Monday, June 25, 2007

Fallen through the cracks

I received word today that the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) has denied me a travel grant to attend our book launch for "Avia S-199 in Israeli Air Force Service" in Anaheim in August. My work was judged insufficiently literary.

I expected this, although the CCA agent who would present my grant application told me it was worth a shot.

The problem is that our book is straight history. All grant programs in history work at the academic level and are meant for students and full-time faculty. The CCA is the only agency that would consider funding a work of non-fiction outside universities. There's no workaround - my efforts fall through the cracks of nearly overlapping sources of funding. And I can't afford the $1,000 or so it would cost to fly down and stay a couple of days.

I will look into holding an event at the Jewish Public Library in Montreal, perhaps as part of Jewish Book Month (November). And I want to find out what I could do at Toronto's Jewish Book Fair that same month.

At the very least, I hope this book will qualify as a first book for funding requests for further work. Pyrrhic, yes, but that would be a victory nonetheless.

Back to working on the template for our documentary....

Bonus searches:

Three particularly noteworthy Google searches brought surfers to my pages recently.

1) "dilaudid in ass": That one's self-explanatory, and might depend on the individual's pronunciation of "analgesic". I think "Scrubs" used that joke.

2) "cell phone got wet in tent camping": Thanks to the past tense, what springs to mind is that a camper's cell phone got wet and the searcher wants to know if the phone can be saved, but that doesn't explain why the location is important. This search is only a teaser for the next, though.

3) "how to unlock a minivan with the keys in side": Marvelous! There's three kinds of foolish there. The simplest is the unnecessary space that divides the word "inside". The next grade of foolishness is the inciting event: locking your keys inside your van. Yeah, we've all done it, and, yeah, we've all felt silly about it, but commonality is not a mitigating factor. The foolishness teased by the previous comment is the specification of the location of the keys. Would this search turn up more useful results than "how to unlock a minivan with the keys in sewer" or "how to unlock a minivan after neighbour's okapi ate keys"?


Blogger Naila J. said...

hahaha... How to unlock a minivan with the keys in wife's hand?

btw, there's some embedded audio that automatically plays when I load your blog page. And I can't see it anywhere. And therefore can't stop/pause it.

June 25, 2007 10:08 PM  
Blogger Webs said...

Naila, is it the script fragment or music? What browser/OS combo?

June 26, 2007 12:09 AM  
Blogger Naila J. said...

I believe it's the script fragment.
I'm using Windows (ewwwwww) XP and Firefox 2.0

June 26, 2007 10:59 AM  
Blogger Webs said...

That's odd. It doesn't autoplay for me on my laptop with those. Maybe I have QuickTime and you have Windows Media Player as the default media player, or vice versa.

June 26, 2007 11:06 AM  
Blogger Naila J. said...

Yup... Gonna try to change my defaults to VLC (which I've wanted to do for a while...) and we'll see what happens...

June 26, 2007 2:34 PM  
Blogger Naila J. said...

Nope... VLC doesn't change anything :|
It's weird, because I can't even see that post on the page!

June 26, 2007 2:37 PM  
Blogger Wily said...

webs -

Bummer on the book. What a horrible airplane, too.

June 26, 2007 11:25 PM  

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