Pro Athletes And The Media

To talk to the media or not, that is the question. At the French Open, Japanese player Naomi Osaka has opted to give media interviews a swerve. She will not be talking to the members of the press during the tournament. Just one problem; according to the Grand Slam Code of Conduct, she – andContinue reading “Pro Athletes And The Media”

So, Like, Can We Rein In The Use Of Some Words?

Some while ago I was having a discussion with someone about the ‘hidden’ elements of various company logos. For instance, the arrow in the FedEx logo. Like most people who live in an urban area the FedEx logo is something we see almost daily on passing trucks and drop-off bins. But for the life ofContinue reading “So, Like, Can We Rein In The Use Of Some Words?”

Hooligans Besmirch Montreal Protests

People have always protested. To publicly express one’s objection to an issue, law, or decision is one of the most important elements of a democracy. Assuming it is done peacefully and in accordance with proper regulations. Even those who would protest said regulations – the securing of a permit being chief among them – mustContinue reading “Hooligans Besmirch Montreal Protests”

Waves: Good and Bad

The usual use of the word wave in popular culture has a positive twist to it. Harnessing the power of a big wave on a surf board. Or riding a wave of good luck. But when it comes to yet another wave of the Coronavirus, there is nothing positive about it. As if to emphasizeContinue reading “Waves: Good and Bad”

Language And Acceptance Culture

Let me vent. While I understand that languages evolve over time (if not we would be speaking English as Shakespeare wrote it) but sometimes I have difficulty with the current usage. However, perhaps diametrically opposed to cancel culture, a movement that applies today’s values to historical events and calls for cancelations (see Le Pew, Pepe),Continue reading “Language And Acceptance Culture”

Radio Is Not Just TV Without The Picture

I am not a media analyst or critic, but I have always been a fan of radio. It seems to me to be a much more intimate means of communication than television. When someone appears on TV they are talking to hordes of people, but that voice on the radio is aimed directly at me.Continue reading “Radio Is Not Just TV Without The Picture”

Sane Media Wakes Up, Smells Coffee

I have never been fond of the term ‘mainstream media/news’. I prefer to refer to it as the sane media/news. Like Trump’s phrase ‘fake news’, it makes no sense. If it’s fake, it’s not news. The fabrications broadcast on several far-right outlets are not deserving of the ‘news’ classification. If it’s fake, it’s not news.Continue reading “Sane Media Wakes Up, Smells Coffee”

Traffic Reporters – Please Don’t Forget Downtown

At this time of a normal year I often feel sorry for radio traffic reporters. During most holiday seasons there is significantly less traffic volume, leading to traffic reporters trying to fill-in the couple of minutes allotted them, four times an hour. Add to these annual year-end doldrums the current pandemic lockdown, and the streetsContinue reading “Traffic Reporters – Please Don’t Forget Downtown”

Surviving In A COVID Red Zone: Montreal’s Wheel Club

Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with my fondness for bars. During this time of COVID-19 bars in Montreal are closed. Not open with limited seating and social-distancing. But closed completely. In a business that can be brutally competitive at the best of times, this forced loss of revenue will have dire consequencesContinue reading “Surviving In A COVID Red Zone: Montreal’s Wheel Club”

Hijacking Google Mini

A couple of years ago my nephew gave us a Google Nest Mini. It’s one of those electronic assistants that can do a whole bunch of things when programmed to do so, or asked. Yes indeed this little muggins can be told to do pre-programmed things when asked. It’s a small enough device that, asContinue reading “Hijacking Google Mini”