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centre of the universe: Don’t Need to See

I love radio. I’ve always loved radio. Right now, I love radio more than usual. Just because you can do something, like take photos of dead refugee children, or take live footage of people being shot in the street, doesn’t mean you should use that footage. The best news reporters don’t need to shock their . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: Don’t Need to See

centre of the universe: centre of the universe 2015-07-14 12:38:08

Dear effbook: I know we don’t know each other very well. I mean. You hardly notice me except when you want to force me to shut down my primary account shortly after I’ve given you money for advertising, but whatever. I’m not bitter. Okay, I’m a little bitter, but you can hardly blame me. You’re . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: centre of the universe 2015-07-14 12:38:08

centre of the universe: Addendum

Okay, so following the breaking news yesterday that one of the fellows who thought it was a laugh riot to shout “Fuck her in the pussy” at a television camera pointed at a female reporter (a friend mentioned that this has happened to male reporters too; I am now aware of one instance of that . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: Addendum

centre of the universe: Waitaminute, do what to whom? In the where?

TL:DR – (sexual) harassment isn’t funny. It’s illegal.

centre of the universe: Be Careful What You Don’t Ask For

Not even three full years after enacting moderately sexist “Frat House Legislation“, Premier Brad Wall announced that his government had “reversed our mistake to allow strip clubs in SK.” With a rather smug nod to the reason being related to human trafficking, without any …whattayacallit… proof or supporting documentation whatsoever, without any public consultation other . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: Be Careful What You Don’t Ask For

centre of the universe: Same same?

TL:DR version – learn your history before you shoot off at the mouth.

centre of the universe: Saskatchewan Racist as Fuck No Surprise To Anyone But Folks Who Don’t Like Indians

Yeah, I stole the title from my own Twitter stream. I’ve seen these headlines over the last couple of days that talk about how SHOCKED everyone is to find out that SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH has PROVEN that Saskatchewan is full of people who pretty much hate each other. This should come as no surprise to anyone . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: Saskatchewan Racist as Fuck No Surprise To Anyone But Folks Who Don’t Like Indians

centre of the universe: You’re to Blame

I wasn’t going to say anything about this, but as usual, semantics made me do it. Because we live in a free and democratic first-world country (except for those places you don’t want to walk through), you get to choose not to vaccinate your children, and your reasons for that don’t matter. Good for you. . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: You’re to Blame

centre of the universe: I will survive

I am a woman. This probably won’t shock you. I am a woman, I am a feminist, I am a mother, I am a lover…I am many things. But I want to tell you about something I am not. I am not afraid. Oh sure, I have fear. I worry about my family, about the . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: I will survive

centre of the universe: Why a Communications Strategy is imperative

Man, that sounds boring. Bear with me, okay? Whether you are running a business, employed as a writer or PR or communications staff, or whether you’re running or managing a minor sports team, a dance troupe, or a non-profit, you need a communications strategy. This might be as simple as “I have everyone’s email and . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: Why a Communications Strategy is imperative

centre of the universe: Cherie from the vanity press called today

I received correspondence today from the vanity press that keeps contacting me. You remember this from such escapades as Nathan’s going to publish my manifesto and Suggestions for Nathan regarding my manifesto and A Mouthful of Marbles and Nathan’s gone missing. A woman called “Cherie [REDACTED] a Publishing Consultant from [REDACTED]” contacted me today. Below . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: Cherie from the vanity press called today

centre of the universe: NATHAN, WHERE ARE YOU?

In January, I was contacted by Ex Libris, a vanity press that uses extremely aggressive marketing techniques to bilk writers out of their hard-earned income. I have asked repeatedly to be taken off of their contact lists, to no avial. When they contacted me in January 2014, I began a lengthy correspondence with my contact . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: NATHAN, WHERE ARE YOU?

centre of the universe: Dear Nathan – IMPORTANT INFORMATION

I got a phone message from Nathan! (The ‘consultant’ Ex Libris has assigned to my book.) It was the same voice mail that he’s left the past three or four times he’s called. He’s very persistent. Unfortunately for Nathan, I don’t answer telephone calls for which I do not recognize the phone number. Fortunately for . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: Dear Nathan – IMPORTANT INFORMATION

centre of the universe: Dear Nathan – Editors

Dear Nathan, I was thinking about who you should get to edit my manifesto. I mean manuscript. My eleventh grade English teacher came to mind, but after she was accused of gross vandalism, criminal harassment, stalking, and destruction of property … Continue reading →

centre of the universe: Dear Nathan

A few years ago, I decided to engage in some corporate espionage. I work in the field of book publishing, and I had been hearing rather a lot about vanity presses like Ex Libris. Normally, I don’t like naming the … Continue reading →

centre of the universe: Medical Records Rant: Update

So, as I know you are sitting on the edge of your seat wondering “what has cenobyte done? What’s going on with her medical records?”, I thought I’d update you. Not too long ago, my doctor changed clinics. Apparently, when he left the clinic in which his practice was located, the owner of that clinic . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: Medical Records Rant: Update

centre of the universe: Beware: Rant

Will someone please explain to me a couple of things? Make sure you use easy-to-understand Venn diagrams and small little words because it’s sure feeling like I’m getting the “you’re too stupid to understand so I’m just going to say the same thing over and over, only louder” treatment. 1) Why do I need my . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: Beware: Rant

centre of the universe: Mr. Grinch

There is an unwritten, often unmentioned social contract that takes place when you do what you think is something selfless. We like to think that we are altruistic. That is, unselfish; showing concern for others. And by and large, I think we are. We can always do more, of course. There are some things we . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: Mr. Grinch

centre of the universe: She’s my cherry pie

Here’s a problem. Some people seem to think that sexual or romantic attention is a *gift*. They seem to think that all we do is sit around waiting for someone to tell us that we’re pretty or sexy or that we want to know what they would like to do to us. I don’t want . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: She’s my cherry pie

centre of the universe: They’re coming to take me away

Okay. Let’s see if I can do this. Two days before the American gun control bill was introduced for voting, an attack was made by [then] unknown individuals on civilians at the Boston Marathon, arguably one of the biggest, most well-known marathons in North America. For days, in fear, people re-enact a version of the . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: They’re coming to take me away

centre of the universe: Head Like a Hole

First, I’d like you to go to Netflix and watch a documentary called “Head Games”. It’s about brain damage due to contact sport. It talks about concussions in football, hockey, and boxing. And entertainment wrestling (not greco-roman wrestling). It’s an incredibly interesting and well-done documentary. One of the really good question it raises is why . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: Head Like a Hole

centre of the universe: Without You

I can’t stop thinking about you. It’s strange, and I don’t believe you’re gone. I never thought of picturing a world without you in it. I don’t want to picture that world now. I wonder if she mourned you or whether your death came as a relief. Whether she stood in the living room with . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: Without You

centre of the universe: Walk a Mile

A few days ago, I had one of those “eff you, I’m turning off the radio and all y’all are just a bunch of paint-sniffing reticulated jerk muffins” moments. It was about Idle No More. If you’re Canadian and you haven’t heard about this grassroots protest against legislation that may infringe upon our treaty rights. . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: Walk a Mile

centre of the universe: Freedom Has Consequences

This article is about a London, Ontario man who posted a cruel comment on the memorial site for Amanda Todd (the 15-year-old Port Coquitlam, BC girl who committed suicide last week) and who was subsequently fired from his job after a … Continue reading →

centre of the universe: Thinly Thought

I wasn’t going to do this. I really wasn’t. But then something happened to a friend of mine and it got my knickers in a knot and I know I’m going to be skimming over vast chunks of the actual … Continue reading →