Friday, August 26, 2011

RIP Jack Layton

Who was Jack Layton?  Was he simply a politician, or the Leader of the Official Opposition of Canada?  Was he just another unfortunate individual who lost his life to cancer?  By now, everyone should know the answer.  No, he was not only that.  Jack Layton was much, much more:  A charismatic, caring individual who had the skill to bring people together (such an open, friendly personality is rare in the world of politics), and a true Canadian.

On August 21st, we all lost a great friend.  I remember first reading about his untimely death.  Truly shocked and devastated, I couldn't believe my eyes.  "Surely, this couldn't have happened," I thought.  But as I read through his last words to Canadians, reality sunk in.

"My friends, love is better than anger.  Hope is better than fear.  Optimism is better than despair.  So let us be loving, hopeful, and optimistic, and we shall change the world."  - Jack Layton

But how could we not be angry and miserable that such a fine Canadian had died so suddenly?  I tried not to cry, remembering the late politician's words.  But that night, I did.  Watching the news coverage with my mom, tears flowed down my face and I cried.

I am a supporter of the NDP, and I know that the party couldn't have done so well without all of Layton's contributions.  I was sincerely touched by his speech after the NDP stomped the Liberals in the federal election this year.  I thought, "This man is amazing.  He is able to touch the hearts of so many so easily.  Next election, the NDP will win for sure under Jack's hand."

When I received an update from the NDP on my email stating that Mr. Layton had to step down for a while to undergo more treatment for a second cancer, I wasn't too worried.  I was positive that Layton would be successful in his battle against the deadly disease.  "He's so ambitious, kind, and courageous," I told myself.  "Karma will help him, if not anyone."


Layton's death truly happened far too soon and too suddenly.  How fast time flies; Tomorrow is already his (state) funeral.  He will be hailed - deservingly - as a hero; The CN tower will be lit up bright orange in his memory and Canadians from far and wide will be mourning for him.  And so will I.

I pray for the health and welfare of Layton's family.  I express my condolences.  I hope that one day, we will find the cure for all cancers so that similar tragedies will not continue to happen.


RIP Jack Layton.

-Vociferously yours, Vicky.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

My First Fanfiction (>_<)

Only continue reading if you are a Naruto fan.

Just for fun, I've began a SasuSaku fanfiction.  =P  Please read and review!  I will be updating it as soon as I can!

Darkness and Light

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Mametchi Ievan Polkka Animation

I do crazy things in my spare time, and this is one of them:

Watch it live on Youtube for more information about it.  Isn't it cute?  ^_^

Copyrighted to me.  DO NOT STEAL.

-Vociferously yours, Vicky.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

1 Month Facebook Challenge: Results

At the beginning of the month, I decided to challenge myself to join Facebook.  It was a hard decision for me to make, for I am generally against the social networking site known to all as FB.  Why?  Well, if you ever heard my speech that won this year's District Speech Meet, it encourages cyberbullying, wastes time, and gives the illusion of socializing.  Blah blah blah.

But then I asked myself, "Then why?  If it is known to the public that Facebook isn't as great as it seems to be, why is it still so popular?  Why does everyone still go on it anyways?"  So I decided to see for myself.  (cue dramatic music track)

On July 1st, 2011, I created a Facebook account.  I added a few of my friends and classmates, and observed how they interacted with each other and how they interacted with me.

Twenty days later, I decided I would quit on the 31st.  I, who was hoping to see another side of Facebook, was disappointed.

I suppose the main reason why I was displeased with FB was the simple fact that EVERYONE sounded the exact SAME on it.  Truly!  Everyone typed with the same tone and used the same text-talk that is so common in our everyday lives.  The individuality I loved so much in all the people I knew was lost.

Now in real life, face-to-face conversations, it's easy to tell that everybody's personalities are different.  People react differently to remarks, use different body language, and say remarkably different things.  But on FB, I believe there are only two separate "personality" groups:  The Ones Who Type With Proper Grammar, and The Ones Who Do Not.  Honestly.  On Facebook, you can't get too detailed with your intonation, unless you did something like this:

(I'm smiling really wide when I say this, and my eyes are also opened really wide)  Oh, (pause) congratulations!  (I put an emphasis especially on the second syllable)  I never (hand gesture here:  my hands are in front of my face) knew you would make it!  (I say this sarcastically but my tone is friendly)

And that's not even enough.  :(  ikr yeah

-Vociferously yours, Vicky.


Pledge to Increased Blog Activity

Dear probably non-existent readers,
As you may already know...My name is Vicky.  //Captain Obvious//  I have been blogging for approximately two years now. 

I used to be an extremely active blogger, posting every week and being awesome like that, but recently, I suppose I have let myself become rather lazy.  //wipes a tear away//

Today, I shall pledge to all of you that I will be more active from now on.  Furthermore, from this day forth, I shall be following my own Blogger's Code of Honour (based on the Knight's Code of Chivalry used in medieval times.  Social Studies does have its uses.

Blogger's Code of Honour:

To fear not Haters and maintain Peace on the Net
To serve the Blogger lord in valour and faith
To protect the weak and the n00bish
To give succour to commentors and readers
To refrain from the wanton giving of lulz
To live by honour and for awesomeness
To despise trolls and their subordinates
To fight for the clear minds of all who love this blog
To obey this pledge
To guard the honour of fellow bloggers
To eschew viruses, HTML glitches and internet scams
To keep faith that blogs > social networking websites
At all times to speak the truth (yet understand that online, truth exists not)
To persevere to the end in any blog begun
To respect the honour of the Internet
Never to refuse a negative comment as long as it's constructive
Never to turn the back upon a spam bot


See ya guys around.

-Vociferously yours, Vicky.