Michael Daum


NOTICE — BLOG MOVING
June 7, 2007, 2:46 pm
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This blog is moving to its new location at http://blog.mikedaum.com

See you there.



Bizarro Cabbagetown
June 6, 2007, 8:17 am
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So I thought I’d do a quick search on youTube and see what types of stuff other folks from the neighborhood had posted. Some interesting things, some less so. And then there was this:

Turns out this isn’t where I live at all…physically at least. But I have to admit that there is something in this video which resonates with me. So I won’t go as far as to say that I don’t sometimes go there. In fact, it’s actually strangely comforting to me to know that there’s another Cabbagetown; not in genteel Canadia, but deep in the belly of the Georgian beast. Almost as if a big eraser could descend from the Toronto sky and wipe out our car-seats and Bugaboos making room for Elvis and lemonade.



Nefarious Canadian Currency!!!
May 7, 2007, 9:57 am
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Commemorative quarter

This is rich. Apparently some Canadian contractors entered the US carrying some commemorative quarters in their change. The quarters had a red poppy inset, which here is a symbol by which we remember our soldiers on Remembrance Day. Unused to the concept of creativity in currency design, the US spymasters dissected the thing — and “found” a nefarious nanotechnology device! High alert was raised of course, and the good citizens lived to be afraid for yet another day. All is well.

Update: Story’s been dugg

Update 2: Now it’s been slashdotted



Lips?!
April 13, 2007, 9:04 pm
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Oh no. I really want to like the new Transformers movie. But I saw this trailer on Digg and Optimus Prime has lips. I watched it a bunch of times, and he has lips…and they look awful. Silly even.

read more | digg story



Score one for the little bro’
March 16, 2007, 2:21 pm
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I’ve long had the theory that my brother Jer is a bellweather for the latest trends among the hipster elite. Now he’s done it again, pre-empting the lastest on Digg with his post here.

read more | digg story



State the nature of your complaint
March 16, 2007, 8:55 am
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My bike has a flat, and I’m so far too lazy to fix it.  As a consequence, I have the pleasure of walking to school every day and taking in the delightful sights and sounds of downtown Toronto.

One of the last things I pass is Queen’s Park, the seat of the Ontario provincial government.  Usually someone is protesting something.

Today’s treat was a  lone man standing in the neutral ground in the middle of the very busy University Avenue.  He had a triangular sign on the ground in front of him which described something about family courts being secret child abusers…I can’t say I’m familiar with the issue, but let me state unequivocally that I am right against child abuse.  It’s right out with me.

But the man was holding a pole.  And on that pole there was a blow up sex doll wearing a bright red scarf and a black cape.   An effigy of a judge?  The unlikely hero who will deliver the children from the courts?  Who’s to say?

It left me a bit unsettled.



Palo Ghraib
March 9, 2007, 4:33 pm
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Funny, I always thought that the Stanford Prison Study was apocryphal. After watching these videos, it’s pretty clear that it’s not only real, but more vivid and difficult than any of the descriptions I’d heard. I suppose it doesn’t really come as a surprise to a crypto-misanthrope like myself; but that doesn’t make it any easier to watch. I’m reminded of the feelings I had during Katrina, and which persist: that our entire society and day to day reality is 5 days away from Mad Max.

UPDATE:  Unfortunately this video seems to have been nuked as a copyvio.  I’ll have to see if I can find another.  Shame…it was really good.