Saskboy’s virtual farewell which you will probably never see

September 16, 2008

This blog entry is a bit of an odd thing. You see, I will never get to see it published. I’m writing it with the knowledge that I won’t see it on my blog’s front page (at least not with my eyes). It’s supposed to be scheduled to see the light of day, on whatever the Internet looks like in 2080, a full 100 years after I was born, and at some time after I’ve died. I am going to try to ensure this doesn’t get revealed to the world before I die, so I’ll reschedule it if I live to be 100 years old.

So if you’re reading this, a few things have happened:

  • The Internet still exists more than 100 years after it was created (or I’ve set it to publish earlier than 2080).
  • I’ve died (or I’m alive, but forgot to reschedule the post)
  • I’ve paid possibly a lot of money to have my website remain active for all of these years.
  • A computer or software bug has released this blog post prematurely. (So if possible, check that I actually am dead before assuming that to be the case.

I hope I got to say goodbye to all of my family and friends, but if my death was sudden I want them to know that I’ll miss them (if I can miss someone after my death). Writing this as a healthy man in my 20’s, I am not really sure what else to say. I try not to spend too much time thinking about mortality, and what I’d want to say to everyone in our limited time on earth.

I wish that I could see the comments this post brings, but that will be your pleasure instead. See you on the flip side, or top side 😉

Newly Discovered Bird Named after Twitter Text Messaging

The Tweeting Puffin is the latest animal to be identified after the 2009 text messaging sensation known as “Twitter”. The Tweeting Puffin shares several traits with its service namesake, so it only made sense that the biologists who discovered it in 2008 would think of naming it as they have. The Latin, and scientific name for the bird, microverbe aviflockus, refers to the short bursts of chirping the Tweeting Puffin makes, reminiscent of the 140 character “tweets” that humans can submit to the Twitter service from their cell phones and computers.

Blood Was Not Staged

To the conspiracy theorists out there that think protesters faked being beaten up by House of Commons security the other day, feast your eyes on this bit of video evidence:
http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=7299524&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1

So How About That Blood… from Adam MacIsaac on Vimeo.

The conspiracy theorists should hope that Custer isn’t eager to jump into lawsuits against people who have defamed him by saying he staged a beating for sympathy.

You can hear/see the protest here.


More here.

ADDED: Here’s why a noisy and “against the rules” protest is required.

Civic Election: Schools, and Protests

Do you like to pack kids into schools as if they are sardines? If not, you might want to vote against the incumbent school board, who tried to close Dieppe school even as its enrollment rose significantly! And you have a chance to vote this Wednesday; what good luck!

You can follow the news on Twitter this time.

What worries me is how Conservative-like Mayor Fiacco’s campaign has been. Like the Conservative candidates in the last federal election he refused to participate in a free-to-attend debate. He only agreed to the $45/ticket Chamber of Commerce sponsored debate at the Centre of the Arts. On top of this anti-democratic policy of only speaking publicly for those who pay to hear, a small group of protesters at the Centre of the Arts were told to leave or they’d be charged with Trespassing! Yes, their Charter rights to peaceful protest were violated by someone at the Chamber of Commerce sponsored event.

The Centre of the Arts is on Wascana Centre Authority land, which is public land that even the Saskatchewan Legislature occupies. Can you imagine a legislature where protest outside of it is “against policy” or even illegal? It seems some people working at the Centre of the Arts want a country with a different constitution where protest of injustice is illegal.

2 Days Left to Organize Boycotts

I wonder if these bloggers will put more effort into boycotting the Canadian Blog Awards than they will the massively taxpayer funded Olympic Winter Games?

A copy/past error, and proofreading oversight for the ’09 categories needed to be corrected. Perhaps now the CBAs are in line with at least some of our previous detractors. If not, I wish them well running their own complimentary blog awards for their desired categories, and/or a pleasant Fall.

We apologize for using the old description of the GBLT categories, which could be read to lumping in feminists with the GBLT community. The description has been fixed.

However, I feel the need to explain some of the thinking behind the category structure this year.

This year, we have decided to remove all of the political categories (which include the conservative, feminist, non-partisan, and progressive categories) with the exception of the “best political” category itself.

The main reason why we decided to go this is because we’ve noticed in previous years, what has happened is an all-out war between different sides of the political spectrum, with some people resorting to subverting to nominations process, trolling, and negative campaigns (not pointing any fingers here.)

Another reason why we decided to remove all of the political category except for best political blog is that we’ve notice that other national blog awards did not have as many political categories as the CBA’s did.

We realize that there are going to be people that are not pleased with this approach, but we feel it is the most fair approach and will give the volunteers of the CBA more time to focus on ensuring the best awards process possible.
Northen BC Dipper | 10.23.09 – 3:55 pm

Half of the fun of the Canadian Blog Awards while I’ve been helping to run it, has been the unbelievable levels of complaints and boycotts surrounding a fun and friendly online competition where all Canadian bloggers can compete and gain a wider audience for about a month. At times it’s stressful, which is why I asked NBCDipper to take the lead in running the CBAs this year, and so far he’s doing a fine job. I have some cooperative business to attend to over the next few weeks so might not have lots of time to put into running a national blog award website.

Canadian Blog Awards 3 Days Away!

The 2009 CBAs are right around the corner. The categories have been trimmed, and the voting has gone preferential so voting splitting will be reduced. And you can nominate your favourite blogs and posts from the last year to get the competition underway, starting October 25, 2009.

CBAs

The Canadian Blog Awards, which celebrate the best in the Canadian blog world, are back for 2009! This annual competition allows anyone to nominate a favourite Canadian blog or blogger in categories including “Best New Blog”, “Best Political Blog”, “Best Humour Blog” and “Best Personal Blog.”

Starting on October 25, 2009, Canadians can nominate their favourite blogs by choosing the applicable category and leaving a comment at www.canadianblogawards.ca until November 21. Two rounds of voting will follow. The first round will narrow each category, and a second vote will determine the winner in each category.

The voting period will run from November 29 to December 12. Winners will be announced at www.canadianblogawards.ca starting on December 13th.