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MacBooks for Bloggers

January 28th, 2009
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I really had my hopes up on this one. It seemed such a natural. Hey, these are hard times for bloggers. We labour away day after day; basements get cold in January. People don’t hit your tip jar, they don’t click on the google ads. Up there in Ottawa they are throwing money around, our money, both higgeldy and piggeldy.

MacBook for Bloggers: 24-carat gold MacBook Pro

MacBook for Bloggers: 24-carat gold MacBook Pro

Alas! I have been searching through the budget documents: toilets and sinks; roads and sewers; paint for Gods sake;  shipbuilders and car builders; builders of flying saucers and hewers of wood;  sports, culture, newspapers, magazines … wait a minute…


New media. There’s a new media fund!

The Canada New Media Fund, administered by Canadian Heritage, encourages the production of Canadian interactive digital cultural content, and fosters the development, production, and marketing/distribution of original, interactive or online Canadian cultural new media works.

In recognition of the contribution of new media to Canadian culture, Budget 2009 confirms funding of $28.6 million over the next two years to the Canada New Media Fund, and $14.3 million annually thereafter.

Well, this is embarrassing. This was supposed to be a joke piece: they gave something to everybody, including the kitchen sink, what about us bloggers? Turns out, the joke is on me. And you, assuming you pay taxes.

MacBooks for bloggers appears to be a go. Sure hope it doesn’t fall in that nice new kitchen sink.

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Saturday Fluffernutter: Bond Goes To The Gym; Still (Johnny) Rotten After All These Years

September 22nd, 2007
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Craig, Daniel Craig is said to be hitting the gym in preparation for shooting of the next James Bond film, tentatively titled Bond 22. In case you missed the first 21 Bond’s, here’s a quick, 1 minute and 22 second summary, as performed by Bunnies.
The latest of the big rock and Roll reunions? The Sex Pistols, cashing on the 30th anniversary of their ground breaking punk album, “Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols” with a reunion show on November 30th.

Regarding other old punkers reuniting, lead pistol Johnny ‘Rotten’ Lydon had this to say about the Police:

“… But honestly that’s like soggy old dead carcasses… You know, listening to Stink [Police lead singer Sting] try to squeak through Roxanne one more time that’s not fun.”

The last time I was in London was 1979. The punks, purple hair and safety pin through the cheek and all, were at their apex. Led Zeppelin performed their last London concerts, the legendary Knebworth shows, while I was there. If I went back at the end of November, it would be like nothing had changed.

News reached me this week of Band from TV, featuring Hugh Lawry, and a group of television actors doing charity musical performances. One of their stand-outs is a version of Cab Calloway’s classic, Minnie the Moocher. I couldn’t find a video of that performance, but I did stumble across one of my favourite ever TV scenes, Hugh Lawry as Bertram Wooster and Stephen Fry as Jeeves, doing Minnie the Moocher. It just doesn’t get funnier than this.

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