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Archive for November 2002

This is unintentionally hilarious.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 30, 2002 at 8:58 pm

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Another Comic

The Misadventures of Hello Chthulu:


Some things just shouldn’t be done, even when they’re fun …

Written by Randy McDonald

November 30, 2002 at 6:18 pm

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Canadian Vikings

From the Toronto Globe and Mail:

Icelanders add a leaf to Viking mystery tale
Legend that begins in Newfoundland ends with a ‘fantasy’ discovery in field


Saturday, November 30, 2002
Page A3

Written by Randy McDonald

November 30, 2002 at 6:11 pm

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Another Note for my Honours

  • In Thirty Acres, the elite in rural Québec was strongly particularistic, attached to the French language, Roman Catholic religion, and a reactionary rural/peasant ideology explicitly constructed in opposition to liberal central Canadian/US ideologies.
  • In Barometer Rising, the elite in Nova Scotia–actually, the two elites, in Cape Breton and in Halifax–were assimilatory. They did not oppose use of the English language nearly so virulently as did their counterparts in Québec, the question of religious distinctiveness from the rest of the continent was not an issue anywhere in Nova Scotia, and the goals of secular prosperity through trade were universal.

Hence, more assimilation in Nova Scotia than in Québec.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 30, 2002 at 5:54 pm

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Website Colouring


The above URL is the URL of my website. It’s still in the process of being formed, which is why I’d like to ask some questions to improve it

  • Do you like the colour scheme (light green background, black text)?
  • If not, what background colour would you recommend?
  • Is there any feature (more contact information, more graphics, more content) that you think I should add?

Written by Randy McDonald

November 30, 2002 at 2:01 am

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(This posting, to those of you unfamiliar with 2300AD, talks about merging four fictional RPG settings into one. So, if you’re worried about being a geek, be warned and read no further.)

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Written by Randy McDonald

November 29, 2002 at 9:09 pm

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This isn’t good:

Toronto Star

Nov. 29, 2002. 01:00 AM

Even before the `moron’ flap, Canada was petty in U.S. eyes
Bush White House regards neighbour as minor irritant President’s relationship with Chrétien extremely poor


Written by Randy McDonald

November 29, 2002 at 7:34 pm

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Honours Essay notes

  • Thirty Acres describes a civilization (the French Canadian Catholic rural peasantry) that was quite dynamic and resisted liberal industrial capitalism for a relatively long time (until the 1920’s) before succumbing.
  • Barometer Rising describes two civilizations (Cape Breton Gaeldom and Haligonian upper-class WASP circles) which were not dynamic, which did not differ all that much from the “Ontario/US model” to start with and did not discourage assimilation.
  • Surfacing describes a civilization–the Euro-Canadian presence on the Canadian Shield–that has entirely given up on trying to be independent of the core, and is just satiated by being a periphery.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 29, 2002 at 6:40 pm

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Amy’s id was quite nice to meet in person. I ended up tagging along to some theatre performances in Duffy, the final exam of the theatre class. There was a deadly funny play of a massively dysfunctional rich family (marriage getting annulled, children psychologically wrenched, cruel cutting comments all around) that was very good; Act 3 of Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest was less so, although that’s because I think Wilde’s plots tend just to be a collection of quotes strung together in the semblance of a plot–I’m not making a very good bi, am I?

I left at 3 pm, and then went to Main. I gorged on cheese in the Economics Lounge, then fell asleep as I read a book in the cushioned Eames chair in the English Lounge and missed my ride by an hour.

Oh: My copy of 2300AD’s Colonial Atlas has come in. So, yes, I’m quite pleased.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 29, 2002 at 6:19 pm

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I’ve dropped off the final paper (HIST 391), and I’ve switched to an unlimited-time Internet package with ISN (I download a lot, probably too many, mp3s and videos and whatnot).

Next, to meet up with Amy’s Id.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 29, 2002 at 12:35 pm

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