Turn Off Your Taps if you Want, But There’s a Bigger Leak

By mwilson | Aug 2, 2010

photo credit: jasleen_kaur I was interested – although not surprised – to learn that municipailities leak large amounts of their treated water – sometimes as much as 40%. According to the CBC, that amounted to more than 26 billion (said in a Dr. Evil voice) litres of drinking water. Industry-wide, losing 10% of the total [...]

Can You Save the World by Eating Less Meat?

By mwilson | Mar 30, 2010

We’ve gone over three weeks with no fast food in our household, and have noticed some dramatic changes. For one, we’re spending less time fighting wicked cravings for Big Macs – whatever they put in that sauce makes you want to indulge. Second, we’re far less interested in sugary drinks and snacks like coke and [...]

The East Wants In

By mwilson | Nov 11, 2009

photo credit: ccwen7 Trying to identify the exact point where you’ve peaked and begun to decline is easy in hindsight but impossible while you’re living it. There is a lot of talk about the end of the recession, but the actual recovery seems to differ from region to region. Kind of like peak oil, it [...]

The King of Pop Passes Away – Everything Else Stops?

By mwilson | Jun 26, 2009

photo credit: Current News Stories The American media in particular takes a lot of flak about it’s worship of celebrities when the rest of the world is just as obsessed (I’m thinking in particular of the tabloid journalists in the UK and their constant hounding of royalty, Lily Allen, etc). When Twitter is the most [...]

The Credit History Mystery

By mwilson | Jan 23, 2009

Even though poor credit management is in large part responsible for the melt down we are currently trying to deny, the average North American is woefully ignorant of what it means to have a “credit history”. People generally know that when they apply for a credit card or loan, the banks somehow check their credit [...]

The eBay of Pigs

By mwilson | Dec 11, 2008

Remember those junky flea markets that used to pop up in small towns on Saturdays, selling everything from sports cards to handmade clothes? There was that toothless old lady with a table of home-made treats; don’t worry, there isn’t any danger of food poisoning here. Remember the guy with the van of electronics? If he [...]

The Evils of Consumerism

By dwilson | Dec 2, 2008

Today I speak in a purely non-academic manner of speaking and will instead try to appeal the logic of the public in understanding modern human behaviour.  Everyone knows by now of how a Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death by customers eager to buy Christmas presents – specifically a discounted XBox.  Perhaps this author simply [...]

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