Category Archives: Microblogging

This is an archive of my posts to Google+ and older posts to identi.ca and twitter.com.

Eliana Marengo is a judge in Quebec

Eliana Marengo is a xenophobic bigot.

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/02/27/quebec-hijab-ruling-served-with-extra-cruelty-mallick.html

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Quebec hijab ruling served with extra cruelty: Mallick | Toronto Star
The Quebec judge who told a woman to remove her hijab in court is in the wrong legally and morally.

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This is my second guitar

I bought it about 5 years ago in Cebu City in the Philippines, a city famous for their handmade guitars. I've had a love-hate relationship with it ever since. It's a beauty, and it sounds great, but it's a bitch to play with a big, heavy neck and ridiculously high action. I can't play barre chords for more than 30 seconds without my hand cramping up. And the frets are so far apart compared to my Les Paul, it messes up my fingering.

Anyway, a couple weeks ago, on a whim, I took out a measuring tape and checked the scale length. 27-3/4 inches! Holy heck, my guitar isn't a guitar at all, it's a baritone guitar! And for the last 5 years I've kept it in standard tuning! No wonder it was hard to play, the string tension must have been crazy. I've since tuned it down to B-standard and suddenly it's much more fun to play! I can play barre chords, bend notes, vibrato… And playing in lower keys is kinda fun too. Now I just need to memorize the chord transpositions…
This is my second guitar. I bought it about 5 years ago in Cebu City in the Philippines, a city famous for their handmade guitars. I’ve had a love-hate relationship with it ever since. It’s a beauty, and it sounds great, but it’s a bitch to play with a big, heavy neck and ridiculously high action. I can’t play barre chords for more than 30 seconds without my hand cramping up. And the frets are so far apart compared to my Les Paul, it messes up my

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Interesting read

most of us will probably never drive a Tesla car (unless their prices really come down), but it's looking like many of us might use Tesla batteries to help us get off the grid.

http://www.theverge.com/2015/2/13/8033691/why-teslas-battery-for-your-home-should-terrify-utilities

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Why Tesla’s battery for your home should terrify utilities
Earlier this week, during a disappointing Tesla earnings call, Elon Musk mentioned in passing that he’d be producing a stationary battery for powering the home in the next few months. It sounded…

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This was hands-down my favouite commercial last night – if only because it's…

This was hands-down my favouite commercial last night – if only because it's bound to piss off some creationists.

Carnival Corporation – Come Back To The Sea – Super Bowl XLIX Commercial: http://youtu.be/0xQ-HyzAgRk

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Amazingly clear day in St

Maarten today. Usually we're lucky to see Statia, but today it's clear as day, with a view of St. Kitts and even Nevis further off in the distance.
Amazingly clear day in St. Maarten today. Usually we’re lucky to see Statia, but today it’s clear as day, with a view of St. Kitts and even Nevis further off in the distance.

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Watching the #NHL All Star Game I'm reminded why I usually don't bother

Watching the #NHL All Star Game I'm reminded why I usually don't bother. Hockey with no defence and no checking is a boring waste of time.

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Some more pics of Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2

Some more pics of Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2

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I found it! Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2

It's just a little below the Pleiades now. Not the best picture you'll see of it, but that's about as good as my camera can do with a 315mm (equiv) lens.
I found it! Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2
It’s just a little below the Pleiades now. Not the best picture you’ll see of it, but that’s about as good as my camera can do with a 315mm (equiv) lens.

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Well I tried to find comet Lovejoy last night.  I found Orion, Aldebaran, and The…

Well I tried to find comet Lovejoy last night.  I found Orion, Aldebaran, and The Pleiades.  I used my binoculars to search around where the comet should be, got a kink in my neck, and saw lots of fainter stars, but nothing obviously a comet. Hmmm. Comet finding is harder than it sounds.  I guess I'll try again tonight.

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Until I read this I had no interest in seeing this movie, expecting it to be typical…

Until I read this I had no interest in seeing this movie, expecting it to be typical American patriotic tripe.  Now I'm interested, if only to see how Eastwood treats Chris Kyle.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/06/real-american-sniper-hate-filled-killer-why-patriots-calling-hero-chris-kyle

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The real American Sniper was a hate-filled killer. Why are simplistic patriots treating him as a hero? | Lindy West
Lindy West: Clint Eastwood’s film about Navy Seal Chris Kyle has hit a raw nerve in America, with right wingers calling for the rape or death of anyone ungrateful enough to criticise his actions

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