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Why being distracted isn't all bad

CompPic1I'm always distracted. That's a bad thing, and a good thing. It's bad because when I sit down to do my work I have a million other things on my brain other than my work. It's good because when I'm driving to school or to work, or sitting down enjoying a cup of coffee, I'm always thinking about what needs to get done.

Having the Internet since a young age has conditioned me to be constantly multi-tasking. A report by ABC News that used a software called Rescue Time to monitor website traffic says that on average, people spend 15 minutes on Facebook per day, anywhere between nine and 49 minutes on Youtube, and five minutes on Amazon or Twitter. I'm no exception.

Proposed DJ certification ignores artists' freedom to create

J1 TurnTableSQUAREThere are many arguments when it comes to art: Is the painting sending a message, or is it just a mess of colours? Is he dancing or having a seizure? Does that song make you want to dance or wish that you were deaf? Inevitably, such arguments all end in the same common cliché: "beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

With the proposal for DJs to undergo professional certification, a certain feeling of uneasiness should fall upon all musicians and artists. Music is a form of self-expression, and many think of it as its own art form. Requiring a DJ to follow certain guidelines, however, could hinder their ability to create and express themselves. What if history's great artists had been required to follow "professional" guidelines? Would the Sistine Chapel be the masterpiece it is if Michelangelo had restrictions placed on him?

This byelection was expected to be uneventful, and Calgary Centre was thought to be a safe-seat. The unexpected developments can be traced to three factors.

A fraction of a second changes everything

backflipheadshotTwenty-five seconds. Hours upon hours of training. Years of pain. Pushing your body and mind to the extreme in training for only a 25 second run.

For just 25 seconds.

That's what moguls are about but a career can end in less than 25 seconds, something I found out four years ago.