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Taylor, BC
Taylor, BC

I have probably watched more television since returning home then I have in the past ten years.  My years of television absence was largely the product of laziness in the sense that I was too much of a couch potato to actually go out and buy a television set, opting instead to watch downloaded films, […]

Another Social Media
Another Social Media

I missed the exclusive college Facebook launch in 2004 and was relegated into the sparse hinterlands of Hi-Five, Multiply and even Friendster before being offered land in Facebook circa 2007ish.  Taking a look at the 2010 map, I see that I still have properties in Skype, the blog islands, Youtube, a vacant condo in Twitter […]

We feel you are not quite the right fit for us at this time–REVISED

A revised entry, with much appreciated input from my SURP friends.  Modified slightly from what will be sent to the relevant planning associations. I spent much of November 2010 discussing with a number of my planning school colleagues the miserable job situation many of us have been dealing with for most of 2010. The discussions […]

We feel you are not quite the right fit for us at this time.
We feel you are not quite the right fit for us at this time.

I’ve been having discussions with a number of my colleagues from planning school regarding the shitty job situation the majority of us seem to find ourselves in.  The discussions range from job search strategies, to networking to water-cooler tips to life as an unskilled worker to “wtf am I going to do when my loans […]

Boer War Poem
Boer War Poem

My great-grandfather served in the Second Boer War (Crosby).  That is pretty much all I know. I found a letter when clearing my Aunt’s apartment (she recently passed at 99).    I also found a recruitment pamphlet that was sent to my great-grandfather in Manchester, dated November 1900. The letter doesn’t have a date, it doesn’t […]

Jobs
Jobs

My job stalking landed me at the City of Surrey website tonight where I noticed an open Planner I position.  Surrey, like most larger communities, operates a rather silly and confusing online application system.  One doesn’t need to create an account to view available positions, but I thought it might be a good idea in […]

More Tipping
More Tipping

I don’t know if it’s really worthy of blog post, yet I was recently told a very good method of handling bartenders who dish out the attitude. The all too typical situation was buying a beer at the bar.  This assumes, of course, that guy didn’t already clandestinely take his well-deserved “tip” out of your […]

End of the Ride…
End of the Ride…

My colleague and I gave our final presentation about Fudan University and the China exchange at noon today. I’ve never been sad after a presentation.  Usually I’m ecstatic. In some ways, this presentation could represent the end of my China adventures…and I’m quite sad about that.  Standing up in front of the dozen or so […]

2010
2010

Seven years of website fun! I suppose I could have waited until a 10 year operational anniversary, but…I needed a good topic for the first post of the year. Connected with descendents of my Great Uncle’s Typhoon squadron Was provided information regarding a memorial cairn created for my Great-Uncle in France. Acquired a long-term internet […]

Azu Winter

The season is getting closer… Season of never-ending snowmobile engine difficulties… Can’t hide.   Exactly…one month!

November 11 – 2009

I like to repost this each 11/11 with some variation.   August 19th, 1944 Dear Mr. Morrison:- Before you receive this letter you will have had a telegram informing you of the very sad loss of your son, Flying Officer W.H. Morrison. It is with regret that I write to you this date to convey […]

Yet another new gadget to abuse

I appear to mow through electronic equipment faster than Woody Harrelson mows through the undead in Zombieland. Approximately this time last year, I purchased a LG E300 notebook computer to replace my 3 year old discount Future Shop Averatec (they don’t make these anymore).  To provide some context on the replacement one needs to understand […]

Tipping

Written thoughts about a conversation I had last night about tipping and the fact that I didn’t tip for a four dollar beer. Despite having several family members who worked or are presently working in the service industry, my feelings regarding the culture of tipping have always been mixed but have recently been sliding toward […]

An evening with Wikipedia and Answers.com: The road from Rome to the size-acceptance movement

It all began with HBO’s Rome and a further interest in two of the main characters, Titus Pullo and Lucius Vorenus.  The series is historical, but what about these two characters?  That’s all I wanted to know.  A quick 2 minute detour from media player onto the internet. Sure, no problem. Turns out both Titus […]

Conversation with a North Korean

I was meaning to mention this awhile ago, but didn’t get around to it until now.  For the first month or so in Shanghai I was sharing a floor with four or five North Koreans. At first I wasn’t sure if they were North Koreans, but the presence of little North Korean flags taped to […]

August ’08 – Belgrade – Serbia

It’s tough being Serbian…your kebabs just are not as good as dodgy Polish varieties. Belgrade – Serbia, a world without vowels If I recall correctly, the Onion’s Our Dumb World Atlas lists Serbia with the heading Serbia: “So we’ve done a little ethnic cleansing…” When you read that particular book you have to have a […]

April

Inconsequential entry about nothing other than to note that I am aware that I still have a blog and that I haven’t scribble or added content since the 24th… Hmmm… good good study study day day up… 

Statistical Anomaly
Statistical Anomaly

I need to place a disclaimer at the top of this entry.  I rarely write about my ‘life’ and prefer to avoid the topic as much as possible within the walls of this website.  This isn’t to say that such entries are absent…if you scroll around in the archives I’m sure you’ll dig up some […]

Holidays 2008

Some items of note from the past week of snowbounded holidays Crazy weather and cancelled flight nonesense Making it home via public housing on wheels (aka Greyhound Bus) Having first Christmas at home in 4 years Spending a lot of time at the ski cabin which now appears to have aquired satellite internet (at dial-up […]

Super bad-ass maps
Super bad-ass maps

Strange Maps puts the cool back in mapping.  The premise pretty simple, if you don’t think maps are cool after browing some of these post, then it is fairly obvious that you are not very cool. Some one once laughed at me for putting ‘maps’ as an interest on my Facebook profile – ha!

Bryan Adams

I read about this in the Globe awhile back but had forgotten about it….I couldn’t find the original Globe article so I had to make do with celebrity news trash instead…either way. Bryan Adams has apparently called the police after being stalked by a mother and son. The singer has been hounded by the pair […]

November 11 – 2008
November 11 - 2008
Weekend Update

I’m currently munching my way through a multiculturalism planning paper so I’m a bit empty headed regarding posting concerns but I think I might post the paper when I’m finished as it is not very long and reads more as a narrative story rather than an essay. Some interesting things from this week: The Canadian […]

Captitalism

This article is a good example of why I love The Economist. This newspaper hopes profoundly that this will not happen. Over the past century and a half capitalism has proved its worth for billions of people. The parts of the world where it has flourished have prospered; the parts where it has shrivelled have […]

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