April 29, 2007
This short video, by Javier Prato, has been around for a few years but every once and a while, I need a fix. And it never fails to have me ROFLMAO. I have also learned that Javier is preparing a sequel called
J.C. Returns “Jesus Christ! The Second Coming”. Can not wait to see it.
Warning: This video features explicit Jesus material, Hollywood and disco music. If you do not like that sort of thing, do not watch it.
April 24, 2007
Last week-end, a short article was published in La Presse, a leading francophone newspaper in Québec, about the hiring of minorities by the City of Montreal (I wish I could point to an on-line version but unfortunately, I did not find it on the cyberpresse.ca Web site because well, it is hell finding anything on that site).
Basically, the article relates how the Québec Human Rights Commission has scolded Mayor Tremblay because there are not enough minorities working at the City. It seems the Commission will order that, starting next year, at least half of all new hires, with equivalent skills, must come from one of the groups that are under-represented. And it is about time as the City’s workforce is notoriously of the “healthy white male” variety (or maybe it would be more accurate to say “angry white male” in this case).
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April 23, 2007
I love my dad. And I do not get to see him as much as I would like. He lives near the Algonquin Park in Ontario, on the top of a mountain in the middle of the woods with my mother, three dogs and seven (yes, seven!) cats. So I do not get to see my parents very often and I miss them both but every time my dad has business in Québec or is passing through on his way to or from a job, he tries to stop by and we always have a lot of fun. Yesterday was one of those days as he dropped by unexpectedly on his way home from a business trip in the States. And although his visit was mostly due to being screwed with by american border agents, I guess I am selfishly glad he was obligated to return early since this gave me a chance to see him.
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April 20, 2007
Comments are back on due to popular demand. Well, actually due to one demand but hey. I am a bit wary and hope I am not plagued with disturbing spam as in the past. I have downloaded a plug-in to deal with this and hopefully, it should be ok. I have only reopened comments for the last 5 posts because I am feeling lazy but if there is something specific someone would like to comment on, let me know. And please note that if you have never commented here before, meaning almost everybody, your comment will be held in moderation.
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April 18, 2007
Came across a very powerful video the other day (Killing Us Softly 3: Advertising’s Image of Women) at Back in skinny jeans and while it is stuff we have all heard before, a little reminder now and then will not kill us. The video can also be found at Google Video.
It is some 30 minutes long so make yourself comfortable. And although the speaker, Jean Kilbourne, describes many of the ads she talks about in her presentation, there is also a study guide for the video available at the Media Education Foundation that includes a synopsis that could be helpful for those who may have problems with a video format.
April 15, 2007
Yesterday, I attended the annual assembly of FACIL, a non-profit dedicated to the promotion of open source in Québec. It was fun as I got to see some people I had not seen in a while and I also got to put some faces on names I have seen go by on the FACIL mailing list or people with whom I had only communicated through e-mail until now.
It was a good meeting and it was refreshing to note what I got the feeling was real interest for an organisation. I mean that, for those of us involved in promoting one cause or another, we all go to annual assemblies in the course of those involvements and it often turns into a chore or, at best, an obligation. But yesterday, I felt that these guys were genuinely into it. And despite there being a rather touchy subject on the agenda (the future status of Linux-Québec) and differing points of view, it was all rather quite friendly and very respectful of each other’s positions.
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April 6, 2007
The other night, through some serious meandering, I came across ZoomInfo, and more specifically, what ZoomInfo had to say about me. I was so annoyed by what I found that I was plagued all night long with bizarre dreams of attending a boring fundraiser with TBL, in a pink Chanel suit (very much like this one), getting lost going to the ladies’ room and ending up wandering aimlessly in the métro (and just to be clear, Sir Tim was not the one wearing the pink Chanel suit, although that probably would have made the whole thing much more interesting). No point in asking me how my mind works, the important thing is that it does.
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