Saturday, May 31, 2008
Politics as usual
Periscope’s May 19 “Dignity Index” incorrectly stated that
Rep. Vito Fossella had resigned from Congress following his arrest on
drunken-driving charges and revelations of marital infidelity. In fact, Fossella
remains in office.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
The artists slip in and out. They do their work, then disappear from the underground concrete corridors. Runoff water pours from pipes into these toxic storm drains. Debris is everywhere. You’re glad you have thick shoes as you walk through water and muck. Sun shines through a few of the grates, lighting some areas, but most of what you see is what your flashlight catches.
It is the antithesis of the Strip above.
Via Uncertain Times
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
In the 38 years since Congress enacted the Occupational Safety and Health Act, only 68 criminal cases have been prosecuted, or less than two per year, with defendants serving a total of just 42 months in jail. During that same time, approximately 341,000 people have died at work, according to data compiled from the National Safety Council and the Bureau of Labor Statistics by the A.F.L.-C.I.O. Read more...
The LCBO will announce today that it won't hand out plastic shopping bags once it exhausts existing supplies, the Star has learned. Some stores have already run out.This is a positive move but I must admit that the heavy plastic bags they used were useful for picking up the piles of recycled dog food that Max deposits around the yard.
Customers are being encouraged to bring their own bags or buy a reusable bag. Stores will still provide paper bags or cardboard boxes.
Monday, May 26, 2008
With its newly installed anime ambassador apparently succeeding, the Japanese government has decided to add another cartoon to its foreign servce: Hello Kitty, tourism ambassador to China and Hong Kong.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
First I served frozen shots to the group in a blind test. Grey Goose, Absolut, Belevedere, Ketel One, and Popov. One, the Ketel One drinker, successfully picked his brand out of the pack, but only after considerable angst and anguish, so much so that I made the group repeat the exercise. It seemed like he guessed and got lucky. In the second pass, none successfully picked their brand.
I don't drink much vodka and I can't tell the difference between brands. This study appears to support my opinion, suggesting that vodka afficionados make their choice based on branding rather than taste. Mr. Nag would disagree; he loves his Stoli and was not happy when I picked up a bottle of Absolut for him instead, thinking in my deluded way that all vodkas taste the same. It is, I admit, entirely possible that my tastebuds have been ruined by all the cheap toxic plonk I've imbibed over the years.
Teddy is the son of Richard and Linda Thompson. He had to be a musician, had no choice I suspect. This old timey country album is my current fave (My Heart Echoes is particularly touching) but I suspect it won't be everyone's cup of tea.
Friday, May 23, 2008
What comes along with the birthday territory? Saggy jowls, that's what. What could be worse than saggy jowls, you ask? Why a giant zit on those jowls! I'm having my driver's license photo taken today and I have what looks like another head trying to emerge from that wattled area beneath my chin.
Mr. Nag knows how I love Cotes du Rhone and asked himself, "What would The Nag like better than a bottle of Cotes du Rhone?" More Cotes du Rhone of course. Long story short I woke up this morning feeling like I'd sucked up a body of wine approximately the volume of Lake Ontario. I'm sure the always critical MTO camera lens will capture every nuance of that "morning after the night before" look.
As if that weren't enough my Mac is giving me attitude and I've lost the install disc and will likely spend most of my day trying to get the good folks at Apple to send me a new one.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
It contains a mixture of various fruit and vegetable juices spiked with a buzz-inducing 4% alcohol.
Rick Hansen completes his Man in Motion tour
Rick Hansen raises his arms skyward as he crosses the finish line to complete his Man in Motion world tour in Vancouver. Two years after the paraplegic athlete embarked on his marathon wheelchair expedition to raise money for spinal research and outreach, he's thrilled to be back home.
Mr. Nag rode along with him when he passed through Toronto.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
It’s a sad fact. Most freelancers and entrepreneurs have silly job titles.Would that I could aspire to one of these clichéd job titles!
