Monthly Archives: July 2010

Protest as Recreation

The G20 debacle really puts into focus how “protest fixated” we’ve become. I think the 60’s protest ethos is a mere shadow of what’s going on today. If you’re a ‘numbers person’ you’d have to know that any time you … Continue reading

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Getting to Know Conrad Black

I just finished McNish and Stewart’s Wrong Way: The Fall of Conrad Black, a truly eye-opening account of events leading up to Conrad Black’s ouster from Hollinger International, just preceding the laying of criminal charges on which he was tried in … Continue reading

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Conrad Black, Amy St. Eve and Lance Ito Disease

Conrad Black is currently a high-profile marionette of the American legal system; quite ridiculously and unfairly so, in my opinion. He’s been successful in mounting an appeal of conviction to the highest U.S. court and been granted bail, but he’s … Continue reading

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“Big Ears”

I’m on the verge of giving up. I’ve been trying to “understand” John Coltrane’s music for too long. Since university days, when I first started sampling jazz, his name has come up repeatedly as a ‘seminal’ figure, a musical ‘colossus’ … Continue reading

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Monetizing the Data Stream

Know what an ‘exabyte’ is? I just found out – a measurement of data volume that represents the equivalent of 50,000 years of high-quality streaming DVD video signal. World data stream is currently five of ‘em. Projected to go go … Continue reading

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Guitar, (Everyone)?

I’ve been banging away on a guitar (and sometimes, bass) for as long as I can remember. When I was getting started, this whole thing of “playing guitar” was like a secret fraternity; lots of mysterious ritual, information and code … Continue reading

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Moving a pile of Turkoglu

Goodbye, ‘Turk’. Wish I could say it’s been good to know ya, but the only thing good about you was the leavin’. There won’t be any sad laments written in your honor. ‘Why is that?’ you ask. Well, let’s just … Continue reading

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From Russia, with…..?

In Russia, over 1200 people drowned – no, not last decade, or even last year – last week (June 2010)! Between June 5th and 12th, a hot spell, 233 people drowned. By comparison, the US, with almost three times the … Continue reading

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Highway 400 Follies

Cops always have good stories, especially after a holiday weekend, about driving escapades on Hwy. 400. I doubt I can top their better ones, but a run from Toronto to Barrie today had me wondering how much weirder it can … Continue reading

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The Governor-General and Me

Lo and behold, I’m somewhat acquainted with our new G.-G. It was a long time ago. I was a law student at UWO. David Johnston was the dean of the law school. My memories of Dean Johnston are unequivocally positive. He … Continue reading

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