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The CBC has followed the Toronto Star into the realm of multi-layered commenting; that is to say it now allows readers to react positively or negatively to comments left on news stories.

Which sounds like a good idea until comments extending sympathy to the family of a person who has died start racking up the “disagrees.”

This very issue was the subject of a recent comment on the Star’s website speculating that someone could post a comment about children needing nurturing and encouragement and at least one person would “disagree” with it.

What I’m trying to say

I was 19 and in second-year when I first said it out loud; I was doing an interview for my profile assignment and he asked me what I was hoping to accomplish in the long term. I spouted off about online journalism, still planning to major in it at that point, and mentioned that my ultimate goal would be to get a job at this one place.

It happens to be the place I work now. I thought this was years off, something to aspire to before I retired. I am lucky.

In just over a month I move into my first real apartment. It is in an excellent building in an excellent area. It has a kitchen.

There is no use fighting it anymore: adulthood is in full force.

And yet I continue to have an awesome video game — and ever-expanding book — collection. This is, as Thoreau might have said, the life I’ve imagined.

I have no idea what that says about me.

Now that the partisan portion of the hockey season has ended…

… we now return to my real purpose in life: pointing out mistakes in online news articles.

Observe the seventh and eighth paragraphs in the National Post’s piece about tonight’s game:

“It was the second period,” he said. “We were up by two goals, they got a lucky goal, then they tied it and went ahead.”

That was the goal that really hurt us,” said coach Guy Carbonneau. “All the goals hurt us. But we played five games against them and they took advantage of their breaks. Something happened on all the goals tonight.

Six paragraphs later:

The Flyers then took the lead for the first time when Scott Hartnell beat Price with a long shot to the far side at 17:00.

That was the goal that really hurt us,” said coach Guy Carbonneau. “All the goals hurt us. But we played five games against them and they took advantage of their breaks. Something happened on all the goals tonight.

Man, I miss copy editing and am therefore jealous of Jen.