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ramblings of an information troubleshooter
hiking the tarr inlet hump
went out hiking with maxine, stef, auralee
and robert out to tarr inlet via apex. we
started off around 11 in the morning while
the fog was still a bit thick. as we
crested the hill by the ufo landing site,
patches of blue sky began to creep out.
rather than simply crossing the apex bridge,
maxine suggested crossing the creek. i
scouted out a path and went upriver to cross,
only getting splashed by the current about a
foot up my left leg but still keeping my feet
dry. the others rolled up their pantlegs and
crossed barefoot farther downstream with
maxine using her poles to support herself and
stef. robert dunked himself when his footing
slipped, but his t-shirt soon dried out in
as the others took a break with tarr inlet
in sight, i climbed the neighbouring ridge
to feed the ferns. on the way back, i
crept down, stalking the group with a
snowball in hand before charging the last
50 metres to give robert an icy surprise.
the rest of us were beginning to tucker
out once we got to the base of the hump,
but maxine was still as energetic as ever,
shouting encouragement from above. she
promised that the mosqueeters were less
annoying up there with the breeze.
she lied. on the way back, we encountered
willie, curtis and fidel. robert and auralee
got a lift from apex while the rest of us
continued along the beach. i got home to a
hot shower around 17:30.
grabbed a supper of take out chinese food
from the nav consisting of three dishes:
i was so famished that i polished 2/3ds of
the order before sacking out on the couch
for a post-prandial nap.
- special special fried rice (with curry);
- lemon chicken; and
- special chop suey.
dying for domesticity
went up to the astro to watch 'mr. and
mrs. smith'. i thought it was lots of
fun with the contrast between domesticity
and assassin culture as freaky as i had
anticipated. angelina jolie was to die
for. *sigh* my favourite adrenaline
rush was seeing her leap out of a hotel
window and smoothly land beside the valet,
breezily asking for a cab. who needs
fancy CGI effects ?
it was also great to hear the music score
by john powell, who drove the scenes the same
way he did on 'the bourne identity' for the
same director, doug liman. in-between his
notes was a playful soundtrack that
included tunes from air supply, poison
and joe strummer and the mescaleros.
- IP idiocy link of the day: WalMart
refuses to release
digital photos taken
by amateurs without a signed copyright
release form from the 'professional'
photographer who took the shots.
The Professional Photographers of
America sees education of consumers and
photofinishers as key to preventing
The trade group sent a wake-up call to
the photofinishing industry when in 1999,
it sued Kmart Corp., alleging that the
discount store violated federal copyright
law by copying images without the
permission of the copyright owners.
In 2000, Kmart settled the case by paying
$100,000 and agreeing to implement
procedures to guard against the unlawful
copying of professional photos.
pawns, portfolios and pensions
played 2 chess matches against jordan
after work. in the first one, i moved
the wrong pawn and his queen swooped in
to checkmate my king in the 4th move.
*ouch*. in the second, i had the
situation well under control when i
almost lost my queened pawn by moving
my king into a knight-forkable position.
luckily, thru no planning of mine, i had
a bishop covering that attacking square
and so jordan conceded to make us even
for the day.
first stop for the evening was the
storehouse for a drink to bid judith and
ian farewell. they had arrived in iqaluit
from calgary the month before i did,
and we had shared a couple of semesters
of inuktitut classes. they are travelling
back to calgary en route to the
netherlands where they will settle down
for their next adventure.
closed off the evening giving greg an
assist by re-packaging some of his audio
work for a job portfolio. it took a few
hours, but i think he's now in good shape
for applying for radio positions.
apparently there is a
savings glut that is currently propping
up our neighbours to the south. however, if
those foreign investors should suddenly turn
(as they did against argentina and indonesia
in the late 1990's), the u.s. economy would
quickly hit the skids, with the canadian one
following quick on its heels.
It's not only the sheer size of the U.S.
borrowing that could be a problem. It's
also what the money is being used for.
