CLIR Workshop in Washington DC

From December 14-16, I had the distinct pleasure of traveling, with McMaster's Chief Librarian, Jeff Trzeciak, to Washington D.C. for the annual workshop of the Council on Library and Information Resources. It was an amazingly good workshop, held in the Cosmos Club, in D.C. - a club whose members are all somehow linked to science, …

Terry Fallis Visits Hamilton

Today was a very literary day. I got a chance to meet Terry Fallis and listen to him read excerpts from his first book, The Best Laid Plans. Terry is a McMaster alumnus (Engineering), a former political staffer and organiser and is current one of the principals at Thornley-Fallis, a marketing agency based in Toronto. …

Communication Studies and Multimedia Christmas Party 2009!

Tonight was the CSMM Christmas Party, organised by the Communication Studies and Multimedia Students Society. It was a great time. The students booked a room in 1280, McMaster's newly-renovated undergraduate student pub, which used to be called Quarters. At first, there was a little noise, as just beside us, the Social Sciences students were having …

Jeanine Krieber is wrong. The Liberal Party will survive.

It sometimes feels good to give vent to personal bitterness, but before sounding off, critics must carefully consider that what they are saying is correct. Recently, Jeanine Krieber expressed several personal concerns about the Liberal Party's impending demise, adding that she does not want to support a party that 'could end up in the dustbins …

Guest lecture today from Don Smith of the Canada Revenue Agency.

Don Smith, Director of Operations, Public Affairs Division at the Canada Revenue Agency dropped by our CMST 4n03: New Analysis, Theory and Practice class to deliver a guest lecture and lead a discussion about working for the federal government. He presented his M.A. thesis which was a content analysis of compliance messaging for the CRA …

Breakdancing in the McMaster Student Centre

Yesterday, I stayed late, writing in my office. I had a manuscript to finish for submission to a journal. It was an interesting piece about how Barack Obama uses time words to create a link between past and present in his speeches. I had a quick dinner and glass of merlot with a friend at …

Two great nights out: One Duke and CLiC at the Art Gallery of Hamilton

On Wednesday night I went out to a new pub for me - One Duke in Hamilton. It was a night of great conversation and good wine. The grilled calamari was excellent. It's a shame that busy schedules and time constraints don't let me hang out with one of my favourite people as much as …

Future public servants evaluated on opinions about Conservative Economic Action Plan.

The highly controversial Conservative Economic Action Plan is being used in an essay question for potential applicants to an elite management training program in the federal public service. One of my former research assistants was really excited recently - he was applying to get a job in Canada' public service. So he logged on to …