All that is necessary for the survival of the fittest

is an interest in life, good, bad or peculiar--Grace Paley

Juliet Waters

Juliet Waters
Montreal, Canada
August 01
Montreal based writer, book critic, single mom. Currently working on a book about a year learning computer programming. Visit me, or


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MARCH 13, 2009 1:26AM

What Happens When Engineers Own Dogs




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MARCH 10, 2009 2:47PM

International House of Spiritivity


While you were eating Sunday brunch last weekend, Rainn Wilson (best known these days as Dwight Schrute) was  launching his "spiritivity" website SoulPancake.

 This may seem at first glance like a parody of something, maybe Crispin Glover.  But according to this interview on OpRead full post »

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MARCH 9, 2009 10:26AM

A Brief History of Anxiety

patricia pearson

One of the best books I read last year is coming out in paperback this week. With the hope of giving it a well deserved bump on amazon, I'm re-posting an  interview I did with Patricia Pearson the same week her book received a great review in the NewRead full post »

FEBRUARY 20, 2009 7:51AM

Obama Tail

The Gazette Digital obama

 From this morning's  Montreal Gazette

So Canadians are pretty happy about Obama's visit. (Here's a good summary of the damage done to U.S./Canada relations during the Bush years, and why this visit was so important to us.)

After recovering from his one faux pas--telling us how h… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 19, 2009 11:23AM

Obama in Canada



Obama arrives in Ottawa

 February 19  11:23 a.m.: So I got my wish.  At this very moment Obama is huddled up in a private meeting with Canada's Governor General Michaelle Jean.

Bet you didn't know that Obama is in Canada today.  Some people here are pretty excited about this.… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 16, 2009 6:55AM

Canadian Idols singing Canadian Idols


American Idol has always kind of sucked,  but apparently it's now become bad enough that people are starting to eat their own.

We won't be having this problem in Canada, since Canadian Idol  recently decided it was time to take a hiatus.  In honour of this decision… Read full post »



A friend of mine just invited me to join this lovely facebook group, Shit Record Covers .  There are over a thousand of the worst record covers you can imagine, from Merry Christmas with The Mom and Dads to U.S. Senator Robert Byrd--Mountain Fiddler.  Truly a record cover… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 10, 2009 10:19AM

A Personal Glossary of Writing Disorders

An example of "alien handwriting" courtesy of www.abduct.comRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 8, 2009 7:42AM

Weekender Update

The NY Times didn't quite have the humility to embed this very funny spoof  of their Weekender TV ad. But they did at least link to it.

They liked the jab at how their book section is too self-absorbed.  Personally, I like the section that lists all… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 5, 2009 12:34PM

True Love Again

This is my favourite cover, by Beck.   And as T pointed out, there are many, many others.  Feel free to post your own.  Can't think… Read full post »
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FEBRUARY 1, 2009 9:52PM

Le Super Bowl

historic victory

Les Quebecois love football.  Really.  But they don't quite understand all of the Super Bowl rituals.  I learned this tonight when  we were invited to watch it at the parents of one of my son's long time neighborhood friends.

This was a big deal for my son.  He's stil… Read full post »

JANUARY 23, 2009 9:56AM

My 700 car family


 We were always a good American car owning family. My uncle was a Vice President at Ford, in charge of paint. He was hardly a devout Catholic, but in Pine Lake circles he was known as the Pope of Paint. He died last year. So now I guess… Read full post »

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JANUARY 21, 2009 10:38AM

Canadians: The Real Cylons



Being a Canadian fan of Battlestar Galactica has always been a little weird because Cylons are almost always played by Canadian actors. In fact, I could have told you the identity of the fifth Cylon just from  a little research at, but I didn't want to spoil… Read full post »

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JANUARY 20, 2009 7:42PM

Canada selects a song for W.

As JK Brady wrote about,  Canada recently got together and voted on a list of songs for Obama....But I felt we should at least have one for President Bush. Back in the 80s, when video was first starting out, Mitsou was Quebec's answer to Madonna. Here she is with… Read full post »

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JANUARY 16, 2009 10:21AM

Dear President Obama, welcome to Canada

Dear President Obama,

According to the buzz up here you're planning a trip to Canada soon after your inauguration. I'm sure by now you know that we have a prime minister not a president. You may or may not know, however, that he's kind of a jerk. But I'm sure you'll… Read full post »

JANUARY 15, 2009 1:38PM

The History of The Snowman, a review

In the movie, Elf, just before Buddy sets out on a voyage to find his father, he gets a little pep talk from The Snowman. “Buddy, I’ve been around the world many times, when I was a young cumulus nimbus cloud. It’s a wondrous place filled with wondrous creatures, except dogs./…

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JANUARY 9, 2009 12:11PM

An Adventure in standing still (part 1)


About twelve years ago I set out on a big adventure. My then boyfriend and I decided to drive from Salt Lake City, Utah, to wherever we ended up, which turned out to be Costa Rica, six months later.

That adventure is a whole other story, which maybe I… Read full post »

JANUARY 2, 2009 9:16AM

My New Year's Miracle

And I say unto thee that this really happened, pretty much the way I say it did, two years ago today. More or less.

It did happen on a second or third day of January that I was looking over some pretty scary credit card bills, and so I did travel to… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 28, 2008 5:32PM

My little Y2K secret...

I discovered I was pregnant about a week after I joined the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement. VHEMT is a bit like a death cult. It was created by Les U. Knight, a radical environmentalist who believes that abstaining from reproduction is the best thing we can do for the planet.… Read full post »

DECEMBER 27, 2008 2:27PM

The Squirrel consumed by Wet Beaver!

Maybe? I just noticed he hasn't been around very much in the last couple of weeks. And it's getting pretty hardcore over at Hinterland Who's Who. Just check out Whotube

For those of you not up to date with the recent concern of OS activists for the dilemna of… Read full post »

DECEMBER 27, 2008 9:21AM

wet beaver video

In response to Michael Rodgers post on the wet beaver....

When it comes to fetishizing the wet beaver, no country can compete with Canada. We have the wet beaver on our money!

Here are a few exciting facts about the wet beaver, trimmed from Environment Canada's. Hinterland's Who's Who. Please…

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DECEMBER 23, 2008 9:07AM

They don't make them like this anymore

Then again they never did...And I think everyone would agree with Bill Lee that Dick ran "a nice loose ship" back then.

DECEMBER 22, 2008 8:31AM

It's A Wonderful Life In Milwaukee

If you haven't yet seen this strange and hilarious video, do that now, because nothing I write here will make much sense to you otherwise.

Welcome to the wonderful bizzaro world of This Is My Milwaukee. From what people who actually live in Milwaukee are saying, it doesn't bear much resemblance/…

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I found this insane parody of a tourism video on, run by OS poster Allen Henderson. I so loved This Is My Milwaukee that I uploaded it to my Facebook page. Speculation thus far it that this is a quirky viral ad campaign for something, maybe a video/…

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DECEMBER 18, 2008 7:01AM

My ice storm puppy

My Jack Russell, Blitzen, was born on Christmas 1997, a few weeks before my grandmother died, and before the ice storm of 1998. According to the coffee table book The Ice Storm, this was "the most destructive weather disaster in Canada's recorded history." Which is saying a lot, because we… Read full post »