Archive for November, 2009

In Flanders Fields

November 11th, 2009

Fifteen year old Johnny Bower lied about his age to join the Canadian Army in 1940. “I had to,” he says. “All my buddies where there.” He was called up by the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders and shipped to England, where he spent the war until discharged in 1944. Last night, the last goalie to win the Stanley Cup as a Toronto Maple Leaf (along with legend Terry Sawchuck), recited Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields during a pre-game ceremony at the Air Canada Centre.


vetsIn Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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You Can’t Caricature that Representative Here

November 9th, 2009

Sometimes you wonder what these companies are thinking. Case in point: Mad magazine artist  Tom Richmond drew 540 caricature’s of all the representatives and senators in the United States. Those caricatures where put on one of 12 bodies, which created” virtual bobbleheads,” and included in an iPhone app that gave contact information for “senators and congressional representative either via zip-code or by using the iPhone’s GPS location services.”

The information was good, the tool valuable, and you could shake the phone or flick the screen with your finger and make the heads bobble. A useful app with a fun interface. It is all well done, not nasty, and non-partisan.  Head over to The Mad blog and see examples for yourself.

If your in the U.S. and thinking you’d like to get that app, sorry, Apple rejected it on the grounds it is “obscene, pornographic, or defamatory.” Obviously, it is, in their eyes, defamatory. A ridiculous assertion and a ridiculous decision.  An app that might have helped get people more involved, and it is kiboshed because of John McCain’s exaggerated jowls.

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The Unbiased Toronto Star.

November 4th, 2009

Maybe newspapers like the Star wouldn’t be offering buyouts to trim payroll, contracting out editing and pagination, if they were unbiased. But at the Star, bias is considered a plus:

Union leader Maureen Dawson criticized the Star’s decision…

“Journalism is a collaborative effort, the product of a team of reporters, photographers and editors working in concert to produce the kind of activist agenda that has served Star readers and our community so well for so long,”

Next time you call them a biased media, and some Star loving, latte sipping birkenstocker protests, ask him what “activist agenda” means.

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“I Have to Point Out…”

November 4th, 2009
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it was a very cold day.


Sun Meng has been given the cold shoulder by his community after the extraordinary picture of him cowering naked outside the flat were posted on the internet.

The terrified 25-year-old fled from the balcony window when he was caught in bed with the man’s wife at the married couple’s flat in Chengdu, central China.