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Das eez kaput! Sometime around 2002 I spaced the entire database table that mapped individual entries to categories. Such is life. What follows is a random sampling of entries that were associated with the category. Over time, the entries will be updated and then it will be even more confusing. Wander around, though, it's still a fun way to find stuff.

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Oliver, Daily: 1 October 2003

see also : Study for a Portrait, 1953 and Portrait of Jacques Dupin, 1990 . No one is accusing anyone of creeping Wegman-ism here. I am just enjoying the echo, so to speak.

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I think the difference is that every email application ever written sucks

and RSS aggregators (like everything else, so the truism goes) are striving to be email clients.

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Susheel Daswani : "We have just started a project to integrate Creative Commons licenses into the LimeWire (Gnutella) client."

I have never had any compelling reason to care about Gnutella but this is pretty cool all the same. foobar .

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Sighted : The B-boat

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The Ascii Art Dictionary

This is just screaming to be turned into a Dict database . via netvironments .

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Dominic Mitchell : XML::SAX::Builder.pm

You can't have a tag called DESTROY.

This could be useful for XML::RSS .

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"Their real vanishing point is where our incomprehension meets."

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From the "Talking to Canadians" department :

Sometimes these jokes, they write themselves.

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Jean-Michel Hiver : TripleStore.pm

"is a Perl interface for a triple store. Currently a quite naive MySQL implementation is provided. Alternative SQL implementations can be developed by subclassing TripleStore::Driver..."

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Aside from the fact that the current iteration of this software that runs this weblog

is tied up with RSS and that I can't ever find the time to finish it, I am going to scrap all things RSS in any future versions. Fuck it - and I mean all of it. On bad days, I have some pretty bitter ideas about what it all means. On good days, I simply realize it is not worth the trouble. Instead, I am going to spend more time with xbel since it is more interesting and has always mapped better to my idea of weblog . This whole idea cropped up again when I noticed that someone had modelled XBEL as RDF (ick ick ick) but then I noticed that monkeyfist syndicates as XBEL and that settled it. So the bad news is you've been warned. The good news is it probably won't happen for a while.

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The dictified dictionary.com word of the day is : pelf

Pelf \Pelf\, n. [OE. pelfir booty, OF. pelfre, akin to pelfrer to plunder, and perh. to E. pillage. Cf. {Pilfer}.] Money; riches; lucre; gain; -- generally conveying the idea of something ill-gotten or worthless. It has no plural. ``Mucky pelf.'' --Spenser. ``Paltry pelf.'' --Burke. Can their pelf prosper, not got by valor or industry? --Fuller. web1913
pelf n : informal terms for money [syn: {shekels}, {gelt}, {dough}, {bread}, {dinero}, {lucre}, {loot}, {moolah}, {cabbage}, {kale}] wn

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Props to Elliotte Rusty Harold for outling the changes in XHTML 2.0

in bullet-form. I will reprint them here, for the curious, since Elliotte doesn't have permalinks.
  • The applet tag is repleaced with the object tag.
  • The img tag is repleaced with the object tag.
  • Forms are replaced by XForms
  • Events are replaced by XML Events
  • Frames are replaced by the as-yet unreleased XFrames
  • All deprecated tags from HTML 4 are removed.
  • The href attribute can be attached to most elements so that any element can be a link.
I wish the W3C would do this .

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The random pseudodictionary.com word of the day is : schwoopy

Exceptionally curvy. Designed without a ruler. First official usage in Boyett's TREKS NOT TAKEN (Harper Collins).
ex. It's hard to say which is more schwoopy, Betty Page or a '69 Corvette. If you pour water on something schwoopy, it'll all run off.

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DSTC : JackSVG

"is a Perl application that takes your presentation contents, written in a simple XML-based language, and writes out a single self-contained SVG file that contains your entire presentation."

