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· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · December
· · · · 01 (2 entries)

Hold Still! · The an­i­ma­tion in Web dis­play ads is out­ta con­trol, out­ta con­trol, I tell ya! They slith­er and shake and squirm and flash and jit­ter and morph and I’m gonna start bleed­ing from the eye­ball­s. I’ve al­ways es­chewed ad-blockers and Flash-blockers, be­cause ad­ver­tis­ing should be part of the ecosys­tem; but things have gone too far. Ads in mag­a­zines don’t of­fend me in the slight­est, I even en­joy some, have even been in­formed about some­thing I might buy. But on the We­b... my in­stinct tells me that these things not on­ly hurt my brain, they can hard­ly be achiev­ing the in­tend­ed ef­fec­t.
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Liberal Oratory · In Canada, we have three sig­nif­i­cant po­lit­i­cal par­ties. The right-wing Con­ser­va­tives (Tories) oc­ca­sion­al­ly get to form the gov­ern­ment (like now, for in­stance). The cen­trist Lib­er­als are some­times called “the nat­u­ral gov­ern­ing party” and have def­i­nite­ly spent more years in of­fice; at the mo­ment they’re in op­po­si­tion af­ter get­ting a well-deserved spank­ing from the vot­ers over a nasty lit­tle cor­rup­tion scan­dal. Then there’s social-democratic NDP. The Lib­er­als are cur­rent­ly hav­ing a con­ven­tion to pick their next lead­er, quite pos­si­bly our next Prime Min­is­ter. Tonight we had the big speech­es from all eight (!) can­di­dates and the first bal­lot. Prob­a­bly of in­ter­est on­ly to Canadian-politics fan­s ...
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