Hanging Gardens

January 28, 2011

Hanging Gardens” at Sun Yet Sen Classical Gardens

It Must Be An Age Thing

January 27, 2011

I can still be a competitive SOB, especially when it comes to things like “Jeopardy.”  I aim to get every question right and though I never make that level of perfection, I usually get pretty close and can get most upset when I miss one.

Tonight there was a question about TV trivia and the answer was “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and I found myself saying out loud: “I’m really glad I didn’t know that!”

Now I am at peace about the whole thing.

Broadband Billing and Dumb Liberals

January 27, 2011

I am getting sick and tired of liberals claiming that we somehow have a right to broadband connection and therefore the plans by Shaw to charge for access to the internet by usage are somehow immoral. Do these people forget that certain services FAR MORE important than broadband connection — electricity, water, food, gas, for example — are ALL sold on a user-pay basis: the more food you want to eat, the more money you pay for your food; the more electricity you use, the more you pay, etc etc.

To try to place access to broadband as somehow more important than food and water and power simply makes the proponents look stupid.

When these liberals actually try to discuss what is wrong with Shaw’s plan it turns out they object to the profit margin that Shaw is capturing — it costs, say, one penny to deliver one Gb and Shaw wants to charge two bucks.  That’s a fair enough argument — one that the market would quickly resolve but which, in this liberally regulated age, the CRTC can be pressured to solve by putting in place ROI caps, for example.

Stick to the pricing problem, guys, and stop making yourselves look stupid over the “rights” issue.


Quite The Year In BC Politics Coming Up, Yawn

January 27, 2011

To tell the truth, I couldn’t give a damn who wins the leadership battles for both (or either) of our two leading bourgeois political parties. I guess the Liberal race has more intrinsic interest as the winner becomes the Premier, at least for a while.

The NDP’s race is, it seems, to find the most boring leader to keep driving the party into the ground. Maybe I am behind the times, but this is the first detailed poll I have seen on the contest:

It looks like Farnworth is leading in all categories at this point.  Please read again the sentence above that begins “The NDP’s race is, it seems, to find the most boring…”

See what I mean?

32 Years Have Passed Since …

January 26, 2011

… the “Dukes of Hazzard” appeared on US TV. I was alerted to the fact that today is the anniversary of the show’s premiere in 1979 by an email from a friend; and it sure made me think.

It made me think that my generation simply gave up and allowed the current world to be; it made me think that I’m not convinced we have progressed — changed, yes, but progressed? — since the “Dukes of Hazzard.”

I’ll have to write more about this, but I definitely have a sense of disappointment in what we didn’t do over the last thirty or forty years.

Ship’s Bow No.1

January 22, 2011

Ship’s Bow No 1” from Steveston.

Back Again

January 19, 2011

I’ve been away from the blog for a couple of weeks. I’ve had one infection after other since December 19th and today has been the first time for a while that I’ve felt halfway decent. It was interesting to me that I had no interest in being online during much of that time. Previously I would have thought it was the kind of action that stayed because, physically at least, there is little effort. But the toll the fevers take on your brain makes it very difficult to think in the way that online communication needs; it is always more convenient to nap or walk around the room shivering in a wrap and blankets.

Thank God for antibiotics, I guess! But they sure take apart the digestive system, killing off all the good guys along with the bad. It was the Rubicon today though when, first, I insisted that we go to the Western Lake for dim sum — God! what a wonderful find; Wednesday at 11am was just as good and friendly and BUSY as a Sunday lunch time — and then I was very happy to cook a pork tenderloin for dinner tonight.

Plus ca change, plus la meme chose.