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Creuset of Ideas
A collection of various ideas



Archives of 2006-07

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Step 2: Blame the Innocent

2006-07-27 @ 8:10

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About the Isreali shelling of UN positions in Lebanon, [Canadian Prime Minister] Harper had this to say: “We want to find out why this United Nations post was attacked and also why it remained manned during what is now, more or less, a war, during obvious danger to these individuals.”

In other words, it’s their fault for being shelled and killed. According to him, the attack was not deliberate. That’s possible; after all, the base was only well-established and well marked, far from Hizbollah positions, and the raid only lasted six hours, during which numerous appeals were made. It’s probably not Isreal’s fault either that afterward they shelled the convoy that was granted safe passage to evacuate the place.

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spc as a moon

2006-07-24 @ 15:54

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La Lune

Okay, I admit it, I’m kind of in a Tarot phase. Guess it’s a way to channel my creativity and find subjects for the “as a” challenge. I’ve always had a fascination for the Tarot. Not as something to tell the future, but as an instrument to tell of the present; to clear up one’s ideas.

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spc as a manipulative bastard

2006-07-21 @ 21:13

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Le Bateleur

That’s what one of my dearest friend once called me, a few years back. She doesn’t mince her words (then again, she was a bit of one too). She’s never been shy of telling me when I’m being an ass. She’s a good one to tell you to “snap out of it.” It’s always nice to have a friend like that, who can tell you things others might be afraid to; especially when things aren’t going well. I actually sometimes call her just so she can give me shit — when I feel a good kick in the butt is what I need.

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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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Mia fasz!

2006-07-18 @ 8:08

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It’s confirmed, our Exterior Affaires department couldn’t give a rat’s ass.

First there was the head of an international organization (the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie) who is stripped search, with no regard with his diplomatic status (I guess it was his fault for being black), and the Government won’t issue an apology.

Now, an entire Canadian family is killed in Lebanon, and the Department can’t even be bothered to call the bereaved. Apparently, the procedures manual doesn’t say they should (plus, they came from there originally, so they’re part of the bad guys).

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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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Wednesday Linguistics: Borrow and steal

2006-07-12 @ 11:32

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Well, I missed last week’s WL (to many things going on). So here goes, another special request.
Languages are wonderfully adaptive and creative. You might say they are as creative as all the most creative speakers pooled together. When something new (an idea, a thing, etc.) pops up, the language (by that I mean it’s speakers) can do one of three things: adopt the foreign word that goes with it, use an existing word (or words) or create a new one.

It’s normal for languages to borrow words (and sometimes morphemes) and expressions from one another. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. And the wider the language spreads, the more contact it has with other languages and cultures, the more it’s likely to borrow.

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RIP Syd

2006-07-11 @ 10:23

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Although he more or less ended his career around the time I was born, he was an icon of my youth.

Syd Barrett

Syd Barrett, founding member of Pink Floyd, died last Friday at age 60.

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spc as a (hurt, lost and blinded) fool

2006-07-9 @ 12:51

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The Fool

I set it up.

I was foolish, blinding by unresolved issues. And ended up hurting and losing a very dear friend. I think Sartre got it wrong (big surprise there!) when he said “L’enfer, c’est les autres” (Hell is other people). Hell is mostly ourselves and how we cope (or not) with the hurt we cause and feel.

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Questionnaire

2006-07-9 @ 12:50

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Already knew versions of it going around, the Proust questionnaire, and this time I thought I’d have a go at it. Feeling a bit introspective!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
To love and be loved in return. Without holding back.
What is your greatest fear?
That my life will be a collection of missed opportunities..
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Though one. I’m actually tempted to say Machiavelli (which, by the way, was not machiavelan): he saw it (and described it) like it was, but still hope it could be otherwise.
Which living person do you most admire?
My mother. My closest friends.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
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