2007-03-28

Yahoo Shares the Steven Harper Vision of Canada

Yahoo Quebec is 100% French. Yahoo Canada is 100% English. You click on "Français" on the Canadian site and it brings you the Quebec site with the Quebec content. You click on "English" on the Quebec site and it brings you to the Canadian site with the non-Quebec Canadian content. Think about that for a moment. Probably more "efficient". Pretend everybody in Quebec is French and everybody in the rest of Canada is English.

According to the 2001 census, there are 408,000 people in the Montreal area who have English as first language that is still understood. The total for the province is 557,000.

There are 133,000 francophones (as a first language) on the Ontario side of the Ottawa-Hull Metropolitan Area. A total of 486,000 in the province of Ontario and 234,000 in New Brunswick.

That is 1.4 million Canadians who have to chose between geography and language if they want to use the Yahoo site.

Blame the stupid Americans. But you would think that Rogers Cable, in a branding association with Yahoo that makes Yahoo their clients home page, would clue them in.

I guess not.

Ironically, the USA now has Yahoo sites in Spanish and Chinese!

Yahoo India is in 8 languages. The Switzerland site is in three. Yahoo Spain is only in Spanish (It's Catalan, Galician and Basque speaking populations are out of luck). The only situation that comes close to Canada's is Belgium. No Yahoo for Belgium. They can go Dutch, French or German.

Belgium doesn't have a Yahoo site but Quebec does! Quebec, in fact, is the only sub-country geographic region to get a Yahoo site, in the world. Ireland gets lumped in with the UK site, no Galic available. New Zealand inexplicably gets lumped in with Australia. Mauri speakers are out of luck.

I guess Yahoo took Steven Harper calling Quebec a nation seriously.

Yahoo! International

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2007-03-27

Win 10,000 dollars if you are visitor number 10,000!

As a proud member of the The MySpace Generation, I'm giving away* $10,000 to celebrate the 10 000th visitor to my blog in the last six months. I will give* $10,000 to the person who is visitor number 10,000.

*Some conditions apply. Most notably, prise money will only be given if the revenue generated by this blog covers the $10,000 prize. Current revenue generated is $63, so keep your fingers crossed. If the visitor lives in Quebec, he will have to move to collect as I'm to cheap to register withe the "Regie des courses et des jeux du Québec". Prise money is tax free in Canada. Amercians are responsible for declaring their winnnings to the Internal Revenu Agency. I they don't, I will tell on them and collect the reward the agency gives to tatal tales and they will end up in jail like the first Survivor winner, Richard Hatch (who is currently working on a reality show: Gay and Miserable in Prison).

Over the last six months, my blog has been remarkably influential. Thanks to it, Gerard Kennedy finished last in the Liberal leadership convention (I forget who won). The price of oil went down thanks to all my posts on public transportation. Rogers Cable is now profitable thanks to my TV recommendations. They have also realigned their cable package based on my viewing habits described on my blog (they saved a fortune on notoriously unreliable focus groups). NBC has the best Thursday night line up in the history of TV. And Radio-Canada now has a French version of The Office.

But how could a simple blog be so influential? It is all in choosing the right words. And I keep the rift raft out so only the top quality readers land here. Most of them either have a blog, newspaper or TV station, so in turn are able to influence a good deal of people.

For example, most of my 10,000 readers have reached at least 10,000 people over the last six months. So, conservatively, that's a 100 million people. And we are only at one separation! Add a degree and we are talking about having influenced 1 000 000 000 000 people in six month!

Good luck in the contest. Come back often as I will be giving* away $100 000 to visitor number 100,000.

*Some conditions apply. Most notably, prise money will only be given if the revenue generated by this blog covers the 100,000$ prize. Current revenue generated is $63, so keep your fingers crossed. If the visitor lives in Quebec, he will have to move to collect as I'm to cheap to register withe the "Regie des courses et des jeux du Québec". Prise money is tax free in Canada. Amercians are responsible for declaring their winnings to the Internal Revenu Agency. I they don't, I will tell on them and collect the reward the agency gives to tattle tales.

Gagnez 10 000 dollars si vout etes le 10 000ieme visiteur!

Pour célébrer le 10 000ième visiteur à mon blogue en six mois, je vais donner* $10 000 à le ou la chanceuse.

*Certaines condition s'appliquent. Nottament, je dois être en possession de 10 000 dollars au moment de la visite.

Merci à tous et à toutes d'être venu faire un tour. Que vous soyez fontionnaire, universitaire ou chômeur, ça fait plaisir de pouvoir influencer. Vous allez me remercier plus tard, car grâce à mon blog, Gerard Kennedy n'est pas leader des libéraux et l'ADQ ne gouverne pas le Québec.

Mais comment puije avoir autant d'influence avec un simpe blog? Mais voyez-vous, mes lecteurs sont des leaders d'opinion. Ils ont presque tous un blog à eux. 10 000 fois 10 000 égal 100 millions. Ces 100 millions ont surement des blogs (ou au moins des amis). Donc 100 million fois 10 000 égal 1 000 000 000 000 de personne que j'ai influencé au cour des derniers six mois. ;-)

http://altavistagoogle.blogspot.com/2006/09/compteur.html

Les Québécois sont homophobes

C'est ma conclusion. Plusieurs millions de Québécois ne voulait pas d'un premier ministre gai et on voté pour un bon gars de famille qui parle bien.

Ou peut-être les Québécois sont contres les garderies à 7 dollars, contres les congés parentaux bonifiés, contres système de santé public, contres le fait que les primes d'assitance social sont le double de ceux du Nouveau-Brunswick? Ou les Québécois sont t-ils contres le gèle des frais de scolarité, contres l'accessiblité à l'avortement, contres l'égalité des femmes, contres la liberté religieuse à l'Assemblé nationale

Je préfère croire que les Québécois sont homophobes...

2007-03-24

ADQ est le Willy Waller 2007

C'est quoi l'ADQ? Des Libéraux en plus meilleurs? Le PQ en moins séparé? Le Reform Party en moins Anglais?

L'ADQ donne raison à Barbara Kay. Mais le pire, c'est que Mario Dumont est tellement bon vendeur, que je crois que même Barbara Kay votera pour ce partie.

Voyez-vous, selon l'excellent orateur qu'est Mario Dumont, l'ADQ est meilleur que le Willy Waller 2006. C'est en fait l'équivalent d'un Willy Waller 2007.

En coupant dans les services publiques, l'ADQ de Mario Dumont va les améliorer. En réduisant les dépenses en santé, il va réduire les listes d'attente. En coupant le BS, les assisté auront moins faim. En concentrant le contrôle de l'éducation au ministère à Québec, il va démocratiser l'éducation publique. Pis si ça marche pas, c'est à cause de l'accomodement raisonable.

Ne soyez pas des têtes à claques, votez pour le PQ

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