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ramblings of an information troubleshooter
zaba daba do !
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more commentary in this article from
the governor general sat in my chair !
well, one of the chairs from my library.
to make sure the furniture didn't get
misused, i took it upon myself to go to
the high school for the afternoon to sit
in on the akitsiraq law school convocation.
twas a very nice ceremony, with justice
beverley browne and elder lucian ukaliannuk
receiving honourary degrees. the governor
general gave a warm speech that was
too bad that no one bothered to ask me about
the lighting setup. they only had 2 of
dave's light stands, each of which had 1 bulb
out of 4 pointed at the grads / distinguished
guests seated on bleachers at the wings.
since the other 3 bulbs on each stand were
lighting the folks onstage (along with the
backstage lights), there was nothing left to
light the walkway, so during the procession
and recession, the paraders were in murky
darkness. the high school spotlight alone
would have made a huge difference. maybe
they just wanted to discourage photographs
until after the ceremony ?
when the ceremonies finished earlier than
i had expected, i snarfed down a few free
oatmeal-raisin cookies before wandering back
down the hill to close out the office day.
afterwards, jordan and i played another
match of chess. i had done well initially,
and even managed to get up a piece, but he
had cornered my king and was within either
1, 2, or 3 moves of swooping in with his
queen for the mate.
for once, i took the time to analyze a
couple of moves in advance and figured out
that i had only a single move that would
give me a one move breathing space before
mate. i used that one free move to take
a pawn with my queen, hoping that jordan
was so preoccupied with the checkmate that
he wouldn't see that i had also covered
the square his queen would have to move to,
in order to mate me the next turn.
and he fell for it.
after that, his bishop and rook were
distracted by my pawns while my rook and
knight mated his king in the last rank.
ah, sweet victory. my record with jordan
is now 1-6-1. when i mentioned the match
to chris later at the akitsiraq convocation
supper, he expressed interest in getting
in on this action, so we may have to set
up an ongoing tourney.
the list of the 2005 akitsiraq law school
oh, and after the convocation supper, i
joined a few of the grads as they burned
some wood on the tundra by the beach.
- Lillian A. Aglukark
- Madeleine Alexander-Redfern
- Siobhan Arnatsiaq-Murphy
- Henry Coman
- Palluq Susan Enuaraq
- Sandra Kunuk Inutiq
- Constance K. Merkosak
- Sandra Omik
- Aaju Peter
- Eveline Qajaq Robinson
- Naomi Wilman
bewildered with the world ??
1. bruce schneier discusses the nature of t.v.
news and its cultivation of a culture of fear
in the may issue of his
One of the things I routinely tell people
is that if it's in the news, don't worry
about it. By definition, "news" means that
it hardly ever happens. ... When something
is no longer reported -- automobile deaths,
domestic violence -- when it's so common
that it's not news, then you should start
2. lawrence lessig relates how oppressive IP
costs are driving brazilians to embrace open
source software and a corresponding
open source culture.
Remixing uses the fruits of someone else's
creativity. There's no guarantee that it
does any favors to the work that is remixed.
There's no requirement that it treat the
work respectfully or kindly.
Remixing is how culture gets made. The acts
of reading, or criticizing, or praising, or
condemning bits of culture are how we create
things. This is true whether culture is
commercial or not: you cannot limit remixing
to things in the public domain. In our
tradition, we have been free to remix,
whether the stuff remixed is copyrighted or
3. steve martin on his
My process is, I get inspired to write the
first couple of sentences and I just keep
going with it. I try to think about where
the next bit is before I stop. Then I'll
stop at a natural place, either because I'm
tired or because I get distracted. And
then the days go by and I know that my mind
is like churning and churning and churning
and churning, and then I'll go back and it
comes out freely. I don't mind waiting
until it does come out freely.
interviewer: Do you feel guilty while you're
No, because I believe when I'm not writing --
and when all of us aren't writing -- we're
4. bewildered by purported airport security
measures that are merely window dressing ?
you're not alone. watch
proceed thru the metal detector gates ...
had another go-round with jordan at chess.
even tho he was up a piece, i had the
initiative, but somehow neglected to move
my queen when it was threatened by his
bishop. this deflated my whole grand
scheme to get past his defensive network
of pawns and he beat me soon afterwards.
i spent much of the rest of the afternoon
preoccupied with how i might have done
in the evening, greg hosted a potluck
gathering of folks to help send off david
and emilie who will both be leaving town
next week. my culinary contributions were
some jalapeno pepper pops and some veggie
spring rolls, compliments of the cooler
section at arctic ventures. after the
eats, greg hauled out some paints and
creative visions were enacted on balloons,
sheets of pad paper, and faces.
after i left greg's, i headed over to todd's
to watch the final rounds of their poker
knockout. patrick beat up todd and jonathon
to come out the overall winner. after
jonathon left with his 2d place winnings,
todd, patrick and i had another 3 sessions
of winner take all, and i won the final
face-off to break even for the night.
music makes the world go 'round
ah, the days of blissful sleeping in
begin once again. alas, i had to get
up with the alarm at 3, but there was
good cause, for i needed to get ready
for my radio d.j. debut! i wandered
down to l'association francophone to
sit in on tom's last 'soundwaves' show
for the summer. he showed me the
ropes and next week, i'll begin filling
in his timeslot until he's back in
september. i think that i'll mostly be
using stuff from my mix cd's, but i'll
play it by ear.
afterwards, i showed tom my setup at
home that i used to record 'audio
missile defence' for malcolm and sara,
and that i will also use to record my
shows. he vowed to come back to raid
my cd collection for material when he
restarts his show in the fall.
when he left, i began to get ready for
the multicultural coffeehouse at the
high school tisi. when i got there,
michael and andrew were still working
on the sound check and i noticed that
the spotlight was quite narrow on the
performers on stage. i checked with
heather and she was very happy to
accept my offer to run home and grab
a few of the music society gels to
try to spread the light a bit more.
i was able to get that sorted just as
the music started, with emmanelle and
marcel performing at their final coffee
house before leaving town next week.
i kept adjusting the spot and trying
to back it off to try to get the light
beam to cover as much of the width of
the stage as possible.
maddy, sylvia and celina provided an
amazing performance of three-person
throatsinging with jeff providing them
with drum accompaniment. other notable
performers of the evening included
alysa, greg, molly, ghislain, peter,
fauna, lauren and sultan.
the show closed off with a performance
by 'ivory hail', returning inukshuk
high school alumni, whose set included
covers of pink floyd and the foo fighters.
the first coffee house that hasn't been
cancelled by a blizzard in 5 months was
a smashing success.
i hit the legion afterwards and played a
single game of pool before hanging out
with olivia, sara, dan, becka, mike and
greg. i also found time to wish lisa an
early happy birthday - it wasn't too hard
to track her down, as she was wearing a
balloon over her head all night.
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