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The dictified dictionary.com word of the day is : tortuous

Tortuous \Tor"tu*ous\, a. [OE. tortuos, L. tortuosus, fr. tortus a twisting, winding, fr. torquere, tortum, to twist: cf. F. tortueux. See Torture.] 1. Bent in different directions; wreathed; twisted; winding; as, a tortuous train; a tortuous train; a tortuous leaf or corolla. The badger made his dark and tortuous hole on the side of every hill where the copsewood grew thick. --Macaulay. 2. Fig.: Deviating from rectitude; indirect; erroneous; deceitful. That course became somewhat lesstortuous, when the battle of the Boyne had cowed the spirit of the Jakobites. --Macaulay. 3. Injurious: tortious. [Obs.] 4. (Astrol.) Oblique; -- applied to the six signs of the zodiac (from Capricorn to Gemini) which ascend most rapidly and obliquely. [Obs.] --Skeat. Infortunate ascendent tortuous. --Chaucer. --{Tor"tu*ous*ly}, adv. -- {Tor"tu*ous*ness}, n. web1913
tortuous adj 1: highly involved or intricate; "the Byzantine tax structure"; "convoluted legal language"; "convoluted reasoning"; "intricate needlework"; "an intricate labyrinth of refined phraseology"; "the plot was too involved"; "a knotty problem"; "got his way by labyrinthine maneuvering"; "Oh, what a tangled web we weave"- Sir Walter Scott; "tortuous legal procedures"; "tortuous negotiations lasting for months" [syn: {Byzantine}, {convoluted}, {intricate}, {involved}, {knotty}, {labyrinthine}, {tangled}] 2: marked by repeated turns and bends; "a tortuous road up the mountain"; "winding roads are full of surprises"; "had to steer the car down a twisty track" [syn: {twisting}, {twisty}, {winding}] 3: not straightforward; "his tortuous reasoning" wn

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Let it never be said that I don't like a good hack.

But I tend to think that the Etherpeg hack that they whipped up over at the Emerging "look ma, I can blog my poop" Technology conference is well, a bit lacking. No, what I'd like to see is Etherpeg combined with [ insert name of (MacOS) application that generates sounds from a tcpdump here ] and used to generate real-time videos which could then be streamed onto a Fahrenheit 451 display. The resultant Warhol-esque ambient nightmare room would have the Biennial new-media nerds wetting themselves like Pavlovian dogs.

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Josť Theodore : "He's probably our best player right now."

That's a good one, Josie. You just keep doing whatever it is you need to be the "second best" player, okay?

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The dictified dictionary.com word of the day is : plenary

Plenary \Ple"na*ry\, n. (Law) Decisive procedure. [Obs.] web1913
plenary adj : full in all respects; "a plenary session of the legislature"; "a diplomat with plenary powers" wn

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Michael S. DeGraw-Bertsch : Configuring a FreeBSD Access Point for your Wireless Network

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Tony Collen : "[H]ere's the BlogML discussion group."

Which got me thinking about DocBook again ; what it can already do and what it can't do in a weblog context...



workflow -> /article/

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...DocBook has more ways to specify dates and authors than you'll ever care about. DocBook can head, deck and lead . DocBook has hooks up the wazoo for denoting formatting (lists, code entries, etc.) DocBook also has hooks for indexing specific words or passages which has got to be a good thing for the people trying to make life easier for Google. Problems with DocBook include : the lack of an ID attribute which make permalinks pretty hard; the inability to create nested relationships (for example, comments or footnotes each with permalinks; the lack of any sort of root level href element for a blog/article; can be time and CPU intensive to munge. Interesting... see also : W3C, Requirements for a Web Ontology

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<!ENTITY % Block "(abstract,(section|include)*)">

