push-starting a dying VW microbus out of the parking lot, having been refused a cheap motel room for being dirty hippies

[The Abject continues to deliver on its longstanding 1 to 4 proportion of “why I am not blogging” blog posts… Proudly barely blogging since 2001!] Even by my standards, a five month post gap is unseemly. Partly driven by forces familiar to many of you… Over the past year, I’ve become increasingly unsure of myself. […]

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Once more into the abyss

When I thought of the cataracts of books, the Niagaras of books, the rushing rivers of books, the oceans of books, the tons and truckloads and trainloads of books that were pouring off the presses of the world at that moment, only a very few of which would be worth picking up and looking at, […]

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Education in an aspiring petrostate

Fort McMurray, Alberta – Operation Arctic Shadow by kris krüg From DeSmog Canada: The province of Alberta has recently released a development plan for public schools that enlists Suncor Energy and Syncrude Canada in the creation of future Kindergarten to grade three curriculum. Oil giant Cenovus will partner in developing curriculum for grades four to […]

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Replugging

I was blessed with a holiday that was very full of family, friends and fun, less so of rest and reflection. The rural bandwidth and assorted festivities (and tentative steps embracing the first video game to grab me in many years) ensured that little time was spent reading much of substance online. In the interests […]

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Further confused notes on the absurdities of online privacy in Canada

expose shared CC by Sunghwan Yoon To follow up on my earlier delirious ramble on the futility of trying to make sense of online privacy policy…. An excerpt from Micheal Geist’s column published last Friday, entitled “Time for Canadian privacy regulators to take action on pervasive surveillance” (emphasis added is mine): The extensive U.S. surveillance […]

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