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ramblings of an information troubleshooter
capitalist sell-out culture
- link of the day: pop will
during an interview, mr. wang can't even
remember all of the brands he endorses.
his assistant from sony bmg music
entertainment (taiwan) recites a list to
him ... Most of the eight music videos
from mr. wang's current album contain
product placements. parts of the videos
are also used in 30-second television
making it thru a grey day
i had been worried about running up my
food bills once i started going to the
gym again, but it turns out my body
craves sleep before sustenance. it
wasn't until late in the afternoon that
i felt like i was able to put two
thoughts together. the grey skies
outside didn't help matters.
i've had a couple of frustrating bosses
in my work career, but i can't say that
i've had any bad apples like nixon. for
those of you who are suffering, check out
scott berkun's advice on
to survive a bad manager.
here's an excerpt:
Maximize, Minimize and avoid
The simplest place to direct energy is as follows:
1.Identify the things about your manager that have a positive
impact on you.
2.Prioritize them in importance (to you).
3.Find ways to maximize your exposure to these things.
Then repeat, focused on minimizing negative qualities.
1.Identify the things about your manager that negatively
2.Prioritize them in importance to (you).
3.Find ways to minimize your exposure to these things.
the rest of the evening was spent finishing
my comic book order for the month. highlights
- first issue of 'polly and the pirates'
created and drawn by ted naifeh (yay !)
- first issue of
wedding' where romeo and juliet are
scions of rival mob families who are forced
into an arranged marriage to maintain a
- the 2005 spx anthology with proceeds going
to support the
legal defense fund
- 'push man and other stories' by yoshihiro
tatsui - alt.tales of japanese urban life
- neil gaiman's latest novel 'anansi boys'
- dd 'poker 2006' software
- 'sin city' dvd
- deck of 'sin city' playing cards
scotty beams up
the only redshirt from the original
series who survived each episode,
james 'scotty' doohan passed away
wednesday morning. i have the 3-pack
dvd set of all the original 'star trek'
episodes - i may give them a viewing
this weekend as a memorial to scotty.
The Canadian-born actor who affected
a brogue as embattled U.S.S. Enterprise
engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott on
the original 1966-69 TV series and on
the big screen in seven adventures died
Wednesday at his home in Washington state.
He was 85, and had been most recently
When the series ended in 1969, Doohan
found himself typecast as Montgomery
Scott, the canny engineer with a burr in
his voice. In 1973, he complained to his
dentist, who advised him: "Jimmy, you're
going to be Scotty long after you're dead.
If I were you, I'd go with the flow."
"I took his advice," said Doohan, "and
since then everything's been just lovely."
At 19, James escaped the turmoil at home
by joining the Canadian army, becoming a
lieutenant in artillery. He was among the
Canadian forces that landed on Juno Beach
on D-Day. "The sea was rough," he recalled.
"We were more afraid of drowning than the
The Canadians crossed a minefield laid for
tanks; the soldiers weren't heavy enough
to detonate the bombs. At 11:30 that night,
he was machine-gunned, taking six hits: one
that took off his middle right finger (he
managed to hide the missing finger on screen),
four in his leg and one in the chest. The
chest bullet was stopped by his silver
In a 1998 interview, Doohan was asked if he
ever got tired of hearing the line "Beam me
up, Scotty" -- a line that, reportedly, was
never actually spoken on the TV show.
"I'm not tired of it at all," he replied.
"Good gracious, it's been said to me for
just about 31 years. It's been said to me
at 70 miles an hour across four lanes on
the freeway. I hear it from just about
everybody. It's been fun."
Doohan lost the middle finger of his
right hand on June 6, 1944, or D-Day,
when the Allied forces invaded France.
The injury is visible in only two
'Star Trek' episodes, 'The Trouble
With Tribbles' and 'Cats Paw,'
according to Internet Movie Database.
Scotty, named after Doohan's
grandfather, was a mechanical wizard
who could fix dilithium crystals with
safety pins and bail William Shatner's
Captain James T. Kirk out of scrapes.
He would shout in a Scottish brogue,
'Captain, she can't take any more.'
Doohan said in a 1994 Boston Herald
interview that he appeared at `Star
Trek' events "because I'm not getting
other parts. I get a fabulous living
just doing appearances."
the imdb article also indicated that
doohan received an honourary engineering
degree from the milwaukee school of
engineering after half of their
students stated that they were
inspired to take engineering studies
from watching 'star trek'. i don't
remember this specifically as a reason
for my own choice of studies, but an
immersion in the whole milieu of science
fiction definitely played a part.
went to the storehouse after work for
a quick bite before going to see
'mr. and mrs. smith'. hung out with
willie and john and was introduced to
willie's niece annabella of 'snow
walker' fame (her autographed pic is
still featured at the box office window
at the astro).
seeing 'mr. and mrs. smith' again was a
blast. this time, i really noticed how
john powell's music and the other
soundtrack selections made some of the
scenes a bit more significant than they
would have been with just what was on the
screen. other neat images were angelina
tossing her hair in the wind as she winds
herself down to the hotel lobby and brad's
furious arm jabs after seeing his stash of
goodies cleaned out. i still couldn't
catch a few bits of dialogue, so i'll have
to turn on the subtitles on the dvd when it
personally, i'm in favour of
self-directed retirement plans, but i
can see where the idea of mandatory
savings plans might be attractive as
a policy tool.
