I have my ride-home playlist all set up and ready to go. There’s just no better feeling than climbing into that cab and falling into an exhausted stupor for the ride home, while the perfect music blares in my ears. Here’s the lineup this time around:

  • cat power . “sweedeedee”
  • mike doughty . “i hear the bells”
  • jose gonzalez . “heartbeats”
  • regina spektor . “better”
  • cold war kids . “don’t let your love grow away from me”
  • band of horses . “monsters”

That oughta do it. If I run out of time I’ll skip the Mike Doughty song.

OK. Must go finish off a deck, read the material for tomorrow and review some class notes.

[tags]cat power, mike doughty, jose gonzalez, regina spektor, cold war kids, band of horses[/tags]


While this is only the fourth day of the class, it feels like we’ve been here a month. Coming up a day early, which I guess makes this our fifth day here, and knowing that we have another full day and the exam left, makes it feel like we’re deep in a hole. On the plus side, my group has all but finished our presentation for tomorrow afternoon and I don’t think we have to read much tonight, so I should have almost all of both nights to study.

What fun.



I’m a liiiiiiiiiiittle tired this morning. Had to re-write a bunch of stuff last night, but luckily I read far enough ahead on Monday that I’m already caught up for today’s lecture(s). Looking at the schedule, and knowing what we know about the marking scheme, I’m not too worried about the workload that suddenly fell in our laps yesterday. It is what it is, and we didn’t sign up for this thing to be coddled. Giddyup.


If I read one more article talking how Tie Domi — who retired yesterday — was “fearless” or “never backed down from a fight,” I’ll lose it. I suspect that if you so much as mentioned Vladimir Malakhov’s name around him he’d curl into a ball and whimper.

[tags]workload, tie domi[/tags]


So much for a nice relaxing course. We just got handed a very large, microscopic-font case to analyze and report on for tomorrow at 1:00 (meaning we have to do the work tonight ’cause we have the usual lectures tomorrow), and we already have a 20-minute presentation due Thursday at noon which we haven’t really even started yet. Plus there’s the usual review and studying for the Friday exam. This means most of us have canceled plans to attend an executive talk scheduled for 5:00. Not sure how that’s gonna go over.
[tags]mba, workload++[/tags]


Day 2 down. Just did a bunch of reading…even read ahead a bit.

The food is a struggle; not eating beef or pork anymore has severely limited my choices here. It used to be that if dinner just looked like shit you could order a burger; no more.

OK, must go see what’s doing over in the lounge.



The film festival buzz about All The King’s Men appears to be true, given the ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. Hard to believe, given the incredible cast.


The new Bonnie Prince Billy disc, though, is getting good reviews.


I was going to write something about the whole Muslim-anger-over-papal-statements controversy, but my brother wrote pretty much the same thing I was planning to write. I’m not one to defend the pope, but I don’t think he’s the one in the wrong here.


OK, off to day 2 of international business.

[tags]all the king’s men, bonnie prince billy, muslim anger at pope[/tags]


The first day (well…half-day, really) of our international business course intensive is behind us. Everyone was nervous about the prof — she’s obviously very smart, and seemed pretty intense in the online video and phone calls — but I think everyone left feeling ok. She seems able to make the class interesting, and she obviously knows her stuff, so…I think it’ll be a pretty good week. But see if I feel that way on Thursday.

[tags]mba, international business[/tags]

Turn out the lights

The fest is over. By the time we left our last movie tonight there were only two screenings left to go. Here, then, is our list of movies, ranked by my rating:

  • Kurt Cobain: About A Son (9/10)
  • Day Night Day Night (9/10)
  • Blindsight (9/10)
  • Fay Grim (8.5/10)
  • The Wind That Shakes The Barley (8/10)
  • Requiem (7.5/10)
  • Rescue Dawn (7/10)
  • Outsourced (7/10)
  • Citizen Duane (6.5/10)
  • The Pleasure Of Your Company (6/10)
  • The Half Life of Timofey Berezin (5.5/10)
  • Diggers (5/10)
  • Candy (2/10)

Five of those films I’d classify as excellent and one as shit; the rest range from mildly disappointing to pretty good. Only a handful of them will ever play in wide circulation — probably The Pleasure Of Your Company and maybe The Wind That Shakes The Barley — while the rest will play the indie circuit if at all. Still, if you ever have a chance to see any of the first 10 on this list, I’d recommend it.
[tags]tiff, toronto international film festival[/tags]

Outsourced (7/10)

So sweet my teeth hurt, Outsourced (tiff | imdb) was our final film of the festival. It was, as T-Bone advertised, cute. Very cute. Funny, in a gee-aren’t-American-and-Indian-cultures-different kind of way, cute, in a holy-shit-the-lead-actress-is-gorgeous kind of way, and pleasant in a no-violence-no-swearing-no-sex kind of way. Except the monkey pulling a turnip.

The film hasn’t been picked up yet, but it probably should be. It’s funnier than most of the stuff that comes through big theatre chains, and it’s clean enough to get a low MPAA rating (and therefore a big audience).

Sweet. Cute. Funny. Pleasant. Clean. I’m not trying to damn this movie with faint praise, it was actually pretty good. Not the edgy art I’d really want to close out the festival, but I normally have no time for this type of movie and I enjoyed it, so…there you go.

[tags]tiff, toronto international film festival, outsourced[/tags]