Unlike in the late 1990s, when the U.S.
was tapping foreigners to help finance
productivity-enhancing investment, much
of today's borrowing goes to pay for the
federal budget deficit and to fund a surge
in house prices that many experts believe
but you don't have to share the same fate !
it also seems that Bush's plans for
reform in the U.S are in a precarious
state. small wonder, seeing as the unfunded
pension liabilities faced by the Pension
Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC) are over
i've gotten worked up about pensions
before, which is a bit strange seeing as
i'm at least 30 years from retirement.
however, when i see the CPP administrators
doing bone-headed maneuvers like sinking
of our pension funds into the stock market,
i just want to scream. i still
when their equity investments lost almost
everything gained from their fixed income
portfolio. here's what the administrator
said in response:
What we do know is that market corrections
are always followed by market recoveries
*always* ?? tell that to the
bulb owners. i would gladly contribute to
a public pension plan that is low risk, even if
the returns are lower. if all the pension funds
can think to do is to speculate on the stock
market, then i'd rather keep the funds and
gamble them myself. at least that way, i won't
be tied into subsidizing bogus or harmful
sectors of the 'economy' (e.g.
, big oil, GMO crops, SUV's, etc.) unlike the
large pension funds which have to follow some
arbitrary index weighted towards traditional
sectors of the economy.
i accept that governments shouldn't be picking
winners and losers in the economy, but they
should be making more effort to jumpstart
areas that will provide long-term benefits
rather than just seeking to maintain what
already exists. the whole point of paying
taxes is to allow the government to invest
in areas that will benefit all citizens.
there are so many great ideas that a
government could invest in where private
industry refuses to play - wind power,
solar power, waste reclamation, 4-day work
weeks, buying out drug patents, direct creator
subsidies, etc, but instead we get the same
where is the vision that gave us the space
program or superhighways ? i'm not saying
that either of those were perfect, but they
did successfully inspire private industry to
develop products and processes that have
provided innumerable benefits to us all.
today's chess match against jordan
was surreal. i had managed to get
him down to a single rook and knight,
while i had the same plus my other
knight and a bishop. with that kind
of piece advantage, it's hard to
believe that i mucked it all up.
it started when jordan made an early
attack with his bishop, not realizing
that i would use that extra move to
get in position to take out his queen.
from then on, i had him on the ropes
and it should have just been a matter
of mopping up pawns or letting him run
out of moves.
instead, i did the chess equivalent of
poker's 'going on tilt' and somehow lost
both my bishop and extra knight in 2
straight moves. with our pieces now
evened out, jordan's superior tactics
took out my rook and when he got a pawn
in position for a touchdown, i conceded.
in the evening, i went to the discovery
to catch thomas berger's address. it
was great to hear directly from the man
who oversaw the
valley pipeline inquiry, whose
recommendations ensured that development
would take place only when the aboriginal
rights issues had been addressed properly.
task is to act as a conciliator for
the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement
Implementation Contract between the
federal government, NTI and the GN.
- link of the day: why
sux. judging from some of the
clueless comments, there are many who
continue to focus on short-term
individual benefits rather than
long-term societal costs.
went to the gym after work and worked
in a few sets with greg and robert.
greg informed me that matthieu's farewell
party was being held at the storehouse,
so i went up there for a bit. after 5
years in the north, matthieu is going
back south to go to school and move in
with his new girlfriend. ahhh, true
- link of the day: know when to
out of the market:
As an investor, I want the deck stacked
in my favor as often as possible. When
I have little or no advantage, I'd
simply rather not participate. That
may mean avoiding specific situations or
closing out a losing position. It also
may mean knowing when to sit out a
directionless, choppy market altogether.
