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Finally, School Is Over! Tony 
Posted by: Tony at 12:37 AM EST on 6/17/2003
File Under: Whatever

For about three weeks, I am schoolless. Oh, the freedom.

I hope you didn't miss The Matrix: Reloaded. It is great in many ways. I read a review that criticized it, but honestly I think the reviewer felt stupid because he could not understand Neo's conversation with the elder white guy near the end of the movie. If you can understand that conversation, the movie is much more than just flash--it is a good phylosophical...adventure. Damnit, I've read Plato's dialogues and I can't spell phylosophical. I was especially happified when I realized the directors were taking the story in a direction I did not think they would take it in. By far, the most disturbing element of the movie was the fight between Neo and the multitude of Agent Smiths. The battle itself was nifty. However, the graphics were fake-looking and I was sort of shocked that the directors chose a fake-looking highly crazy scene instead of a realistic-looking moderately crazy scene. It was simply distracting.

In other areas of my life:

My engineering instructor posted a message on the classroom dry erase board. It had this:

Below is a Safety Alert from the Shell Oil Company that I received and have taken it upon myself to forward.


The Shell Oil Company recently issued a warning after three incidents in which mobil phones (cell phones) ignited fumes during fueling operations.

In the first case, the phone was placed on the car's trunk lid during fueling; it rang and the ensuing fire destroyed the car and the gasoline pump.

In the second, an individual suffered severe burns to their face when fumes ignited as they answered a call while refueling their car.

And in the third, an individual suffered burns to the thigh and groin as fumes ignited when the phone, which was in their pocket, rang while they were fueling their car.


I tried to search for further info at the Shell website ( but found nothing. I searched other areas of the internet and found:

So, maybe just a scare. Either way, I have been visually shown that phones and vehicles should not mix when safety is a priority. ("Look at that car FLYYYYYYYYY!!!! And the person inside it DIEEEEEEEE!!!!")

Finally, Kudos to the totally badass poll this incredible website now boasts.

Tim adds: Snopes has something to say on this issue...
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