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Archive for May 2003

The Antichrist is coming?

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Written by Randy McDonald

May 31, 2003 at 12:07 pm

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[ARTICLE] Kingwell on the US in Iraq

Surprisingly enough, from the National Post:

In empire’s heart of darkness

Mark Kingwell
National Post

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Nobody should be surprised that post-invasion Iraq is a shambles, since that is exactly what both previous experience and logic demanded. After all, killing people is easier than ruling them. Nobody should be surprised, but still they are.

Recent cracks in the diplomatic edifice, with State Department lifers squaring off against ideologues from the White House, are just the most obvious signs of trouble. Ambassador Paul Bremer, the top civilian authority in American-controlled Iraq, was parachuted into the job after a behind-the-scenes struggle over the harsh direction of American efforts. Who needs diplomacy when you have Special Forces?

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Written by Randy McDonald

May 30, 2003 at 10:17 am

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Notes

  • I got five extra hours of work Thursday. This equates to a sum of roughly some 70 dollars, which is roughly half of the cost of my train ticket between Toronto and Kingston last month. I am anticipating having more time today. That was a nice thing to think about during my gym workout that evening; that, and Ladurie’s famous historical study Montaillou, concerning the Cathar-influenced peasants of the Languedocian village of that name in the first decade of the 14th century. (Review of Montaillou coming.)
  • I’m planning on going next Wednesday to a get-together of Island bloggers coordinated by Charlottetown’s own Will Pate. Others on the Island probably should come if you want to upgrade;
  • Oh, and I got linked to by the blog Voyage in Arcturus, referencing my space colonization posting. (Part 2 very soon.)

Written by Randy McDonald

May 30, 2003 at 12:08 am

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TV Shows

  • Monday evening, I watched an episode of Queer as Folk. It was enjoyable, but I remain confused as to how I (from QAF‘s core demographic) am supposed to relate to the show.
  • Tuesday evening, I watched an episode of The Wire in the Blood, an adaptation of a murder-mystery series by Val McDermid. It was entertaining, gory and psycho-crazy while remaining relatively intelligent.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 28, 2003 at 11:17 pm

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Pop Will Eat Itself

This is scary.

From MTV.com:

Avril’s Tale Of Sk8er Boi Meets Girl Optioned For Movie

Avril Lavigne’s “Sk8er Boi” may soon shredding the silver screen.

Paramount Pictures has optioned the Let Go hit for a feature film, according to Lavigne’s publicist. Writer David Zabel, whose previous television credits include work for “ER,” “Jag” and “Dark Angel,” will translate the song’s lyrics into a full-length movie, and MTV Films and Alphaville will produce the prospective flick, according to industry trade The Hollywood Reporter.

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Written by Randy McDonald

May 28, 2003 at 6:34 pm

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Changes

You know, I’d forgotten about this, and how much I meant it at the time and still do, now.

Time to make some more positive changes in my life. 🙂

Written by Randy McDonald

May 28, 2003 at 6:29 pm

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General Update

A brief update:

Lebanese Food

Written by Randy McDonald

May 28, 2003 at 6:03 pm

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