Hemingway Protégé

The eclectic musings of an inquisitive writer, journalism student, politics addict, and hopeless romantic.

21 Things You Suddenly Start Wanting In Your Mid-20s

by Tyler Difley

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

Once you have officially retired from your Crazy Girl self (or Crazy Guy, as the case may be), you start strangely desiring things that had never really crossed your mind before — or which had always seemed boring. Here, 21 things your mid-20s self wants desperately.

1. A job where you have to wear something nice. It used to be that you would avoid getting “dressed up” during the day at all costs, and would scuffle into class wearing all but a Hefty bag and some Ugg boots, but now you want to have a reason to shop at Banana Republic. You dream of a flawless statement-necklace-and-shift-dress combo.

2. Sangria. The phrase “I hear they have a good sangria here” has crossed your lips on more occasions than you’d like to admit.

3. At least a few hours of precious weekend time to browse home decorating websites, like West Elm…

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Matt Gurney: Any Tory MP who agrees with Rathgeber but stays silent is unfit to hold office

by Tyler Difley

Originally posted on National Post | Full Comment:

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[np_storybar title="Brent Rathgeber: I barely recognize my party" link="http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/06/06/brent-rathgeber-i-barely-recognize-my-party/"]Late last night I notified the Board of Directors of the Edmonton-St. Albert Conservative Association of my difficult decision that I was resigning from the Conservative Caucus to sit as an Independent in the House of Commons.

Clearly, the Government’s decision not to support my Private Member’s Bill on CBC and Public Sector disclosure and transparency in Committee was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back; however, this decision and my comfort level in caucus has been evolving for at least a year when I first spoke out against Ministerial opulence in a blog entitled “Of Orange Juice and Limos.”

Recent allegations concerning expense scandals and the Government’s response has been extremely troubling. I joined the Reform/conservative movements because I thought we were somehow different, a band of Ottawa outsiders riding into town to clean the…

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Robyn Urback: Sex is changing, it’s the education that’s outdated

by Tyler Difley

Tyler Difley:

Time for a reality check people, this is unacceptable.

Originally posted on National Post | Full Comment:

Ontario’s sexual education curriculum predates Facebook. It predates Canada’s HPV vaccination program, predates the iPhone (thus, of course, makes no mention of “sexting”) and predates the legalization of gay marriage across Canada. Indeed, the program was drafted before the word “twerking” entered the collective vocabulary of teens across the country (arguably, a better time), meaning it might as well have come from another era altogether.

Dalton McGuinty’s government proposed a curriculum overhaul in 2010 with a 208-page revision that included topics such as sexual orientation, anal sex, and gender identity. It was too dramatic a change for some, and detractors across the province were quick to air their  disapproval. Pressured by religious groups and concerned parents,  McGuinty pulled a Dalton McGuinty and dropped the plan completely.

As a result, Ontario now boasts the most dated sexual education curriculum in Canada, largely untouched since 1998. Parents, teachers, and health…

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Mean Professor Tells Student to “get your sh*t together”

by Tyler Difley

Originally posted on Things Doanie Likes:

Ok, let’s get serious here. A popular professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business replied to a student’s email in a way that is part jerkface but mostly, part sage life advice. Deadspin reports that a student walked into the 1st day of class an hour late and the professor told her to leave & come back to the next class. In the comments section, most people were surprised to find themselves siding with the professor, citing topics like the rudeness of interrupting 80 people who pay full tuition to the foolishness of  “shopping” 3 classes in the same time slot. The professor actually XXXX’d out the student’s name and emailed it to all of his students! See below.. what’s your take on this?

Sent: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 7:15:11 PM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific
Subject: Brand Strategy Feedback

Prof. Galloway,

I would like to discuss a matter with…

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by Thought Catalog

Thought Catalog:

so true…

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

You may not be all of these every time you drink, and you may be some more often than others, but you are guaranteed to be all of these at least once.