dreaming of a better life
stayed up late reading all of the books
that arrived in my latest monthly comic
shipment. top reads this time were the
2d issue of 'death, jr.', the full-length
version of 'avigon', 'little star' #3, the
one-shot 'dream police' and 'age of bronze'
#20. honourable mention goes to 'dark
the 2d issue of 'death, jr.' takes the
tyke onto a darker path as 'uncle mo'
begins to twist dj's growing sense of
alienation at his father's patronizing
attitude. "talk to the scythe!", he
shouts as he gets fed up. he even cuts
down his best friend pandora. too late,
dj realizes that he's been duped and
the stage is set for the final issue's
showdown. naifeh's art is charming as
'avigon' expands on a slim volume that had
been released a few years ago. avigon,
"the finest creature ever made by anyone,
save god", searches for a place where she
can strive beyond the limits of her
programming. the artwork by jimmie
robinson is intoxicating, and the tale
gilson weaves together palace intrigues
and avigon's struggles with how other people
see her, whether as an individual or as a
in the 3d issue of andi watson's 'little
star', simon contemplates returning to more
fulfilling design work, and recalls how
he originally ended up in part-time work
in order to bond with his newborn daughter.
i go off sick so i can help out at
home. soon after, i wrangle going
part-time. we're a baby caring
machine. cassie is fed and clothed
and bathed, wiped and towelled and
loved seamlessly by us both.
we're still a team but we're running
a relay. one of us rushes out to work
as the other rushes in. we share an
orbit, constantly falling towards each
other but never touching.
the issue closes off with an argument
with meg, who is apalled that simon would
consider returning to full-time work
without consulting with her first.
'dream police' is a noir tale set in the
world where dreams co-exist with reality.
a squad of gumshoes is tasked with keeping
the dreams in order and cleaning up after
wayward dreamers. the worst is having to
deal with a young lad's nightmarish monster
wreaking havoc with the neighbourhood.
a pan of warm water saves the day, though
not without a good soaking. with cinematic
art by deodato, the book is a real
'age of bronze' #20 continues eric shanower's
re-telling of the tale of the trojan war.
this issue focuses on king priam's
preparations for the upcoming war and the
fateful killing of king tennes by achilles.
the black and white art is gorgeous as usual.
another book with very nice art is 'dark mists'.
however, while each panel is beautiful in its
own right, the storytelling suffered as i found
it difficult to distinguish the various geisha
from each other. the conceit of the government
using geisha to spy on the yakuza also seems to
go against japanese traditions of honour.
the games we play
this week i remembered to turn on my pc to
start recording the radio show before i headed
over to the AFN. the theme for today's show
was 'the games we play', inspired by my
ya feel lucky ? mix.
aur.oral exposures setlist for 16jul2005:
after the show, i took a short nap to
make sure that i was well-refreshed for
the poker match. however, my time at
the top was short-lived as i ended up
going out 2d out of 10 after a very bad
run of cards. i only had one moderately
bad beat, so i can't chalk it up to
playing recklessly. the only note that
i made for improvement was to maybe risk
a little bit more post-flop when i have
decent cards and hope for the turn or
the river to come through for me.
- My Favourite Game - Cardigans
- the hardest game - Havana 3 a.m.
- I Will Never Play Violin - Kris Demeanor
- The Game - Levellers
- Benediction - the weakerthans
- Rob Smith (as Vince Fontaine)
- Rydell High School Dance Announcement
- Gamblin' Man - Mike Ness
- Pokerface - Ron Hawkins
- lucky to me - The Blue Shadows
- Lucky Number Six - the Lux
- 52 pickup - brown eyed susans
- Body Language - Katherine Scott and David DeAngelo
- Move - Miles Davis
- Sing Me a Swing Song - Benny Goodman and His Orchestra
- I Could Have Danced All Night - Brave Combo with Lauren Agnelli
- Dancing Lessons - Sinead O'Connor
- the dark of the matinee - Franz Ferdinand
- Come Out and Play (keep 'm separated) - The Offspring
john m. took out todd in the final
heads up knockout, with patrick closing
out the winners circle. i made up some
of my losses in the side games afterwards
so i was pretty happy with how things
turned out. we even got a few rounds of
guts in and managed to control the pot
from exploding in size.
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