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So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
Stand on a bridge before the cavern of night / Darkness alive with possibility / Nose to this wind full of twinkling lights / Trying to catch the scent of what's coming to be (in this...)
— Bruce Cockburn, World of Wonders
August 28, 2005

If it’s invisible, does it still have to be waterproof?

Ok. This is really cool.

Posted by skooter at 8:57 PM This entry is filed under Technology.

August 25, 2005

Welcome to the New Iraq

Apparently Iraq’s new constitution is hinging on readiness. Yay.

With this in mind, a fitting tribute from The Who


We’ll be fighting in the streets
With our children at our feet
And the morals that they worship will be gone
And the men who spurred us on
Sit in judgement of all wrong
They decide and the shotgun sings the song

I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again

Don’t forget the ever important last bit…

Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss

So, does anybody think anything’s really going to change here? A puppet regime put in place by an American government following the same realpolitik doctrine that’s been practiced since shortly after the end of World War Two.

This doctrine has been most transparent since the early to late 60’s, with history choosing to personify it most obviously in the paranoid presidency of Richard Nixon and his secretary of state, Henry Kissinger.

History is always better at hindsight - 20 years from now the old and new Bush presidency’s will have the same status, unless a further push to extremism occurs in which case we may be left wishing for the good old days.

Posted by skooter at 10:50 AM This entry is filed under Politics.

August 24, 2005

Heehee - oh Paul, when is it ever the right time?

This choice little headline from the Globe and Mail brought a smile to my face:

PM will talk to Bush about lumber — eventually

because, of course, the question is when is it ever going to be the right time?

We’ve been waiting forever, and your Industry Minister is making dangerous comments relating to retaliation. It is, at this juncture, a bit premature to talk retaliation but it is definitely not too soon to have a conversation.

Unless, of course, you’re the most indecisive Prime Minister in my lifetime.

Posted by skooter at 9:03 PM This entry is filed under Politics.

August 20, 2005

Stunning Photography on an Ansel Adams level

The latest outside magazine has a biography of Brad Washburn, and features a small selection of photos.

Thankfully, they’ve put more online.

Posted by skooter at 9:01 PM This entry is filed under Camera.

August 19, 2005

Sony’s new MP3 players

Sony’s new MP3 players are getting laughed at, and there’s much talk about how the company that invented the walkman lost the lead to Apple.

Here’s a question: all of these competitors now play MP3 and a variety of other formats by default: why don’t any of them play AAC?

Contrary to popular belief, AAC is not proprietary - only Apple’s encrypted version is. My entire iTunes library is now in AAC format.

Want my money? You really think I want to convert all these files again to yet another format?

Think again. My next audio toy will be AAC compatible, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be made by Apple.

Posted by skooter at 10:49 PM This entry is filed under Technology.

August 18, 2005

Movable Type

After a few alpha or pre-release versions, I’ve moved to Movable Type 3.2 beta 4. This is a nice piece of work.

There’s always been a couple of minor frustrations with this software - the biggest one for me used to be the archive file structure configuration. It was complex, but powerful. Now it’s easy, but powerful.

Software upgrades are always fun, and this threw me for a few days. Having finally done it, I’m pretty pleased. Poking around for new features now.

Posted by skooter at 10:18 PM This entry is filed under Technology.

August 16, 2005

Planes

With the third serious plane crash in about 3 weeks, I’m reminded of something I heard a long time ago while watching a series of lectures from the TED Conference.

The speaker, and I wish I remembered his name, said that if you extrapolated current growth in air travel forward, while retaining the current level of safety, we would soon end up with a world in which a major air crash would happen everyday.

I don’t think the world is ready for this.

Posted by skooter at 8:41 AM This entry is filed under .

August 15, 2005

SES National Poll

Today’s polling press release includes this choice tidbit:

“The big Liberal gains were in Quebec where they increased their support from 21% to 34% while the Conservatives have dropped from 11% to 4%.”

This really doesn’t need much commentary, does it?

Posted by skooter at 6:58 PM This entry is filed under Politics.

Calling Radio Moscow. Come In, Radio Moscow.

The CBC is, effectively, off the air with over 5,000 staff members locked out including Peter Mansbridge’s Huge Head.

(I say this, because having a large head is considered a key quality of a television news reader, and Mansbridge does a fine job, which I figure is largely because of his head. This all, of course, leaves me wondering why he’s making the big bucks and I’m sitting here in some office writing a blog. My head is enormous.)

Anyway, this morning I woke up and instead of the dulcet tones of Rick Cluff’s voice to wake me, heard some form of Native music being played in a constant loop. Not nice.

Continue reading "Calling Radio Moscow. Come In, Radio Moscow."

Posted by skooter at 8:51 AM This entry is filed under Politics.

August 8, 2005

saskatchewan pictures

I’ve been a little bit lax - scanning film does take time. Two pics from my Saskatchewan trip for now, with many many more to come later.

Saskatchewan Cabins
A lone, abandoned cabin sits in a field. Land of the Living Skies they call this place.

Mom on the Icefields Parkway
My mom standing on a rise in the highway on the Icefields Parkway near Bridal Veil Falls. I’ve been here before, but this time was much much better. Two words: Go. North.

Posted by skooter at 11:07 PM This entry is filed under Camera.