Good riddance to 2017

Welcome 2018. And as for the annus horribilis that was 2017, well, I’m perfectly happy to see the back of it.

Honestly, it was just awful, despite a pleasant start with family. This year we’ve had one of the girls involved in a shockingly severe accident on her scooter, I have reportedly fought the mumps (that’s Halifax for ya) and possibly mono in the fall. I also spent half the year in depression which was not quite properly treated,which culminated in my firing one month before Christmas. Yay.

Of course I may well be better off not working for Ping anymore. I never quite fit in there the way I did at Actional, where I spent 8 years before being laid off. Then again that layoff did leave me rather more bitter than before. It certainly left me feeling that I can’t trust employers at all. The phrase “human resources” says it all – as an employee you’re a resource to te company, alongside capital, real estate, computers and office furniture. You are no more than that. Companies realize the negative connotation of the name and sometimes call it something else like “people operations”, but there’s no real difference. I can call myself Sebastian Vettel all I want, that’s not going to make me a four-time F1 world champion.

Perhaps my error has been in seeking salaried work when I should rather try to develop my own ideas. And so I find still a little optimism going into the new year. Maybe I can find my real calling this year. We will see.

At the Disney Store

Disney Store Ottawa
Disney Store Ottawa

The Disney Store at Rideau Centre, which as a parent I am contractually obligated to visit. They own pretty much 100% of the entertainment industry at this point, but I can’t help but notice how little stuff they have related to films and shows they did before 1990, which is a shame.

Dream final?

Oh boy, FIFA’s gone and done it again. Its own site proudly trumpets “Dramatic semis produce dream final“, and the article goes on to proclaim that a Japan-USA rematch is “the gold medal match fans the world over were hoping to see”.

Well, it’s the final that FIFA was hoping to see, clearly. When you put things in those precise terms, FIFAbots, people might at some point assume that the result of the Canada-USA match was rigged. And given FIFA’s own notorious problems with corruption and people at very high levels passing brown envelopes full of money up and down the chain to ensure expected results (let’s not kid ourselves, that’s how Qatar got the next world cup) it really should make more people wonder whether FIFA has perhaps taken a position on the match that was not exactly impartial.

And when I now hear that FIFA is looking into punishing Canadian players for their post-game comments, while the real outrages that took place on the field remain unquestioned, I can’t help but see Sepp Blatter as your traditional mafia don, preordering the result of important games and exacting a capricious, autocratic revenge on anyone who dares question his dictatorship. Remember how this is the same idiot who didn’t think there was anything wrong with Thierry Henry’s infamous handball which sent big-market France to the World Cup finals and sent small-market Ireland homeward.

It’s time to call a spade a spade here. FIFA and its leadership are corrupt to the core and everybody knows it. It’s time for serious football to organize in an organization which is not so completely and utterly rotten.

edit: I’ve decided to save a copy of FIFA’s “dream final” text to this post, as I have a feeling that it will probably be heavily edited later.