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12 August 2009 @ 04:38 pm

It has recently been reported that the federal government has warned Internet entrepreneurs, especially eBay sellers that they must pay their taxes or face prosecution. I was personally introduced to the wonders of eBay shopping more than 7 years ago, and since then I’ve been an active buyer of various items and products. One of the obvious reasons I’ve become literally addicted to eBay is the experience of the relatively cheap prices sellers offer and the possibility of easily finding rare stuff otherwise unavailable at other online and regular venues. And, of course I would be lying if I didn't mention the fact that I am also absolutely addicted to the indescribable feeling of joy when I place a bid and win an auction.

CTV reports that Canadians spend about $ 5 billion online a year and that eBay “was visited by nearly 11 million Canadians last August.” (http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090730/eBay_proceeds_090730/20090730?hub=SciTech)

While those figures are huge and indicative of not only the wild popularity of eBay marketplace but also of the current shopping habits of millions of Canadians, the future of eBay business might not look as bright as it has been for more than a decade now. What has been your eBay experience like and what do you think will happen as a consequence of introducing the new regulations? Do you agree that online income should be taxable at all? Is federal government going to put an end to online shopping activity and bring eBay buyers back to traditional shopping venues?

Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

Hi guys!
Has anybody ever written a letter of intent for his/her phd application?

03 October 2007 @ 09:36 am

"I profess not to know how women's hearts are wooed and won. To me they have always been matters of riddle and admiration. Some seem to have but one vulnerable point, or door of access; while others have a thousand avenues, and may be captured in a thousand different ways. It is a great triumph of skill to gain the former, but a still greater proof of generalship to maintain possession of the latter, for a man must battle for his fortress at every door and window. He who wins a thousand common hearts is therefore entitled to some renown; but he who keeps undisputed sway over the heart of a coquette, is indeed a hero." Washington Irving, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

22 September 2007 @ 02:01 am

A big hello to all comp.lit. students!
I am interested to pursue my graduate studies in comp.lit. at Toronto University next year.
Originally conducting my study in the English department in Israel, I am completely new to this field and not particularly familiar with the staff.
I will be very grateful if anyone could share his/her experience with me about the department in general: the prones and cons, the admission, career opportunities etc. Every sort of information can be highly valuable to me. 
Thank you.

20 September 2007 @ 10:02 am
Dear friends,
does anybody know, where this Irving's story was first published?
Thank you 
18 September 2007 @ 07:35 pm
"My native country was full of youthful promise: Europe was rich in the accumulated treasures of age. Her very ruins told the history of times gone by, and every mouldering stone was a chronicle. I longed to wander over the scenes of renowned achievement – to loiter about the ruined castle – to meditate on the falling tower – to escape, in short, from the commonplace realities of the present, and lose myself among the shadowy grandeurs of the past ." 
This words come from Washington Irving's famous Sketchbook, which he published first in 1819. And though, America has won its Independence from Britain by the time Irving writes his masterpiece,  sentiments of nostalgia toward Europe persistently continued to shape his art.  What case does Irving represent to Postcolonial thought and theory?  
18 September 2007 @ 04:14 pm
'Now, Sirs, we may go where we will.' Morgan la Fey