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thoughts for the season

ok, this one's been around for a while, but, after so many parents doubtless distinguished themselves by tackling other adults to get their hands on a ps3 or wii, or bought their children video games in the annual spend-a-thon for christ, this is what you have to look forward to. happy holidays. (nsfw if you have german speakers in your midst, or people positioned to read the subtitles.)

diet diary, part 7

oh yeah... you know that feeling of accomplishment that you get when you finally succeed at something that has previously frustrated you? i got that this week.

the last time that i was somewhat happy with my weight was when i moved to toronto, when i dropped a bunch of weight following a period of stress that had tested the limits of my waist bands. at that time, i purchased a jacket for a formal function i was attending. it was a very tailored look, so when the weight came back (with extra), it suddenly became a lot less flattering and a lot more embarrassing.

this week, i had a meeting that required a somewhat formal look, so i figured, given my recent success, that i would give the old jacket a shot. and what do you know? it fits just as well as when i first got it.

it's sort of ironic to me that, while i was always sensitive about my weight, i never paid much attention to it (didn't really diet, didn't get freaked out by changes...). it was only after i had been in…

better than me

if you've already gone through my tourist shots (see previous post), then move up to the real thing. david giral's photos make me weak in the knees.

perhaps i find him appealing because so many of his images are urban in nature. what is truly remarkable is that cities like ottawa and toronto, which are nice, but not heart-stoppers, appear as beautiful as those likeparis (he took shots of the same mall that i did...) and new york, which don't need help to be beautiful.

many of his photos are situated in montreal (such as the one on the right), including a study of hochelaga-maisonneuve, my old stomping grounds (and my even older stomping grounds around the mcgill ghetto). i would like to use his images to finally refute the claim that hochelaga-maisonneuve is ugly. impoverished, yes. ugly, no.

i realise that his photos are treated, but my feelings on this have always been that great photography seeks to convey a scene as perceived through human senses. and giral has tha…

better late than never...

my friend charlemagne is here to direct you to my flickr site, where i have belatedly uploaded some photos of my trip to paris and london. they are in a high holy mess, because i haven't had the inclination to organise them into nice groups yet. consider yourself warned.

diet diary, part 6

oh you thought it was over? not so, although october was not a banner month in the battle of the bulge. a combination of vacation and business travel made things a little difficult. but november saw me back on track and saw me taking the first measure of my results. literally. i took my measurements last weekend and was happy to find that i have lost two inches off my chest and hips and three and a half inches off my waist since i first started my diet back in august. another inch across the board and i'll be the same size that i was at fourteen. (i should add that this was not the smallest i have been, but it was the first time i remember measuring myself.

my weight loss has again been getting noticed and i am frequently faced with the question "what are you doing to lose the weight?" the answer, that i'm paying careful attention to calories and portins and i'm not even exercising as much as i should, is greeted with a combination of disbelief and frustration. …

gliberals

unlike most canadians, i have an aversion to the liberal party. partly, it's because, before i defected, i was raised in a family that favoured the conservatives, so i developed an early distaste. mostly, though, it's because i have always disliked organisations that try to be all things to all people. in modeling themselves as the natural governing party, the liberals have shown little political consistency, notwithstanding the fact that they have produced some impressive leaders. one of the only observant comments to come out of the mouth of stephen harper was during the 2004 english language debate, where he told jack layton that he might not agree with him, but he at least knew where layton stood. with the liberals, the answer to the question of where they stand on a particular issue seems to be "where would you like me to stand"?

however, because i've been a political junky since childhood and because closely contested leadership conventions are like the chi…