- link of the day: speculation about
how fears of a potential
collapse may be more about labour
shortages than poor government planning.
In fact, Ghilarducci argues, allowing
the pension system to deteriorate serves
a long-term interest of business: avoiding
future labor shortages when the baby-boom
generation moves into retirement. "All this
retirement policy is really a labor policy,"
she asserts. "It's motivated by these
experts who say, Hey, wait, we're going to
need to do what we can to encourage people
to work longer. A whole range of economists
and elite opinion makers is talking about a
labor shortage where, God forbid, wages
would increase. That's what they're worried
about--making sure there isn't a corporate
profit squeeze, that skill shortages and
upward wage pressures are checked."
i had a 401(k) when i was working in
the u.s. and always maxed out my
contributions. admittedly, i was
making more than the average joe,
but i still knew that it was
important. when i returned to canada,
revcan didn't seem to have any
procedures in place to transfer the
funds directly into an rrsp. i got
the impression that they mostly dealt
with snowbirds going the other way.
i knew that i didn't want to leave the
funds in the u.s. or in the company
sponsored plans that mostly just
invested in company stock (shades of
enron) and i ended up just cashing them
out, taking the tax hit in both countries
and then using the proceeds to max out my
the future of media ?
- link of the day: the museum of modern
media has released a film, created by
sloan and matt thompson, about the
in the year 2016.
plausible ? here's more
happy b'day to me !
it took me until 3 a.m. the next day,
but i managed to triumph at todd's
latest no-limit hold'em tourney. the
early going was a bit rough as i was
on my 2d buy-in before i paused to
take stock. i actually brought my
copy of 'ender's shadow' to take myself
out of the game mindset for a bit,
and it seemed to work as i was able
to chill out and play smarter.
it's funny, but when i checked out the
top3 finisher board, i either don't
show up at all or am top dog. becky
and john m. joined me in the money
circle this time. anyway, i made enough
to just cover the cost of my 2-hour phone
call to my sister in shanghai. when i
get my high-speed modem, i'll have to see
about getting skype (created by the same
fellow who created kazaa) and join the
wave of the future.
autobiographical ramblings on-air
went with odile for coffee at fantasy
palace where she made the more prescient
selection of strawberry-rhubarb pie.
highly recommended. between that outing
and my misadventures of the previous
evening, i wasn't able to complete my
script for my radio show and ended up
winging it for the latter portion.
anyway, in celebration of my birthday,
today's show emulated rob gordon's
autobiographical ordering of tracks in
'high fidelity'. i played some of
my favourite bands and songs while
relating a bit of a story from my life
about each. stef swung by to check out
the station digs, just in time to witness
my unscripted mumblings on-air.
aur.oral exposures setlist for 23jul2005:
when i got home, i managed to edit the
show recording to mask most of my
fumblings. after that, i took a short
nap before heading over to greg's to
join in the farewell party for carine
who's set to leave town on monday.
- Last Saskatchewan Pirate (live) - The Arrogant Worms
- Teenland - The Northern Pikes
- Piranha Pool - Blue Rodeo
- Troy - Sinead O'Connor
- City Full of Cowards - The Lowest of the Low
- Tomorrow, Wendy (live) - Concrete Blonde
- Was That What It Was ? - Pet Shop Boys
- Big Brown Eyes - Old 97's
- Brian Wilson (live) - Barenaked Ladies
- Josephine - Slobberbone
- this is a fire door never leave open - the weakerthans
the mostly-francophone crowd was very
lively, but with john and stef also
present, martin was appointed as a
translator to assist those of us with
less developed french skills to keep up.
isabelle devised a drinking game with a
variety of elements including drink
distribution, "i never ..." questions,
category items (fave was my suggestion
of sex toys) and an infamous toast:
i drink to this
i drink to that
i don't know why i drink on
after that, i got into an intense debate
with john about the book 'blink' that he
had just read. my biggest issue with the
book (that i haven't read myself) is how it
seems to be used to justify short-term
thinking, when i think that more considered
analysis and planning is what's more needed
in the world today.
we also got into what elements are required
for good journalism. john felt that
intelligence and objectivity were what mattered,
but my take is that passion from personal
knowledge and experience, an awareness of
the audience, and an explicit indication of
the intended purpose of the writing are what
is important. i don't care about objectivity
as long as i am aware of the writer's agenda,
because i am confident in my abilities to take
that bias into account and make up my own mind.
i managed to stumble home just before
the sunrise, accompanied by masterpieces
of billowed combinations of clouds tacked
onto aquamarine sky.
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