Wednesday, April 27, 2005

80soft ™ Does it Again!

Today I honestly considered purchasing this exciting game of chance. Given the inordinate quantities of repetitive bullshit I've been reading from the armchair folks, one feels compelled to waste all of one's time by adding yet another useless diatribe to the bursting trough - if only for a minute. Unsurprisingly, this treasure - direct from HQ - is about the only interesting find of note today... and it's crassly boring at that.

"Is it Howard Stern?... Is it Tom Green?... No it's the 'King of Shock'! Jack Layton... Tell us another one, Jack."

Whatever. I've got better things to do than join the club and rant incessanty about 'moral outrage' and the like. Subsequently, it's time for a hiatus.

It's spring for the Pope's sake! Get out there and enjoy it! (Indulge 'Sun Tea' at your own risk.)

Friday, April 22, 2005

Alas, This Is a Senseless Waste of Type.

While the nation is all wrapped up in this Gomery shenanigans, my thoughts are drawn to more significant matters. Today marks the 90th anniversary of the first poison gas attack. In the depths of the stalemate of the First World War, the German high command desperately ordered the release of 160 tons of chlorine gas into the French trenches at Yrpes. In what quickly became a common practice of war on both sides, the Canadian line was targeted a mere two days later. And while the French defenders turned and fled, the Canadian force stood firm and lost nearly 2,000 men for their troubles. In fact, this battle was the start of the 'seventeen days of Hades' which were so gruesome and miserable that they produced the legendary 'In Flanders Fields'. And all this two years before Vimy.

Their gift of sacrifice is preserved on the Ypres-Bruges Road and through the Geneva Protocol of 1925, which banned poison gas as a means of warfare. This was signed by such powers as Canada, Britain, Italy, The USSR and Poland. The U.S. finally got around to signing it in 1972 - conveniently at the end of the Vietnam War.

My guess is that this anniversary - and the horrible lessons it once taught us all - will be passed over and forgotten amid a circus of events more adept to what really matters today - Liberal political expediency and Conservative partisanship. Yawn.

P.S. Here's betting this gets swept under the carpet with relative ease.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

"Quit Bustin' My Balls Already!"

Graffiti. Dundas West Subway Station. Toronto, Ontario. 05/04/16

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Hail Scientor!

Well, I did it today. I was felling rambunctious as I passed by the corner of St. Mary's and Yonge and dropped in to see what the hubbub was all about... without backup. Dick Giro went in and took the Oxford Capacity AnalysisTM (OCATM) personality test. Take it for yourself... no pressure.

"If you are not happy with your life, you can find out why."

Saturday, April 09, 2005

'Techno: Detroit's Gift to the World'

Documenting the rise and reach of the Detroit Sound (from Glasgow no less) through dissertation and mp3.