So, the other day I registered a new domain and sat down to start fleshing out the contents of the site. Eventually, the inevitable questions of separating form from content gave way to the inevitable questions of separating form from content from structure. In the past, I have relied heavily on server-based widgets, like PHP, for doing headers and footers. Later, I even wrote an Apache::Aaronland handler to take that PHP site and mod_perl-ize it without changing a single character in the source files. But both solutions just break if the site is moved to a server with no bells and whistles. At the very least, the raw HTML is all fucked up and won't validate. So, the thinking goes, maybe I will just create YA generic DTD for webpages or use one that someone else has written. Personally, I was considering using acmeml (for lack of a better name) or otlml and running the files through an XSLT processor. But, it's the same problem : what if you don't have access to an XSLT widget or it breaks? Further, there's always just that extra little bit of formatting that you want to able to add to your content; witness the description element in RSS. Wouldn't it be nice to have a markup language that you could add structure and logic to? To which arbitrary tags could be applied and that still "just worked" when the document proper is sent to a browser. Even if the backend magic suddenly broke, the site might look like crap but presumably it would still be usuable. HTML is, we'll all agree, not the best candidate at first blush. XHTML, on the other hand, comes pretty close. Through the magic of parameter entities and the ability to define and tweak them inside the DOCTYPE declaration, you can essentially wrap (X)HTML in your own case-specific tags.



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This is still an imperfect solution. The first problem is that the browsers have never been taught to deal with this syntax so the %dtdMods;]> from the DOCTYPE declaration gets printed to the browser window. Dunno. The second problem involves the fact that I am overriding the %Block; entity, in dtd.mod , which is used to determine the child elements for the body tag. The good news is that I can re-assign the list of valid children, in this case : abstract ; section ; include , thus applying more structure to my document than a pure formatting language allows out of the box. Since the children of the first two elements are p and div , respectively, I can start tapping away in HTML to my heart's content. The bad news is that the %Block; entity is also used by the blockquote and noscript tags. There isn't much to do about this since you can't redefine elements; oh well. A third problem is that you can not use already defined parameter entities inside new definitions...



<!ENTITY % foo "(a|b|%c;|d)*">



...without causing the w3c validator grief. I don't know why. Rudimentary testing suggests that you should not waste your time trying to assign styles to your new tags. Your mileage may vary.

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The dict-ified dictionary.com word of the day is turbid

| source : web1913 | Turbid \Tur"bid\, a. [L. turbidus, from turba tumult, disturbance, akin to turbare to disturb. See {Trouble}, and cf. {Disturb}, {Perturb}.] 1. Having the lees or sediment disturbed; roiled; muddy; thick; not clear; -- used of liquids of any kind; as, turbid water; turbid wine. On that strong, turbid water, a small boat, Guided by one weak hand, was seen to float. --Whittier. 2. Disturbed; confused; disordered. `` Such turbid intervals that use to attend close prisoners.'' --Howell. | source : wn | turbid adj : (of especially liquids) clouded as with sediment; "a cloudy liquid"; "muddy coffee"; "murky waters" [syn: {cloudy}, {muddy}, {mirky}, {murky}]

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Me : Outline Markup Language 1.0b1

"is an XML application for formatting data in a hierarchical structure. The data is organized in groupings of node elements which may contain child nodes, text elements or references to nodes both internal and external to the document. ... This DTD is in it's infancy so, please, be gentle."

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Me : Userland::weblogUpdates.pm 0.3

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www.foodclub.org

"promote[s] community food-buying clubs. When I first joined a food-buying club in Alsea, Oregon, I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I never knew such a thing existed. I decided to use my programming skills to contribute back to the people who started it and made it work, and to help this great idea spread. I have written internet software that makes the administrative and organizational tasks of running a food-buying club very simple. It allows people to join their orders together quickly, keeping track of prices for each item, and can even handle splits, where many people split a single case of something. It takes much of the headache out of combining orders to send to the wholesaler, and then figuring out how much everyone owes after the order comes in. ... Starting with release 0.15 you can run it simply as standalone CGI scripts, eliminating the need for mod_perl."

