Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Kate McMillan insists on shaking me from my torpor, and has tagged me re. this:
"It’s simple. Just list all the jobs you’ve had in your life, in order. Don’t bust your brain: no durations or details are necessary, and feel free to omit anything that you feel might tend to incriminate you. I’m just curious. And when you’re done, tag another five bloggers you’re curious about."
Nothing too impressive, I'm afraid--and the more important question, really, is how long I spent doing each of these--but here you are as well as I can remember:
  • Candy bar chappy at the cineplex
  • Kelly girl (i.e. a temp)
  • Groundskeeping/landscaping for Parks Canada
  • Hotel Shipper/Receiver (highly recommended)
  • Events grunt and, eventually, sales grunt for a couple of trade shows
  • High school English teacher
Now I tag Jay Currie, Eric at Diogenes Borealis, Alice the Camel, Nick Packwood, and Kevin Grace, all of whom, I expect, have been tagged about a hundred times already. Not much of a Christmas gift, lads (and lady), but there you are.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Obiter Dictum

Anyone suffering withdrawal at the loss of Macleans' Megapundit can rest assured that Chris Selley is alive and kicking at the National Post's Full Comment now, as the Full Pundit.

Also, Tart Cider would appear to be back up--which is cool, because that's where all the really good swearing happens.


Oxford University Press has removed words like "aisle", "bishop", "chapel", "empire" and "monarch" from its Junior Dictionary and replaced them with words like "blog", "broadband" and "celebrity". Dozens of words related to the countryside have also been culled.

The publisher claims the changes have been made to reflect the fact that Britain is a modern, multicultural, multifaith society.

Other notable removals? Saint, sin, and devil.

... Instead we have tolerant, interdependent and EU.

Forget all the obvious questions (like, for instance, does this mean that "modern" Britain does not, in fact, have a monarch?), and just answer me this: what the hell is an Oxford Junior Dictionary, and what responsible parent would pay good money for one even if it wasn't a piece of anti-British, anti-Western, hell!, anti-cultural and anti-intellectual propaganda?

Monday, December 01, 2008

Revenge of the Nerds