Zachary Aidan

Zachary Aidan is my new nephew’s name. Sounds like a perfectly serviceable name to me, but wouldn’t have been my first choice. I’m just bitter that no one asked me for input. Not that I deserve any kind of input in this kid’s life, but I like to help out when naming things and people. […]

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Toronto director wins animation Oscar

Local filmmaker Chris Landreth won an Academy Award Sunday for his animated short film Ryan. The film tells the story of Ryan Larkin, a pioneer of Canadian animation who later became a panhandler on the streets of Montreal. “I am here tonight because of the grace and humility of a guy watching from Montreal,” Landreth […]

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Urban Legend: Is Clint Eastwood the son of comic Stan Laurel?

No. Urban legendry abounds with rumors concerning famous people who are supposedly the unacknowledged (and usually illegitimate) children of other famous people, especially within the Hollywood community (actors being noted, in the world of rumor, for both their promiscuity and their willingness to go to extreme lengths to avoid the disclosure of negative publicity.) One […]

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AOL blocks music-copying feature

The company’s Winamp software was identified by bloggers this week as part of a process that transformed copy-protected music downloads into songs that could be burned by the thousand to CD. The tool had potentially affected any subscription service that used Microsoft’s media format, including Napster, Virgin Music and even America Online’s own music subscription […]

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FCC Censorship

When the Federal Communications Commission fined Clear Channel Communications $27,500 last year for each of eighteen incidents of “indecent material” spouted by shock jock Howard Stern, it sure seemed like a lot of money. But in retrospect those fines look like chump change. On February 16th, the Bush administration won House approval for a bill […]

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Standing up to U.S. will gain us respect abroad

It’s now clear how the Bush administration sees things: Canadian sovereignty exists only at its pleasure. If we do what Washington wants, we retain our sovereignty. If we don’t, all bets are off. This is what U.S. ambassador Paul Cellucci clarified last week in his angered response to Paul Martin’s announcement that Canada won’t join […]

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Iran, Russia Sign Key Nuclear Fuel Deal

Russia and Iran signed a nuclear fuel supply deal long opposed by Washington on Sunday which will pave the way for the Islamic state to start up its first atomic power plant next year, state media reported. The agreement, signed by the two countries’ nuclear energy chiefs at the Bushehr atomic reactor in southern Iran, […]

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“Mother of the Matrix” not quite “Victorious”

From the (student newspaper) Salt Lake Community Globe: CORRECTION REGARDING PREVIOUS STORY In reference to the recent article entitled “Mother of the Matrix Victorious,” some information has been deemed misleading. Ms. Sophia Stewart has not yet won her case against Joel Silver, Time Warner and the Wachowski Bros. The decision on October 4th enabled Ms. […]

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Justifiably Paranoid

So, it’s been a couple of days and I’m still a little shaky about the whole “break-in that was not much of a break-in” thing. Even though nothing was stolen, I’m finding it hard to break that whole violated feeling. R likes to point out that I was pretty paranoid before the break-in, so it’s […]

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Peterson to be honoured on postage stamp

Canada Post plans to honour jazz icon Oscar Peterson this summer by issuing a postage stamp in his honour on his 80th birthday. The stamp marks the first time a living individual — other than the Queen or a member of the royal family — will be honoured on a postage stamp for his personal […]

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