's funny cuz I used to think that hockey is one of the most boring sports ever, but I was so hyped up while I was looking for a good site to watch it online. I hope there's a rematch.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

lol hockey
Canada vs USA - USA won, 5-3. :D
Lol. I dunno if this will work. This is the video of all the goals made.... I promise I'll watch the next time they fight it out~!

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Feb 10, 2010
I'm supposed to be doing my math homework... instead, I learned about anti-Americanism in Canada. They really like poking fun at America, apparently. Again, I was thinking in terms of Hetalia. I like the North American bros, so I was kinda shocked at how passive-aggressive the real country of Canada really is.

Anti-American defines Canada:
Woe Canada
The problem is that the opposite is true. We couldn't be happier that Barack Obama is not only choosing Canada for his first official visit, but that he knows we even exist at all. Since he does, he might also know that, generally speaking, we love him. What he probably doesn't know is why.


He is the view looking north from the United States at the peaceful, cute, idiotic little neighbour, boasting proudly of nothing at all. He is also the mythical "Canadian" – the humble, internationalist, inclusive, sensible law-abider – that Canadians have convinced ourselves that we are. However, the most important persona is missing: that of the anti-American Canadian, which is now a bit of a problem.


In fact, our anti-Americanism is one of the only common threads of Canadian identity that runs, unbroken, from Confederation to the very second that I'm writing these words. Most other traits - the peacekeeping, the cultural mosaic, and so on - have developed along the way. The only other aspect to share this streak is bilingualism. Needless to say, it does not unite Canadians with quite the same degree of success.

Before You Flee to Canada, Can We Talk?

Canadians often use three metaphors to portray their relationship with the United States. They describe Canada as "sleeping with an elephant." Even when the elephant is at rest, they worry that it may suddenly roll over and crush them. They refer to the U.S.-Canadian border as "the longest one-way mirror in the world" -- Canadians peer closely at Americans, trying to make sense of their every move, while the United States sees only its own reflection. Finally, they liken Canada to a gawky teenage girl with a hopeless crush on the handsome and popular boy next door. You know, the one who doesn't even know she exists.

Heh, I didn't know Canada was so attentive towards America.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Feb 9 2010

OP and End songs are SO catchy.

When I tried to look up the voice actors for some of the characters on Wikipedia, I accidentally spoiled myself. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooo

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Probably because of Hetalia but still!!

What is an American?

well, it's not entirely true (The national symbol of America welcomes you tired and your poor... HA).

An Ode to America

"After the first moments of panic, they raised the flag on the smoking ruins, putting on T-shirts, caps and ties in the colours of the national flag. They placed flags on buildings and cars as if in every place and on every car a minister or the president was passing. On every occasion they started singing their traditional song: "God Bless America!"."

"I don't know how it happened that all this obsessive singing of America didn't sound croaky, nationalist, or ostentatious! It made you green with envy because you weren't able to sing for your country without running the risk of being considered chauvinist, ridiculous, or suspected of who-knows-what mean interests."

The Americans

"I can name you 5,000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble. Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I don't think there was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake."

Shame on You!

I don't really agree with this person's views but it's so pro-American that it still made my patriotic... even though I'm not American. But I live in America so I think that's ok. :D

This article basically says, "It could've been worse." Then the author praised the military might of America. Looking back on it, the only reason I liked this article was because (1) it was the first pro-American article I have ever read in my entire life and (2) it was pro-America. I love America.


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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Jan 28 2010
. . .

well. I'm running on less than an hour of sleep... an hour and a half if you count the time i slept in Chem earlier.

it's because of this. But you have to admit, it is pretty awesome and full of lulz.

It's also because I didn't want to write the Asian American paper. About filipinos. And their special status as US Nationals before the Philippine independence... what's funny is that we don't celebrate our independence day on july 4. We celebrate it on june 12. I wonder why.

Guh. I failed the Chem pre-lab test.... nuooooo
i mean it's ok if i didn't know the answer but i did and i just wasn't looking at the answer i chose....

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