This federal election, I will be voting for the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) for the following four reasons based on the CPC’s Policy Declaration(PDF 2019.01.21) pronouncements, primarily aligned with my business objectives:

1. Fiscal declaration, with tax relief primarily for business and capital gain taxes, which is how poverty breathes its last.

2. Economic Development, with industrial development (by eliminating the socialist mindset of bailouts and favoritism) and the foreign ownership restriction removal or reduction, which promotes a free-market system with myriad growth opportunities. In addition, the long-term energy framework, whereby we reduce energy costs by leveraging what Canada offers internally, rather than importing what we already have. Finally, the spirit of competition is etched across the economic development platform.

3. Trade, especially the focus on promoting international trade, thus increasing the potential for economic growth and business opportunities.

4. Criminal Justice, with the stricter enforcement than the currently lenient and ineffective program of rehabilitation of dangerous offenders without the latter’s carrying the burden of proof otherwise.

With these pronouncements, the CPC appears to be committed to providing a business-friendly environment that promotes a healthy free-market economy. This is especially needed nowadays as Canada has turned into a sad, socialist system with a senseless tax regime, broken trade, broken international relations, and offering its citizens too much reliance on government, which I call deresponsabilization, a very dangerous phenomenon to the economic health of any society.

While I will be endorsing Scheer for the above, I do not agree with some CPC policies, such as temporarily suspending stem cell research or considering on-the-spot penalties for marijuana, although these are trivial matters that neither add to nor subtract from my business objectives.

The bottom line is that I am endorsing what I believe is a platform that promotes free-market enterprise, business opportunities, and economic growth. Gone is the legitimacy of the times when people are pampered and cared for by the state.

Since the beginning of January, I have started a new, exciting project — cataloguing my books using the analytic and logical Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) system.

My books are currently arranged according to the Chinese Library Classification (CLC, 中国图书馆分类法). Despite its simplicity, especially given the many Mandarin Chinese books my family owns, this system is traditionally limited to a hierarchical breakdown of subject areas. Synthetic categorization, such as the relation between subject areas, the language the work is in, the era the work covers, etc., are not possible.

With UDC, however, the ontology contains auxiliary data structures that enrich the categorization of all kinds of works, from books to electronic files.

The rollover from CLC to UDC is relatively straightforward, but very time-consuming, given UDC’s structural conventions and availability limitations. You can find a free, limited version of the UDC structure here.

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Header photo: 2019 Screenshot from http://www.udcsummary.info/php/index.php

This is a melancholic poem by renowned Albanian writer Ismail Kadare. I bring it here in the Veqilharxhi alphabet along with a very, very rough translation ensuing.

Ca pika shiu ranë mbi qelq

Ismail Kadare, 1976

Some raindrops spattered the window glass

Ismail Kadare, 1976

Some raindrops spattered the window glass;
I sensed I missed you unawares.
We both reside in the same town,
yet so rarely see each other.

And it did feel a little uncanny
the way this autumn, this morn sprung in.
The gloomy heavens with no storks
And the rains with no rainbows amidst.

And an old saying by Heraclitus
for some reason sprung to mind:
“The waking have one common world,
whereas the sleeping turn aside.”

In what dream have we been trapped,
from which we can’t seem to escape?
Some raindrops spattered the window glass,
And I sensed I missed you unawares.


Header photo, rough English translation: 2018, itheorist.

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Last evening, I attended a splendorous performance of the Four Seasons by talented American violinist Benjamin Beilman and members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

Transcendental notes, an appealing performance of the ensemble, a virtuoso and elegant lead violinist, but a miserable audience. First, they clapped right after the performance of the third movement of Summer. Apparently, they had no idea there are two more seasons after summer. Second, they were dressed as if attending a BBQ in the park. And that was precisely what added to my nausea. It is an insult to the performers, to the divine music being performed, and the rest of the audience to dress in T-shirts, sneakers, jeans, or sandals, for the love of God. Uncultivated peasantry as such that needs to be confined to the parterre, at best.

What I’ve noticed about this part of the world, Western Canada, is the injurious lack of elegance and etiquette when it comes to classical concerts. On the one hand, the VSO is happy to perform to an audience that would otherwise not show up if a certain attire etiquette were to be imposed. On the other hand, I firmly believe it is far worse to allow hill billies wearing flip-flops to attend early-music concerts, thus offending not only the performers, but also the memory of the grand composers of Western Music.

Shameless, painful, mediocre, pitiful, miserable, and sorrowful; tipping the scale of the transcendental towards the ordinary emotion.

Here’s a simple etiquette to follow:

  1. For matinee concerts, dress up nicely.
  2. For evening concerts, dress up really nicely.
  3. Listen to pieces unfamiliar to you before the performance so you get a flavor of what’s coming, a sense of the tempo, and a sense of when to clap.


Header photo: Chan Centre tage shot during the intermission prior to the performance of Four Seasons, 2018.12.21

It is my well-informed opinion that white Europeans are fundamentally, inherently racist. This phenomenon is publicly observed among Europe’s most interestingly shallow people — the Italian celebrities, such as Sweet & Gabbana.

Well, #boycottdolcegabbana.

(Header photo: CC-BY-NC-ND itheorist. Screenshot from the whimpering duo’s non-apology on Twitter)