Month: July 2008

A Previous Engagement

No blogging today, nothing’s getting between me and the new Taltos1 book. I’ve known Steve for quite few years now, but I’ve known Vlad since I was 10 years old–we go waaaay back. And unlike many people I knew when I was ten, I’m always glad to see him when he comes around. If that made you think of Ann… Read more →

A Blast From The Past

You kids today with your webcomics, you don’t know how good you’ve got it. I remember the early 90s1, when getting a comic on the web meant puerile Space Moose sodomy jokes or the banal comedy of Doctor Fun. </crotchety> Seriously, though, there’s a wealth of great stuff out there today–no one could read everything being produced, and just keeping… Read more →


I read a lot of science fiction. I have, since I was a kid–the first novel with no pictures I ever read was A Wrinkle In Time. The first “adult” book I ever read was Foundation. When I was younger I had the opportunity to read a lot of the early short work in the genre. Libraries had a lot… Read more →

Wallowing in Links

Yes, it’s time again for an original-content free collection of pointers to things that amuse, interest, or frighten me. I believe I have to mention the opening of Knol, Google’s attempt to take on Wikipedia with “authoritative articles” that have specific owners, rather than the anonymous wisdom of crowds. I admit, I have no idea how this is going to… Read more →

Cursing Music

On my recent drive back to Canada, among the many other good things that happened, I had a chance to be reminded why I love Etta James singing Damn Your Eyes so much. Here, you have a listen, and it should be obvious why that is: As I was listening to it, I got to thinking that I don’t have… Read more →

Geek Family

Apparently my daughter is now old enough that when I’m away on business we send each other emails1. In order to illustrate for some people at my office why it was that I no longer was interested in my business travel being any more than the bare functional minimum, I showed them today’s missive: When you come back will you… Read more →

Conservatives condone suspension of due process and torture of children.

And then there’s this one, which makes me so angry I’m not sure I can even write coherently about it. A day after a report revealed Canadian officials knew of Omar Khadr’s harsh treatment by the U.S. military, Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Thursday repeated vows to leave the case in U.S. hands. … A Canadian official visiting Khadr in… Read more →

Conservatives in league with war criminals, despite will of the public

Here’s one that both angers me and makes me embarrassed to be a Canadian: Canada deports U.S. army deserter U.S. army deserter Robin Long was quietly deported from Canada Tuesday morning, while protesters unaware of his whereabouts picketed the Canada-U.S. border crossing south of Vancouver. The first and most important question here is why are we letting a minority… Read more →

Conservatives: cheats and liars

I am filled with rage at our offensive, crypto-Republican right wing minority government today. Let’s look at few things in order of ascending offensiveness. First we’ll start with financial irregularities, disregard for the rule of law, and good old talking points spin: Elections chief counters Tory defence on expenses practices Elections officials found no evidence that other political parties engaged… Read more →

Organizational Pathology

Did you see the ACLU press release today about how the American terrorist watch list now has more than one million people on it? “America’s new million record watch list is a perfect symbol for what’s wrong with this administration’s approach to security: it’s unfair, out-of-control, a waste of resources, treats the rights of the innocent as an afterthought, and… Read more →

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