On War

The New York Review of Books: On War.

Chris Hedges reviews Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America and the New Face of American War by Evan Wright and The Fall of Baghdad by Jon Lee Anderson. Many excellent thoughts and observations, and this moment of lucidity taken from Generation Kill:

One of the Marines in the book returns to California and is invited to be the guest of honor in a gated community in Malibu, a place where he could never afford to live. The residents want to toast him as a war hero.

“I’m not a hero,” he tells the guests. “Guys like me are just a necessary part of things. To maintain this way of life in a fine community like this, you need psychos like us to go out and drop a bomb on somebody’s house.

I don’t know if I’ll ever read the books, but the review itself is worth 5 minutes of your time.

[Via MeFi.]

Sur ma table de nuit

The Shadow Rising, tome 4 de la série The Wheel of Time de Robert Jordan. Fini hier soir. Il va falloir que je fasse un échange postal pour le 5e: c’est pas si mal en fin de compte et son style de misogynie passive la misandrie acharnée de ses personnages féminins commence à être divertissante.

Il a été remplacé immédiatement par Technology Patent Licensing: an International Reference on 21st Century Patent Pools and Patent Platforms, de Larry M. Goldstein et Brian N. Kearsey. Deux genres de littérature qui font travailler l’imagination peut-être?

Ils ont été précédés de L’Abyssin, de Jean-Christophe Ruffin et de Justine, de Lawrence Durrell; au moins là il y avait un thème commun: l’Égypte et les expatriés.

Eco-Jobs in Canada

Eco-Jobs in Canada: Good Work Canada is a website devoted to employment for everyone interested in environment, peace, organic and sustainable living! Jobs, contracts, internships and other opportunities from across Canada and beyond. Entry-level or experienced. Plus eco/organic businesses for sale; co-ops; work-exchange; learning opportunities; events & networking; job search tips; and a directory of related links and resources. A growing diversity of listings on-line and by e-mail. Free for job seekers. PWYC for employers.

[Via Channel montreal.]

Font history

Douze Lunes points to “Scourge of Arial“. It tells a little bit of type history. I like those things, as you might have noticed.

Speaking of fonts, these days, I’m trying to use Gentium, “a typeface for the nations” as an alternative to my old favourite, Minon. It’s free-as-in-beer (and I’m not convinced the open source model would work well for fonts) and the goal of the project is interesting. I stumbled upon it looking for fonts with the required accents to write pinyin.

Aggregating Global Civil Society

I’ve been learning about blogosphere related tools for a while now. For a change, last week, Omar at Alternatives showed me a couple tools by Richard Rogers. I think those are nice uses of technology and I’m curious to see if anyone has other similar applications to share.

They focus on the modelization of social issues and trends in the media.

Check out this Election Issue tracker (Click on the Issuetracker button in the right navigation column, the one with the colored graph.

The flash app first shows you the issues that political parties campaigned on. You’ll see scrolling at top the issues that were part of an election platform, the grey zones underneath indicate whether or not the issue was part of the platform for the party listed on the left side.

Click on an issue and you’ll see at the bottom the number of times that issue was mentionned in a number of news sources in the recent days, therefore giving you a metric of the mindshare a party is getting my focusing on a given issue, without regard to the actual content (positive or negative) of the articles or the position of the party.

Infoid.org offers the Web Issue Index of Civil Society . The site is in English and largely self explanatory: The Web Issue Index of Civil Society may be likened to a consumer price index. A consumer price index watches price fluctuations in a stable set of goods for indications of inflation. The Web Issue Index watches the campaigning behaviour of stable sets of non-governmental organisations for indications of attention to social issues.

Richard Rogers maintains govcom.com with links to more goodies.

Typos don’t matter

This makes me feel much better about my typing skills:

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The comment Joi adds about not being able to correct titles because of the way permalinks are set up is also very true for me. I’ve had to set up permanent redirects on some posts that had accented letters in the titles when I changed the character encoding of my pages: apparently MT re-encoded the titles differently, which left me with duplicate individual archive pages..

[Joi ItoJerry]

Let’s do as if nothing happened

Yahoo news item seen through NetNewsWire with the HTMLDiff feature turned on.

Reuters – A respected and moderate Canadian leading Canadian Muslim cleric was said on Saturday he had been detained and interrogated in Florida by U.S. immigration officials for 16 hours without any charges being filed, when they tried to visit Florida and the Toronto Star newspaper reported on Saturday.
experience had put him off ever going to the United States again.

I really like to see how stories are modified, it’s usually way more telling on big media feeds than on weblogs.

Zellers

J’ai eu une excellente expérience de magasinage chez Zellers à la Plaza Côte-des-Neiges dimanche après-midi.

Prix raisonnables, bonne sélection de produits, étalages en ordre et, ce qui m’a désarçonné, personnel courtois, super serviable et disponible.

J’admets que je suis surpris, je m’attendais pas à grand chose.