So Long And Thanks For All The Home Electronics

Hells yeah, departing students! Found curbside being discarded: a functional Nintendo 64, complete with the finest game ever made, the sourge of our first-year undergrad productivity... James Bond Goldeneye.

That, some completely perfect Sony stereo components (including a dual tape deck and a CD player) and a lovely toaster oven are now all ours.  But those seeking electronics and appliances might want to take a quick jaunt to our neighbourhood:  An Akai tuner, a VCR, a cable box, a computer keyboard and a vacuum cleaner are all waiting the right passerby to lay claim to them.

Itinerant students, we thank you for your moving-day benefience.

Yours in dumpster-diving,



Hello World

If you’re seeing this, we’ve managed to get our mobile email posting thingamahoolie up and running.

And if you're seeing this, then your loyal editor is a Unix genius and the Cron job worked ok.

Sorry for the mundane interruption to the blogflow. But from now on, look for this cute little Blackberry icon to indicate that we're compulsively blogging from whatever our present location happens to be. And when you see that little icon, it's your cue to be all forgiving about spelling and typos because you'll know we wrote our post on a keyboard 7 centimeters wide.


It's Moving Day In Kingston

The Sign Says

"Last week, I helped my friend stay put. It's a lot easier than helping someone move. I just went over to his house and made sure he did not start to load shit into a truck."

-- Mitch Hedberg

This weekend, some 12,000 Kingston residents -- mostly the itinerant Queen's-student variety -- will be moving homes. According to the university, one third of the students moving are moving out of residence, one third are moving from one ghetto shitbox to the next, and the last third have graduated and are getting the fuck out of Dodge.

What's this mean to the rest of us who aren't moving? Well, among other things, it means that there is an absolute bonanza of ugly furniture available for cheap or free. When you're moving from your place in the Ghetto to start your grownup life, you're not likely to be carting that overstuffed avocado-green couch with you.

There's a small economy fueled by this crap:  Throughout the weekend, pickup trucks steered by eagle-eyed junk collectors and used-furniture vendors are to be seen cruising through the ghetto.  And since Kingston's bylaw enforcement is also out, ready to lay the legislative smackdown on anyone who sullies their otherwise pristine ghetto front-lawn with refuse, some are turning to Teh Intarnets to find homes for their old furniture.

There's a lot of Ikea stuff and some genuinely good deals on things like appliances and beds over on the AMS Marketplace.  However, there's also some hilariously awesome ghetto furniture.  Some of our own personal favourites include this plaid armchair and this plaid couch.  If plaid's not your thing, you can try to hide it with a big Hello Kitty pillow, or you can just go for something floral or icy-purple velvet instead.



(Via MSN Messenger)

Plus-One: I got us burgers. And buns.

Optimus: Yum!
Optimus: ... But, uh, is there even propane in the BBQ?

Plus-One: I'm hoping so.
Plus-One: I'm just eating enough pickles to work up the motivation to go check.
Plus-One: (I also bought pickles.)



Unsubstantiated Lede Alert:  CBC news ran a story today titled 'Serving soldiers say arrival of bodies should be private'. Interesting, except for the fact that the story itself has quotes from only two soldiers, one of whom thinks the arrival ceremony should be private, and another of whom has mixed feelings about the issue.

From the CBC's 'Journalistic Standards and Practices':


Special care must be exercised in the presentation, whether live or pre-recorded, of statements gathered through interviews with randomly selected persons... Comments gathered this way must be presented for the sole purpose of illustrating the range and texture of popular opinion. Care must be taken not to suggest that such presentations reflect the distribution or weight of opinion in the community on one or another side of a question. 

Maybe it's just us, but this headline seems to suggest a uniformity of opinion or consensus that just isn't supported in the body of the article.

Ask two CF personnel how they feel, then print up a nice punchy headline about what "soldiers" feel.  That's some top-notch journalism right thurrr.   Bravo.