Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Feel Like You Need a Shower?

(migrated from my Tripod blog on 11/05/2011)

So, today was the big day.

Today we went to the polls and cast our ballots to elect (or re-elect, as the case may be) Winnipeg's new mayor and City Councillors.  You did get off your lazy, cynical ass to vote, didn't you?  Didn't you?! 

Truth told, I know a few people who didn't, and have gotten wind of a few more who say they are abstaining from the vote for whatever reason.  I don't think any less of these whiny self-righteous cocksuckers individuals for not voting, that's their cop out decision, and I'll respect that. I have to admit, when it comes to mayoral candidates, pickins' is slim
I voted, and I did so happily, despite the nasty weather and nastier virus I'm currently battling.

"Why are you so happy, then, Mr. Jerk?" you may ask.

Well, I'll let you in on a little secret:  I don't care who wins the Mayoral race.  I don't care for the job our Mr. Katz has done of late, but I don't have much faith in his competitor(s), either.  I'll stop short of saying something cynical like "We're fucked regardless of who gets in", but I have a gut feeling we're in for a rough couple of years.

"Then why, pray tell, are you so happy?" you may ask again.

Simple.  If it weren't for lousy local politics, our local blogging community would have nothing to write about... they'd all start writing about random, pointless crap, and I really hate competition. 

Seriously, though... While I have no real faith in the Mayoralty, I do have faith in one of the candidates running for City Council in my ward.  I know the kind of work this person has done for the community, and know they'd be the right person to represent our ward... so I got out of my deathbed, trudged the three blocks in the howling autumn gale (uphill both ways, shoeless, carrying my elderly neighbours on my back) to the polling station, and lent this person my support.  I wish them luck.

I also wish my pal Dean Koshelanyk luck... he's running for Councillor in Point Douglas, right next door to our ward.

Anyhow, I'm getting less coherent by the minute, thanks in part to the over-the-counter cold-and-flu medication I'm taking, so I'll wrap this up now.  I shudder at the editing I'll need to do tomorrow...

Monday, October 18, 2010

Stripped Bare

(migrated from my Tripod blog on 11/05/2011)

Acting on a suggestion from Mr. Point (and because all the other bloggers are doing it), I headed down to 272 Main St this evening after work, with camera in tow.

"Why?", you may ask.  Why, to see the Scott Block, of course!

After several decades of hiding its true face behind ugly white slats*, it has been revealed to the world.  The Scott Block's façade has been laid bare for all to see.

View of 272 Main St from across the street

 View of the South side of 272 Main St.

Mounting brackets for the cladding

Mounting brackets closeup

I don't know about you, but I much prefer the original façade over the white slats any day.  The Scott building is going to look great when the restoration is complete.

See also:
One Man Committee (*from whom I stole the link to the MAIN272.PDF)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

To a New Beginning

(migrated from my Tripod blog on 11/05/2011)

So, here we go again.

In deference to my Web 2.0 readership, I have set aside a bit of storage and bandwidth to bring you the reanimated version of my old blog, Conceit and Sociopathy.

When the Blogosphere is full, the Dead will walk the earth.

Seriously though, I've had a couple of people mention that they'd like my page a lot more if it were more interactive... like my old blog used to be.  As I hand-code my own HTML, and as my skillset isn't at the level where I can add such things myself, I decided to take the easy way out and use Tripod's built-in Blog Builder as I did on two previous occasions (Dove's Society Page and the Thugs' site, longtime readers will remember!).

It ain't pretty, but it's functional.  You can leave comments (moderated, of course), and there's a handy RSS feed too, so update your blogrolls, folks... I'll be doing the same in the next couple of days.

Before you ask... no, this doesn't mean the rest of the site is dead.  All the truly interesting stuff will be available solely via the original index page.

Speaking of interesting, I found another batch of old content from years gone by.  I came across an old 1Gb hard drive that I'd yanked from Raven, my old Powerbook 5300.  I'm currently going through it, and there's a couple of old chestnuts I think should see the light of day again... specifically a couple of pieces that will be of interest to a certain girl living in Belgium (hi Krstjan!)

At any rate, I'm debating whether to migrate Conceit and Sociopathy's content here, or to the main page's commentary section.  Either way, it'll require a bit of work.

Speaking of work, it's getting late.  Time to hit the sack.