The Swipe and the Shuffle

The word mall comes from the game pall-mall. Pall-mall comes from the Italian, pallamaglio, literally “mallet ball”. From a strike to a shuffle, all we need is to turn the game alley into a sheltered promenade. In the 20th century, we created the French halles, which inspired the American shopping mall. The text that follows was inspired by a recent visit to Canada’s third largest mall, on a mundane errand (going to the cobbler) and the difficulties in navigating the crowds therein.

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a philosophaster's notebook

When I graduated university, I landed by happenstance completely out of my realm of study into a very corporate IT job. Two years from then, I landed the dubious position of "business analyst" at a local sports retailer. My first project as a philosophaster was to learn the processes underpinning our local factory so that we could select a new software for them.

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