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So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
There are maybe 10 or 12 / things I could teach you / after that you're on your own
— A.C. Newman, There are Maybe 10 or 12
March 31, 2010

Philip Pullman on Censorship

Posted by skooter at 3:25 PM This entry is filed under Books.
Tags: Censorship, Constitution, Human Rights, Philip Pullman

March 29, 2010

Calling it Like it is for the Liberal Party of Canada

As much as I want to like Michael Igantieff, he has yet to bring a vision to the Liberal Party of Canada that will draw voters who are content with the Conservative government away.

Robert Fowler called it as he saw it over the weekend.

‘The Liberal Party today is not the party that governed this country for 30 of my 39 years in public service,’ Mr. Fowler said. ‘Liberals have yet to present Canadians with a cogent vision, one with a fully articulated international dimension of where they stand and what they represent.’”:

Apathy towards politicians has given us a situation where Canadians are now willing to accept government that is “good enough” and that is truly sad.

March 28, 2010

Serena Ryder - Racing in the Street

Serena Ryder’s distinctive and raspy voice has rendered The Sisters of Mercy unlistenable to me when sung by virtually any other artist (one tribute albums’ misguided assignment of this song to Sting and the Chieftans can only be described as horrific.) Her cover of Bruce Springsteen’s Racing in the Street is as beautiful a rendition of that song as any. Serena’s show at the Vancouver Livecity Downtown venue for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics was as fine a way to go out as I can imagine. With her grandmother in the audience it was a very fun night. An immense talent from just outside the little town of Peterborough, Ontario.

Serena Ryder at the Vancouver Olympics

Posted by skooter at 10:56 PM This entry is filed under Music.
Tags: Bruce Springsteen, Serena Ryder, Sting, Vancouver Olympics

Orange Bears

Orange Bears at the 49th Avenue Skytrain Station Orange Bears at the 49th Avenue Skytrain Station Orange Bears at the 49th Avenue Skytrain Station

Posted by skooter at 4:20 PM This entry is filed under Vancouver.
Tags: Orange, Public Art, Sculpture

March 21, 2010

Jack Donaghy as the Next Darth Vader

Don Geiss in Carbonite Don Geiss in Carbonite Tina Fey loves a good Star Wars tribute, and this week’s 30 Rock paid it in the form of encasing Don Geiss in a cryogenic chamber reminiscent of Han Solo in Carnbonite.

With Jack Donaghy presiding over the funeral, does this make Alec Baldwin Darth Vader?

Posted by skooter at 8:50 PM This entry is filed under Entertainment.
Tags: 30 Rock, Han Solo, Jack Donaghy, Star Wars, Tina Fey

March 20, 2010

The iPad Doesn’t Threaten Publishing

The New York Times writes on the state of the publishing business today and includes a red herring comment about the iPad’s impact on the business:

With the rise of electronic books, makers of reading devices and online retailers are putting pressure on prices and the traditional book publishing business model. And, as with record labels and newspapers, digital media raises the question of what part the traditional book publisher will play in the future.

“If book publishers are supposed to be the gatekeepers,” said Kurt Andersen, the novelist and host of “Studio 360,” a public radio program, “tell me exactly what they’re closing the gate to.”

In the case of “The Last Train From Hiroshima,” the author, Charles Pellegrino, said he had been duped by a source and insisted that other sources the publisher questioned definitely existed.

While the iPad may have an impact on the publishing business, it’s got little to do with the situation related to The Last Train From Hiroshima. It may be that the iPad is the device that tips electronic books into the mainstream (Amazon’s Kindle was, without a doubt, the first chink the armour) but the true impact of the digital age on publishing relates to the culture of immediacy that’s developed in our society. The rush to publish faster than ever appears to have pretty much eliminated any fact checking that ever happened.

The same problem has had an impact on the mainstream news media.

I lament for the days when we had time for careful reflection; when we had time to research, consider, absorb and truly understand instead of just skimming. I worry that this is the standard lament for previous generations that happens as we all age, but I fear that something different is happening now.

It seems as if a question that can’t be answered by clicking on one of google’s top ten links is dismissed as irrelevant, too complicated, or simply too time consuming to answer.

When even authors and journalists seem to ignore the importance of accuracy and understanding, is there hope for the rest of us?

Posted by skooter at 5:19 PM This entry is filed under Books.
Tags: Articles, Books, New York Times, Publishing

March 4, 2010

Dan Mangan Live at CBC Studio One

Video from what seems likely to be one of the most memorable nights of live music of 2010.

Posted by skooter at 6:56 PM This entry is filed under Music.
Tags: CBC Radio 3, Dan Mangan

March 3, 2010

Stephen Brunt - On The Olympics

Posted by skooter at 10:23 PM This entry is filed under Canada, Sports, Vancouver.
Tags: Brian Williams, Olympics, Sports, Stephen Brunt, Vancouver 2010