Christmas Village

Each year, my family puts up the Christmas Village at my parents’ house. This Department 56 collection has grown year after year and it is now an event several hours long to get it all out of the crawl space and set it all up. Despite the inevitable debates about who’s in charge of the […]

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Stop Telemarketers with the Canadian Do Not Call List

Almost every evening, my relaxation is interrupted by at least one phone call from a telemarketer. I can almost always tell it’s them calling because it’s usually a long distance call exactly at dinner time. Although I have gotten them as late as 10:00pm! The caller id display also typically shows some kind of fake […]

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Life Lessons

Many people would describe me as an ‘intellectual’. I tend to live my life catering to my intellectual needs, so the activities that fill my spare time are chosen because they are interesting, challenging, or creative. This puts the 3 other cornerstones of a balanced life: emotional/social, physical, and spiritual into a slightly neglected second […]

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The Canadian Zero Emission Car

Why can’t I buy this in Canada yet? The ZENN car (Zero Emission No Noise) is developed and built in Canada, plugs into a standard outlet, costs about $12,000, is perfect for city driving, and yet it’s not legal for it to be sold in Canada. Yet. I want one! Check it out on the […]

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Response To Michael S. Berliner

I realize it’s a 6 year old article, but it’s new to me and I had to respond. Michael S. Berliner writes in his article “If Environmentalists Succeed, They Will Make Human Life Impossible” found on the website of the Ayn Rand Institute an article which he puts forth as fact regarding the fate of […]

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Privacy and “Nothing To Hide” Arguement

Whenever I express my horror at government actions or policies that infringe on people’s rights, nearly ALL of my friends and family respond with “I’m not concerned, I have nothing to hide!”. I always have a hard time explaining why this argument isn’t valid. If you don’t value your privacy and if you don’t understand […]

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Personal Projects Recap

Some people may not realize this, but my first personal web development project was horizonarchives.com. Years ago I thought it was the best thing ever. Despite the long domain name, the horrid orange and black design, and the overwhelming job of keeping it up to date, I loved it. It also allowed me to practice […]

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Great Quote from The Guardian

I heard a great quote while watching the movie The Guardian. Said by a fifty-something female bartender to a fifty-something male coast guard rescue swimmer: “Hell, I’ve always been old, Ben. You know what though? I don’t mind. I mean, if my muscles ache it’s cause I’ve used ’em. It’s hard for me to walk […]

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Once In a Life Time Chance to See David Suzuki

I just had the once in a lifetime opportunity to see David Suzuki talk at one of his stops in his “If YOU were Prime Minister…â€? tour in my home city. David Suzuki is a very passionate and inspiring speaker; he spoke of humanity’s origins and how we have lived on this planet for the last 150,000 years and what our current effects are on the planet. He went over the current issues surrounding global warming as well as some of the data and research backing it up. He discussed a very important study by a prominent economist which presented evidence that the cost to the world of preventing global warming would only be 1% of our GDP, but the cost of doing nothing would be more than world war 1 and 2 combined and it would put us into a depression like we’ve never seen in human history.

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