Skip to main content

marching in

while the student protests have generally taken place downtown or in the lower part of the plateau, they are apparently branching out. around midnight monday a very peaceful group marched in front of our building, sandwiched between police escorts.

the calm was almost eerie, especially in light of the fact that the night before, a cop had threatened to arrest dom and i for looking at a group of his peers "attending" to a prone figure on the ground downtown. in this case, there seemed to be no aggression on either side, no provocation.

the only contact i saw between police and protestors was towards the end. several of those marching had made use of a hose attached to the side of the building next to ours to fill their water bottles. as the last few filled up and turned off the hose, an officer on a bicycle approached. the protestor gave him the hose without being coerced, more like he was just handing it to the next person in line. i didn't see if the cop filled up a water bottle of his own.

as far as damages, one of the marchers left a coke can on a parked car. another one crossed over to pick it up and carry it to the nearest garbage can.

thus progresses the student spring...








sadly, the d├ętente did not last. there was another near-riot last night downtown...

Comments

as long as you're here, why not read more?

jihadvertising?

i keep seeing this ad for tictac candies:



am i the only one who finds the suicide bomber clown at the end a little unnerving? all the nice natural things like the bunny and the [extinct] woolly mammoth and the fruit get devoured by a trying-to-appear-nonthreatening-but-obviously-psychotic clown who then blows himself up. congratulations, tictac, i think this ad has landed you on about a dozen watch lists.

oh and by the way, showing me that your product will somehow cause my stomach to explode in a rainbow of wtf makes me believe that doing consuming tictacs would be a worse dietary decision than the time i ate two raw eggs and a half a bottle of hot sauce on a dare.

armchair centre back :: finding your best boss

everything i know about bosses, i've learned from watching the premier league this year. 

it's been a long time since i posted about my love of football [soccer], possibly because i was traumatised by seeing my darlings swansea city getting mauled week after week, all the while looking like they were playing for the right to choose between being executed by guillotine or firing squad. it's been a very long season. well, half a season. suddenly, however, it doesn't seem so bad. the reason for that is very clear: carlos carvalhal. swansea's new portuguese manager is a breath of fresh air, and a complete switch from the focused and pragmatic paul clement. now, i liked paul clement, and i think that his internship at some of the best clubs in the world made him a real catch. it's just that sometimes you need to find someone who connects with your team, your people, which carlos definitely seems to have done. as the days lengthen and the weather shows some signs of…

digging for [audio] treasure

my computer tells me that i need to cut down the amount of music stored on my overstuffed hard drive. my ears tell me that that would deprive me of some wonderful listening experiences. 
halifax, nova scotia was not the easiest place to find out about music with limited appeal. it was a very music-centred city, to be sure, but, being smaller, things like noise, industrial, and experimental music struggled to gain a foothold, even as the alternative rock scene exploded in the early nineties. i was lucky enough to have some friends who were happy to share music that they loved, but i knew that there were lots of things that i was missing out on.

with the dawn of the internet, and various types of music sharing, i found myself able to discover bands that i'd heard about, but never managed to track down, from the days of underground cassette culture. and, to my surprise and elation, many of them do very much live up to what i'd imagined from reading descriptions of them in catalo…