Friday, March 09, 2007
Bonus blog points for the name of the group referenced in the title of the post. I know, it is an easy one, but it is Friday.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
From the comments section at the aforementioned blog comes this witty riposte from an Albertan who is, in his own words, a brilliant scientist, a quick-witted conservative extremist, a good storyteller, and a lover of women booze and food. I am sure you can spot the oxymoron in that description without my help.
So the self-proclaimed love child of Dr. Richard P. Feynman and Ann Coulter ( who he thinks is attractive--wrong and oedipal in fell swoop!) barks out that:
Ahh, but “the reason we were insubordinate was that we talked about our body” isn’t really that good of a reason. Lots of things that have to do with “our bodies” are not appropriate for a school setting. If some young boys decided to talk about “smacking around some fine assed bitches”, they’re merely “talking about their bodies”.
Or, come to think of it, had some of the boys in the class stood up and stated that their urinals were symbols of man’s country, and that urban streets at night “belonged to the penis”, there would be guidance counsellors brought into the picture. Which is what probably should have happened here. Megan Reback’s mother certainly is a lousy example of one.A brilliant scientist, and a quick wit. And he can't tell misogyny from self-affirmation. Or craft a cogent thought. His argument makes about as much sense as his belief that gay men are too frightened to vist Rocky Mountain House. At least he shares his hatred of faggots with his spiritual mom.
But it won't.
The parody site is here. And it fooled Conrad. So here comes the delicious irony:
"It seems to me that what really gets up Canadian noses about Conrad Black is that he is rich (or was, at least, before legal fees drained him) and successful; he is also intelligent and outspoken. Elsewhere, these might be considered attributes and evoke admiration. In Canada they mostly evoke envy."
Ian Hunter, professor emeritus, faculty of law, University of Western Ontario, National Post
At its core, the game seems to be a 3D platformer where you and three friends run from left to right and have to work together to make progress. Need to reach a higher platform? One of your friends can pull on a lever to get it to drop. Need to get a skateboard started down a ramp? Three of you can sit on top, and a fourth can pull it forward. It's a series of of platforming puzzles -- many of them physics-based -- that can be solved with teamwork, basically...Players will be able to create their own levels and share them online, using what looks to be a pretty extensive level editor. Thanks to the game's physics system, you'll be able to drop items in and play with them easily
User created levels, cooperative play, persistent game world, basic set of rules...Yup. Media Molecule has invented Dungeons and Dragons. With a bit of Mousetrap thrown in for visual flair. And it will only cost you $800 to play. Sorry, it will only cost you $800 to create your own game. Which will suck, because you aren't a game developer. O.K., my creation would suck, yours would be fabulous!
Cynicism aside, do check out the game videos as the developers have created a fun looking world with great cartoon physics. And what DM can do that? Oops, sorry. Cynical again.
Monday, March 05, 2007
The average cellphone bill is one-third more in Canada than in the United States, and although the price gap is closing, it continues to hinder the adoption of wireless communications in this country, a report to be released on Monday says.
One would obviously assume that the cell phone providers would be in for a knuckle-rapping over this fact. Sadly no.
The report states that:
Just 56 per cent of Canadians have a mobile phone, compared with an average of about 90 per cent in the rest of the developed world. The discrepancy leaves the country at a competitive disadvantage when it comes to using a basic productivity tool that has become the world's most common communications device.
“Canadian wireless adoption is a national disgrace,” concludes the telecommunications consultancy Seaboard Group, in a report entitled Lament for a Wireless Nation.
Bad consumer! You are falling behind the rest of the world. Losing out on valuable contracts and...stuff. Stuff you can only get with a cell phone! How bad are we falling behind?
From the report:
the country's adoption rate for cellphones puts it on par with Tunisia (average per capita income of $8,600 U.S.) and slightly behind Turkey.
“Being the rump of the wireless world should not be our national dream,” said the report's co-authors, Iain Grant, based in Montreal, and Kevin Restivo, of Toronto.
I'm sorry. I didn't know we were competing with Tunisia to see who could spend the most on cell phones. I guess having a land line beside me all day, access to e-mail 24/7 and knowledge of various IM programs isn't enough. Well I say a hearty FUCK OFF to the Seaboard Group and to the cell providers. Crappy coverage, expensive plans, and punishing roaming fees are not the way to attract a customer base. And does the report note the time and money that was spent on wiring the country? The kind of time and money that is not being spent in less developed nations? Of course they are going to go wireless rather than put up thousands of kilometres of copper. So who cares if there are more cell phones in Tunisia? There are also more camels and far fewer banks. Do they really mean to infer that Tunisians have a technological leg-up on us? Well I say Bring It Tunisia! I really have had too much coffee this morning.
Seaboard does reverse course and state that :
“Canadians aren't tech laggards, as has been suggested in recent discussions on the country's state of wireless phone competition. Instead, they are rational economic beings. Canadians hesitate to buy cellphones or to hit the send button on a cellphone knowing full well the cost at the end of the month will be breathtaking,” it said.
Right. Except that you just blamed us for falling behind. And you called us disgraceful. This is bad report writing or terrible reporting. I vote for both. As for cell phones, put one in a DS and I will buy it. Until then? Pass.
Sunday, March 04, 2007
London Free Press - Letters - Letters: March 4: "The same people who are so worried about climate change care little about the rapid moral decline in Canada that will ultimately ruin our social order. In any case, the Earth will certainly not be destroyed by global warming, for God has promised us the second coming of Christ, obviously imminent.
So Vince, since the end is near and life is futile, can I have your stuff?