Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Thoughts on the Sandy Hook Shooting

Thoughts on Newtown

The Sandy Hook Shooting & The Shooter


This past Friday, December 14, a 20-year old man fatally shot his mother in the town of Newtown, Connecticut, and then, armed with weapons his mother had owned, attacked the local elementary school, Sandy Hook.

There, he fatally shot 20 students, all from two first-grade classrooms, and six staff. He injured at least one other adult. Somewhere between 10 and 20 minutes after arriving at the school, the attacker shot himself dead. See more details here, if you have not already got your fill.

I want to take the opportunity to post some thoughts on these events and on the reactions I have seen and read elsewhere.

Monday, 3 September 2012

A Quick Peek Under the Covers: Feather Canyons Everywhere

A Quick Peek Under the Covers

Episode 1

Feather Canyons Everywhere


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I would like to begin a semi-regular feature on this blog, during which I will review a piece of music and one or more alternate arrangements, settings, or cover versions, as long as they are superior in some respect to the original (or at least offer something interesting the original does not).

If you have any songs you would like me to review, please post them in the comments!

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Both Sides, Now


"Both Sides, Now" is a song by Alberta-born singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell. According to her, she was inspired to write the song while flying and reading Henderson the Rain King, by Saul Bellow. (I know of neither the book nor the author.)

Mitchell wrote the song in 1967. It was first recorded commercially by singer/songwriter Judy Collins in 1968, while Mitchell herself recorded it for her 1969 album Clouds. (1)

Friday, 31 August 2012

Annals of Notpologia: Krista Ford

Annals of Notpologia: Krista Ford


September 1 Update: Discovered this morning almost all of the links were broken. Hopefully they are now all fixed.

Recently, Krista Ford, the neice of current Toronto mayor Rob Ford, got in a bit of hot water.

Due to a recent spate of sexual assaults in the Toronto area, the local police have been advising the public to be wary (you can see from the news releases that there have been twelve sexual assault alerts released since August 25, which is quite a few, even granting that they may not all be related).

Following one such news release, Ms Ford elected to tweet (1) the following advice to aid women in avoiding sexual assault:

Screen capture from torontoist.com. This Tweet was eventually deleted from Ms Ford's feed, but everything is forever on the Internet.

I'm sure I don't need to spell out the problem with her message.