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Creuset of Ideas
A collection of various ideas



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Hillary-Barack

2007-08-21 @ 16:11

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I’m not really following the Democrat presidential race (or news in general), but I hear there has been another Hillary-Barack debate a couple of days ago. Each scored points, each has their strengths and weaknesses, their failings, their appeal.

But what I just can’t understand is, if either would make a good presidential candidate for the party, why don’t they run together, with Hillary as President and Barack as VP. If both of them have the good of the party, and the country, at heart, why are they dividing that party? Run together and stop wasting everyone’s time. I’ll say that for Stéphane Dion (and only that), after winning the leadership race, he rallied his former opponents to form his council.

Just listen to electoral campaigns: when’s the last time you heard one of the parties say, about another’s promises, “Hey, that’s a good idea, we’re gonna do that.” If a party does that, it gets accused of stealing the other ones ideas. So what, if they’re good for the country?

Funny thing is, if Hillary gets elected, she’ll be the first president to bear someone else’s name instead of her own. I’m always surprise how people thinks it’s normal for a woman to bear her husband’s name. Why should she change her name? (btw, here in Quebec, we’ve done away with that 30 years ago). The only good reason I ever heard was so she would have the same name as her children. But so would she if their had her name instead of her husband’s (or both names), or if he changed his. (In Hungary now, either spouse can take the other’s name.)

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Patterns of light and darkness, and a drink

2007-08-6 @ 18:18

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This month’s SPC theme is “Patterns” and, for me, starting this month, the challenge is not only to do self-portraits, but also, every week, to come up with a story based on other people’s self-portrait. What can I say, I like a challenge.

So this is my first take on the patterns thing.

First off, you have to be pretty quick when you only have a 10-second delay. There was a bunch of people downstairs and when I saw their shadow, I just had to be there. I like the mix of the shadow play and the pattern on the wall.

This reminds me of a picture I took at a bar in Toronto this summer:
and a drink

(Don’t ask me what that drink was, I wasn’t the one drinking it.) That’s a very long exposure, there was almost no light. It would have made a great self-portrait (except for the fact that’s it’s not me) especially since alcool, bars, dating and loneliness are great material for patterns…

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by the way

2007-08-5 @ 19:11

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I’m now writing stories over at Self Portrait Challenge.

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Let’s Do Eight (or so)

2007-08-1 @ 18:39

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Well, it’s the second time I’ve been tagged for the 8 things meme, so I should be doing it. The first time was by Thinking Girl; this time it’s fellow new contributor to the Self Portrait Challenge blog, Rachel (the Metaphorical Magpie) [notice how I slipped in that I’m now one of the SPC authors]. So, without further Apu ado, here are my eight things about me.

  1. I’m sometimes a bit lazy. No, that’s not what I mean; not lazy. It’s more a question of using shortcuts (like the first five items on the list). It’s got to the point that I can spend more time inventing something to same me time, than doing the thing itself. A matter of interest, I guess; creating the shortcut is often more fun than doing the repetition.
  2. Many people think I’m weird. To me, that’s not an insult; more of a statement of fact. By most standards, I am. (Okay, I work in an office, in an insurance company; t’s not hard to stand out…) Sometimes I’ll say strange things (like “Don’t put down Topher Grace, he’s played in movies with Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Willis, Andy Garcia, Kirsten Dunst, George Clooney, Carl Reiner, Matt Damon, Elliott Gould”), or quote, without any introduction, from The Simpsons or some song.
  3. I’ve always thought I was a city guy. I love having everything around and not having to drive to go anywhere. Then I discovered that I don’t do much in the city and often want to get out of there. One thing’s for sure tho, I might have been born in the suburbs, that’s not a place for me. Still, just beat my record for the longest time lived in the same city: 12 years and one month. Half of that time at the same address (not bad for someone who used to move every two years).

That being said, stay tuned for my Sunday Story segment on Self Portrait Challenge!

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Another morning spc

2007-07-23 @ 17:54

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July’s theme, for the self portrait challenge was elements: Water - Air - Earth - Fire (the Chinese would say they forgot Wood, but that’s another story). haven’t the opportunity to participate till now, although I almost reposted this one of me at l’Île-Rousse, in Corsica, before vertigo took over:

île-Rousse

(I would so go back there any day) Continue reading »

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Connected

2007-07-17 @ 15:59

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TMCM

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Eye of the insulted?

2007-07-6 @ 12:56 » Français

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Have you ever asked yourself who decides what constitute an insult? If we’re talking about verbal insults, is it the one who says it, or the one towards whom it’s directed?

Let’s take two examples:

  1. Someone calls you a weirdo, a term which, to you, is accurate, even pleasant; does it become an insult by sole virtue of the insulter’s intention?
  2. Someone talks to you like you’re one of his palls, you find that insulting, but is it an insult?

