Archive for January, 2008

George’s last stand…

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

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Honey, I Shrunk the CountryThe State of the Union 

As you can see from the countdown clock on the right time is quickly running out for George W. (thank God).  Last night he delivered his final State of the Union address. 

To his credit he made fewer promises, so he has fewer to break over his final year.  Once the George Show ended attention returned to the real issue – who will replace him at next year’s State of the Union Address.  Tonight’s Florida Primary and next week’s Super Tuesday should start to sort out the field.

At Rogers Customer Service is an oxymoron…

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

My friend Promod Sharma gives a wonderful account of the high level of customer service he received at the hands of our old friends in Mr. Rogers neighbourhood.  Check it out here.

Culture Vulture – U2 3D

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

Waiting for the carrion of cultureMany years ago a friend passed along an advance review copy of a new album by U2 called “The Joshua Tree”. 

He suggested that the first time I listen to it should be in the dark through headphones.  I took his advice and from the first note of “Where the Streets Have No Name” I was transported. (more…)

Father of the Year…

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Who's your daddy of the year?US magazine has named Kevin Federline (AKA K-Fed, AAKA Mr. Ex Britney Spears) as “Father of the Year” a move that I find akin to naming Sweeney Todd “Stylist of the Year”.  (more…)

The Culture Vulture – Cloverfield

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

Culture VultureRight up front I must confess that I am a sucker for monster in the street movies, especially Godzilla. 

So when I first saw the teaser trailer for an untitled film running before Transformers last summer it immediately caught my interest.  A little bit of online intelligence gathering revealed that this was code named “Cloverfield” and indeed was a giant monster rampaging through New York movie. (more…)

Circuit City turns into Cricket City (as in the sound of)…

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

cricket city (as in the sound of)Back last April in a piece entitled “Logan’s Run at Circuit City” I described how this forward-thinking electronics retailer had taken the bold move of laying off 3,400 of their highest paid ($14 – $15 hour) and most experienced workers and was replacing them with younger less experienced workers at $9 an hour. (more…)

The audacity of hope…

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

The madness of the Presidential rally has begun with the Iowa caucas last week and the New Hampshire primary tonight.  The results in a nutshell so far:  Clinton down, Romney down, Huckabee up, Obama up, McCain up, Edwards moving sideways.  (more…)

Happy New Year – we’re one year old!

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

Happy New Years from the S.S. PoseidonNew Year’s day marks our first birthday. 

Like any self respecting one year old we’ve spent our first year exploring the new world around us.  Taking our first tentative steps, filling our diapers periodically and spitting up once and a while. (more…)