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Publisher scrubs U.S. prices from Canadian magazine covers

Publisher scrubs U.S. prices from Canadian magazine covers
I would like to see this supposed “request of Canadian wholesalers.” but I can certainly believe that they asked for it the cowardly dogs. In any case, until they are named and shamed, I am no longer buying Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, or The Oprah Magazine!

Thus is the power of my purchasing dollar maintained.

Leave a Comment » Blog Archive » Public Domain Day 2007

Now in the public domain, the works of A. A. Milne, English author.

Step up all you Pooh-bear slash fic writers.

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Neil Gaiman

I am a huge fan of his writing. I love his comics, his novels, his blog. However. I don’t think I like the books he likes. Off the top of my head, the only novels I have ever picked up, simply on a recommendation by him, are Susanna Clarke‘s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell and Gene Wolfe‘s The Wizard Knight, boith of which failed to thrill me. I found them both obtuse and boring. Jonathan Strange was full of long chapters where nothing happens; The Wizard Knight spends far too much time using conversations as expository text. Conversations that often take place in dialect. Wolfe also spends too much time jumping around in time.

Artistic they both may be, but enjoyable they are not. They spend too much time being clever in the manner in which they tell the story, and not enough time actually telling it. This is where Neil differs. Like the late, great P.G. Wodehouse, his use of language is parsimonious and his timing perfect.

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Requiescat in pace, Steve

Reports of the life and death of Steve “Crocodile Hunter” Irwin are the #1 entry on Google News as I write this. Stabbed throught the heart by a sting ray while filming, he died almost instantly. He is only the third person in Australian history to die from a sting ray wound. Discovery Communications is renaming it’s garden at corporate headquartes in Maryland, USA after him and is also establishing a fund in his name to ensure the economic survival of his Australia Zoo wildlife park on the Gold Coast in southern Queensland. The fund will also provide for the education of his 2 children – Bindi Sue, 8, and Robert, 3. The Queensland Premier has offered a state funeral for him to his wife Terri, who has rushed back from a wildlife trek in Tasmania. Crikey mate, I’ll miss you.

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