I know that I promised…

no more MacApple rants, but I just can’t help it… for those of tender sensibilities, please skip this post as I pare the fruit

last year after many years, I took the dive (nosedive) into MacWorld tm. I plunked down 1600 loonies for a piece of shit called a MacBook… one of those black numbers that goes with everything…

long story short, after 3 functioning months the thing quit on me unexpectedly, wouldn’t reboot, and alarmingly began strobing and buzzing. now any idiot could tell that it was a crap unit. any idiot but the helpful tm. folks at Apple-“Care-less” tm. who basically told me to suck it up, go without a computer for days while I got it fixed etc. etc. (too bad about the deadline and didn’t I have a spare p.c. hanging around that I could use, and by the way that’s going to cost you more money…) and who tried to make me feel as if I was trying to rip them off because I asked them for a replacement for their shoddy equipment…

hours on the phone to Apple Care-less tm. resulted in no satisfaction… they wouldn’t even give me the name and address of the president… one of their local reps. was a prick, ditto one of their authorized repair shops whose frontman did everything to make me feel like a total idiot for wanting a tool to work… wait a minute, just what does that tool do for work anyway????… finally, after trying to get the shop that sold me the MacBook in the first place to replace it and failing, I had to resort to a really pathetic strategy… getting a man to get me the replacement computer.

yep, a certain F., captain of industry who happens to spend thousands and thousands on computers and equipment at the shop had to make the call and basically browbeat them into taking the turd back… and they did and the minute I booted the new one up, I knew what a MacBook


sound, look, feel like. I’m still not happy with the company and want to throw things at the t.v. when I see one of their smug ads and tell everybody I meet what I think of Apple tm.

so why am I scratching old wounds? today in the mail, I received my extended warranty, Applecare for MacBook. I was warned by the repair guys at the new shop I patronize (and I think they’re totally great guys and recommend them to everyone… Moore and Associates) that I better get Applecare before my one year guaranteed warranty was up, so I slapped down another $ 335.99 and I guess I’m sort of “protected” for another two years.

what a fucking racket… I mean, you can buy a pretty decent piece of handmade furniture for $ 2000 and the thing will last you a lifetime and your kids a lifetime and maybe and probably even their kids’ lifetime…

yeesh, I better sign off before I start strobing and flashing and… oh, you get it I know…

on a happier note, I’m off to the garrison and to Wainwright this week… let’s hope the muse, that beautiful muse will accompany me!


where does your writing come from?

I asked an audience of poets and prose writers once, “where do you write from?” I wanted to know if there was a place in their physical body that seemed to flint the writing. Later, I got shit from a canlit(tm) writer who told me I was full of crap, ridiculous, juvenile etc. for asking that question. He said it’s all from the brain, nowhere else… “not heart, not balls, not anywhere but the brain”.

awhile back my 11 year old was reading the paper and she told me that the different organs, different parts of the body actually make hormones of different kinds and these hormones send out sensations.
interesting… my 11 year old then told me that mr. canlit was full of crap. who am I to correct her?

anyway, with that in mind, I’d love to know if other writers feel their work comes from a location in their body or does it change or what? I seem to have to walk for at least 20 minutes before I can write clearly… it seems to serve as a pencil-sharpening for me.

the problem with blogs

that are owned by others (wordpress, blogspot etc.) is that you can’t control dumbass features such as the automatically generated “of interest” list that I just found on my blog this morning. there is also the question of copyright etc. how many of us really read/understand the fine print when we sign up for these things? typically, we are so enamoured with the immediacy and that it’s ostensibly free that we probably don’t think it through to endgame. and ultimately, no one, not even the providers, knows the ultimate resolution of the format.

there is also the long term question of privacy etc. I’ve been in this (internet) game since its early days. in 1991, I was advising clients on the potentials of the internet, which at that time consisted of early NetScape, telnetting, etc. I clearly remember clients laughing at me when I said that there was huge commercial potential in the internet and that they should consider starting or purchasing an ISP. I also remember advising clients that for sake of privacy, they should consider anything they write (emails at the time) to be like a postcard that could be read by everyone who came across it. having said that, over the years I’ve not taken my own advice and have probably left a broad electronic fingerprint for all to see.

finally, along those same lines, one can begin to think about the potential for Orwellian surveillance of thought and association. while a conspiracy theorist might indulge in this, the reality is more likely analogous to East Germany and the Staasi. the Staasi’s broad network of intelligence gatherers (including family members spying on family members and over-reporting) resulted in far too much data. a drowning of data actually. and as an analyst, I recognize that information is only useful if it’s needed/purposeful. still, these are all things to think about.

I think the only answer, certainly to the idea of copyright etc., is to totally own one’s webpresence. to that end, I’m meeting an excellent webdesigner, Mike Gravel (who is also a fine writer, a fine poet), in E’town this month and am hoping to set up my own site for my Canadian Forces project. I’m hoping to post podcasts of my work so that soldiers can download pieces and listen to them wherever they are. I think that’s more appealing/feasible than book format. having said that, I’ll eventually offer a hardcopy version and/or CD/DVD as well.