The Leftovers

Not the TV show. Just some leftover thoughts that I haven’t had a chance to blog about yet.

Saw Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Gah. Glad that nonsense is over with.

Saw The Mandalorian. It was a-ight. I’m sick of Star Wars, though. Totally sick of it.

Saw the Watchmen TV show. It was pretty good. Maybe I’ll write a review.

Binge-watched all three seasons of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel. It was great. She’s annoying. But she’s hot, so I can overlook her annoyingness. Alex Borstein is great, though.

Finally finished reading Graham Allison’s Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap? It was an intriguing single idea that was unnecessarily stretched to book length with ultimately not a very profound insight. Disappointing.

Currently reading Richard Baldwin’s The Globotics Upheaval: Globalization, Robotics, and the Future of Work. This is in preparation of my own half-finished book on career planning for contemporary undergraduate students. So far, it’s an intriguing read, taking us from the origins of the industrial revolutions through the rise of both fascism and communism to labour’s responses to sudden advances in automation technology. I think this is an important book…. so far.

One of our new impressive colleagues is one of the leaders of a new field of epidemiological study: syndemics. It got me wondering if I can make up some new words to make my work sound more impressive.  I landed upon two:

(1) Nopantism : the philosophy that true intellectual freedom can only be achieved by freeing the lower half of one’s body

(2) Crotchtasticity: the theory that important statements can be reinforced through strategic reference to one’s genitalia

Where’s my grant?

Here’s some more random stuff…

The Oxford Comma:

Brexit:

The Raid on Area 51:

Blonde Girl on Vacation:

The Blonde Girl was with her family in Scotland this past summer, and I was creepily tracking her phone. I could tell she missed me because she stopped for a very long time at an Indian restaurant:

Determinants of Health:

My online course is finally over for the semester. Sometimes I envy my students.

My One True Love:

Sleeping With My One True Love:

Google Translate:

I tried using Google’s live translation service during one of our French-only meetings. This is what I got:

MicroSoft Translate:

So then I tried MicroSoft’s version…

Andrew Scheer:

Is a name that few will remember in a couple of years. So here’s my favourite memory of him from this year…

Justin Trudeau:

In case you forget what he looks like…

Whiny Young People

Whiny young people are both whiny and young. And the first rule of tautology club is the first rule of tautology club. This:

Which is a great example of one of my favourite logical fallacies, the “appeal to worse problems”….

My New Job

Is “Ass Director” because that’s what I do. I celebrated this new role by adding my “Agents of SHIELD” coaster to my new desk, topped with my karate dojo’s official mug, a parting gift from my beloved deceased karate master

Gray-Ham Hand-Cock

I was very happy to see Graham Hancock speak at the University of Toronto earlier this year.  Here’s a leftover pic of me about to go into the auditorium, so excited…

This Is Not Me

Google thought this was me. Looks more like an Indian dude cos-playing Harry Potter…

Can You Solve This?

Because I can’t…

Well That’s All

You’ll get my traditional new year’s update in a couple of days. Until then, my droogies, prepare your sphincters for an entire year of hindsight.