• Musings - Teaching

    Playing the Game

    One of the graduate students I’m working with sometimes gets a bit despondent when he sees the extent to which academic work is a game, with certain rules to be followed that aren’t necessarily the same as those in other parts of life. I’m sure it’s not only academic life…

  • Politics

    Party Platforms 1: Bloc Quebecois

    No particular reason why I’m starting with these guys, except that they’re the one I know least about, and therefore can probably learn most about. Of course, being the Bloc, there’s no English version of their web site, so I’m cast back on my abysmal schoolboy French to try to…

  • General

    Cyberpunk

    Wikipedia has a feature article on its main page every day, and today’s is ‘cyberpunk‘ (I’ve linked tha main article so it’ll still work tomorrow…) It’s one of my favourite sub-genres within science fiction, and I suspect my own SF, if I ever get around to writing it, will have…

  • Politics

    Coming Soon: Armchair Political Analysis

    While there might be the ever-present ‘Western Alienation’ and a very understandable urge to punish the Liberals for AdScam1, I don’t think either of those is a really good basis for voting in (or out) a government. The government will be running the country for the next 3-4 years, so…

  • General

    Call It

    In response to yesterday’s post, Lorne wrote: Well I for one look forward to this election and I don’t care when it happens. It is time for a change…actually it has been time for a change for quite some time. We out in the West can only hope (again) that…

  • Politics

    A Roll for the Polls?

    So, a vote of no confidence brought down the minority Liberal1 government in Canada yesterday2. Prime Minister Paul Martin had said that when the Gomery inquiry into a political scandal in Canada that effected the Liberals brought down its report he’d call an election. The report came out recently, but…

  • General

    They Breed ‘Em Rough In Alberta

    There’s a very sad case in the news this week in Edmonton. A 17 year old school boy was beaten to death with baseball bats and other weapons at a birthday party by a bunch of kids around his own age. Senseless and stupid. But one thing that jumped out…

  • Politics

    Something I never knew

    I read somewhere today that the population of North America at the time of settlement is estimated to have been 100 million, while the entire population of Europe at the time was 70 million or so. Kinda puts a new spin on the myths of ‘discovery’ of the new world,…

  • General

    One More Tweak At The Banner

    I changed the text from yellow to cream on the ‘Bravus’, and substituted the original photo of me back for the one Cibby had modified with some art filters and for colour. Based on another style of graphic that Dyllea made for me (see above), I added the four descriptions…

  • Musings

    Stage fright

    Good taste warning: this post is about human eliminative functions Some of the guys, and none of the girls, will already know what I’m talking about. I’ll try to put this as delicately as I can. In the ladies’ room, it’s all cubicles. In the men’s there’s usually a row…

  • Personal

    I Sold a Book Today

    How do I know? The sales rank on Amazon.com for my book was around 1.5 millionth yesterday and moved up to something like 1.2 millionth today! OK, it’s a looong way outside the New York Times bestseller list! But when you realise that Amazon.com lists something well over 2 million…

  • Politics

    Globalisation

    When I hear about ‘anti-globalisation demonstrators’ it always makes me a bit confused — firstly because protesting against globalisation seems like fighting a lost cause because it seems to be here to stay, and secondly because I tend to think of globalisation in some ways as a good thing. That’s…

  • Musings - Personal

    Purging…

    I think we all have memories that cause us to cringe with embarrassment. Don’t worry, there are some of mine that I definitely won’t be sharing here! But I think sometimes it’s worth sharing them – it lances the boil somehow and lets the pressure out. (Now there’s a charming…

  • General

    Iraq then, now and in the future

    At The Guvnor Times, an international group blog I sometimes post on, I’m the token leftist. I don’t think I’m all that far to the left, but the other posters in general are pretty far to the right, so… In the last couple of days The Guvnor, who runs the…

  • Personal

    Time is Money

    Building construction costs in Alberta are (for a variety of reasons) currently undergoing inflation at 1% per month. That means that if the Facilities Development Committee that I’m on decides to table a $10 million building project and ask the architects to come back to us at our next meeting…

  • General

    New Banner 2

    Cibby sent me a bunch of new choices for the banner – new fonts, new pictures. They all looked great (see below), but I ended up mixing and matching from a couple of them for the new banner above. I also compressed it down using png (portable network graphics) format…