Archive for February, 2011

Secular Sabbath revisited

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

When Michelle Obama recently underscored the fact that the First Daughters are not on Facebook it revealed what I think is an under-reported fact – that many people are struggling to find appropriate boundaries for the technology in our lives. My own views on the subject are probably best described as quasi-Luddite. I guess I [...]

Frickin’ Freudian

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

“The decision was handed down by CRTC chair Conrad von Frickenstein” – AM 770 CHQR Newsreaderperson There were fireworks a couple of weeks ago, surrounding the CRTC’s proposal to change internet billing. One can’t help thinking that there was just a hint of the subconscious slipping through in that sound bite. While we’re at it, there [...]

Park NIMBYism no joke

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

As tempting as it was this week to write about the continued language insanity in Quebec, and some of the obtuse things written about it, there is plenty of stupidity closer too home worth mentioning.  Continuing with our Parks Canada theme, we can report that truth is, sadly, stranger than fiction. In other words, unlike [...]

In our narcissistic culture, the customer is always wrong

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

My “Open Range” column from the February 2011 issue of Alberta Venture magazine The decline of service Hey, Katie, how’s it goin’?” the young snowboarder queuing up in the ski area cafeteria asked the cashier. “Pretty good – but really stressed!” she answered breathlessly. I’d been through the brief lineup a couple of times – [...]

Parks Canada Humour

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

There is some merit in not throwing anything out.  In some old papers I came upon an e-mail I’d printed out some years ago, thinking it was worth something.  Anyway, these are some chestnuts worth roasting again – a string of apocryphal yuks purported to be true comments by real tourists to Banff National Park. [...]

Lost in translation

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

“Mubark should be arrested” – Handmade sign seen in the Egyptian protests The veiled young woman brandishing this sign can perhaps be forgiven a slip in translating from Arabic to English. Better than we could do the other way around. A good try for something clearly meant for foreign consumption. Now the “Arab street” isn’t [...]