Monday, June 27, 2016
Via the Blue:

"Jon Herington posted the negative Arkansas review on his Facebook page. Somebody named Teri Lewter said the band announced that it feels like they're playing for an assisted living community and is doing the audience a favor to perform."
Saturday, June 25, 2016

"Personal harassment from the hardcore devotees has fallen off in recent years, though Becker and Fagen still reminisce about the fellow who followed them across country--"
Monday, June 13, 2016
"Q: How have you and Walter managed to be a team for so long (despite the break in the Eighties and very early Nineties)?

A: This question reminds me of an old Burns and Allen episode where Gracie threatens to leave George. He considers going back to what he was doing before he met Gracie and then realizes that 'nobody buys hand-painted socks anymore.'"
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Best early birthday present in a decade: being right.  Largest single holding in real-life Anodyne Inc. does what I guessed it'd do when I began accumulating shares late last year.

"HALIFAX, June 10, 2016 /CNW/ - Clarke Inc. ("Clarke" or the "Company") (TSX: CKI) announces that it has adopted a new dividend policy.


Following the sale of various investments in 2013 and 2014, Clarke has held a considerable amount of cash on hand pending the identification of more attractive investment opportunities. The Company continues to see limited investment opportunities outside of the energy industry. Moreover, the Company does not wish to materially increase its investment exposure to the energy industry at this time.

Clarke's board of directors has, therefore, declared a special dividend in the amount of $2.00 per share, payable on June 27, 2016 to shareholders of record at the end of business on June 16, 2016. The aggregate amount of this dividend is approximately $31.3 million and represents approximately 85% of Clarke's current cash on hand."

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Monday, June 06, 2016

"...we're gonna have to get a bed-and-breakfast," says L.
Saturday, June 04, 2016
Not my favorite writer, but these two paragraphs, and the clear-eyed op-ed they're excerpted from, are well put.

"It might sound odd, but pessimism relieves the excessive imaginative pressure that our romantic culture places upon marriage. The failure of one particular partner to save us from our grief and melancholy is not an argument against that person and no sign that a union deserves to fail or be upgraded.

The person who is best suited to us is not the person who shares our every taste (he or she doesn’t exist), but the person who can negotiate differences in taste intelligently — the person who is good at disagreement. Rather than some notional idea of perfect complementarity, it is the capacity to tolerate differences with generosity that is the true marker of the 'not overly wrong' person. Compatibility is an achievement of love; it must not be its precondition."

Friday, June 03, 2016

"'I was fortunate to have a profitable, 1-man content farming small business as long as I did.'"

"'I have a blog called HIPSTER RUNOFF,' he begins. "Every day, I wake up, open my laptop, and type words that are stored in the internet as "content." My goal is to "get as many hits" as possible because I metaphorically "have mouths to feed." I realize that at this point, it doesn’t matter if my content is "premium," pseudo-brilliantly written web_prose or just "link-bait-wave," I was fortunate enough to not have gotten lost in the "long tail" of indie music + Gen-Y-opinion-driven coverage blogs. Every day, I prey upon different buzz topics, exploiting my voice, but more importantly, my position as a "recognized outlet 4 buzz" to try to trick people into thinking I am "relevant," which basically just means that I am trying to make ppl talk abt my blog and get them addicted to my web brand even if they hate it.'"

Q: Say you wanted to eradicate Lyme disease in Vancouver, what's the first thing you'd do, the one thing that would have a specific, measurable effect on the problem?

A: Well you'd definitely want to get some more ticks.

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