Posts Categorized: News

On sample sizes and the absence of a mandatory census

Posted by & filed under Canada, Learning is fun!, News, Politics.

With the 2011 Canadian federal election a week away, voter turnout looking to thankfully exceed 2008’s embarrassingly dismal 58.8%,  the polls are starting to look extremely interesting. While earlier polls indicated we could expect very nearly an identical Parliament to the one that existed before the election, an apparent surge in support for the NDP… Read more »

Disruptive Tech Watch: Blockbuster delisted from NYSE

Posted by & filed under Brands, News.

With a share price below $1 and market capitalization bellow $75 million, video rental giant Blockbuster has been in trouble for some time now. The New York Stock Exchange is about to formally delist the company’s stock from their exchange, after the company’s last-ditch efforts to remain listed were deemed not to have met the… Read more »

Boobquake: in which Catherine gets annoyed at the press

Posted by & filed under Blogosphere, Canada, Gender, History, LGBT, Memes, News, Politics, Pop Culture, Vancouver.

“So! Boobs, huh?” That’s right, boobs. Or what-have-you. “I don’t get it.” Well, the other day, Tehran’s acting Friday prayer leader Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi–yes, he’s not even an Ayatollah. I know, right?–went and said some crazy shit about boobs and how they cause earthquakes. Or more specifically, no, he didn’t really. As PBS explains: While delivering… Read more »

On Haiti and Sarcasm

Posted by & filed under Canada, News, Suggestion Box.

Dear CBC Commenter: I understand that “some of [your] best friends are Haitian” and that you’re only talking about the “bad ones” when you say “Canada will be overrun by gangs and HIV” if we fast-track the immigration process for Haitian refugees. I get that you’re not really a racist, I do. In fact, I totally… Read more »

Sure, we can put a man on the moon, but we can’t put–oh, right.

Posted by & filed under History, News, Politics.

I’m skeptical of the usefulness of manned spaceflight, even as I believe in its long-term necessity. (Besides, should it be necessary for humans to leave Earth, we could get that going on fairly short order. The technology’s straightforward, even if we don’t have interplanetary ships today.) I was born almost a decade after the last time… Read more »

Blogathon 2009: “Legally, we have to refer to you as Catherine December.”

Posted by & filed under Blogathon 2009, Blogosphere, Brands, Canada, Law, Media, News, Politics, Privacy, Vancouver, Web 2.0.

After hearing Dave Olsen talk a bit about the restrictions being applied — in particular, to the “pedestrian corridors” being established here in Vancouver during the Olympics, I’m concerned about the implications for free speech, as well as the potential for these laws to endure after the Olympics have ended. I’ve been convinced for a long… Read more »

Blogathon 2009: Dave Olsen & the True North Media House

Posted by & filed under Blogathon 2009, Blogosphere, Canada, Media, News, Vancouver, Web 2.0.

Dave Olsen stopped by Workspace this evening to cheer some of us on and tell us a bit about the social/indie/citizen media project he’s working on for the 2010 Olympics this year, the True North Media House. From the TNMH website: We intend to create a space in downtown Vancouver to serve as a media… Read more »

Blogathon 2009: Infographics, Part 1: Why the CBC sucks

Posted by & filed under Blogathon 2009, Canada, Complaint Department, Infographics, News, Usability, Vancouver.

Okay, this is something that has bugged me for a while. People who say “interactive” when they mean “hard to use” and “Flash scrollbars”. While otherwise a competent, irritatingly underfunded news organization, the CBC sucks at infographics. Most of their “interactive features” are just text that requires a lot of clicking and scrolling to read.… Read more »