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Headshot of me wearing red lipstick Kara Babcock

Articles from November 2006

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  1. The debate over 'nations'


    Ah, Canada. The wonderful thing about Canadian politics is that it's been the same thing for the past 139 years. Quebec is still whining about becoming a nation.

    The problem comes down, as it usually does, to semantics. That's probably one of the ugliest words in the English language. Semantics. People debating over the definition of words. I don't think it's coincidence that it rhymes with pedantic. ;)

    For those asleep, let me wake…

  2. Smoking v2.0


    Smoking is bad for you. This should not be news, since we know it has been bad for people for a very long time (even if we didn't want to admit it). Second-hand smoke is also bad.

    Now, the entire premise behind smoking is to ingest nicotine, no? (I realise that the tactile experience of smoking a cigarette may be important to some people, but let us set that aside for the moment.) Surely there…

  3. Stranger Than Fiction


    Tonight I went to see Stranger Than Fiction with Laura and Rhiannon. Now I am not a big fan of Will Ferrell, but this movie was not the typical Will Ferrell comedy, which is good.

    Let me begin with some observations about movie theatres and how capitalism has affected them. In getting my food and drink combo I received a candy of my choice: Reeses Peanut Butter Cups or a huge package of Nibs. I…

  4. American Gods


    American Gods, by Neil Gaiman, is one of the best stories I have ever encountered. I once read it, oh, must have been two to three years ago. Then I bought it from Chapters last week on a whim, even though I barely remembered the plot. When it arrived and I picked it up and started to read, I instantly felt better. Just being able to sink into the universe that Gaiman creates with…

  5. Escapism is so attractive


    My Children of Dune DVD arrived today. The other two items have still not been shipped, let alone arrived, but that's all right. This one got here way faster than I expected, and of course, it is sweet. :D

    Stargate SG-1's 10th season premiered tonight. It was also awesome. It answered a lot of the questions raised in season 10, and I don't think I've seen a better premiere. Most premieres suffer from too…