Friday, January 26, 2007

Just to make it official

Hot off the departmental email list:

Dear Graduate Students,

Nicholas Greco’s PhD oral defense will take place:

Date: Friday, February 2, 2007
Place: 853 Sherbrooke Street West
Arts Building , Room W220
Time: Pre-Defense: 14h00
Defense: 14h15

Title: “…Only if you’re really interested”: celebrity, gender, desire and the world of Morrissey

Your presence is welcomed.

Forgive my tardiness in posting...

I'm terribly sick - I have an aweful cold. I suppose this week is better than next (considering I have my doctoral defense next Friday). I'm working on my defense statement, a short presentation that I give at the start of the defense, and it's coming along. I'm not sure if it makes any sense, considering how cobweb-y (cobwebby?) my brain is.

So, I'm getting better, and I'm hoping to write a couple of pages today and finish up the presentation. God help me.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Dyson versus Miele

So we're thinking about getting a new vacuum, maybe not right away but sometime this year. From our research, we were all set to buy a somewhat expensive but effective Dyson DC 07 "All Floors." When we went to the local department store to check one out, the salesperson wanted to sell us an even more expensive Miele (not sure which model, but it was "mango red," a nice colour).

So which one is better? Or is there an even better alternative?

There are some interesting blogs and so forth out there that try to compare the two, but it's a bit like Microsoft versus Apple - people have views and hate the other guy.

So any comments are appreciated. And if some people click on the advertising links at the top of the page, then maybe I can make enough pennies to actually buy one of these vacuums!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Morrissey makes the front page at

If you click on the title of this blog entry, you'll be whisked (sp?) off to, where our beloved Moz is profiled by CNN as the one that might "cheer up Eurovision." It was nice to see the singer's face on the front page of It should be noted that Morrissey holds Eurovision in a special place in his heart. Early in his life, Morrissey fell in love with Italian singer Gigliola Cinquetti who, with her song Si, placed second at the 1974 Eurofestival. Morrissey seems to appreciate the somewhat kitschy and very uncool notion of the song contest. I write about Morrissey's relationship to song contests, and in particular Italian song contests from the 1970s, in the concluding remarks of my doctoral dissertation.

I did mention that my defense is on February 2nd?

Although I'm not a big fan of mobile phones, does anyone want to buy me a brand new Apple iPhone?

(photo courtesy of

Monday, January 08, 2007

Defense date set...

For those waiting with baited breath, my doctoral defense date has been set. Mark Friday, February 2 on your calenders. I'll be defending at 2pm. So now my fate is sealed.

I've set up comment moderating on this blog, but I'm not used to it. So, if you comment but your comment doesn't show up right away, it's probably because I need to let it. So I'll try to do that (or I'll shut off message moderation altogether). EDIT: I've fixed this, so ignore this.

Does anyone out there have .mac? How is it?

Can anyone suggest a cheap domain registration company? Preferably Canadian?