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The dict-ified dictionary.com word of the day is repine

| source : web1913 | Repine \Re*pine"\ (r?-p?n"), v. i. [Pref. re- + pine to languish.] 1. To fail; to wane. [Obs.] ``Reppening courage yields no foot to foe.'' --Spenser. 2. To continue pining; to feel inward discontent which preys on the spirits; to indulge in envy or complaint; to murmur. But Lachesis thereat gan to repine. --Spenser. What if the head, the eye, or ear repined To serve mere engines to the ruling mind? --Pope. | source : web1913 | Repine \Re*pine"\, n. Vexation; mortification. [Obs.] --Shak. | source : wn | repine v : express discontent

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Morning Becomes Eclectic : Joe Henry and Daniel Lanois

(real evil g2)

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Commander Taco : Handling the Loads

"[Following the events of September 11, 2001] many news sites collapsed under the load, we managed to keep stumbling along. Countless people have asked me questions about how Slashdot handled the gigantic load spike."

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You would think that the first thing on a bank's list of things

to tell customers when they don't want to sign up for Internet banking because they are concerned you [the teller] will lose your job is : Don't leave this document out for customers to see. Atleast not to the page that recommends you say "I love for working for the [insert bank here]!"

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Marc A. Hershberger : svg2swf.pl

"I'm working on translating Rob Lanphier's svg2swf (which is written in Python) to a Perl extention."

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No, Windows! No, Mac! No, *nix! Mmmm, beer.

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The Perl-XML kids on RSS and DTDs : "So, ignore the slashdot idiots

is the only conclusion I can say for this. Oh, and implement a catalog system. I know I'm going to look into doing one for AxKit, after this debacle left AxKit.org dead in the water for a couple of days."

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Simson Garfinkel : The Internet on a Chip

"Pervasive telemetry will create unprecedented opportunities to collect personal information. An engineer at Zojirushi, for example, proudly showed iReady's Koyama a cell phone, displaying a message indicating that the engineer's grandmother had used her wireless hot pot that very morning. "What does she think of this?" Koyama asked the engineer. "Well, she doesn't know!" answered the engineer—who then said that if his grandmother were aware that her hot pot was monitoring her actions, she almost certainly would object. "There is this whole Little Brother aspect" to the project that is a little unsettling" , Koyama concedes." see also Behind the Bar Code

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Gisle Aas, Dick Hardt and Paul Everitt : "The Perl for Zope Project

lets Perl code and Python code run in the same process, focused on making Perl an alternative scripting language for the Zope Open Source application server."

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National Post : The Inert-net for cyber-sloths

"The chair allows users to log on to the Web through a keyboard that is built into a folding tray-table in the left arm. The keyboard connects to the receiver through wireless technology, and the chair's arm also features a 120-volt outlet with surge protection. The chair also has a port for cable Internet connections, as well as the ability to connect through standard phone lines."

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Joshua Allen : OPML and XSLT

"Since OPML is designed to represent information that real people usually want to look at, and since web browsers are accustomed to dealing with hierarchical data, OPML is an ideal fit. The following files allow you to view, edit, and format OPML files in a web browser..." Cool. This has always seems like The Right Thing to do with OPML; I just didn't know enough to write the code.

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DJ Adams : Fun with [ Net:: ] Jabber - Headline Delivery with RSS

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Steffan Andrews : Make Your Own Visor Flip Cover

"By combining two inconvenient covers, you can make ONE ingeniously handy and durable case."

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From the Pen is Mightier than the Sword department :

comes the Write Here Suite that brings handwriting recognition software to the desktop, using PalmOS gadgets as the interface. Meanwhile, the rumours are not just that Apple is building handwriting software into OS X, but that the plan to " eliminate the need for a keyboard. " Over coffee, this morning, I wondered aloud why no one had yet made -- or atleast properly marketed -- textured surfaces for digital tablets. There is a reason that artists don't all work on the same kinds of paper or canvas or stone and the fact that surface is imitated on the screen demonstrates that someone isn't paying very much attention to their customers. "Well, maybe the tablets are very sensitive," said my friend. "And an uneven surface would interrupt how much information it received from the pen." Exactly.

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Matt Sergeant : RSSmirror.pl

"The clean-up process, in addition to fixing "uncuddled &'s", also converts the Latin-1 entities used in RSS documents into XML characters references to improve portability among non-validating XML processors."

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If anything is going to drive me away from computers

it's the fact that my handwriting just sucks these days.

