Friday, January 30, 2004

Notes & Numbers:

47 - Years ago today..a baby girl named Teresa Jean was born into the Sampson clan. Happy Birthday Mom!

$411 - cost of one course at UPEI in 2004 -2004. When I started in 1998 it was $331. Affordable education?

Recommended website of the week: Well, OK, will eat humble pie and NOT suggest All Shanadian (hey, you're already here anyway). Instead will suggest

Thursday, January 29, 2004

This has to be my post for the day. It is an email forward received from one of my webcourse classmates, Julie. Powerful and profound.

A Columbine High School student wrote:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints; we spend more, but have less;
we buy more, but enjoy it less. We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time; We have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment;more experts, but less solutions; more medicine, but less wellness. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We've learned how to make a living, but not a life; we've added years to life, not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor. We've conquered outer space, but not inner space; we've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul; we've split the atom, but not our prejudice. We have higher incomes, but lower morals; we've become long on quantity,but short on quality. These are the times of tall men, and short character; steep profits, and shallow relationships. These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure, but less fun; more kinds of food, but less nutrition. These are days of two incomes, but more divorce; of fancier houses, but broken homes. It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stockroom; a time when
technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to forward this message and make a difference... or just hit delete.

Monday, January 26, 2004

Monday afternoon and I am (again) sitting in the computer lab of the Kelley building (3rd floor if you want to visit). The beginning of the last week of January and the end of the first month in 2004. Egads! Random thoughts of the day so far:

Vegetarianism is seeming more and more attractive as I make my way through 'Fast Food Nation'. I will never think of hamburgers the same way and I am missing Linda McCartney's veggie burgers, only available on the other side of the Atlantic :(

Short hair cuts = major maintenance. I know, I hardly seems rational that shorter hair would take MORE time to mantain than long hair, just take my word for it and never take teh scissors above the shoulder unless you want to live a permanent and, occassionally, hair-pulling existence. Honestly, how many of you with long tresses can atest to going through a bottle of hair product a week, or a haircut every five weeks.

Ringo Star is 63..he will be 64 in July. Will have to start scoping out trivia venues where they have the right answers.

Movie to watch this week: Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! I'm sorry, I know it's a 'romantic comedy' (a.k.a cheesy chick flick), but sometimes, in the absence of real-life happy endings, one wants to be comforted by the hope that sometimes things do work out right. Plus..there are two cute guys in it (including Eric from That 70's Show) so how can it be bad?

Book to read this week: The Support Economy, for my webcourse. It's quite interesting so far, really quite revealing. Also aiming to finish Fast Food Nation..we'll see how that goes, considering American Idol and Mr. Hamilton are already scheduled :)

Friday, January 23, 2004

Time for another blog..I'm addicted I think. Or maybe just a wee bit distracted..after all its 4 o'clock on Friday afternoon and I'm stuck in the Kelley Building computer lab (which, incidentally is freezing!) trying to work on my Honours. Ah, but with the sun streaming in and thoughts of trivia & pizza occupying my mind, not much is being accomplished.

So, I've decided that 'All Shanadian' simply isn't suited to discussions about such serious issues as eco-tourism or other such academic topics. Just isn't in keeping with the theme :) Instead, this will be my ShanShack in the virtual world. A place to post my 'fit to print' musings, thoughts, opinions, suggestions, ideas, yadda yadda yadda.

At the moment I don't have any of the aforementioned on my mind, so will sign off with promise to return in near future with something to say.

Oh right , I forgot - Happy Friday!!!!

Monday, January 19, 2004

Can PEI Create a Sustainable Competitive Advantage in the Ecotourism Industry?

This is the gist of my Honours thesis in the Business Administration Program at UPEI. My major focus wil be on determining whether PEI can compete successfully within the rapidly growing ecotourism industry, given the competitive environment (e.g. Costa Rica, Thailand, etc.), the Island's SWOT, etc.

Has anyone had what they would consider an 'ecotourism experience'? If so, what was involved, were you satisfied? Any and all comments are appreciated!

Friday, January 16, 2004

Blogging. It has a nice ring to it. Bog, frog, dog, sog. It's poetry. OK, so I am welcoming myself to the world of blogging. I just had to check it out for myself, having been inundated with praise for it from the world of academia (yes, sadly I am still there!) and seeing that one of my very sophisticated and savvy friends had already create her own blog spot. So here I am. And here you are. What/Who ever gave you the crazy idea to check me out (on this blog site I mean)? In any case - welcome to my humble abode in blog space. Sorry I can't offer you any low-fat shanabanana bread or hot chocolate, but this is virtual space and, alas, there are some limits.

OK, so now that I have you craving bananas and should probably go and satisfy that desire.. I'll be here when you're done..and don't worry, I promise, my posts wil get more interesting. Hey, give a girl a second chance! Just trying things on for now.

Absolutely Shandalous signing off