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ramblings of an information troubleshooter
rumours and speculations
went over to bella's tonight for a char
supper to send daniel off. jarred was
also dropping in for the evening from
the resolution island hazardous waste
cleanup site en route to ottawa. bella
unfortunately found herself a bit
overwhelmed by some of the discussion
that took place, as we threw around
currency speculation, bush's rapture,
and how poker skills apply to real life.
when she questioned me about how i came
to know what i 'know', i could only say
that i got my start reading macleans
when i was around 12 or 13 (back when it
was still a NEWSmagazine). over the years,
i gradually figured out which information
sources were reliable and which ones
weren't and slowly pieced together my
cyncial view of the world. often i end
up processing something subconsciously and
don't even realize how i've come to some
conclusion until someone asks me directly
and i stop to think it thru.
anyway, when asked for my predictions of
the near future, i admitted that i was
pessimistic and that when the u.s.
economy collapses in the next 12-24 months,
the canadian economy will not be able to
prop itself up for long due to the economic
handcuffs that we created with NAFTA.
accordingly, i plan to be safely ensconced
in academia by then, to weather out the
recessive storm amidst mere 30% tuition
increases while the rest of north america
discovers that it's credit-induced binge
is no longer sustainable.
- ip idiocy link of the day:
ok, so here's a chance for the keepers
of our culture, namely libraries and
museums, to get their collections in
front of a huge global audience so
that everyone will be able to share in
this cultural wealth, and it's being
held up by *copyright* concerns ?
give me a break !! with digital
technology allowing access without
impeding preservation, libraries and
museums should be the first to champion
this vision, even if it is enabled by
a corporate beast. it's way better
than leaving materials in a dusty
alcove waiting for attention from some
itinerant researcher who just happens
to know which codec to use to retrieve
a particular folio.
idea *PLUS* execution
attended an afternoon meeting at fantasy
palace with tony, bella and alison to go
over what would need to be done for us
to put on another play. bella volunteered
to act as director for now, and once she
has selected a play with alison, a casting
call will be sent out.
after work, i went to the gym to meet up
with catherine for the weight training
orientation offered to members for free.
we did a circuit of the machines, with
catherine demonstrating how each was
intended to be used. i found out, to
my dismay, that i've been doing lat
pull-downs incorrectly for over a dozen
- ip idiocy link of the day:
to rate 'brilliant' ideas
i like the philosophy of this short
piece (mostly extracted from someone
else's blog post) which emphasizes
that the value of an idea is not the
idea itself, but the idea combined
with its successful execution in a
service or product. if the
intellectual property regime actually
stimulated and rewarded this
combination of idea and execution,
then its seemingly arbitrary
allocations of wealth would be much
had planned to take in a movie
tonight, but todd called up to ask
if i wanted to get in a bit of
practice before sunday's big powwow.
we managed to pull together 4 people
at patrick's to get started.
i was the first to bust out and my
1st re-buy lasted all of one hand.
after my 2d re-buy, vinnie wandered
in from the bar and bought in. we
then watched as patrick proceeded
to knock us out one by one.
by the time we got down to three,
patrick had things well in hand,
with todd also down to a few greens.
my final 2 green chips were
swallowed up by the blinds and i
got ready to call it a night, but
then we noticed that i still had
one final unexchanged stack of reds
hiding to the side.
putting the equivalent of a single
green back into play, i managed to
win the hand and get myself back
in the game. for a good while,
todd and i seesawed for short stack
until patrick finally knocked todd
out after i had folded out of the
hand. it only took patrick another
10 minutes to put me away, but since
i had managed to outlast todd to
come in 2d, i at least get some of
my stake back.
so, for the 3 games that patrick
hosted this month, my placings have
been 3d (of 5), 1st (of 4) and 2d
(of 5). i'll be happy if i can snag
one of those positions on sunday.
- link of the day: how the white
house press corps
well, one way is by letting stuff
like this chilling exchange pass
JAPANESE JOURNALIST: Thank you. I
was born and raised in Hiroshima,
Japan. (Inaudible). And August 6th
(the anniversary of the bombing of
Hiroshima) is coming again ...I
believe the use of automatic weapons
during World War II was cruel and
(inaudible), against international
law ... So in the history of human
beings, losers cannot say anything,
winners make history as they like.
McCLELLAN: Is there a question?
Yes. Sixty years have passed ...
I would not necessarily ask, recommend
President Bush or someone say someone
should apologize, but I believe some
statement or comment is needed...
McCLELLAN: I understand. I think
I'll leave the history to historians.
