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Name that tune

Tuesday, November 30th, 2004

Sit down at the computer, Y., you have an hour to spare, the very first one in the day, in fact. You had Chinese take-out for dinner inbetween picking up the kids from their swimming lessons and taking the daughter to choir; you pick her up in two hours. Pour it out now, what do […]


Saturday, November 27th, 2004

Wastrel — great-sounding word, isn’t it? Woody, not tinny. Here’s a definition: wastrel n : someone who dissipates resources self-indulgently [syn: waster] Chet Richards reviews Winslow Wheeler’s The Wastrels of Defense; How Congress Sabotages U.S. Security (US Naval Institute Press, 2004) for Defense and National Interest. (Don’t ask how I came across that particular site, […]


Thursday, November 25th, 2004

A big thank you to Dean Landsman who pointed to this 8-minute flash movie called EPIC, an absolute must-see. Nice touch: when an id card flashes on the screen, it’s Winston Smith‘s. Also, tying in to my earlier posts about Andrew Potter and Joseph Heath’s books — The Rebel Sell and the two posts on […]

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 25th, 2004

We’re celebrating Thanksgiving at our house today, still unable to commit fully to ignoring the opportunity for a 4-day weekend, as well as being unwilling to celebrate Thanksgiving as early as Canada does (in October on the day that Americans call Columbus Day: Mondays are just not the right days for this sort of holiday!). […]

Comment, instead of post

Wednesday, November 24th, 2004

Instead of a post, the esteemed possibly interested reader can peruse an overly long comment I wrote for Monday’s entry, here (click on comments to read). My comment addresses a couple of aspects of why I went on that rant by going into some detail on Joseph Heath’s The Efficient Society; Why Canada Is As […]

Why read blogs?

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

Frank Paynter sent around an email to ask, “why do you blog?” It wasn’t a personal question since his query went to a number of people, but all the same I didn’t like being asked just now. Because I often find so little satisfaction in using this format, I am forever on the verge of […]

Going to Montana soon, gonna be a dental floss tycoon

Monday, November 15th, 2004

At least that’s what Sen. Max Baucus should consider — becoming a dental floss tycoon — because to judge by his ideas on international trade, he doesn’t seem fit to be a legislator. Baucus plans to introduce a bill in Congress as early as tomorrow [Tuesday 11/16] that would “give” $4 billion in lumber duties […]

Dark Blue World in Vancouver

Sunday, November 14th, 2004

If you’re in Vancouver tonight, you can catch Elizabeth Fischer and Dark Blue World at The Railway Club, corner of Dunsmuir and Seymour, upstairs. Special guest: Tarran the Tailor. (Runs with scissors…?) You are invited to Come prepared with your written entry for the evening’s contest. The question to be addressed is as follows: “Should […]

(I don’t have to make sense …do I?)

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

I have heroes I forget about for long periods of time, and then something calls them back to mind. One of them is Wendy Ewald, for example. She’s a photographer who, among other things, works with children. More later — first this, another completely scatter-shot opinionated take on things. I posted something called It’s a […]

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