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Perpetual Threads / Re: Memorials
« on: September 27, 2014, 12:55:20 PM »
I find it yet sadder that the blog is down.  There's a lot of fine writing there, and not just from pogge and skdadl.  But if that was his/their last wish...

I wrote a tribute to both of them in the comments section of a blog of a mutual friend who is a bridge to parts of the US blogosphere, just in case anyone there recognizes them.

http://www.ianwelsh.net/looks-like-scottish-independence-is-a-no/#comment-65008

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Perpetual Threads / Re: Memorials
« on: September 26, 2014, 01:14:10 PM »
The only one who *might* have any knowledge about this would be oldgoat.  Do you have any way of getting in touch with him?

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Perpetual Threads / Re: Memorials
« on: September 25, 2014, 07:42:10 AM »
Terrible to hear that about pogge.  And he was the person we knew who was closest to skdadl.  That explains why his web site was still down.

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Perpetual Threads / Re: Memorials
« on: September 24, 2014, 10:42:21 AM »
I heard this from sparqui.  Extremely saddened.  Back in babble days and for a few years here, she had been a daily online contact, and I had the privilege of meeting her in real life a few times in TO.

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Write On! / Re: Recent blogposts
« on: August 27, 2012, 07:25:39 AM »

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Germany has a Green Party that is "srs bzns", running one of Germany's largest states, actually (BaWü).  Also, environmentalism of a certain sort satisfies, um, certain unsatisfied deep cultural imperatives in Germany, to the point of silliness in my opinion.  As in, you can label anything "Bio" and Germans will buy it.

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Politics / Re: Quebec summer elections
« on: August 10, 2012, 01:10:06 PM »
It seems to me that Quebec's two major parties, like in the rest of the world, do not make for very good choices.  The Liberal party for obvious reasons.  But the PQ has baggage too that I think sometimes enables the Liberals to win.

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News / Re: Clampdown on Refugees, from Vancouver to Montréal
« on: June 30, 2012, 05:30:26 PM »
The European attitude towards Roma is one of those strange blind spots.  It's much worse than the attitude towards any other minority, in some ways,

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Banter / Re: What are you doing?
« on: June 12, 2012, 07:17:20 PM »
Re Prometheus.

So, without spoiling too much (I hope), here's the biggest plot hole in Prometheus.  It's right at the very beginning.  Once they arrived, why didn't they first explore the terrain remotely?  They clearly had the technology.  The valley-coming-up-after-the-mountains bit was beautiful but pretty much destroyed any plausibility.  They could and should have mapped the whole thing out from orbit.  Yes, you want to see it yourself.  But it turned into a Star-Trekkian "away team".

The second (biggest) plot hole was when they decided to go have a chat with Special Magic Unicorn.  If you are going to meet Special Magic Unicorn, you had better bring a pretty big Special Magic Unicorn net.  Special Magic Unicorns are always unpredictable creatures, you know, and this one would obviously know much better how to work the technology.

But, if you're worried about all that, you're watching the wrong genre.  This is not an Alien movie, even if it is billed as one.  Think Lovecraftian "Dead and dreaming".  The *most* important point was the reaction of Special Magic Unicorn.  I'm torn on whether I would have liked to have heard what David said, and while I would have liked a longer conversation, what better sequel bait to leave?

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Banter / Re: What are you doing?
« on: June 11, 2012, 12:12:20 PM »
I saw both last week in Montreal.  I have to agree on the Snow White review, except to say that Charlize Theron was great and worth watching.  Everything else about the movie was forgettable.

Prometheus, I liked, though I went with people who trashed it.  If you nitpickulate the plot, it does indeed fail to stand up to scrutiny, alas.  But that's missing the point.  It's a beautiful terrifying film about playing god, and who gets to do so.  The most important moment of the film is also its biggest plothole, IMO, but who cares? 

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Europe / Re: France labels Scientology a fraud, not a church
« on: February 03, 2012, 11:09:13 AM »
Scientology does late night infomercials of 30 mins and longer, though usually for their "Dianetics" intake program.

But give them 100 years and they'll be nearly respectable like Mormons.

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Canada / Re: Crown / First Nations Summit
« on: January 25, 2012, 07:57:50 PM »
The behaviour on the Kelowna Accord comes straight from the Calgary School.  They pretty much explicitly and openly believe that the only solution for aboriginals is to melt into the Canadian urban population, and that self-directed strategies---anything that smacks of self-government---cannot be tolerated on principle.

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USA / Re: The People Are The Enemy/S. 1867-DoD Authorization Act
« on: January 23, 2012, 02:37:54 PM »
Fine, it looks and quacks like a monopoly, because everyone treats it as such and it is the accepted social and cultural gatekeeper---or were you trusting the Free Market (heh) to get rid of it?

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Politics / Re: It's "The New Canadian Government," peon!
« on: December 13, 2011, 06:52:15 PM »
Harper is basically going after his ideological hit list.  We have to understand that enough people agree with him to make a difference.

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