Archive for the 'Society' Category

Apr 16 2012

For and Against the Quebec Student “Strike”

Categorized under Montreal,Society

When the Quebec student protest (it’s not actually a “strike”) started heating up a few weeks ago I found myself falling into the standard trap of people like me — people who have been out of school for some time and who, rightfully or not, tend to see the current crop of young people as perhaps [...]

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Jan 15 2012

Leonard Cohen Must Not Die!

Categorized under Music,Society,Stupidity

I‘ll skip over the obvious reasons why Leonard Cohen must not die any time soon and cut to the matter at hand: Leonard Cohen must not die because people are ignoring his request for a moratorium on the song Hallelujah. Worse, most of the people who “interpret” the song seem hung up on a single [...]

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Jan 08 2012

Conundrum

I have not been paying much attention to the Republican Presidential primaries happening south of the border because it’s none of my business and because I can’t bear to witness such wholesale human stupidity. On the other hand, as Pierre Trudeau told the National Press Club in Washington DC in 1969, living next to the [...]

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Feb 07 2011

Characters

Categorized under Fun,Moi,Society

What makes someone a “character?” Is it the green hair? The fact that he or she is always the loudest one in the room? I don’t think so. In fact, the more someone conspicuously tries to be a character the less interested I am in that person as a character. But I love those naturally [...]

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Sep 27 2010

Two Views

Categorized under Film,Moi,Society

This is a true story in two versions. Each is very different. Both are very true. First View The cinema was crowded, but we found two seats on the aisle next to a man who seemed a bit dirty and smelled a bit foul. He was young, in his thirties, with a short cropped beard, [...]

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Jun 16 2010

Vacation Time

Categorized under Corporate Bullshit,Society,Work

“The older I get, the less vacation I take.” I hear this from a surprising number of people. Many of them are middle-aged white middle-managers for mid-sized companies. Their offices are painted a middling beige. That odd sentiment is understandable if the person holds high stakes in the business, or has a clearly defined path [...]

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Jun 26 2009

Regarding Michael Jackson

Categorized under Culture,Music,Society

It gives me no pleasure to speak ill of the dead. Yet, amidst all this gushing hagiography I feel I have to say something about Michael Jackson. I’d like to point out that Michael Jackson hasn’t done a single interesting thing, creatively speaking, for 20 years. His recent recordings were bland, over-processed, and derivative. His [...]

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