In this second case, we could argue that it’s not, and that the situation can be easily corrected by informing the speaker of our dislike (it’s more a question of ignorance and etiquette). But in the first example, we can feel insulted by the intent, whatever the word used. But if we’re not, the insult can turn back on the speaker: if we choose to take it as a compliment, it becomes insulting in it’s lack of success.

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God complex

2007-07-6 @ 12:55

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That was a strange place to have a revelation, but there you have it: it happened in a church. Although it would seem fitting that it was about God, it had more to do with logic than religion. My revelation, which I’m sure others had before me, was that God, if It exists, cannot be both perfect and interventionist. To be more accurate, we cannot have both an interventionist God and a perfect creation.

If creation is perfect, as some would have it, then there is no need for God o meddle with it, unless It’s bored and looking for something to do—but perfect beings don’t get bored. Then again, maybe his interventions are all part of the plan, which ipso facto makes Creation imperfect since it needs interventions.

I can only see three possibilities here (then again, not being perfect, my vision is limited – which is actually nice, since it gives me a good reason to wear kick-ass glasses):

  1. Creation is perfect and God doesn’t interfere
  2. Creation is imperfect and God has to tweak it from time to time
  3. God is part of creation and that’s why It intervenes.
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Blind Cat

2007-06-15 @ 10:58 » Français

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This seems to be a silly Friday, so I was glad to see that cmb, over at [insert witty title], came up with this funny challenge: the Blind Cat. The idea is simple: you close your eyes (or better still, blindfold) and draw a cat. So here’s my take (I have to say first that I’m not very good at drawing).

my blind cat

Well, except for the over-extended head, I’d say it’s not so bad ;-p

Hundreds have been collected in this gallery, you can submit your own efforts here.

Via the observers hunch

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Morning Coffee

2007-06-6 @ 11:11

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To kick off this month’s challenge, I decided to start off with my morning environment: coffee.

Morning coffee

Last Christmas I got me this wonderful little cappuccino machine (although most mornings I’m too lazy to bother frothing milk, a task, moreover, which I have yet to completely master), which always leaves this rich texture on top of the coffee (which, I am told, is basically grease). Although I’m not much of a coffee addict (one or two a day), I really like starting the day with one; kind of a ritual. So might as well go for really good coffee.

 

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Hillary-Barack

2007-08-21 @ 16:11

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I’m not really following the Democrat presidential race (or news in general), but I hear there has been another Hillary-Barack debate a couple of days ago. Each scored points, each has their strengths and weaknesses, their failings, their appeal.

But what I just can’t understand is, if either would make a good presidential candidate for the party, why don’t they run together, with Hillary as President and Barack as VP. If both of them have the good of the party, and the country, at heart, why are they dividing that party? Run together and stop wasting everyone’s time. I’ll say that for Stéphane Dion (and only that), after winning the leadership race, he rallied his former opponents to form his council.

Just listen to electoral campaigns: when’s the last time you heard one of the parties say, about another’s promises, “Hey, that’s a good idea, we’re gonna do that.” If a party does that, it gets accused of stealing the other ones ideas. So what, if they’re good for the country?

Funny thing is, if Hillary gets elected, she’ll be the first president to bear someone else’s name instead of her own. I’m always surprise how people thinks it’s normal for a woman to bear her husband’s name. Why should she change her name? (btw, here in Quebec, we’ve done away with that 30 years ago). The only good reason I ever heard was so she would have the same name as her children. But so would she if their had her name instead of her husband’s (or both names), or if he changed his. (In Hungary now, either spouse can take the other’s name.)

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Patterns of light and darkness, and a drink

2007-08-6 @ 18:18

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This month’s SPC theme is “Patterns” and, for me, starting this month, the challenge is not only to do self-portraits, but also, every week, to come up with a story based on other people’s self-portrait. What can I say, I like a challenge.

So this is my first take on the patterns thing.

First off, you have to be pretty quick when you only have a 10-second delay. There was a bunch of people downstairs and when I saw their shadow, I just had to be there. I like the mix of the shadow play and the pattern on the wall.

This reminds me of a picture I took at a bar in Toronto this summer:
and a drink

(Don’t ask me what that drink was, I wasn’t the one drinking it.) That’s a very long exposure, there was almost no light. It would have made a great self-portrait (except for the fact that’s it’s not me) especially since alcool, bars, dating and loneliness are great material for patterns…

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by the way

2007-08-5 @ 19:11

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I’m now writing stories over at Self Portrait Challenge.

