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What I Read

I get asked all of the time what I read and I thought I would toss it into a blog post.

For news, the first site of the day I check on National Newswatch.  If you aren’t checking it out everyday, you are doing your news all wrong.  I then check out the links of The Morning News and browse Metafilter.  I have had an account for years but rarely log in.  I check out the National Post, Macleans, and The Globe and Mail.  Once I get the national news I check out The Toronto Star and Calgary Herald.  While not daily reads, I do read everything that is posted to the Hill Times.

The two sites that I explore the most are Yahoo! Sports and ProFootballTalk.  I check Yahoo! Sports about 10 times a day and ProFootballTalk in the morning and then again in the evening.  It is America’s Cup season which means that I spend a lot of time on YouTube.  I generally watch the 20 minute race recap and if I have time, I watch the whole race on my TV via the PS3 app.  YouTube on your television will forever change the way you watch TV.  It is amazing.

I also follow Doug Smith’s Sports Blog where he lives and mostly dies with the Raptors.  I read it because he is a great source of Raptors news but also because he has a unique blogging style that I really like.  Once I am there, I generally find myself in The Star’s sports section where the goal is to avoid the Toronto Maple Leafs coverage.  Then it is to check out the National Post sports but more or less I am just there to see if I missed anything that Bruce Arthur wrote and I missed his tweet to it.

Sportsnet.ca is my next sports stop and that is see what Michael Grange is writing about.  Much of Sportsnet is written by television personalities and it shows but Grange is a sportswriter.

I don’t blog a lot about military technology and affairs but I do read Wired’s Danger Room daily and Tom Rick’s The Best Defence Blog.   For urban discussions I follow a lot of people on Twitter but I also check out the Direct Transfer, Streets Blog, and The Atlantic Cities.

I subscribe to The StarPhoenix and pick up a copy of Metro News.  I also read Planet S. Saskatoon Express, and Verb weekly, mostly because I know some of their writers and I respect what they do.  

For magazines, I subscribe to Spacing, The Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, and Foreign Policy. 

For blogs like most of the free world, I read Kottke.org daily and check out Gordon Price‘s blog weekly.  I would read City Hall Notebook more but The StarPhoenix kind of let it die, although it seems to be coming back to life lately.

There are always a couple of books on the go.  I own a Kindle but don’t use it much.  Mostly because I prefer to browse Indigo and McNally Robinson.  For all of the wonderful things that Amazon.com does, browsing books is the domain of the bookstore.

What am I missing?  Suggestions?

Really? Is that all you got?

I was just surfing the National Newswatch and I noticed a Google Ad.

NDP ad on National Newswatch

Here is the larger version.

NDP ad on National Newswatch

That’s the best the NDP could come up with?  Vote NDP and that’s it?  Nothing witty?  Nothing profound?  Nothing at all expect Vote NDP.  It’s like they aren’t even trying anymore.  Off the top of my head I can think of “A fair deal for Saskatchewan families”, “Affordable rent for families”, a couple of old Grant Devine references, “We didn’t screw up the Carlton Trail College merger”, or even “Look at the profits PCS made today” as better options than Vote NDP.

Who could be down there in the Tommy Douglas House and think, “We’ll spend some money on Google Adsense and all that the ads will say is, Vote NDP” and have other people think that this was a good use of money.  I even clicked on the ad and sure enough, it went to a NDP that tracks the success of the campaign.

What’s even weirder is that the NDP were one of the first parties to use online advertising and I am sure it had some role in their building their support amongst younger Canadian voters but it looked a lot better than this.  It would be better to do nothing than this.

I know the NDP have produced some other ads that, were, umm, borrowed from the Ontario Liberal Party.  I am starting to wonder if the problem for the NDP central campaign is that they don’t have the right creative people lined up.  There are campaigns that win and then there are those that lose but you still want to run the best campaign you can because even if lose, you want to give your faithful something to be proud of as they head into opposition (or whatever you are facing).  I am not sure that ads like this motivate anyone to do anything and it wastes some money that could be spent elsewhere.