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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JULY 15, 2009 12:51PM

Dan Brown vs. Jane Austen and Sea Monsters

You saw it here first!  The long awaited viral mash up trailer sequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies:
If you're not up to speed on this publishing phenomenom, here's a snippet of the PR sent to me this morning… Read full post »
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JULY 15, 2009 8:02AM

"Democratizing" Karaoke



Keep an eye out any day now for a new app called Google Karaoke. Word in yesterday's Globe & Mail Business section is that Google has just teamed up with a Montreal digital media group to bring free karaoke to the internet. 

We're "Democratizin… Read full post »

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JULY 14, 2009 2:00PM

Cats "exploit" owners by purring

cute kitten purr-1


I'm trying to stay away from the BBC pet stories.  Really I am.  But, man,  those Brits really know how to spin the fluff cycle.

It's the most popular news story right now, right after Goldman Sachs bumper profits. Yes, it's true, what you may have only suspected… Read full post »

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JULY 13, 2009 8:44AM

Writing Rage


One snowy evening in Chicago, Davy Rothbart found this note on his windshield.  It wasn't intended for him. He didn't know Mario or Amber, but something about the vulnerable mix of paranoia and desperation struck a chord with him and his friends.  And so this note became the origina… Read full post »

Last night I noticed that my 11 year old Jack Russell, Blitzen, had lost her i.d. tag.  She's a bit of an escape artist, so I'm really happy I noticed.  I plan to get her a new tag a.s.a.p. so that I don't have to resort to this.

This being… Read full post »

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JULY 9, 2009 10:07AM

So You Think You Can Dance--Top 12

new favorite



First a word of advice to anyone who ever decides to share recap duties: PLAN things out way ahead.  Or at least don’t decide half way through the show that this would be a good time to write your partner an e-mail that reads “you’re doing the… Read full post »

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JUNE 24, 2009 12:15PM

Bigfoot: Me Twitter


Bigfoot: Now on Twitter


If you haven't read either of Graham Roumieu's brilliant graphic novels based on the life of Bigfoot then you're seriously depraved deprived. But if you've read either Bigfoot: I not Dead, or Me Write Book then you're already up to date on Bigfoot's… Read full post »

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JUNE 18, 2009 10:48AM

So You Think You Can Dance--Top 18

I love So You Think You Can Dance, lame camera work aside, but last week I discovered there was something else missing. After reading Knightwriter's top 20 recap , I realized that I would love it even more if I were drunk. 

Unfortunately I only remembered this ten minutes before… Read full post »

Edward Viellella

He's been called the greatest dancer ever produced in America. He's considered one of the country's premier choreographers. He is the only American to have ever been asked to dance an encore at the Bolshoi theatre in Moscow. 

But today he is the most hated man among Canadian… Read full post »

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JUNE 4, 2009 4:06PM

SYTYCD Vegas re-cap, part 1

Vegas, Babies.

First up, from Vancouver, Canada, Alex Wong. I'm guessing he is eligible to compete on the American show because he's in the Miami City Ballet.

Judges are sworn to silence during the solo rounds.  But Alex has them squirming in pantomime.  Mia Michaels gets censored twice fo… Read full post »

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JUNE 3, 2009 7:56AM

Why I Hate So You Think You Can Dance

It's not the dancing.  I love the dancing. And I love the idea of this show, bringing dancers together from every culture and class, from hip hop to ballroom to ballet, forcing them to discover their weaknesses and stretch their skills.

It's not the judging.  It's hard for newcomers to… Read full post »

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MAY 29, 2009 9:12AM

Must See Sotomayor T.V.



When I first read, this week, that New York's Second Circuit Court of Appeals was in the process of deciding  Arar v. Ashcroft, I immediately surfed over to  C-Span to check out Sonia Sotomayor's performance in the two hours of oral arguments presented by both sides.

