In Canadian News: Probe launched after 400 complaints over new GG's lack of French

 As reported in the Montreal Gazette, July 19, 2021.

While Mary Simon has vowed to learn more French, the Bloc Québécois says it would be "unthinkable" to name someone who did not speak English.

Really?  In this moment, people are going to make a stink about Mary Simon's appointment as Governor General ?  In this moment?

Do I ever have a bone to pick with the tone-deafness of those who would wine about something so small when we are faced with such a monumental effort to make things right with our indigenous brothers and sisters.

In the wake of recent discoveries of so many unmarked graves of indigenous children who perished in Canada's residential school system?  As we are becoming more aware of that cultural genocide?

We we need to get going with extraordinary steps to bring about some dignity and healing in our relationship Canada's indigenous people, and increase our efforts in regards to Truth and Reconciliation.

As a francophone, I applaud all opportunities which create an incentive for anyone to learn French.  It is in francophones' best interests to have new French speakers, and even more beneficial when the learning unfolds dynamically in a high-profiled position.  That is a gift to French speakers.  It honours us.

I celebrate Mary Simon's appointment as Governor General.  It is a step on the long path towards healing.

Honestly, I would be happy if Mary Simon never uttered a word in either English or French (except maybe in international contexts).  I would like for our new GG to address this country in her indigenous language, and let translators do the job of translating in both English and French.  Can we not accept this as a small gesture of goodwill?

We tried to take away the languages of indigenous peoples.  Maybe we could give up our languages for a while.   Maybe we non-speakers can honour our indigenous peoples and learn a few words.

Would this not be good for the soul of the country?  Is it too much for this country to give?  For all of the taking on the part of our long-ago ancestors, can we not forgo a little bit of our language comforts?

When we need profiles in compassion, we get profiles in "moi moi moi."  C'est pathétique.

A Ted Nelson quote about nonsequential writing

This quote from Ted Nelson kind of explains a little bit why I love Wikis so much:  

"Writing nonsequentially will better disclose the true structure of ideas, permit the reader freer understanding of material, and permit new expository, stylistic and rhetorical inventions."

From a memo Ted Nelson wrote as "Distinguised Fellow, Autodesk Inc.", included Ted Nelson's 2016 presentation "Two Cheers for Now".  You'll find mention of this memo at the 19:22 mark in the following YouTube video:


The Wiki way of writing (by which I mean a non-linear way of writing) allows for churning thoughts into text quickly free from the concerns of structure (i.e. without getting stuck in the mud, or sticks stuck in the wheels of forward progress), while allowing quick and easy addition of any structure(s) when the structural needs reveal themselves.

Just a thought.  Cheers !

 



Travelling the world, from radio station to radio station

Just sharing a really wonderful way to travel the world, a French-language radio station from Bathurst, NB as our starting point:

CKLE 92.9FM via Radio Garden

From Wikipedia:

Radio Garden is a non-profit Dutch radio and digital research project developed from 2013 to 2016, by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (under the supervision of Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg's Goal Föllmer), by the Transnational Radio Knowledge Platform and five other European universities.  According to the service, the idea is to narrow the boundaries from the radio.


Oh the infinite possibilities of intertwingled journeys around the world!

I can't help but think how interesting it would be to see the various paths/journeys different folk take travelling the world via the fun gem that is Radio Garden.  If only there were enough hours in a day ...

Cheers!



Intertwingulitis by Curriculum Vitae

"Agile Information" Consultant seeking work !


I found myself suddenly (unceremoniously) terminated from my 25-year role on December 3rd.

In terms of "job statisfaction", my role/work/responsibilities ticked every imaginable box.  Well, until about four years before, when each tick started to dim until they all totally vanished by the fall of 2018.  The last two years of employment were absolute hell.

So, "don't cry for me Argentina?"  Blessings in disguise.  Although I'm not sure the lyrics fit my story, cue in George Michael's "Freedom" to dance in celebration? 

Well, I really don't have much time to dance around.
  • Too young to retire
  • Only so much savings to tide me over
  • Too old to be a gigolo
So I really should be shifting into gear to get myself employed tout d'suite.

Oops.

Cranking out a résumé should have been an easy short-order affair.

Enter intertwingulitis.  Surprise surprise.

It turns out that I am just as intertwingled as anything else.

So while I can kind of afford it, I am enjoying the experience of immersing myself into the "about me" intertwingularity, along with entertaining my reoccurring question "how would I do this with TiddlyWiki?"

Aside 
I've started calling TiddlyWiki (aka "TW5"): "TW Hypertext Solutions Platform."  That's really wordy, but better reflects my view of the product.

For your entertainment and/or curiosity consumption, my on-going "curriculum vitae":


 

Goofiest thoughts from way out of left field

In the midst of catching up on news headlines, I came across a group of them related to the siege of America's Capital Hill, and I had these strangest thoughts:

Does something
born by revolution
have a high risk of
death by revolution?

In a society
born by revolution,
does revolution become
part of the DNA?


Just very strange, yet (to me) wildly interesting, thoughts I figured I'd share just in case you might like to chew on those questions too.

Cheers !