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The Passionate Friar
Monday November 14th, 2011 with Phelonius Friar
Back from Vancouver and in a bad mood because Ottawa public transit sucks

I had the opportunity to travel to TRIUMF in Vancouver (Canada's primary particle and nuclear physics laboratory) on Carleton business as part of my part time work in the physics department working on cosmic ray tracking systems. I had an amazing time in Vancouver, but after a couple of days, I started to get angry because I realized that Ottawa was *not a city*. I'm not sure what it is, but I've lived in cities and I've travelled to cities, and Ottawa is not one. A real city is alive and vibrant, Ottawa is more like a bank lobby with shitty mass transit. I grew up in this town, and over the past 10 or 15 years it's become a parody of what it used to be... all the life has been crushed out of it. And it makes me angry. The tracks I picked today were angry, or at least loud, or at least energetic. I'm hoping that by releasing some frustration that I'll be able to trudge through another few years of this -- going from suburbs of the living dead to this concrete and parking lot university that pushed out every single square inch that used to be there for students to enjoy being students and its nightmarish food services monopolies to add injury to insult.
Army Of Me
Bjork - Tank Girl OST
SM (A Love Song)
Kidneythieves - Agro Active (Tuneup Number 7)
Crack The Liar's Smile
Drain STH - Agro Active (Tuneup Number 7)
The Clay People - Agro Active (Tuneup Number 7)
7 Seconds - The Music, The Message
Such & Such
7 Seconds - The Music, The Message
The Music, The Message
7 Seconds - The Music, The Message
Manitoba's Wild Kingdom - And You? Canadian
The Kants - I Hate It Here, I Never Want To Leave
I Death You To Death
Dead Roses - I Hate It Here, I Never Want To Leave
Gwen Mars - Magnosheen
Presidents Of The United States Of America - Presidents Of The United States Of America
Presidents Of The United States Of America - Presidents Of The United States Of America
Kick Out The Jams
Presidents Of The United States Of America - Presidents Of The United States Of America
Pinata Head
Green Jelly - 333
The Bear Song
Green Jelly - 333
It's A Shame
Flight 16 - Flight 16
Interactive CKCU
Phelonius Friar (host)
First post!

2:39 PM, November 14th, 2011
but don't you like the canal?

6:38 PM, November 14th, 2011
Phelonius Friar (host)
@doctorb... yes, the canal is wonderful and the parks around it are great, but the university grounds themselves are inhospitable. There is little functional public meeting space for people (other than a some areas of sterile study tables or overcrowded food areas) either indoor or out. Add to that the utter lack of viable places to eat (provided one has any respect for one's own body or health) or entertainment (they once had pool tables and video games in Dunton and even a little greenspace inside Herzberg for example that are long gone). Add to that the fascist parking policy, including charging on weekends now, and the message is "give us your money and find another place to make into a social hub". Me and my friends have tried to overcome the limitations that Carleton imposes, but they are far too effective and if we want to get together and study or just keep in touch outside of class we have realized that we need to find some other place to do it.

2:32 AM, November 15th, 2011
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