The Diary Of John
What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy? - Gandhi
Saturday, April 05, 2003

Something interesting i found when i logged on tonite is that the american goverment have put 50 million documents from the national archives online for the public to view. i had a quick look just and the sites a little slow as i guess its getting a lot of volume but has alot of interesting stuff on it. You can visit the national archives at this link so go have a look okay? lol
We had such a thunderstorm here earlier on, wow the sky was completely black from horizon to horizon and lightening filled the air and was pretty intense lol. i love thunderstorms and how the air smells after it rains. although i am glad its over as now i can get online for a while. everyone here is watching the soap operas but i cant stand them and get bored with them very quickly so here i am on the net :-). even though it has rained alot its very humid here at the moment, i dont think it will cool down at all tonite not even if we have more rain. i will spend a little time though doing emails and stuff or they pile up as i have loads to reply to at the moment but just need to find time to get them all sorted out

posted at 7:52 PM by john |  

Some Democrats say the estimated $60 billion dollar cost of a war with Iraq could be better spent at home. When he heard that, President Bush agreed and announced plans to bomb Ohio.
--Jay Leno

Wow its a really beautiful day here this morning, lovely sunshine and blue skies, just a shame the smell of the dogs shit is ruining it now lol. Guess what ill be doing in a few minutes? hahahahaha. ive just beenreading the news online and it seems george bush is going to set up an interim us goverment in Iraq until things settle down, interim??? why do i not believe this??? I wonder if he will actually ask the iraqii people what they want before he does all of his wonderful new ideas?? we will have to wait and see what happens i guess right?
on a lighter note if you wanna see one of my students Julianas site you can click here but be warned its in portugues lol im hoping to get one of my students to scan some photos for me so i can upload them to a webiste so people can see them. As soon as i get around to it i will post the address of the site here okay? Also i have to get around to altering the links on this page to add some new ones but havent really had time to do it yet. i will try over the weekend or beginning of next week. Did you like the pic of Vegeta? lol

posted at 9:41 AM by john |  

Friday, April 04, 2003

I believe in the sun even though it is slow in rising. I believe in you without realizing. I believe in rain though there are no clouds in the sky. I believe in truth even though people lie. I believe in peace though sometimes I am violent. I believe in God even though he is silent and does nothing

Well most of my day has already gone here lol. i have just had some delicious hotdogs and of course loads of coffee too but i think i ate too much as i feel bloated now lol. i was going to watch a video tonite but i went to the video store this afternoon and they hadnt got anything that i hadnt already seen. So now here i am on the computer again and before logging into blogger i was catching up with emails from earlier in the week. I sometimes have no time for emails and then you know how it is right? .... half a day of typing to clear them all only to let them pile up again lol.
Tomorrow (sat) there was supposed to be a party at one of the schools i work at but they had to cancel it after only four students decided to attend. So now i will have to wait for the other school to hold their party now. The thing that gets me though is the students complain theres no extra activities but when they are organised for them they dont bother attending them. Crazy aint it? i thought they would enjoy a party but i guess not. Still the sobradinho school are bound to have a party so i will go there and have a laugh there instead.
This afternoon i spent a couple of hours trying out a program that makes text adventures as i was thinking of making something simple for the students to use to help with their english. the first time i tried to download the software though it wouldnt work so a quick email to the sites owner and another link later and i was up and running and its quite good but a little confusing at first but im getting the hang of it now :-). ill put the link for the site on here at the weekend when i have more time :-)
Id better go and get the stuff prepared for tomorrows lessons as i havent done anything for them yet lol. Never mind its nothing to get stressed about right? lol.

Vegeta from Dragonball Z

Another picture from Dragonball Z of Vegeta :-)

posted at 7:02 PM by john |  

Wednesday, April 02, 2003

We are not intimidated by the size of the armies, or the type of hardware the US has brought."
--Saddam Hussein

Finally i get to rest lol (you can see i am ignoring the pile of stuff to be marked though cant you?). I will catch up with stuff tomorrow as i dont teach until the evening on tuesdays and thursdays. Im a feeling more awake now cause i just sank two cups of coffee and now just have a few emails to send and then to check out online to see what is a decent version of linux to get hold of. I have a version to mess around with but its very limited and the new pc that i should order next week will easily run a good version of linux :-). I tried setting up my linux here to log online but for some reason it wont, maybe its because the modem is one that only works with windows?
Good news today is that i have 99% got another job teaching english at yet another school which will bring my total amount of schools i teach at now to three lol. I will know 100% for sure on sunday after ive looked over the methodology and stuff which apparently was developed in Oxford England. I am curious to see what it looks like and involves too as i was told its very simple for beginners to start with.... Oh that means beginner students right not me the teacher lol.
Also i have finished getting all the lyrics for the Cranberries copied into a file to go to my student at work. Oh and talking of students, for any of my students here reading this now HI THERE EDMAR ROSANA & JULIANA LOL. I have to think of something i can do with my Mec 02 group too as they are a little ahead in the schedule... hmmmmm i will think of something tomorrow i think or over the weekend as i wont see them again until monday afternoon. Maybe they will like playing Hangman ;-)
Okay off to try to finish reading my book, im reading a book at the moment about the guy they based the detective on in the film Silence Of The Lambs and its quite good but i wanna get it finished so i can give it back to the person i borrowed it from lol :-)

