April 2011

I have finally processed some photos that had been too-long ignored: Andrea Simms-Karp in studio, working on her latest album My friend Tristan’s fundraiser for his trip to the Palestinian territories Now I can go get some new images – maybe some indoor portraiture, or still life stuff. Or some more ‘spring emerging from the […]

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“Education is neither writing on a blank slate nor allowing the child’s nobility to come into flower. Rather, education is a technology that tries to make up for what the human mind is innately bad at. Children don’t go to school to learn to walk, talk, recognize objects, or remember the personalities of their friends, […]

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Iggy pot

2011-04-29

in Canada, Law, Politics, Rants

As shown in a video from the Canadian Press, Liberal Party leader Michael Ignatieff was asked whether he had ever smoked marijuana. Here is what I think he said in response: I have smoked pot as a young man, yes. I did not. And it’s one of the reasons. And I urge young people not […]

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Making internet browsers pay for content is a big challenge. No matter how good your stuff is, chances are someone is giving away something similarly good for free. As such, most websites opt to fund themselves through advertising. One place paywalls do seem to have promise is for sites that people access for work-related reasons. […]

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Did you ever save anything on Google Video? If so, you might want to back it up. Google video is going offline in tomorrow (29 April 2011). Oh, the agony of link rot!

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Riding the bus past the Darlington nuclear station, between Ottawa and Toronto, I noticed a very irrational emotional reaction. Moving closer to the building, I felt a small but rising amount of anxiety, thinking about all the dangerous materials contained inside. Immediately after the bus passed the reactor, leaving it out of sight, I felt […]

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My friend Lauren sent me a link to an article by Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger entitled: The Long Death of Environmentalism. It contains much that is of interest, but one passage stood out for me: John Jost, a leading political psychologist at New York University, recently demonstrated that much of the partisan divide on […]

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