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Why God Hates You

2007-01-26 @ 11:23

Seems that it’s the season to be tagged. Here’s a wierd that has just come my way: List five reasons why God might be tempted to hate you. Doesn’t have to be sacrilegious (although it can); and no going for the easy stuff (because I don’t believe in It/Her/Him, I don’t go to church, I use Its/Her/His name in vain, I never pray, etc.). It can be a way to profess beliefs or admit dirty secrets. Make it fun, or deep, or both. Also, got to tag three other bloggers…

So here goes…

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Five Things

2007-01-22 @ 12:24

Well, this has been a tagging weekend. This time it’s Martin with five things you (probably) don’t know about me. Of course, some of you might.

  1. I’ve got a gold tooth. I lost one of my front teeth when I was 8, in part because of my nonconformist ways: it was winter and a big ice patch had formed in the schoolyard. All the kids were “skating” (in boots) one way, so I decided to go the other way; and crashed into my older brother (who, twenty years later, would admit to have done so on purpose – isn’t that what big brothers are for, teaching lessons to youngins). The tooth was cut in half, and so was the nerve; but what actually hurt was the cut on my lower lip by the broken-off part. For 15 years, I had a false half attached to the rest of that tooth (it was broken twice: once by another of my brothers, the other time by me). Eventually, the tooth was grinded off and fully replaced by a gold one, with ceramic in front, of course. Since then, I’ve develop the uncanny ability to recognize false front teeth.
  2. I like making books. Not just writing them, but binding too. I learned binding pretty much the same way I learned a lot of things: to taking apart something to see how they did it. Many years later, I actually bought a book on the subject (which was helpful) and now I’m thinking of taking classes. Some would say I’m going backwards about it.
  3. There is a hundred or so Smurfs in my apartment. Some even follow me when I travel (recently, Travelling Smurf and Pilot Smurf). Some were Isabelle’s (yep, she too had a thing for the little blue critters). Other came when we had our housewarming party and guests each had to bring one.
  4. I didn’t have a driver’s licence before 30. I had had the courses many years before, but never bother the get the licence. Two month after I got it, I had an accident (rolled over twice; the car was totalled, I was okay). I’ve improved a lot since!
  5. I like grilled-cheese sandwiches for breakfast, with peanut butter inside and salsa on top.

As for the tags, how about Jenn, Laverne, Mr. P, L>T and Loralee


fours and fours

2007-01-3 @ 14:27

I have, after a fashion, been tagged by Thinking Girl. Nice way to start the year.

4 jobs I have had

  1. project manager for an exhibition on language
  2. writer-editor
  3. translator
  4. web and new media manager for a government agency

4 Movies I could watch over and over

  1. It’s a Wonderful Life
  2. Life is Beautiful (there seems to be a pattern here)
  3. The Big Sleep
  4. Children of Paradise (best French film ever)

4 places I have lived apart from where I live now

  1. Quebec City
  2. Verdun, Qc
  3. La Prairie, Qc
  4. Sainte-Foy, Qc (yep, haven’t actually lived out of the province)

4 tv shows that I love

  1. The Simpsons
  2. Carnivàle
  3. Spooks (MI 5)
  4. Battlestar Galactica

4 places I have been on hols

  1. Toronto (a few days ago)
  2. Corsica
  3. Russia
  4. Spain

4 websites I visit daily (well, maybe not daily, but on days I spend time on the web)

  1. Dilbert
  2. Thinking Girl
  3. Relief
  4. mine

4 favourite foods

  1. Chocolate
  2. Stephie’s salads
  3. Indian food
  4. Mangoes

4 places i would rather be at right now

  1. Corsica
  2. Budapest
  3. Prague
  4. At my best friend’s house up North

4 people I am tagging

  1. François
  2. Loralee
  3. L>T
  4. Mister Pregunto

It’s beginning to feel a lot like

2006-12-26 @ 17:05

…a white Christmas. This Boxing Day morning in Montreal, the first real snow of the season.

Rue enneigée

Court enneigée

Rue enneigée



2006-11-15 @ 13:39

I’ve said before that one of the most important things in science is doubt. Actually, there is something even more fundamental: the notion of causality. All science is based on the idea that every effect has a cause.

That is a big part of our (Judeo-Christian, Western) culture. Even the Bible starts with cause (God) and effect (heaven and earth). But, at least according to what Jung said in his preface to the Yi King, this is not the case in traditional Chinese thinking. (I don’t know enough about that to comment, though.)

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2006-10-30 @ 13:53

Am I the only one who thinks that all Blackberries should be equipped of a collision avoidance system?



2006-08-22 @ 12:55

I just the other day finished reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, novel where the narrator-protagonist is an autistic 15-year-old (actually, Asperger syndrome). Quite good; reminds me of The Catcher in the Rye (without that whole killing John Lennon thing). Although it has its failings, I warmly recommend it. The author presents quite well an autistic point of view, especially with regards to information overload.

Which leads me to talk about filters. Perceptual ones, both biological and psychological. I make a distinction between what we could call “innate” filters, resulting from peculiarities of the nervous system, and those we put up ourselves as we grow up and old.

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Cats and the secret of happiness

2006-08-22 @ 7:37


[Welcome to my silly side.]


Book meme

2006-08-9 @ 17:42

Okay, Thinking Girl got me (just as I was reading Nerdine’s answers). So, here more or less goes.

1. One book that changed your life?
I remember Anna and Mister God, way back when I was a teenager. It had a strange (not really religious) effect on me. Also, the Tout connaître series, because those were the first I devoured. More recently, Carla Fine’s No time to Say Goodbye.

2. One book you have read more than once?
Like Nerdine, I’ll have to say Pride and Prejudice. It’s actually better the second time around.

3. One book you would want on a desert island?
The works of Alessandro Baricco. Marvelous author for taking it slow.

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2006-08-9 @ 11:08

I’ve been reading a bit on sociopathy (or anti-social personality disorder) — that’s what happens when you read Wuthering Heights once too often. Wikipedia (not the best source, but still) gives the following criteria taken from good ol’ DMS-IV:

  1. failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest
  2. deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure
  3. impulsivity or failure to plan ahead
  4. irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults
  5. reckless disregard for safety of self or others
  6. consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain steady work or honor financial obligations
  7. lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another

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