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Monthly Archive: June 2009

Jun 22 2009

Playing three card monte with our war budget

Jennifer Smith at Runesmith’s Canadian Content is one of those bloggers I should make an effort to read more often. She’s trying to raise awareness that the Tories in power have declared, just two days before the parliament breaks for the summer, that they can’t release the figures for the war in Afghanistan due to …

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Jun 22 2009

Lose the CD library, fellow troubleshooters!

One thing I have always hated about being an IT guy is being expected to have CDs on hand for a million pieces of software (Microsoft, especially!), to be ready for any occasion when called on to do some bit of troubleshooting. Partly because CDs are bulky and there’s too damn many of them to …

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Jun 21 2009

Leggo my warp nacelleggo

Today’s been mostly about food, as is appropriate for many people’s Fathers Day celebrations. While I’m not a father, I’m certainly a foodie. My tastes run along the lines of the “common folk” though, my version of a good food day involves homemade mac and cheese with real old cheddar, and a lovely beef stew …

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Jun 21 2009

Happy Father’s Day

I called my father to wish him a happy Father’s Day but just missed him — he had been called off to fight a fire underground. The ornery bugger is, on top of being a miner, a draegerman — basically, a combination fireman and paramedic trained specifically to deal with mine rescue operations. He in …

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Jun 20 2009

Woo-peddling? In MY province??

I need to do something about this.  I need to do something, and I don’t know what else to do, so I’m going to start off by blogging. A few days ago, in amongst the three inches thick bundle of flyers that we get regularly, was included a small business promotion flyer called the Apple …

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Jun 19 2009

The smoking gun that came in the form of a chicken

Dana Blakenhorn was at a convention in Taiwan, and after noticing only one device preinstalled with Linux in the whole show, cracked the Asus / Windows / Linux story wide open with one simple question: “what happened to all the Linux?” “In our association we operate as a consortium, like the open source consortium. They …

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Jun 19 2009

Pickles has new nature photos up

My Close Personal Friend(tm) Jason Pickles has just put up a bunch of new nature photos on his space at JPG Magazine from his vacation last week. Go check out the new gallery. I’m sure you’ll find a dozen worth saving, or turning into posters or postcards or coffee cups or t-shirts or tattoos or …

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Jun 19 2009

Civility in the public eye

Another of the big net fooforaws going on lately has been whether or not the “New Atheists” are being civil enough in debating against religion, e.g. by suggesting that science does actually contradict religion. Folks like Chris Mooney may be okay with atheists getting all warm and squishy about science and religion coexisting, but not …

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Jun 19 2009

The stigma of sex

Ktbug LadyDid (what an adorable pseudonym!) muses on the stigma of sex and on how great it is when ambiguity and coyness can be left by the wayside once in a while. This ambiguity is not unique to the States; it’s pretty common throughout most of mankind, anywhere that there’s a patriarchy that puts a …

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Jun 19 2009

“Get the Facts that We Invent”

This just in: Microsoft hires either comedians or Baghdad Bob to run their IE8: Get the facts campaign. They actually have the temerity to list IE8 as the most secure out of the choices of IE, Firefox and Chrome. What, because it greys part of the address bar? And Compatibility! They say they’re the most …

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