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May 29, 2017

Smoking: Prohibited

One of the clients that I work for, Champlain College Saint-Lambert, recently posted the following notice on their blog (emphasis added): Champlain College Saint-Lambert will become a smoke and tobacco-free campus for all for employees, students, and visitors effective July 1st 2017. The use of all tobacco products is prohibited on campus properties, both indoor and outdoor, of the College including all buildings and grounds owned by the College. This policy applies to the parking lot as well as the front and side walkways. Tobacco is defined as any type of tobacco product including, but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, electronic cigarettes, smokeless or spit tobacco or snuff. For those who are interested in stopping their use of tobacco products please contact Health Services (students) or…
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May 28, 2017

Are You Friendly?

Photo by Matt Refghi So it was the day of my final exam in Law & Society, and there were only a few mins left before I'd have to leave. And yet, casually, I launched Rust on my computer, logged into a server, and stepped away from my machine while the world loaded. As I was cleaning my apartment to pass the time, I noticed in the distance that the game had finished loading. In Rust, when you connect to a server for the first time, you're placed in a random location, and you have a first person view of your character laying on his side, just having woken up. When you join the world in this manner, you're known as a "naked" by the community.…
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November 21, 2016

Snow! Transcript Hey everyone, it's snowing outside and I'm really looking forward to going to the mountain today. I didn't plan on this snow, but it's going to be worth it, check it out. That's where I'm going. I'm on my way to the mountain now and I just overheard someone saying that they hate this weather. Why would they hate this weather? Isn't it fantastic to be hit in the face with snow? To each their own I suppose. I just came back from actually signing up for my student ID for Concordia. It makes me pretty happy and not so much because it's Concordia, not that there's anything wrong with Concordia, moreso because it's a symbol of lifelong learning. So in a few…
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November 17, 2016

The Puddle

On August 1st, 2016, I decided it was time to continue challenging myself just like I did with my two 30-day challenges in 2013. The third challenge turned out simpler than the previous two: I would bike at least 20 km (~12.4 miles) per day for thirty consecutive days. Unlike 2013, there were no other rules - no photos, no mandatory checkpoints. And, for some reason, I also decided to keep the challenge completely under the radar until I completed it. The only people that could see my progress were those that followed me on Strava, since I named my rides incrementally (Day 1, 2, etc) as I went along. And so the challenge began, and progressed without fault for two weeks. Then came day 16, a particularly rainy day. I wasn't…
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November 16, 2016

Despite My Fatigue, A Smile

On the night of April 9th, 2015, I collapsed onto my couch, having finished a second day of working at a job fair that took place at the Palais des Congres de Montreal. On my face, despite my fatigue, was a smile - I greatly enjoyed working at fairs. At the time, I would occasionally work job fairs for one of my corporation's clients, Champlain College Saint-Lambert. I even wrote a blog post about what they do. For those that didn't read that post, here's a quick run-down: I worked primarily with the Recognition of Acquired Competencies (RAC) department, which fits within the realm of Continuing Education, for adults. RAC is a process that people can use to have their life and work experience recognized towards obtaining…