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Heather Champ : Random Rothko

Personally, I can't stand Rothko's work (the postcards are alright, but the paintings are just too chalky and dusty of colour) but I really am a sucker for this kind of thing.

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This one is for the people with the teeny weeny webcam thumbnails

small .... big ... .small .... big ..... mmmmm.

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Good Housekeeping :

the Lincoln Stein article on all things Napster that I mentioned a while back, is now online .

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Shut the fuck up bullets

go out to Greg Knass for writing the following nonsense : If you're instantly repulsed by this concept, congratulations: you're probably a woman. It was all kind of cute and endearing, in a what are you...sheep? sort of way until then. That, however, is just plain stupid.

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CBC on the future of radio : Surviving the Internet

"The Internet is still not making money. They [radio stations] make money. Webcasting doesn't make the money that regular radio does...it will. It will probably make a lot more money, but that's what is gonna keep radio alive [for now]."

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Studio B : Tim O'Reilly on E-Books

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Yeah yeah yeah

whatever. I want an OS that is stable, networked, can play with all the cool Unix toys and *builds* on everything that is good about the Mac. Throbbing dialogue buttons and goofy email attachments were not exactly what I had in mind. soma

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Greg Wilson has been thinking about scripting languages

"Second, I want to see a VHLL defined by an XML DTD ... if a program's source is defined using <method>, <parameter>, and <block> tags, then individual programmers can choose whatever superficial appearance they want. Three different programmers, for example, could view nesting using indentation (Python), curly braces (Perl), or parenthesized prefix notation (Scheme). I believe this would be as big an innovation in practical programming as applets were, and probably more useful."

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Harvey Blume thinks the barbarians are the gate

only this time they "are camouflaged by Linux to appear friendly, cooperative, even cuddly (with adorable Finnish accents)..."

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Simson Garfinkel weighs in on the Unix wars

"If I had to pick out the single difference between the BSD community as a whole and the proponents of Linux, I would say it is something called 'correctness.' The BSD developers are more concerned that the underlying technology in their operating systems be implemented in a manner consistent with the overall design of the systems. Linux developers, overall, are more interested in just putting together something that works."

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The First Virtual Meter

How do you measure space when you can just change the resolution? via calamondin .

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PC Week : Compaq to Halt NT on Alpha development

About a year ago, I got to test-drive an Alpha/NT box for a couple months. This was when DEC was trying to woo the Mac crowd with a faster, cheaper graphics machine. Stuff that been ported to Alpha (Painter & Quark) screamed. Everything else ran under an NT emulator. The really impresive thing was that the machine "learned" NT as you used it, re-compiling into native Alpha code. Unfortunately, we could never get QuickTime installed which basically meant it was D.O.A. via slashdot .

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I wandered over to the website for Saturday Night magazine

and discovered a feature called "Canadian Letters". Every issue they get a half dozen or so people from across the country to write about...whatever is going on where they are. ( Canada has the world's second largest land mass and fewer people than California so the physical distances do make a difference. ) I especially liked Jonathan Goldstein's memories of living in St. Henri . "One of Saint-Henri's greatest mysteries involves the old men who sit in running cars. You'll find them in the middle of the night, idling on a side street, staring at the dashboard. Sometimes I think Saint-Henri is Disneyland for nihilists; if it is, then idling cars are its Space Mountain."

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Help out and sign the petition

asking Adaptec to release the necessary code for Be to write a driver for 2940UW SCSI card.

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Eli M. Noam : Will the Internet Be Bad For Democracy

"My skepticism about the Internet as a pro-democracy force is not based on its uneven distribution. ... The problem is that most analysts commit a so-called error of composition. That is, they confuse micro behavior with macro results. They think that if something is helpful to an individual, it is also helpful to society at large, when everybody uses it."

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Quebec anglos : 'Divided we stand'

"Listening to them, you'd think we are completely repressed, undergoing some sort of ethnic cleansing," he said. "They don't listen to young anglophones. The average young anglophone is not bothered if the sign that says '3 per cent discount' is written in either language. It's all the same for us."

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