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Oscars, Toronto, and Me

I have no coherent theme for the following notes, but it is time to post, so….

I spent most of the day working up Alex’s new Web pages. I’m impressing myself with my l33t CSS skillz. I’ll let you know when the pages go live, although I bet my test pages already show up on Google.

I watched the Oscars and have no comment, other than to note that they sure were hawking movies to be seen in movie theatres.

Ken Levine points out a fascinating paradox. (Is that even the right word? Hypocrisy, maybe?) Sid Ganis, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is the guy who appeared at the Oscars ceremony to give “an impassioned speech on storytelling and the need for Hollywood to strive for excellence. Mr. Ganis is the producer of ‘Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo’.” Is that funny or sad?

In the last few days, the sports sections of the CanWest-owned Montreal Gazette has had two relatively lengthy articles on the plight of the hapless Toronto Maple Leafs. That wouldn’t normally be so bad, but neither piece featured any gloating. Naturally, neither was written by a Montrealer, either. These were serious worry pieces on the poor Maple Leafs. (No, nobody knows why they are not the Maple Leaves.)

I’d say it’s a symptom of non-local ownership of media, but even RDS (the French local sports cable station) had a feature on les pauvres Maple Leafs during the first intermission of the Habs-Flyers game this evening (somehow, still 0-0 despite numerous scoring chances for nos glorieux).

Really, what good are the Maple Leafs if you can’t laugh at them?

Bonus joke:

What does Toronto have that Montreal doesn’t? Black-and-white footage of their last Stanley Cup.

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