How the East was lost…

By dwilson | Mar 30, 2009

A look at the NHL standings this year is interesting.  For the first time that I can think of, there’s a potential for no Canadian teams in the East to make the playoffs.  Montreal is in eigth spot and teetering, with Buffalo and Florida right behind them ready to take their place.  To my knowledge, [...]

Where did everybody go?

By dwilson | Mar 21, 2009

When I was kid, I used to be able to have a buddy over and we could play a video game together.  This could mean coop or split-screen competetive games.  We could play one tv with a couple of people. When I try doing that today, I have to bring out those same old games.  [...]

The Point Structure of the NHL

By dwilson | Mar 19, 2009

The NHL plays an annual 82 game regular season.  Each win is worth one point, each loss is zero.  Games ties after the end of regulation time go into overtime, and if they are still tied after the 5 minute overtime they go into a shootout.  The losing team in overtime or shootout gets one [...]

Respect

By dwilson | Mar 16, 2009

We’ve all seen them.  The ‘ armchair’ coaches screaming at referees, demanding justice for some perceived foul so that their supported team can come out on top in this key match.  No, I’m not talking abou tprofessional sports.  I’m talking about a kid’s game. Parental pressure in sports has always been a problem for many [...]

Angry Monkey Planned to Hurt Zoo Visitors

By mwilson | Mar 15, 2009

photo credit: ianduffy Scientists are abuzz about the implications of recent actions by Santino, an alpha male chimpanzee at the Furuvik Zoo north of Stockholm. Santino, agitated by crowds of zoo visitors pointing and laughing at him during the day, created caches of weapons – rocks and cement discs – which he would use to [...]

Unabashed, Sony defends PS3

By mwilson | Mar 13, 2009

photo credit: craigmdennis Today’s gaming market is split four ways: 1. PC Gaming – Where pirated copies of games outnumber the legimite. Home of the “hardcore” gamer. Dead simple to create games for, since most programmers begin their careers on this platform. 2. XBox 360 – Where PC Game studios make their money thanks to [...]

Economics

By dwilson | Mar 12, 2009

It’s been an interesting week in economics.  The DOW has resurged a few hundred points the last few days, Jon Stewart had an interesting chat with CNBC financial analyst Jim Cramer about the morality of ethical financial reporting, and Canada, according to the IMF, is probably going to do allright in the face of the [...]

Atlantis Still Lost

By mwilson | Mar 11, 2009

photo credit: Webb Zahn In case anyone was wondering, Google didn’t actually find the lost city of Atlantis. The lines found off the coast of Africa were not submerged city blocks (which would have been 8 miles long!), but in fact “ship tracks” caused by sonar surveys. The oceans are the last “real” frontier – [...]

DVD Introductions

By dwilson | Mar 9, 2009

I was recently watching a DVD of a television series, and after watching the opening credits for the umpteenth time I wounder to myself: Why do I have to sit through this same sequence of credits for ever forty minutes of show I watch? DVD transcriptions of television shows faithfully reproduce the original broadcast – [...]

The TTC Has a Sense of Humour

By mwilson | Mar 3, 2009

photo credit: Bryson Gilbert While the ATU were out waving their fists on the streets of Ottawa for the better part of two months, the people of the city must have wished they lived in Toronto, where apparently the powers that be have a sense of humour. A rap video called I Get On (The [...]

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