January 26, 2004


Photos from the previously mentioned trial of Pearson International's new Terminal 1 are up.

They still need people for another trial on February 21st; go ahead, volunteer.

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January 21, 2004

How to write Oldspeak

David was asking about this, so I figured that I'd post about it. George Orwell's six elementary rules of writing, outlined in his essay Politics and the English Language, are as follows:

  1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
  2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
  3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
  4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
  5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
  6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

The first one is my standing excuse for making up so many of my own turns of phrase.

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January 18, 2004

Frank conversation

From AGO:

Lectures and Symposia Public Talk with Frank Gehry Location: Metro Convention Centre

Wednesday January 28, 2004, 7 pm

World-renowned architect Frank Gehry will present the design for the new AGO and demonstrate how it will transform our city. Limited attendance.

Wednesday, January 28, 7 pm at Metro Toronto Convention Centre 255 Front Street West, Toronto

Tickets $15/$12 AGO Members
Call 416-872-1212 or 416-979-6608, or purchase at the AGO during public hours.

Hmm. I won't be able to go. But you may...

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January 15, 2004

Jack Frost sawing off your nose...

This, from Environment Canada:

city of Toronto 3:24 PM est Thursday 15 January 2004 Wind chill warning for city of Toronto continued Extreme wind chills today and tonight.


Caution is strongly advised when being outdoors as frostbite on exposed skin may occur in as little as 5 to 10 minutes.

Current temperature: -22°C; with windchill: -35°C.

This is getting ridiculous. It's cold. Time to switch to a real winter coat.

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Intervarsity Choral Festival 2004

Gala Concert
2:30pm, Sunday, February 8
St. Joseph's Church
151 Laurier Ave. E
Ottawa, Ontario

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Lester B. and me

Just got this in the mail:

CONGRATULATIONS! The GTAA is pleased to inform you that you have been selected to participate in our next trial of New Terminal 1. This trial will test a simulated day of operation, involving check in, pre-board security screening, way finding, gate and boarding operations, and baggage claim.


We would like to ask that you bring a watch to help record times throughout the trial process. All other equipment, and supplies required by volunteers will be provided by the GTAA. We will be working from a real life flight schedule, and as in real operations some people may have to wait for a flight departure longer than what others may. Although we encourage you to walk around and enjoy our new facility, you may want to bring with you a book or magazine to pass some of the time. You are also encouraged to bring a camera with you.


Additional volunteers are always encouraged, please see the attached flyer for specifics. Why not pass on the flyer to friends, neighbors or other family members who you think would enjoy seeing the new terminal for the first time. We would love to have them join us. Please ask them to contact us via e-mail.

Well, I'll certainly be taking my camera. Here's that ad they mentioned, if you're interested in volunteering. It's on Saturday, January 24th.

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January 12, 2004

Should auld acquaintance be forgot?

The photos from New Year's Eve are finally up.

In completely unrelated news, Talking Camel Productions is doing a set of 8 David Ives short plays. It runs until January 31st. You should go if you like, say, humour; the details are here.

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January 09, 2004

This is *so* meta

"...a generation of compulsive self-chroniclers, a fleet of juvenile Marcel Prousts gone wild."

Emily Nussbaum, in the New York Time Magazine, strides Jane Goodall-like into the world of teenage web-logging. It's not far off when it comes to other, older blog early-adopters (if you're reading this, which, of course, you are, odds are good that I'm referring to you).

Update: There's a chimps and keyboards joke just begging to be unleashed here, but I'm pointedly ignoring it. Must. Be. Strong.

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