What I… Read full post »

I'm not going to go into great detail about the awesomeness of  So You Think You Can Dance Canada.
But I will say a little about why I am such a massive, unapologetic fan of the SYTYCD franchise.  Dancers… Read full post »
MAY 18, 2009 2:25PM

Sexy Men vs. Sexy Men



Hey Everyone.  Welcome to the first meet of Open Salon Celebrity Feed bowling.

The goal: to see if we can knock  knudge Kaysong's somewhat stale (for us anyways)  sexiest men post off the most viewed feed by replicating the keywords and images that may be proping… Read full post »

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MAY 15, 2009 8:59AM

Another Great Moment In Toilet Paper


 A couple of days ago I wrote about Bixi, Montreal's innovative, ambitious new bicycle taxi program.

Just had to follow  up with this picture from the business section of Montreal's leading daily, La Presse. 

The Lemaire brothers are apparently riding their Bixis to their nex… Read full post »

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MAY 13, 2009 4:14PM

A bicycle built for 3.5 million


I think I can now safely brag that I live in the most transportation forward city in North America.  I've already blogged about Montreal's near monopoly on high speed train building, and my awesome car co-op.  Soon I'll write something about the newly announced plans to run airportRead full post »

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APRIL 30, 2009 8:44AM

Tim Geithner Has A Good Day...Almost!


Tim Geithner


 Courtesy The Washington Note


Even alleged secret Tim Geithner fan, Saturn Smith, seemed a little surprised to learn yesterday that Geithner made People Magazine's top 50 beautiful people. 

Was it possible?  Could it be that day 93 might be the day the ar… Read full post »

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APRIL 28, 2009 9:41AM

Junk Food Idol

unidentified flavor-1


Today the former head of the Food and Drug Administration, David Kessler, releases a new book called The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite. 

Kessler (best known for his Clinton era crusades against cigarette packaging) argues that junk food lig… Read full post »

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APRIL 23, 2009 12:50AM

Blame Canada says Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano

Quick quiz, Americans.  How many 9-11 terrorists entered North America through Canada?  

If you said zero then you know more than your Homeland Security Secretary did earlier this week.

On Monday, in an interview with a Canadian television journalist, Janet Napolitano elaborated o… Read full post »

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APRIL 16, 2009 3:16PM

All Aboard! Your guide to the fast track

highspeed train


Hey America.  How's it going?  Oh.... 

Well, just thought I'd ask.  And while I'm here. You know. I was don't suppose you guys wanna buy some high speed trains? 

Really? Obama said what? That's so cool, because my home town, Montreal, is… Read full post »

APRIL 14, 2009 11:44AM

Watch Out! You're Falling...



In The Brain that Changes Itself  Norman Doidge writes about a scientific experiment that has changed the way neuroscientists now think about the brain.

Cheryl Schiltz was a woman who had lost her vestibular sense, her sense of balance, as a side effect of an overdosage of… Read full post »

 A short follow up to An Adventure in Standing Still part 1

karniPhoto by  Francoise Cooperman, from


"The Way you can go isn’t the real way...."

               From the Tao Te Tching, tra… Read full post »

MARCH 27, 2009 2:10PM

Our Founding Bastard



In 1832 a fallen warrior chief of the Sac and Fox Nations decided to dictate his memoir. The Autobiography of Black Hawk is still in print. According to the Pulitzer Prize winning historian David Hackett Fischer (Washington's Crossing)  “it was a warning to leaders of… Read full post »

MARCH 26, 2009 1:11PM

I love Gail Collins

There I said it.  Because women political columnists, outside of OS, do not get nearly enough love...

 I didn't think anyone could possibly sum up the wide ranging and ridiculous fickleness of popular opinion in the last month.  But here's Gail, managing to insult just about everyone i… Read full post »

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MARCH 20, 2009 4:39PM

My AIG bonus package


Last week I had an “intervention meeting” at my son, Ben’s, Montreal school. I’d been dreading this meeting for weeks, especially after reading Liz Emrich’s heartbreaking piece about her mildly autistic three year old son being kicked out of his Montessori schoo… Read full post »