Monday, August 20, 2007


Dirty Degrees Done Dirt Cheap

I really need to go back to school.

Robert J. Oxoby, an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary in the Economics department, has written the dream Flobee paper.

A preview:

Among musicologists, researchers of popular culture, and rock and roll lovers of all ages there exists a common debate. That is, with respect to the rock band AC/DC, who is the better vocalist: Bon Scott or Brian Johnson? The band’s original vocalist, Scott, performed on seven of the band’s albums (excluding live albums and compilations), passing away in 1980. Brian Johnson joined the band in 1980, serving as vocalist on nine albums (excluding live albums and compilations). Since 1980, there has been near constant contention regarding who was the better singer.

Sunday, August 19, 2007


In Need of Future Student Financial Assistance

No need to put a bumper sticker on your car. Nope, this is a better forum.

Support the family of the troops even if - you like me - are not a huge fan of the "war."

Friday, August 17, 2007


Space Constraint

This ad in Manhattan is causing a stir with some - read the Catholic group. This group forgets about the Constitution.

Clearly, Manhattan Storage is a liberal group and doesn't hide their politics.

Sunday, August 12, 2007


More Corey; Less Huhn

Buoyed by their "popular" television show - the 2 Coreys. Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander - are returning for the next "Lost Boys" adventure...and so is Corey Haim.

Kiefer Sutherland, the one from the movie with a career, is taking a pass. Angus Sutherland - his half-brother - is on-board for the new movie.

Thursday, August 09, 2007


Post - Hold the National

Atlantic Canadians outside of Halifax will have to turn to the Internet for their daily news courtesy of the quasi-National Post.

In other newspaper news, the Globe offers subscribers the Sunday New York Times in Saskatoon on Tuesday. I laughed and told the women to think about it for a second. Newspaper are stale news at the best of times. Do I really want it three days old? I don't even eat doughnuts that old.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007


Where is the Beef?

A possible question that many in the Big Apple are asking before ordering a piece of prime rib.



The final score - 9 to 2 for Yankees - was irrelevant. Josh Towers adhered to the code. He plunked Alex Rodriguez early in the game to pay the loser back for his classless actions in Toronto earlier this summer. Towers did what any self-respecting ball player would do and hit A-Rod.

Towers is a horrible pitcher, however, he has earned new respect because he stood up for the code in baseball. Rodriguez will likely chase down Barry Bonds homerun record and then baseball will have two zeros at the ultimate record. Anyone who yells at other players on routine fly balls is a dud.

500 homers, hundreds of millions of dollars and no friends. Such is the life of Alex Rodriguez.

Monday, August 06, 2007


On the Mark T-Shirts

More here.


Early Lead

The best album of 2007 may have been found. Ryan Adam's ninth solo effort - has it really been that many - is by far his best since Gold. This is a must have for any music fan and it sounds like he has finally wrestled all the demons.

Thursday, August 02, 2007


Je Me Souviens De Rien

From my pal Bumf's blog - an excellent post on the assine nature of how groups now treat Remembrance Day. I have long had an issue - working in Central Canada - that it isn't an holiday option. Not in Quebec (that figures) and not in Ontario. It is a holiday for federal workers in Ottawa and Gatineau, however, for others it is a vacation day. We can celebrate the Queen's birthday, however, we can not properly honour our own. Shame!

Is it any wonder that morons like myself can't string together two facts about previous Canadian war moments when we are too busy to stop to honour the brave?

I got this from the head of our HR department this morning:

Hello everyone –

As part of our yearly planning process […] we have been reviewing the Christmas schedule and considering ways to make it more enjoyable for everyone and to allow maximum time with friends and family. After much consideration and consultation, given the Remembrance Day statutory holiday falls on a weekend in November, we had the option to provide a day off in lieu of the holiday following that weekend, or we could substitute the day off for a different time. We have elected to move this day into December, therefore allowing two full days off work over Christmas; December 24 and December 31. Our past practice has been to let staff leave early on December 24 and 31, so now we’ll provide the entire days off on the 24th and 31st.

We hope that moving the Remembrance Day holiday into December helps you enjoy even more time away with your family over the Christmas holidays.



I understand the motive behind this, especially being someone who has to travel out-of-province every Christmas, and more especially so now that I have two families with whom to visit. However, I have a problem with using a day set aside to remember the tremendous sacrifice made by our men and women in uniform on our behalf over the years as nothing more than an excuse to get away from the office.

It is true that many people in this age regard November 11 as a given, as a way to break up the cold winter months between Thanksgiving and the holiday season. To many, it is one notch below Labour Day, another statuatory holiday whose origins we have (thankfully) forgotten but whose prominence is linked to that of one last long weekend before school is back in session.

I also understand that when citizens are given time away from work during the middle of the week to pay tribute to our fallen heroes, most people would never give an hour or two to attend the ceremonies in their respective communities anyway, whether it be attendence at their local cenotaph or a memorial service, or even simply dropping off their poppies at the nearest military memorial, and that will not change any time soon. In this circumstance, when November 11 falls on a weekend, perhaps the majority of people wouldn’t take advantage of the extra day to visit a war museum or stop by a Legion to hear the veterans’ stories, and instead use their time to get out of town. Maybe, to them, an extra day off is simply an extra day off, and that’s that.

That said, this still doesn’t mean that my good employer, who was thoughtful enough to allow me lieu time during the Christmas holidays, should not at least send a touching message on November 9th — the Friday before — as a reminder that we ought to pay our respects in our own way that following Sunday.

Simply put, November 11 is not our day off; the day belongs to our nation’s veterans. It is a shame that we have forgotten this.

Well said, Bumf, well said.