The Clever Shark

A selection of links and rants by Tony A. Emond

Quick update on my recent server woes

Apparently I’ve been unduly blaming WordPress for my server problems. After investigating the use of Drupal — which I may yet use going forward — I found that my problem had more to do with fastcgi, PHP-FPM and nginx than it did with WordPress. So I’ve reverted the server to Apache and things are running in a relatively stable way, although I still have some availability issues on the administration side only. This is pretty strange.

Thu, December 4 2014 » Bizarre, Site news » No Comments

Stuck in WordPress Hell

After a lengthy silence I wanted to get a new long-form article out entitled “Thanksgiving is terrible” last week, but the admin interface of wordpress seems hopelessly broken for this site, confining me to use the feature-sparse “Quick Draft” form on the Dashboard… guess I’ll have to sit on the Thanksgiving piece until next year. Anyway I just might switch the whole shebang over to Drupal so I can start actually using my blog again. I will be returning soon.

Tue, December 2 2014 » Site news » No Comments

Hold it! Next man makes a move and the banker gets it!

No sooner are the rumors of investment bank prosecutions spreading that Wall Street criminals are threatening to blow up the economy in retaliation. I don’t know about you but I think the economy can do without a cabal of parasites using virtually endless amounts of capital to raise the price of commodities for their own profit…

Tue, June 3 2014 » Links, Money, Politics, Silly » No Comments

New site feature!

Inspired by the work I did on the web site for my marriage (, I decided to go ahead and add Facebook and Google+ login for this site. This means that you don’t need to create a new account on this site in order to leave comments, you can just use your Facebook or Google account instead. Ironically I’ve implemented this mostly as I am minimizing my use of Facebook and other social networks, as I have little access to those from my computer at work.

Mon, June 2 2014 » Site news » No Comments

Can’t make up your mind? Then don’t!

Where The Fuck Should I Go To Eat, a web site that rudely suggests restaurants.

Mon, June 2 2014 » Funny, Links » No Comments

What can brown do for you?

If carpenters were hired like programmers. As someone who’s interviewed for tech positions fairly often, I had to shake my head while reading this, because that’s a great analogy.

Fri, May 30 2014 » Computers, Funny, Links, Stupid, Technology » No Comments

So considerate!

Fox News reports that Maya Angelou cancelled an upcoming appearance in Houston following her own death. One could only hope that all stars took the time to give people post-mortem notices!

Thu, May 29 2014 » Funny, Links, Silly » No Comments

What a long, strange trip it’s been!

I notice that my last post before the reboot goes all the way back to August 2012. Practically an eternity. So, I will do a brief recap of what’s happened since then, because my life now has so little resemblance to my life then that the reader may profit from it.

1- BURN! In early September 2012 I, through my own drunken fault, happened to fall into a bonfire while celebrating labor day. Normally this is something that really doesn’t have much in the way of consequences, but since it had been a warm day I was wearing shorts. My left calf made direct contact with a log that was smoldering. As a result of this I ended up spending almost two weeks in the burns unit of Hotel-Dieu hospital and receiving a skin graft.

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Thu, May 22 2014 » Blog, Halifax, Montreal, News, Travel » No Comments

An open letter to the NSLSC in Ontario

Hi there.

This letter is not about myself. I do not have any student loans outstanding, mostly owing to the dubious fortune that my father died shortly before I entered university and his life insurance settlement covered my various needs while I was studying. And I was no longer a resident of Ontario by this point anyway. Thus I am writing about someone else, who shall remain unnamed in this letter.

So my friend, clearly, has student loans from your organization. She holds a PhD and so her debt level is rather high. She is also a single mother and thus responsible for getting her kid housed, fed, clothed, and put in day care so that she can go out and work everyday to earn a living. She has been fairly successful in the academic world and is a professor at a university.

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Wed, April 16 2014 » Article, Funny, Health, Money, Silly, Stupid, Tasty » No Comments

The new diet that has Halifax abuzz!

Are you overweight? Tired of the “miracle food of the week” and pain-in-the-ass exercise? Sick of eating so-called “healthy” foods? Studies show that people who lose weight through diets just go on to gain it all back soon after. There’s got to be a better way!

Fri, April 4 2014 » Article, Funny, Health, Silly » No Comments