Author: gordma

Cal 3

In Canada, with a population of just over 35 million, I’ve read Canadians complain about poor governance, stretched services, and service delays. With that in mind, I can barely imagine how governance and services must be in California, a US state with a population of almost 40 million and an area almost 24-times smaller than Canada. While I’ve never lived in California, people who do have repeatedly gone to lengths to divide their state up.

And it might be a good idea if:

  • It results in better and more efficient governance,
  • It improves the quality of life for Californians, and
  • Gives the Democrats a few more seats in the US Senate.

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Translated Excerpt from Chapter 17 of The Music

However, these reflections were based on the assumption that Reiko’s letter was telling the truth: if it was just an invention, things changed dramatically. How many times before had the young woman tormented me with her lies! In any case, not being able to verify what she—and she alone—could have experienced in a room at the Kofu hospital, far from Tokyo, I had no other way to progress than to admit for the moment that she spoke the truth. Or rather: true or false Reiko had taken the trouble to write to me to announce that she had “finally heard the music,” and this fact, this psychic reality, remained indisputable.

It was a physiognomy of celestial purity that resembled that of St. Therese, her hair crowned with light, her eyes half closed, her head thrown back, her lips half open, her wings quivering… Everywhere on her features floated an indefinable expression, between pleasure and pain, and her hands clasped the frightfully emaciated, yellow and withered fingers of a dying man.

—Yukio Mishima


Translated Excerpt from Chapter 7 of The Music

At one point, while we were making love, I thought I heard the slight scratching of a sapphire on the last furrow of a record that continues to spin indefinitely once the music is over. The furrow described an endless trajectory, a sizzle that did not stop, and when my ear captured it, I had the impression that it was the only sound to continue into eternity. That meant that the music of this record had stopped in a past so long ago that my memory could not go back to that point. It had been a long time since the music was dead.

–Yukio Mishima

Book of Lyrics

Last night, I finally began to collect my favourite song lyrics for a binder of them in my room. I thought for a while about the first entry, for a song that I felt should not only be preserved but proliferated. A great song is one that is worth re-singing again and again.

The choice was clear. I choose Gilbert and Sullivan’s “He is an Englishman.”

Master of Arts in War Studies @ RMC

Every once in a while, I like to plan ahead on future things I want to study, even if they will be long after my next MA or a PhD.

Program Details

  • School: Royal Military College of Canada
  • Course Description: The MA “in War Studies is a multi-disciplinary program that provides students with the opportunity to explore human conflict in any or all of its military, diplomatic, social, political, psychological or economic dimensions.”
  • Location: Kingston (Ontario) or by Internet
  • Admission Requirements: A minimum of B- (70%) in the field of study. Competence in an Official Language.
  • Tuition: $2,840 (full-time study per term). $1,130 per course when part-time.
  • Progression: PhD in War Studies. (Applicants with an A- (80%) in another MA program may proceed into the PhD without a MA in War Studies.)


  • Duration: Typically 2 years (4 terms), full-time. Maximum of 5 years. Part-time option is available.
  • Compulsory Course(s): WS500 – Theories of War from the 18th Century to the Present.
  • Structure: By coursework alone (10 credits), by coursework (8 cr.) and DRP, by coursework (6 cr.) and thesis
  • Academic Requirements: Any grade less than 70% is a failing grade. Thesis and DRP options are only available to students with an in program cumulative average of B+.
  • Directed Research Project (DRP): The research paper shall be between 12,500–15,000 words (40–50 pages) in length.
  • Thesis: The thesis must be no longer than 40,000 words (150 pages in total). Theses must comply with the ethics board. Theses must be submitted at least 8 weeks before one’s examination date.