"What I’d Give"

It’s hard to believe that in less than a week it’ll be the middle of February. Next week is February Break. Normally I’d be looking forward to it, but as I’m already ready on-campus so very little, February Break is going to be ‘business as usual’ for me. I’m thinking of going home for a couple of days, but other than that – nothing special.

I became seriously addicted to Super Mario Galaxy this week. And Westward III. I’m turning into quite the little gamer. Surprisingly, I’ve been able to actually put the games away and get some work done. I think that’s rather impressive, if I do say so myself. It’s slow-going on the thesis right now. I’m hoping to make some good headway this week, but we’ll see.

Here are some links I found interesting this week.

  • You know that whole ’25 Random Things About Me’ thing that EVERYBODY keeps filling out and posting on Facebook (I swear – half of the things in my news feed are these posts)? Well, it’s rapid-fire spread throughout the Facebook world caught the attention of more than one news outlet in the US. Slate has an interesting survey up, asking people to fill out when they first recieved/saw ’25 Random Things’ in order to try and trace its origins and see how it spread. I’m interested to see what they find – though I doubt it’ll be terribly credible.

  • Tonight was the Grammy awards – not that I watched. The Grammys are lame, just like the Junos. They’re lame because they don’t reward truly great music. Plus, the evening broadcast is completely unrepresentative of music as a whole. I get the whole ‘must get ratings’ thing, but could we PLEASE just have one performance from the classical genre? Just one?? Would it kill them?

However, having ranted about how horrid the Grammys are, I was pleased to just read that the Alison Krauss/Robert Plant collaboration, ‘Raising Sand,’ won three Grammys. I own that album and love it. It’s one of the most original albums and most intriguing pairing in years.

Anyway, the reason I raised the Grammys in the first place was to provide some sort of segue to the Junos and the lame, lame, lame list of nominations released this week. Nickelback gets FIVE nominations?? Ugh. And apparently I’m not the only one who had the same reaction.

The lameness (sorry for the continued use of ‘lame’ – it just seems appropriate) of the Juno nominations was not lost on Entertainment Weekly’s blog, PopWatch. Unfortunately the writer further entrenched the stereotype that Americans are ignorant when it comes to anything outside their borders by referring to the Francophone and Aboriginal categories – never mind she didn’t know what ‘Aboriginal’ meant – as “crazy ethnic categories.” Nice.

Anyway, EW noticed the lameness of the Juno nods and many Canadians flooded the message boards to voice their disapproval, too. The result? PopWatch is running a ‘Juno recount.’ Go here to post your thoughts. My vote? Kathleen Edwards -‘Asking for Flowers.’ Best album of the year – hands down.

  • Are you watching Friday Night Lights?? If not, I implore you to turn on your TV to either Global or NBC on Friday night at 8 pm (I really wish Canadians were factored into Nielsen ratings).

Once again, Slate is heading the discussion surrounding the third season with its TV Club, which dissects each week’s episode. This week, ‘The Smash’ left the show, getting a chance to play college football and follow his dream of playing pro football. EW had Smash’s portrayer, Gaius Charles, write a blog about his final episode. Connie Britton, who plays Prinicipal Tami Taylor, blogged the week before. The show has a strong and loyal following. PLEEEEEEEEEASE let it be renewed for a fourth season!!

  • Eric Tillman. I don’t know what I think. But I do think the Riders need to announce some key free-agent signings this week to put the focus back on football – at least until Tillman appears in court on February 24th. Sounds like LBs Sean Lucas and Anton McKenzie are re-signing, which is great, great news. That means Maurice Lloyd is gone, but I’m okay with that. There was no way we were going to sign all three.
  • Why does Craig McTavish, head coach of the Oilers, still have a job? The Oilers suck this year and they sure shouldn’t. McTavish should be long gone. What happened to those rumors about Pat Quinn getting the gig?
  • Sean Avery is probably going to be back in the NHL in a couple of weeks. He’s still going to be making a couple of million this year. What the hell is wrong with the world??
  • Let’s move on to politics. Nice to see Bob Rae has a sense of humour, albeit a rather pointed one. Bequeathing his title of ‘Deficit Boy’ to PM Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is pretty funny. If I was him, I’d write the same column; but I’d make mine much more biting.
  • Does anybody really care what Senator Mike Duffy thinks? I never did and never will.

  • From Aaron Wherry of Maclean’s:


Don’t look back in anger

Stephen Harper, Oct. 2. “What Canadians are worried about right now is not the job situation, not losing their home like in the U.S. What they’re worried about is they see the stock-market problems.”

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Globe and Mail, today. “Since October, when the Canadian economy took a major turn for the worse, workplaces have shed 213,000 jobs or 1.2 per cent of the work force.”

Stephen Harper, Oct. 1. “Canada is not the United States.”

Canadian Press, today. “And it was far worse, in relation to the population, than the 598,000 jobs retreat reported by the U.S. on Friday.”

  • John Ibbitson’s column that was in The Globe on Wednesday, which basically said that Canada has no foreign policy at the present time and our foreign service has fallen apart, has ignited quite a bit of discussion. Personally, I’m inclined to go with Andrew Cohen, whose book, While Canada Slept, said the same thing but a couple of years earlier. Canadian foreign policy and Canada’s foreign service has been in decline for some time- BUT, I would agree that its decline has accelerated in the past five years. Paul Wells had an intriguing post about the state of Canada’s foreign policy a couple of months ago, but of course I can’t find it. The jist of it was that the world has noticed that Canada isn’t pulling its weight on the world stage. I’ll try and find it tomorrow – when it’s not 1 am.

Finally, I have some rather big news to reward those of you who actually read to this point. I’m going to Norway! For a week! At the end of March! The obvious question is, why? Well, I’m going over there to take a class on Northern Governance. The best part? My flight, accomodations and meals are ALL taken care of! I just have to find enough money to pay my tuition fees and I’m off!

Here’s Alison Krauss and Robert Plant performing ‘Rich Woman’ live.

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