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Archive for September, 2003

Rules on links I don’t understand

Tuesday, September 30th, 2003

Dave Winer has posted an essay, The Rule of Links, where he states that linking is “one of the fundamental ideas of the Web.” I understand that, and I also understand his analogy to footnotes or endnotes, and that links are an incredible improvement over both. But I don’t understand why links shouldn’t open in […]

Weather report

Tuesday, September 30th, 2003

It’s official: according to today’s paper, Victoria and Nanaimo (both on Vancouver Island) “are at the top of the heap in the only weather category that counts — most comfortable climate” — they’re tied in first place. This from a new Environment Canada analysis “developed from 30 years of weather data for the country’s 100 […]

Culture, economy, legacies

Monday, September 29th, 2003

I’ve mentioned before, in a comment I think, that my son is currently taking this First Nations Studies course through S.I.D.E.S.. It’s not an undemanding course; here’s something that came up today: Exercise 3.4: The following two passages show two different attitudes toward the natural world. The first describes a ritual of the Kwakwaka’wakw people. […]

Faites vos jeux, mesdames et messieurs

Saturday, September 27th, 2003

I have not paid much — any? — attention to California’s recall debacle. It seems so distant, even though California is part of the West Coast Ecotopia zone. California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, southern Alaska: it’s a natural grouping, like a sibling cohort. Terrain and vegetation are somehow similar, and it’s clear to anyone with […]

Mixed news

Friday, September 26th, 2003

Edward Said died yesterday of leukemia; he was 67. Amina Lawal will not be subjected to the barbaric sentence handed out earlier by a Nigerian Sharia court. She’s free to go home now.

In anutha zone

Thursday, September 25th, 2003

No time to blog long — the day was so good, time for a long hike with kids & dog around Thetis Lake, in cloggy-platformish sandals no less (ok, Dansko, but still). This gorgeous lake is unfathomably deep; some speculate that it actually connects to the sea (can’t find the source for this rumour, though). […]

Pataphysics tastes like…?

Wednesday, September 24th, 2003

On tonight’s menu, straight from the kitchen of the Absurd‘s answer to Julia Child, the inimitable Mere Ubu presents dinner: CAPTAIN MACNURE: Well, Mistress Ubu, what succulent dishes have you prepared for us today? MA UBU: Here’s the menu. PA UBU: That’s right up my street. MA UBU: Polish broth, spare ribs of Polish bison, […]

Vision or eyesight

Wednesday, September 24th, 2003

An interview with Pat Wyman, a reading specialist, in a recent newsletter about kids and computers. More computers in the classroom are supposed to “solve” major educational problems, but Wyman suggests that there’s a biologically qualitative difference between eyesight and vision, which technology doesn’t (can’t?) address. I’m thinking of this also in relation to […]

Presence or numbness

Monday, September 22nd, 2003

Interesting article in yesterday’s Iocal paper, Hope voiced for native children. Since the link will decay soon, I’ll quote: British Columbia’s aboriginal leaders are facing a historic opportunity to heal their youth in traditional ways and help the next generation stand on its own, a Native American studies expert told child-care advocates in Brentwood Bay […]

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