posted at 7:34 PM by john |  

Found this link just to a weblog that has links to other weblogs.

posted at 10:44 AM by john |  

A dream is an answer to a question we haven't yet learned how to ask.
--Fox Mulder

Just got in from work and one class over with only two more to go in another city, dont you just love having to work in two different cities lol. Im just having a break after lunch here and supposed to be marking stuff now for the groups tomorrow but as you can see i havent even started lol. I might do it later on depending on how much stuff i get from all my Mec students cause i like to always mark theirs first :-)

**Shoves a cd in the player**

Got the Cranberries playing at the moment, definately another of irelands top musical groups. One of my students asked me to get the lyrics for him and gave me the cd to listen too but i just cheated and got the lyrics from the internet ;-). The album is called To The Faithful Departed and let me look see what my fav songs from the cd are.....

1. Salvation
2. Free To Decide
3. Warchild
4. Forever Yellow Skies
5. I Just Shot John Lennon

Wow its blistering hot here at the moment, must be in the 30ŽS i guess. I had best to remember to shove some sunblock on or ill look like a lobster by the end of the day lol. I have managed to fry myself a few times since arriving here in Brasil, i am seriously thinking of making it a new career of mine :-) My tan is getting better though, i was told i am starting to look like a brasilian although my english accent always gives the game away lol. My mum reckons though i have picked up a bit of brasilian accent so maybe my transformation will soon be complete.... Whadda ya reckon? lol

posted at 10:41 AM by john |  

Tuesday, April 01, 2003

Haha i can publish lol, they must have sorted out the problem on the server now as it all works just fine :-). I am glad i am at home now as i am feeling very tired and ready to get some sleep but jumped online just for a couple of minutes to check my email and of course blog for a few minutes too lol.
Ive been messing around with linux today, i got a small install of it to mess with and its not easy to use. Maybe when i get a proper full installed version i will have more success lol. But for now im off to get some sleep as i have to be awake at 6am so its goodnite from me :-)

posted at 9:26 PM by john |  

There are no warlike people, just warlike leaders

Even with the blinds closed this morning the room is still really bright. Outside its a lovely sunny day here, i was hoping to get a lie in but unfortunately the dog had other ideas and kept barking until he knew we were all awake i guess lol. Today i dont have to teach until later this afternoon so i got the whole day to catch up with things and maybe if i get time ill go and see if i can find a Lanhouse here in Planaltina and play Counterstrike for an hour or two.
Also today i hope to hear about another teaching position so i have to remember to ring the guy and find out whats happening. Fingers crossed because i want the extra money to pay for my new computer lol. The job is teaching at a little school ran by a church with around 50 students so the groups should be small and will be good fun. Itll be even more fun as i speak very little portugues but there is no translation involved so i dont have to worry about anything just the methodology :-). I am quite looking forward to trying out something a little different... It should be fun :-)
My keyboard keeps changing languages on me as i type lol. Our computer is multi lingual and it changes depending on which language we start to type in lol but sometimes it gets a little confused i guess :-). When i get my new one though it will just be english i think as i dont really use portugues much apart from to buy coca cola lol. IŽll have to get my books out a bit more often and study a little more or maybe find someone who wants to have some english lessons and will give me portugues lessons in return :-).
Time for me to go do something. perhaps i will spend an hour looking over some stuff for my night time group as they are apparently struggling to keep uo with the lessons in intermediate level, strange as the other groups seems to be just fine. I think its more than likely the group is either a cold group or just dont like me... As you can see i am really stressed about that right? ;-)
Hmmmm cany publish as they are doing something with the servers, oh well i will do later on lol

posted at 2:38 PM by john |  

Monday, March 31, 2003

For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, And a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.

--Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8

Wow im knackered lol, just got in from work and had something to eat and just relaxing here with some coffee and thought id write a few words before i watch the film thats on in a while. Tonite its Sleepy Hollow and i have already seen it but the tv here is very boring so its either watch it or be bored lol.
I had a good day at work today, i like my classes and groups and the students always make the english lessons fun so i enjoy teaching them ?-). One of my students brought me a brasilian fruit called Ata i think for me to try and its really nice so thank you very much Delva :-). Also someone was trying to teach me this type of brasilian dance but you really cannot imagine how funny it was lol. Trying to wiggle my ass around the same way as the teenagers was soooooo funny lol. Still i guess i didnt do too badly seeing as im getting on a bit now :-). This weekend at one of the schools is a party so i will go just to relax and have a bit of fun with my students. Really i have to go as i have only attended one party there up to now so they are all expecting me to go there this time around :-). The english music is okay but the brasilian rap music basically sucks big time lol.
Anyway im off now as the film will soon be starting and i wanna get some more of that fruit lol

posted at 7:56 PM by john |  

Sunday, March 30, 2003

Saddam Hussein didn't kill 3,100 people on Sept. 11. Osama bin Laden did, and as far as we know he's still alive.
--Bill Clinton, Former U.S. President

Wow the day has gone really fast here, in the last twenty minutes it has gone from bright and sunny to Žpitch black night time and its starting to cool down a little too. I did go to the video store earlier on but they were all closed. See in Brasil there is never many stores open on a sunday, mainly because its a catholic country i guess so they keep sunday as the day of rest... apart from the thieves and robbers and drug dealers that is. I guess i could always watch one of the videos we have here again.

**Looks to the video shelf to see what is there**

1. Dennis The Menace - This film is so funny lol
2. Deep Rising - Fun to watch with gorey effects :-)
3. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets - got it here ages ago

We have others but they have been lent out to people and i have a few vcds too but our pc is a little slow to play them so i usually take them to work for the students to watch in the extra classes on fridays :-). IŽll have to see if there is anything decent on the tv i can watch later. All the films here are dubbed in portugues but they do such a terrible job of the translation that some films i just cannot watch. They translate in such a poor way that my english students are amazed at how crap the translations sometimes are when watching a film at the movies lol. The favorite word in translation is Droga which means damn it but they use it for any slightly offensive word. Still some of the films at the cinema are in english with portugues legends at the bottom which for me is great as after a few minutes you dont notice the words on the screen :-). The last film i watched here was Ghost Ship and i thought it was really good :-).I definately wanna see Terminator 3 now... iŽll go on a sunday here to watch it when it opens as no one really goes to the movies on this day and last time i went i had the whole screen just about to myself lol.

**disappears into the kitchen to get coffee and coconut cookies**

Tonite i have to remember to disable the other website i have until i can edit the pages. This other site is one me and my wife had but now we are seperated there is really no real need for this site anymore and so i will delete the index page so the site no longer works until i get the time to rewrite the pages. Hmmm oh well at least we remain friends which is good, although later i will move out and get a place of my own somewhere in sobradinho i think. I will see what is available there for rent and if it is near or far from the schools that i teach at. This weblog though i will keep as i like messing around with my thoughts and parts of my day that i place on here :-). Gosh its so hard to believe that i have two marriages behind me now lol

Just been looking at some of the other blogger sites that people have published, its a shame we cant search for other blogs or can we now they are part of google? Hmmm i will have to try searching with google and see if it picks up my site and have a read through the forums etc. Remembering that josephine visited my weblog yesterday i had a read through hers today and its really good so anyone else who finds my site please take a look there too okay?
Oh Oh messenger says a new message has arrived... let me see who its from okay? :-) WOW!!!!! one of my friends back in England has gotten engaged to his girlfriend. As you can tell im really happy for him but i wont be able to make it to his wedding lol. Never mind he will send some photos im sure :-) Dean met his fiancee after i came to Brasil so i have never met her, maybe they will have a honeymoon here. we will have to wait and see what happens :-)

posted at 5:56 PM by john |  

One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means. - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Bon dia........Good morning etc lol. Well just here reading about the new terminator film with arnie, will definately have to go and watch it as soon as it arrives here in Brasil. And WOW a female terminator too... should be excellent :-). I watched the railer online but here the phone lines are terrible so the pic wasnt too clear but the films itself looks great so its a trip to pier 21 as soon as it arrives here to see it :-)
Also this morning been checking online for a place to build a new pc for me. THis one is a little slow so i want something just a bit faster and with more memory so i can do things without having to wait all the time for the pc to stop caching all the time. IŽll go and see the people next week about it and get them to start building it and hopefully it wont take them too long to get it all setup and delivered to me. If you speak portugues you can visit the site of the company in Brasilia here okay? The most part is english though so its not too bad... there has to be some english as my portugues is very very bad and i have very little time to practise. Okay off for breakfast now........


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