Monthly Archives: May 2011

Standing Festival

Am encountering more and more indoor venues where one is expected to stand all night to see the performance. Music commentator Bob Lefsetz points out that this is called “festival seating”, which means standing. The term comes from outdoor festivals … Continue reading

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No Beast Johnny

When dealing with group assignments, used to arrange my students randomly; no self-selection. Idea that you generally can’t choose with whom you work, so better to get used to differences now. Plus, a way to encourage more diversity of participation, … Continue reading

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Jack Nicholson and 30 Seconds, Easy Rider 1969

Lots of people see the movie Easy Rider as representing grand themes of the times. For me and, it appears, a number of others, the film represents one thirty second moment from Jack Nicholson, found here: Start the day; get … Continue reading

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Option Nation

The week before the May 2 federal election. Announcement from Calgary: dropping mandatory second language courses from grades 4 to 9. The second language could be, but need not be, French. After Grade 9, all second language courses are optional. … Continue reading

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Preston Manning Liberal Legacy

Rex Murphy on the true significance of the 2011 Canadian federal election: Preston Manning. Consistent with Stephen Harper reminding people, during his victory speech and in ways not previously emphasized, that the he represents the Calgary constituency previously represented by … Continue reading

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Whips The Eye

When recently in Toronto for the Juno Awards, ended up walking on downtown Toronto streets that I hadn’t been on for thirty years. No reason or time to be downtown during doctoral studies 1987-1993. Last time walking in the area … Continue reading

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Montreal Bank of Toronto

When employed at the John Molson School of Business (as it then was not known) at Concordia University 1987-1992, much of my time was during the Bill 101 period. The legislation that mandated that French be the predominant signage language, … Continue reading

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