Two responses to the last post merit a post of their own: 1. David asks “What’s a 5-à-7?” The simple answer: a cocktail party that occurs between the hours of 5 and 7pm. Except people seem to mostly drink wine at these things. Spelled cinq-à-sept and pronounced by anglos everywhere as something closer to “Sanka […]
Last night Carrie had excellent Friday night plans. We were going to a 5-à-7 and then to catch dinner and movie downtown. Well, the weather pretty much killed that ideas and the 5-à-7 was cancelled, so we decided we’d cook something nice and stay in and watch stuff on TV. All evening we could hear […]
(Disputed) inventor of poutine dies.
Apparently, there has been a rash of food fights at Canadian schools. Some of them are documented on YouTube. You can imagine where this is heading. Today, I spoke with a reporter assigned to write a story about whether the press might be making too big a deal out of the fact that the food […]
I’m up early, so you get a blog entry before I hit the road. We’re off to Washington DC for a few days for my annual family get-together around the Myron M. Weinstein Memorial Lecture. Some years we fly, some years we drive. This year, we’re driving. It’s a long drive, but we like the […]
My mind is just brimming with ideas for this blog, especially as we roll into our 3rd summer (2nd full) in Montreal. Reflections on my big course this term and the project of mass education that universities have undertaken; reflections on our “settling” here and changing knowledge of the city; a few technological matters in […]
1. I wrote a sentence in my book about how depending on what country you’re in, you get a totally different view of the psychoacoustic research leading up to mp3 coding (though the concepts — masking, critical bands, etc., are all the same). Then Lucent (the fools who closed Bell Labs) won a suit against […]