2022-12-03

Drive: A road trip through our complicated affair with the automobile

Drive: A road trip through our complicated affair with the automobile by Tim Falconer Falconer talks about the history of automobiles, Detroit then and now, car culture, the quirks of traffic, urban sprawl, and much more, all structured around a long road trip of his own. Somehow he manages to treat all the various viewpoints […]

Beware of those who argue the loudest

Quotation of the Day for November 3, 2007 “Beware of those who argue the loudest. The truth does not care if it is questioned; the truth can always stand up to questioning. I have found that only the false fights back, retaliates, and attacks. The truth might defend itself, though it does not really need […]

Because they can.

Quotation of the Day for September 24, 2008 “Why then, if not to steal food, would a cat go up on the counter? Why did George Mallory try to go up on Mount Everest, which was quite a lot more trouble? Because it is there. Because of the view from the kitchen window. To lick […]

Uh oh, apparently Sarah Palin shuns me

Sarah Palin was de-witched by nutball pastor? What a shame As for Palin, turns out Muthee laid on some hands, delivered a garbled serpents n’ brimstone prayer designed not merely to help her leap from Mayor of Nowheresville to perky gubernatorial fireplug … but also to protect her from that same silly/terrifying witchcraft I imagined […]

Politics

In honour of our most-likely-imminent election: Quotation of the Day for August 30, 2008 “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.” – Sir Ernest Benn

Lore Sjöberg on World of Warcraft

I don’t play WoW (Civilization’s always been my timesucking computer game). But Lore does: World of Warcraft‘s developers have mastered the unholy art of in-game bribery. They have discovered that players will do any number of stupid, tedious things in order to earn perks that have no effect on the game. Just this week I’ve […]

On being Canadian

Some random quotes on Canadianness… Quotation of the Day for June 22, 2008 “Canadians and Americans are indistinguishable. The only way to tell them apart is to make this statement to a Canadian.” – Alan Abel, American, writer for the (Canadian) National Post, quoting (he believes) from “Canajan Eh?” which he read back in the […]

When you consider something like death

Quotation of the Day for April 7, 2008 “When you consider something like death, after which (there being no news flash to the contrary) we may well go out like a candle flame, then it probably doesn’t matter if we try too hard, are awkward sometimes, care for one another too deeply, are excessively curious […]

Ah yes, the appendix

How odd to see this float through my inbox — Quotation of the Day for April 4, 2008 “Its major importance would appear to be financial support of the surgical profession.” – Alfred Sherwood Romer and Thomas S. Parsons, explaining the role of the human appendix, in The Vertebrate Body. I remember doing a double-take […]

Walking

Quotation of the Day for February 25, 2008 “Walking, ideally, is a state in which the mind, the body, and the world are aligned, as though they were three characters finally in conversation together, three notes suddenly making a chord. Walking allow us to be in our bodies and in the world without being made […]

Good point

Quotation of the Day for January 5, 2008 “Because it does not take much courage to fight when you still believe you can win. What takes real courage is to keep fighting when all hope is gone.” – Deqing, Shaolin monk, explaining why heroes in Western action movies (who usually succeed) are less heroic than […]