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I couldn’t vote in the Canadian election three weeks ago — I was registered to, but I’ve apparently fallen off the list of voters-abroad and hence my registration card got mailed to my parents’ house (AKA my last official Canadian … Continue reading
Bizarre thought of the day
The presidential election should be treated as a game of Hex, using the map of the lower 48 as the board. The one problem with this is that the player seeking the north/south connection has an advantage over the east/west … Continue reading
One way to put it
The caption for a photo in the Toronto Star: Jim Flaherty got into a political hissing match with Ontario Isn’t that usually abbreviated as “p’issing match”?
Linguistic curmudgeonly thought of the day
I miss the word “failure”. It was a fixture in the vernacular of my youth, by which I mean the social circles that I moved in as an undergraduate; the full phrase took the form “failure to X”, sometimes followed … Continue reading
The cabaret was quiet, except for the drilling in the wall
There’s a guy from the phone company in my basement right now, installing the various folderol necessary for my incipient transition to fibre-optics-based service (“FiOS”, to use the brand name). It feels a little weird, because it’s really quite rare … Continue reading
My favorite Wikipedia page of the moment
The English football league system. The shrunken font as one descends the levels of the pyramid is a nice touch.
Wish list #297
Public transportation in my city that’s still running after my night class ends.
Voters must be more alive than this sign
The College Democrats on my campus are having an organizational meeting this week; they’ve got signs up around my building. They follow a “What/When/Where” sort of format that’s not uncommon for student organizations, and the “Who” is listed as “Everyone … Continue reading
Does not compute
My laptop is nearing the end of its three-year extended warranty, which is more or less equivalent to the end of its three-year lifespan from what people have told me. The battery’s reached the point where it’ll last for thirty … Continue reading
Late-night musical thoughts
I’ve finally figured out a working version of Oscar Peterson’s “Hymn to Freedom”. It’s not perfect, but then perfect isn’t generally what I do on guitar. Musical notation is cumbersome. Really must get my MIDI keyboard set up and working. … Continue reading