Monthly Archives: December 2008

PC vs. Mac

There’s an additional second being added to tomorrow, New Year’s Eve.  The atomic clocks that are used to track time degrade in a stable pattern while the earth’s rotation is not as regular.  So, from time to time, an additional … Continue reading

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Notable Canadians who Died in 2008

Selected from a month-by-month list drawn up by the London Free Press: Milt Dunnell, 102, Toronto Star legend and Hall of Fame journalist known for his deft turn of phrase and encyclopedic breadth of experience. [. . .] Robert Weaver, … Continue reading

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Order of Canada–New Companions Appointed

The Order of Canada was established in 1967, Canada’s centennial year, as a national system of honours.  Appointments to the Order were announced today by the Governor General, Michaëlle Jean. Appointees with the greatest international name-recognition are Céline Dion and … Continue reading

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I’m at about Stage 3. (H/T: idealawg & guykawasaki)

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Newsflash: Santa busted!

If Santa didn’t bring you everything on your wish-list, this could be the reason: more about “Newsflash: Santa busted!“, posted with vodpod

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Some Christmas Cheer

(H/T: Stephanie West Allen) Merry Christmas to All!

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Prospect Public Intellectuals 2008

In 2005, the British magazine, Prospect, held a write-in contest to select the top public intellectual of the year — the winner was Noam Chomsky, the MIT linguist and political activist.  This year, the editors alone decided to name General … Continue reading

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Guess who’s the author. . .

A human being is a part of a whole, called by us ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his … Continue reading

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“Mind boggling, how interdependent we are.” The human brain takes up 2% of the body’s weight yet requires about 25% of its oxygen. The number of states the brain is capable of at any given moment is 1 followed by … Continue reading

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Holiday Wishes

Excerpts from Ed Halliwell’s Reasons to be cheerful in the Guardian’s Comment is free but facts are sacred: The next week or so will bring most of us a higher-than-usual number of wishes for our “happiness”[...] [...]Whereas the word happiness … Continue reading

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