I mean, we're all well aware of the
history. But the president is focused
on the future, and we do have a great
relationship with Japan. The president
has a good friend in Prime Minister
This is an example of how freedom leads
to peace, because 60 years ago, as you
pointed out, and the president often
points out, we were enemies. Today
we're working together to advance
freedom in places like the broader
Middle East, and what we're doing is
laying the foundation of peace for our
grandchildren and our -- for our
children and our grandchildren. And I
think that's important, to remember the
past, but to look to the future and how
we can continue to build upon the great
relationship that we have.
miyazaki strikes gold again
a museum board meeting that had been
postponed to today was postponed for a
2d week so i hung around the office for
a bit longer after building up a head of
steam on my current assignments.
after that, i rewarded myself by taking
in hayao miyazaki's 'howl's moving
castle' at the astro theatre. when
john arrived, that made 2 of us in astro
2, but thankfully for bryan, another
handful drifted in just as the show was
i've been a fan of hayao miyazaki since
reading his manga 'nausicaa of the
valley of the wind' published by viz
comics. (i remember the first viz book
that i bought that was published under
license by eclipse comics - 'mai, the
psychic girl' and being blown away by
ryoichi ikegami's artwork). anyway,
'nausicaa' was very ethereal and
confusing and bewitching, and that's
also how i felt about the film
adaptations that i was lucky enough
to see including 'princess mononoke'
and 'spirited away'.
while i've heard comments that this
movie is not as vibrant as some of his
other work, 'howl' was the first one
that i was able to follow from beginning
to end without getting lost in some
visual eddy or abrupt curlicue. given
that, i'm quite disappointed that disney
wasn't able to market the film better
in north america, seeing as it was a
blockbuster in japan and asia.
the movie had the typical miyazaki
elements: a young female protagonist,
the theme that love conquers all, how
humans don't take very good care of
their environment, and lots of absurdly
wondrous animation. favourite line:
"such a pretty fire".
links of the day: cary tennis is
the resident advice columnist at
salon.com. here are a few recent
- on life ambition:
I instinctively recoil at the notion
that life is a struggle toward an end or
a goal and that if we simply have a good
strategy and execute it properly we can
attain our goal and voila that's success!
I don't go for that. I prefer the
open-ended adventure model, in which we
are drawn to activities and locales and
so we arrange our lives so we can do
these activities and be near these
locales; but there is no commencement
exercise at the conclusion of our
curriculum. There is only the
contentment of knowing we are in the
right place doing what we ought to be
- on choosing mates:
In an intimate relationship, everything
is connected. At least that's what I
think. We choose people for their
positive traits, but we also choose their
dark side. There are many kinds of dark
sides -- there is the dark side of a
person that is emotionally dead,
tragically wounded, that is exuberant and
power-hungry, narcissistic, hateful, etc.
Why should it be only the positive traits
we choose? While we consciously choose
the bright smile and the record of
achievement, our dark side is meanwhile
choosing the history of abuse or the
uncontrollable ego. Good citizens that we
are, we name these attributes "faults."
But the dark side likes them. It is
mirrored by them. It finds connection.
It is perhaps even healed by them. They
remind us of something long forgotten; we
feel comfortable with them, like with a
family member. Out of all possible kinds
of darkness, we choose a darkness that we
know, a darkness we can get around in.
today's press club featured ian fremantle,
the chief administrative officer for the
city of iqaluit. he has quite a varied
history. i took the opportunity to lob
a couple of questions at him about waste
management and he answered as i expected.
after a quick drink at the storehouse
with the media gang, i wandered over to
the astro to watch jim jarmusch's 'broken
flowers' with john and jillian. the
movie had a great soundtrack and bill was
riveting to watch. however, if you like
your movies to finish with a nice pat
hollywood ending, you should skip this
one. me, i'm ok with a story that is
unresolved. i remember having a hard
time getting into jarmusch's 'ghost dog'
(starring forrest whitaker) the first
time that i saw it, but each subsequent
viewing has further impressed.
after that, i wandered back down to the
storehouse to hang out with shawna who
will be leaving town on monday. we had
worked together to put on the 2003 banff
mountain film festival.
volunteered to help with the setup for
the show put on by the nunavut arts and
crafts association in the gym at the old
arctic college rez down federal road.
had been scheduled to be there for only
2 hours, but i ended up staying for 4.5.
i was mostly tasked with hanging pieces
up onto the display boards and i guess i
must've had an eye for it because gyu
kept giving me more stuff to do.
my favourite piece was a sculpture of a
bear crouched on an ice flow with a fin
flapping in its face. the other piece
that caught my eye was a painting of an
ridge built up under the sea ice by the
tide. at first glance, it was just a
mish-mash of assorted tones of grey, but
on closer examination, i really got the
feeling that i was standing out on the
bay in the middle of winter, with the
wind screeching in from behind me.
afterwards, i went on to rae-lynne and
chad's house-warming party. they had
moved from the main floor of my building
a few weeks back after chad moved to a
new job. as usual, they had a great
spread of nibbles which i was glad to
raid after a day of manual labour. fed
housing is on a different level from GN
housing - there was *so* much space !
when i wandered upstairs, rae pulled out
her favourite children's book for me to
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