Google Fame

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I had some free time today so I was thinking, how famous, according to Google, am I? So I did a search for 'hadfield' and found that the first page referring to me was way down at 110. Needless to say I was a little dissapointed, so I've now made it my new goal to become #1 on Google when people search for 'hadfield'. I don't plan on "cheating" to do this, but instead, just become more famous, yes it might take me a long time :-). Especially since I've got to beat out the Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield.

So anyway, what I did was write a Google Fame Calculator that lets someone calculate how famous they are relating to a specified topic according to Google.

To use it you'll already need to know some information about the link google will find for you. For me, I know that will be the first link about me, so under the identity field I put ''. If your name is rare (like for Ariane) you could search 'khachatourians' as the topic and 'ariane' as the identity.

spidey 2

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Parveen and I decided to go to Spiderman 2 the other night (sorry Scott, we couldn't wait). The movie definately kicked some spidey ass. (Don't worry, no spoilers in this post) Good story line, good action, good acting. All the fight scenes with octavious were very well done. The animation in the movie was a lot less noticable then in the 1st (except for at the end). Even the slower, story building scenes in this one were far better, I'm not sure why though, I think everyone's acting has matured a bit since the last movie though. Although they attempted to show some character development in Peter Parker, McGuire really didn't do a good job of it. I personally thought that James Fanco (Harry Osborne) did a pretty good job of developing (even though I don't think he's as good an actor as the rest of the cast). I also thought the actor who played Octavious was really good.

Anyway, it was far better than the first one in every aspect. Worth my $10. I think I'd have to say it was no better then the X-Men's though, perhaps equally as good, but I'd have to watch it again to determine that.

Oh yeah, and it was sweet when Aunt May wacked Octavious with her umbrella to save Spiderman and then totally burned spiderman afterwards.

Happy belated canada day!

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So it's been a pretty good week. Both at work and otherwise. Every week should have Thursday as a holiday. And every Thursday should have live Jazz concerts going on downtown. The only sucky thing that happened was that the few of us who actually worked on Friday were going to go to the SFU pub at 4. Only problem, I guess they decided to close the pub at 4 because it was too quite. Bitches!

Anyway, Ariane and I went out to Granville Island on Thursday and we caught a bit of a show that was going on. We skytrained/bussed down there, mostly because every ad we saw for it said not to drive. But nonetheless there was still massive amounts of traffic going on the Island but no parking to be found (suckers).

The one band we saw was The Grdina Quartet featuring Dylan van der Schyff:

And what made it even better was that there was icy cold Cypress Honey Lager being served. Mmm, mmm.

Here's a cute picture of Ariane and I on our way back :-):

"work it" conservatives


Ok, so it's likely that everyone reading my blog knows that I passionately hate the conservatives, however, I got to thinking about what would happen if the conservatives did narrowly win the election. The fact that the statistics are currently showing a high percentage of votes will go to the conservatives really demonstrates the fact that Canadians are nearly as stupid as Americans. I'd say that Canadians are 3/5ths as stupid as Americans, based on the polls.

But perhaps Canadians aren't really that stupid... perhaps they're all just too trustworthy and believe everything that Harper is telling them. Trustworthyness is nothing to be looked down upon. But there's only really one way to show those people that Harper's government will try to fuck up Canada... let Harper's government govern Canada, it won't take long for the party to start collapsing under its own weight. Heck, look at the Aliance after the last election, as the official opposition they couldn't even keep their party own together let alone attack the ruling party, just imagine if they had actually won the last election!?

Now, let's take the following scenario...
Harper wins with 35% of the votes
Liberals come away with 34%
NDP gets 23%
Bloc gets 8%

If I've done my math right, that should be 100%. So Harper becomes PM. Let's say that the liberals decide not to join the NDP because they feel that the NDP is too left wing for them. Now Harper gets to make the decisions. Harper's government will start making BAD decisions. Decisions that Canadians hate. They'll start wasting money on defense contracts, they'll discuss re-implementing the draft. People will really start to see why the conservatives were a bad choice.

The people will have only one real alternative to turn to in an attempt to correct their bad voting decision... the liberals. They'll protest to the liberals to join with the NDP and abolish the Harper government, the liberals will do it, there'll be a vote of non-confidence, there'll be a new election and the people will realize that maybe a government could do worse things then cutting some programs in order to reduce our deficit and dept. This comes with the benifit that we won't have to worry about the conservatives for either this government, nor the next one.

If Harper comes a close second, he may just win next time.

Of course, the odds of liberals refusing to align with the NDP right off the bat are probably pretty minimal.

Are you <i>actually</i> open-minded?


I just read Paul Graham's essay "What can't you say". Well, what I can say, was that it was an excellent read. I'd recommend it to anyone else too (especially if you think you don't like to think like everyone else). It was pretty long though (mind you, I'm also a really slow reader), but here's a sample, read the article it if you're still interested after this quote (heck, read it even you're not :-):

Let's start with a test: Do you have any opinions that you would be reluctant to express in front of a group of your peers?

If the answer is no, you might want to stop and think about that. If everything you believe is something you're supposed to believe, could that possibly be a coincidence? Odds are it isn't. Odds are you just think whatever you're told.

I still plan on reading the second part "Re: What can't you say".