· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · January
· · · · 06 (4 entries)

Hockey and America · I man­aged to catch a few of the games in the just-completed World Ju­nior Hock­ey Cham­pi­onship. If I’d been more or­ga­nized I might have been able to go to some of them since they were right here in town, but hock­ey turns out to be ex­cel­lent HDTV fare and it was ter­rif­ic en­ter­tain­men­t. While we won the fi­nal 5-0, that wasn’t fair to the Rus­sian­s, who were a strong, fast, skilled team; they had at least as much tal­ent as the Cana­di­an­s. I think they were out-coached; plus our goalie Justin Pogge, whom nobody’d ev­er heard of be­fore, went in­to brick-wall mode in the first third or so of the game, against a mere hu­man there would have been two or three or more Rus­sian goal­s. Any­how, once you got past Cana­da and Rus­si­a, the oth­er re­al­ly good team in the tour­na­ment was the USA. And here’s what’s weird and dis­turbing: the mostly-Canadian au­di­ences were ac­tive­ly cheer­ing for any­one play­ing against the US, and oc­ca­sion­al­ly boo­ing the Amer­i­can­s. Grant­ed, economically-literate Cana­di­ans are mad at the US for egre­gious NAFTA abuse, and we’re ter­ri­fied of the con­se­quences of our neighbor’s lu­natic fis­cal and trade deficit­s. And of course, from the mushy Cana­di­an cul­tur­al cen­tre, Dubya and the neotheo­cons seem like be­ings from an alien plan­et. While, like most Cana­di­an­s, I dis­ap­prove of many ac­tions of the cur­rent US ad­min­is­tra­tion, like most Cana­di­ans I al­so like most Amer­i­can­s. And it’s just mo­ron­ic to take out po­lit­i­cal gripes on a bunch of ea­ger, ded­i­cat­ed, young ath­letes. But hav­ing said that, if there were any doubt that the USA has a ma­jor public-relations prob­lem, boo­ing hock­ey fans a half-hour over the bor­der should dis­pel it.
Bound for Glory · Not sure where I got the point­er from, but check out this US Li­brary of Congress ex­hi­bi­tion of rare colour pho­tographs from 1939-43.
Danny’s Blogging · That would be Dan­ny Weitzn­er, the Web Consortium’s le­gal ea­gle, who did a whole lot of the hard, dirty, slog­ging that led to the ad­mirable W3C Pa­tent Pol­i­cy. I am quite cer­tain that the ben­e­fits of keep­ing the patent trolls away from the Web in­fras­truc­ture will be en­joyed by hu­man­i­ty long af­ter Dan­ny and I and al­most ev­ery­one else now liv­ing are for­got­ten.
Hey Thanks, Firefox! · Via Rob Sayre, word that Fire­fox (will auto-update) will con­tain the fix for Bug 262222, which kept Atom 1.0 feeds that use xm­l:base and rel­a­tive links from work­ing, no­tably in­clud­ing this one. We do make pro­gress. Now if Blog­lines would just get a clue...
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