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Let’s Do Eight (or so)

2007-08-1 @ 18:39

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Well, it’s the second time I’ve been tagged for the 8 things meme, so I should be doing it. The first time was by Thinking Girl; this time it’s fellow new contributor to the Self Portrait Challenge blog, Rachel (the Metaphorical Magpie) [notice how I slipped in that I’m now one of the SPC authors]. So, without further Apu ado, here are my eight things about me.

  1. I’m sometimes a bit lazy. No, that’s not what I mean; not lazy. It’s more a question of using shortcuts (like the first five items on the list). It’s got to the point that I can spend more time inventing something to same me time, than doing the thing itself. A matter of interest, I guess; creating the shortcut is often more fun than doing the repetition.
  2. Many people think I’m weird. To me, that’s not an insult; more of a statement of fact. By most standards, I am. (Okay, I work in an office, in an insurance company; t’s not hard to stand out…) Sometimes I’ll say strange things (like “Don’t put down Topher Grace, he’s played in movies with Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Willis, Andy Garcia, Kirsten Dunst, George Clooney, Carl Reiner, Matt Damon, Elliott Gould”), or quote, without any introduction, from The Simpsons or some song.
  3. I’ve always thought I was a city guy. I love having everything around and not having to drive to go anywhere. Then I discovered that I don’t do much in the city and often want to get out of there. One thing’s for sure tho, I might have been born in the suburbs, that’s not a place for me. Still, just beat my record for the longest time lived in the same city: 12 years and one month. Half of that time at the same address (not bad for someone who used to move every two years).

That being said, stay tuned for my Sunday Story segment on Self Portrait Challenge!

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Another morning spc

2007-07-23 @ 17:54

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July’s theme, for the self portrait challenge was elements: Water - Air - Earth - Fire (the Chinese would say they forgot Wood, but that’s another story). haven’t the opportunity to participate till now, although I almost reposted this one of me at l’Île-Rousse, in Corsica, before vertigo took over:

île-Rousse

(I would so go back there any day) Continue reading »

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Connected

2007-07-17 @ 15:59

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TMCM

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Eye of the insulted?

2007-07-6 @ 12:56 » Français

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Have you ever asked yourself who decides what constitute an insult? If we’re talking about verbal insults, is it the one who says it, or the one towards whom it’s directed?

Let’s take two examples:

  1. Someone calls you a weirdo, a term which, to you, is accurate, even pleasant; does it become an insult by sole virtue of the insulter’s intention?
  2. Someone talks to you like you’re one of his palls, you find that insulting, but is it an insult?

In this second case, we could argue that it’s not, and that the situation can be easily corrected by informing the speaker of our dislike (it’s more a question of ignorance and etiquette). But in the first example, we can feel insulted by the intent, whatever the word used. But if we’re not, the insult can turn back on the speaker: if we choose to take it as a compliment, it becomes insulting in it’s lack of success.

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God complex

2007-07-6 @ 12:55

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That was a strange place to have a revelation, but there you have it: it happened in a church. Although it would seem fitting that it was about God, it had more to do with logic than religion. My revelation, which I’m sure others had before me, was that God, if It exists, cannot be both perfect and interventionist. To be more accurate, we cannot have both an interventionist God and a perfect creation.

If creation is perfect, as some would have it, then there is no need for God o meddle with it, unless It’s bored and looking for something to do—but perfect beings don’t get bored. Then again, maybe his interventions are all part of the plan, which ipso facto makes Creation imperfect since it needs interventions.

I can only see three possibilities here (then again, not being perfect, my vision is limited – which is actually nice, since it gives me a good reason to wear kick-ass glasses):

  1. Creation is perfect and God doesn’t interfere
  2. Creation is imperfect and God has to tweak it from time to time
  3. God is part of creation and that’s why It intervenes.
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Blind Cat

2007-06-15 @ 10:58 » Français

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This seems to be a silly Friday, so I was glad to see that cmb, over at [insert witty title], came up with this funny challenge: the Blind Cat. The idea is simple: you close your eyes (or better still, blindfold) and draw a cat. So here’s my take (I have to say first that I’m not very good at drawing).

my blind cat

Well, except for the over-extended head, I’d say it’s not so bad ;-p

Hundreds have been collected in this gallery, you can submit your own efforts here.

Via the observers hunch

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Morning Coffee

2007-06-6 @ 11:11

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To kick off this month’s challenge, I decided to start off with my morning environment: coffee.

Morning coffee

Last Christmas I got me this wonderful little cappuccino machine (although most mornings I’m too lazy to bother frothing milk, a task, moreover, which I have yet to completely master), which always leaves this rich texture on top of the coffee (which, I am told, is basically grease). Although I’m not much of a coffee addict (one or two a day), I really like starting the day with one; kind of a ritual. So might as well go for really good coffee.