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Fallout 4 Game Guide

My game guide lay open on the dining room table. This is where I like to conduct my “research.” I pore over the tome, reading glasses perched on my nose, gleaning the wonders and bounty of the Wasteland. Cue the record needle being scratched across the vinyl. Maureen: You wanna move your nerd shit so I can read the paper? I shake my head sadly and make space for the […]

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Fallout 4, Baby!

Fallout 4

  The following is a transcript of a phone conversation between my wife and me a few days ago: Me: Honey, I have some really good news. Maureen: Is this really good news or is it something about a video game? A long pause. Me: The second one.

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Like a Boss


This is a picture of Pierre Elliot Trudeau. He was the Prime Minister of Canada from 1968-1979 and 1980-1984, and was the father of our newly elected Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. I love this picture because it goes against the more conventional view of a Canadian. Not all of us are reserved and understated. Some of us have a bit of swagger.

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Witchy Woman


  Halloween . . . the one night of the year my wife can just be herself. And for those of you who think I’m being hyperbolic, I present to you: Exhibit A: My Wife Scares Me Exhibit B: Last night my witch wife went out trick-or-treating with her sister and nephews while I was at work. She “forgot” to bring home even one piece of candy even though she knows how […]

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Digging a Hole

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Remember her? That’s Petra Laszlo, the 40-year-old Hungarian camerawoman who was captured on video kicking a 10-year-old Syrian refugee and tripping a Syrian father who had a child in his arms. Well, now she’s suing Facebook and the man she tripped. Why? you might ask. According to Laszlo, “Facebook played a major role in my situation.” There’s a Facebook group titled the “Petra Laszlo Shame Wall” that has about 10 000 […]

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An Old-Timey Treasure Chest

This might be my favourite photo from this time period.

    From 1935-1944 the Roosevelt administration took on the largest photography project ever sponsored by the government. The idea behind the project was to provide evidence of success in New Deal initiatives, and then the project was carried on into World War II. The project amassed some 170 000 photographs which have recently been released to the public. You can see the photos on the website Photogrammar; and if […]

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Customer Relations, Canadian Style

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About ten seconds after the Toronto Blue Jays made the playoffs, I ordered two t-shirts online from the Jays’ shop.   And then I waited. And I waited some more. And then I became despondent because I feared that my beloved Jays would be knocked out of the playoffs before my new t-shirts arrived. I got the email on Monday saying that they had finally been shipped. The following is the exchange […]

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Amending History

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“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” — George Orwell Maria Bertoletti Toldini was tried and convicted of witchcraft in 1716 in the Italian village of Brentonico. Now, 300 years later, she is getting a retrial. Maria was a childless widow who had a dispute with family members over an inheritance. She was in a vulnerable societal position, so her relatives took advantage and […]

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Look But Don’t Touch

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  “Maybe just once, someone will call me ‘Sir’ without adding, ‘You’re making a scene.’” –Homer Simpson I feel your pain, Homer. A quarter century ago, I was making my first visit to the Edmonton Art Gallery. I was so enamoured with a particular painting that I leaned in close and brushed my fingers along the surface. I just had to feel the paint. The person I was with looked at me […]

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