1. The Talker

You have so much to talk about, it’s crazy. There are just so many people you want to become best friends with by harassing them with your voice. That random person next to you at the bar — why not tell them all about that crush you have that you’re secretly hoping to sleep with later tonight while you wait for your drinks? Oh, and you know all those humiliating, supposed-to-be-private things you wouldn’t ever dream of letting another human being know? TIME TO TALK ABOUT THEM AT TOP VOLUME. Is there any reason you shouldn’t be talking about these things? No! You’ve got some serious self-loathing and remorse to agonize over in the morning…

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by Tyler Difley

Tyler Difley:

Tarantino is so fantastic, and it’s always cool to deconstruct his films to see all the different influences.

Originally posted on Flavorwire:

Quentin Tarantino, America’s favorite over-caffeinated movie geek, turns the big 5-0 today — a bit of a shock, considering that he seems forever frozen as the animated, motor-mouthed kid we first met back in 1992, via his shockingly assured debut film Reservoir Dogs. Your film editor had the opportunity to spend a fair amount of time considering Mr. Tarantino’s influences and filmography while writing the forthcoming 20th anniversary volume Pulp Fiction: The Complete Story of Quentin Tarantino’s Masterpiece(out October 15th — but already available for pre-order!). Part of the fun of trying to figure out what makes a movie encyclopedia like Tarantino tick — particularly one who wears his influences so proudly — is in diving into his favorite films and tracing the path his own work took from them. So if you’d care to celebrate QT’s 50 years by watching some of his most beloved pictures, join…

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by Tyler Difley

Originally posted on Rant Against the Random:

TRIGGER WARNING:

The following includes descriptions, photos, and video that may serve as a trigger for victims of sexual violence.
Please be advised. 

Someone asked me today, “What is ‘rape culture’ anyway? I’m tired of hearing about it.”

Yeah, I hear ya. I’m tired of talking about it. But I’m going to keep talking about it because people like you keep asking that question.

Rape culture is when a group of athletes rape a young girl, and though there are dozens of witnesses, no one says, “Stop.”

Rape culture is when a group of athletes rape a young girl, and though there are dozens of witnesses, they can’t get anyone to come forward.

Rape culture is when a group of athletes rape a young girl, and adults are informed of it, but no consequences are doled out because the boys “said nothing happened.”

Rape culture is when a group…

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by Tyler Difley

Originally posted on National Post | Full Comment:

Until cooler chirps prevail….

The ever-devolving spat between Alberta’s Progressive Conservative party and the opposition Wildrose has been reduced to a series of Twitter flame wars.

On Thursday, Premier Alison Redford announced on the social media site that her government would vote to freeze MLA pay and housing allowances.

Predictably, this prompted the Wildrose to fire back.

Online troll war ensued.

“MLAs took 8% pay cut last year and @Premier_Redford just announced pay freeze,” tweeted the premier’s official communications account, @ABPremierComms. This point was disputed by Wildrose officials on Twitter. The premier’s account then tweeted a photo of an evil-looking black-and-white Wildrose leader, Danielle Smith; surrounded by quotes that apparently made the opposition appear to have flip-flopped on the subject.

Ms. Smith took a few swings of her own, followed by the premier’s communications director Stefan Baranski. In the stadium of the Alberta legislature, or #ableg, the tired peanut gallery…

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by Tyler Difley

Originally posted on National Post | Full Comment:

 

The past couple of weeks have offered a vivid demonstration of this country’s penchant, as someone once put it, for pulling ourselves up by the roots every so often to see if we’re still growing. Responding to the demands of precisely no one, the NDP offered up a private member’s bill, C-470, it proposes should replace the Clarity Act, the 1999 legislation setting the conditions under which the federal government would enter negotiations with “a province” — let’s call it Quebec — proposing to secede.

Where the latter required a “clear majority” on a “clear question” in a referendum on secession, the clarity or otherwise of both to be assessed by Parliament, the NDP bill sets out in black and white what at least one of them would mean: a majority of just 50% plus one. Moreover, it reverses the onus. Where the Clarity Act forbids the government from…

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by Tyler Difley

Tyler Difley:

Something to think about.

Originally posted on National Post | News:

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