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Creuset of Ideas
A collection of various ideas



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The Danish Language Needs Your Help

2007-05-31 @ 14:44

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Via 3quarksdaily

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Two is out

2006-07-18 @ 14:43

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Yes, season 2 of Carnivàle is now at my local video place. Of course, with everyone wanting to see it, it’ll take some time before I can get my hands on it. Can’t wait!

Carnivàle Season 2

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World eBook Fair

2006-07-14 @ 10:18

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In celebration of Project Gutenberg’s 35th birthday, eBook offers free access to the public to 330,000 books, until August 4.

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Habeas corpus

2006-06-10 @ 14:21

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Seventeen alleged terrorists on the verge of terrorizing Ottawa and Toronto were recently arrested. Front page news, panic (”you now have a reason to be frighten”), intolerance. Something bothers in this story. Sure, the people who were arrested could be terrorists, that’s not the problem. The problem is all this hype.

Following the 9/11 attacks, Canada suspended the Habeas corpus. The oldest common law), it is the rule according to which an accused has the right to a fair trial and to confront and challenge the evidence against him. There are currently five people stuck in prison without trials, under “security certificates” (by which the writ of Habeas corpus is dismissed).

According to the anti-terrorist rationale of the governemnt, if the danger posed by the Toronto group was clear and present, shouldn’t they have simply been thrown in jail? Or did the government need a publicity stunt to sprinkle a bit of fear in the population, so certain actions be more favourably looked upon? Bush used that a lot: he raised the threat level every time his popularity droped — until one of his own advisered publicly resigned in protest.

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Taking over the world

2006-06-1 @ 13:17

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Seems that military takeovers are no longer the purview of nations:

Over the past six weeks a Western security force has effectively taken over the small African nation of Namibia. A beach resort in Langstrand in Western Namibia has been sealed off with security cordons, and armed security personnel have been keeping both local residents and visiting foreigners at bay. A no-fly zone has been enforced over part of the country. The Westerners have also demanded that the Namibian government severely restrict the movement of journalists into and out of Namibia. The government agreed and, in a move described by one human rights organisation as ‘heavy-handed and brutal,’ banned certain reporters from crossing its borders.

All this for what, actually, for who? Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. More here.

Via 3quarksdaily

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Hooked

2006-05-3 @ 12:13

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Well, TV turn-off week was pretty much a success for me. My friend and I actually spent more time talking (about meaningful things too). Thing is, I made the mistake, afterward, of renting the first two episodes of the third season of Spooks (a.k.a. MI-5). Damn, I’m hooked again. In a way, it’s a good thing they only have 10 episode to a season.

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Turn off

2006-04-25 @ 9:19

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Escape the Fatansy

As Kathy at CPU reminds us, it’s TV Turn off Week. One full week (April 24-30) without the tube. Some might say, shitty weather (at least in Montréal) for that; others might find it difficult not to watch da game. But hey, it wouldn’t be a good exercice if it were too easy, now would it.

Personally, I find it kinda fun to fight this reflex to turn on the TV in the evening. And I actually have time to do things I set out to do (like learn Flash), see people, and enjoy the bad weather. Then again, I now have to fight the temtation of spending that time in front of the computer.
A colleague of mine was talking about TV Turn off Week last week (her daughter recently subscribe to Adbusters), to which another colleague exclamed “A whole week!!!” Shows who’s addicted . I remember saying to (other) colleagues, three years ago, that I wasn’t watching TV all week, and they just couldn’t understand it. Then again, I’ve been branded “wierd” a few times and have come to accept it.
So, enjoy this week free of the hypnotic control of television.

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Easter Bunnies

2006-04-14 @ 9:21

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Well, they’re not exactly easterish. They’re just reaaly cool at re-enacting movies in 30 seconds.

Via Life Is Funnier when You’re Lonely.

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Life and Cinema

2006-03-21 @ 9:24

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Just saw The Constant Gardener. Very good movie about the ill-dealings of drug companies, diplomats and politicians. It somehow reminds me of the best 1970’s movies. It has a similar field to those politically charged thrillers.

This is what the author of the book, John LeCarré, notes in the end credits:
“Nobody in this story, and no outfit or corporation, thank God, is based upon an actual person or outfit in the real world. But I can tell you this, as my journey through the pharmaceutical jungle progressed, I came to realize that, by comparison with reality, my story was as tame as a holyday postcard.”
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I don’t remember, I don’t recall

2006-02-3 @ 14:44

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Éliane’s blog led me this morning to an article in La Presse about an “amnesia pill.” An article about the same study can also be found on the AP wire. Happily this one’s title refers to easing traumatic memories, and not erasing them. There was also a New Scientist article last month about the research done at Harvard, on which there had been discussed in the university Gazette in March 2004. Almost old news.

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