THE FINAL HOURS

Greetings,

It’s the final days of the U.S. Presidential election. All the energies and efforts of both John Kerry and George W. Bush are focused on key swing states like Ohio and Florida, where it’s just too close to call at this point. Basically, with the race as tight as it is, Kerry and Bush need to win at least one of those electoral college-rich states to secure an advantage. The arcane rules of the electoral college–formerly not that important, now, after the 2000 election, a source of irritation amongst Republicans and Democrats alike–ensures that no matter what happens, the candidates need to nail down as many swing states as possible.

Tuesday marks a milestone moment in American history: either we continue the path we’re on now with Bush, or we chart a different course with Kerry that yields to more international co-operation. At least, we hope.

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RED SOX NATION MAY NOW GO NUTS

Greetings,

I never thought I’d see the day when the Boston Red Sox – a team loathed by many a Blue Jays fan, myself included – would win the World Series, but they did. 86 years of mistakes, Bill Buckner and other twists of fate, consigned to the dustbin of history.

So in spite of the fact it goes against everything in my being, here’s a toast to the Red Sox and their World Series win.

Just don’t make it a habit, okay?

BLOGGING AS A CULTURAL THING

Greetings,

In the midst of assignments, web sites and other stuff on my plate (it’s a full plate, I tell you), a little “debate” of the somewhat-friendly variety has emerged through the pages of the Dal Gazette over a little article I published a week ago.

I argued that blogging is, generally speaking, an activity that’s limited in scope and size, and that it’s full of digital banality (case in point: the very slow number of actually *news* oriented postings on this site as of late). The guy who responded to my piece took issue with that stance, saying that many people are, in fact, interested in the culture of blogging.

Again, the limited number of people who read this blog can testify that they get more out of it because they know me, not because they surf here out of habit. I know this is a very vain thing to do, mostly because it’s helpful in improving my writing skills and expressing my thoughts online.

In any case, I just don’t think blogging is that big as of yet. Give it a few more years and blogging will be an essential skill for journalists. Just not yet.

U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Greetings,

My postings are getting back into the swing of things now that this first week of workshops is over. I’ll be posting some MP3s on here of my radio segments shortly, so indulge in some downloads soon, a la Greg.

The final U.S. Presidential debate is finished and it looks like the verdict is: a tie.

John Kerry and George W. Bush have been squaring off in a fairly brutal fashion as of late; Kerry, who’s got his facts straight and can actually debate, seems to have gained the upper hand here and there – never trust immediate polling from CNN’s web site, too many variables to indicate a reliable sample – but then Bush always seems to catch up again. I swear, is Bush made of Teflon? I used to think former PM Jean Chretien (whom I respect and think was a fairly good PM) was pretty much immune to polls; Bush makes Chretien’s immunity seem fairly inconsequential.

In any case, only a few weeks left in the U.S. election race. Stay tuned, the best is yet to come.

THANKSGIVING

Greetings,

One wonders why I get up so early every morning. I seem to enjoy the freshness of waking up early.

Today is the final day of Boot Camp. It’s been a very intense eight weeks but the end is in sight.

Everybody have a terrific Thanksgiving!

ANNIVERSARY!

Greetings,

Well today marks a momentous day in my digital life: my blog’s one-year anniversary! Yes, I know you’re all just dying in anticipation, I can feel it. Can you tell how sarcastic that was?

I’ve been doing some advisory work for a fellow student here on blogs; she’s doing her honours project on blogging as a journalistic activity, so I’ve been giving some quotes and other information on blogs for her project. It’s kind of fun knowing I’ve got some expertise on this subject (a condition that’s been built up through years of learning, whether it be through reading or trial-and-error, but you get the idea).

I’ll have a link to an article I’ve written for the Dal Gazette on blogs coming soon – I’ll provide it here shortly. I’m heading back to Toronto for Thanksgiving, just to rest and contemplate the end of King’s Boot Camp.