People have a terrible tendency to get carried away with their new-found power, and end up making fools of themselves. Make sure you’re not one of them – read on!
I have a friend who works in advertising. His business card reads "Dreamer". I think that's clever.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I think this might drive me crazier. My blogger buddy, John, sent this to me. Thanks guy.
Monday, May 19, 2008
It is January 1954. The Korean War is over. Captured UN soldiers held in POW camps are free to return home. Those who refuse repatriation to their homeland are transferred to a neutral zone and given 90 days to reconsider their decision. Among them are 21 American soldiers who decide defiantly to stay in China. Back in the United States, McCarthyism is at its height. Many Americans believe these young men have been brainwashed by Chinese communists through a new form of thought control. But what really happened? Featuring never-before-seen footage from the Chinese camps as well as interviews with former POWs and their families, They Chose China tells the fascinating stories of these forgotten American dissidents. With the Cold War fading into memory, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Shuibo Wang (Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square) aims his camera on this astonishing story. In They Chose China, we meet and begin to understand a group of courageous men who fought for and then cut ties with the USA.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Inspired by the ever cute Sanrio character "Hello Kitty" ©, Katherine wanted to bring a little color (and a bit of snappy fashion!) into the male dominated (and admitedly gothic themed) gaming world of Warhammer 40K!See more at Ex Libris Mortis
I love then-and-now photos. These avant-après photos from Spacing Montreal show heritage preservation done right but more often gone wrong in my home town, Montreal. Some streetscapes have barely changed while others are unrecognizable. This is in stark contrast to Paris where it often seems that time has stood still. Check out this previous post to see what I mean.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
It's Stampede Weekend, a little piece of the Wild West right here in Virgil. It's the largest Stampede outside of Calgary (alright it's probably the only one outside of Calgary). There'll be crafts, mud bogging trucks, mechanical bull riding and, yes, pig races. The midway was the big attraction when my kids were younger - and the Victoria Day fireworks. Good clean small town fun for them that likes that sort of thing. Too much bloody excitement for me.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Remembering the Winnipeg General Strike
On May 15, 1919, 24,000 organized and unorganized workers in Winnipeg walked off the job. Another 6,000 would soon join them. It was the start of the largest strike in Canadian history, and political leaders at all levels were quick to act. Parliament amended the Immigration Act so British-born immigrants could be deported, and expanded the definition of sedition. In a 1969 CBC Radio documentary commemorating the strike, lawyer Jim Walker talks about Ottawa's new laws.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Via The Obvious?
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Mao Zedong recognised the power of dress to project nationalism and ideology. On 1 October 1949 at the grand ceremony in Beijing marking the founding of the People's Republic of China, he wore a modified form of the Sun Yat-sen suit. Mao had worn this style of suit since 1927 but it was only after 1949 that it was adopted by the majority of the Chinese population. It is known in the West as the Mao suit.
1. Problems with flat tire
3. Thinking about either of his wives
4. Cut off from somebody in danger who needs his help
5. Being hit over the head repeatedly with a metal object
6. Having his cure destroyed
8. Being mauled by a bear
9. Being bit by a dog
10. Being placed in a car compactor
More things that make Hulk angry
Sunday, May 11, 2008
When I was a kid, we'd all choose tulips from the neighbour's garden to take the the local flower show, for the kids' tulip judging. I would always choose the most perfect, reddest one...but my choice never won. Little did I know that plain red was the most boring... :-)
Ordinarily I'd be inclined to agree that red tulips aren't the most exotic bulbs in my garden but the light hit some just the right way yesterday, making them look like tiny red lanterns and I snapped a photo:
Saturday, May 10, 2008
A living space only 2.4 meters (7 feet 10 inches) wide. The floor to ceiling windows are intended to make the space less claustrophobic, I suppose, but if I lived there I think I'd feel like a whore in Amsterdam (the lighting also adds a little Rosse Buurt atmosphere). See more pictures here.
At Archinect Via Gizmodo