The King of Pop Passes Away – Everything Else Stops?

By | 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 TTC Has a Sense of Humour

By | 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 […]

Cuban priorities

By | Mar 2, 2009

photo credit: Tavallai A major government shuffle in Cuba occured today.  Two long serving ministers were removed, and a number of departments were combined.  In reading the BBC article that reported it, one line really struck me. “It was announced at the end of the midday news bulletin, after the weather and sports, the Associated […]

Obama’s Visit to Canada

By | Feb 24, 2009

So last week the President of the United States made his first visit to Canada.  And the place went nuts. President Obama visited Ottawa last Thursday and he kicked up quite a storm.  Interestingly the most publicized part of his trip was not his visit with Prime Minister Harper (or their subsequent discussions), the safety […]

Teenagers Spend Too Much Time Online

By | Feb 11, 2009

I just read that teenagers in the United States spend on average more than 31 hours online every week. Considering a full-time job would be roughly 40 hours per week I have to say I’m surprised; I expected the online hours to be higher. So how does the time break down? 1 hour: Cosmetic surgery […]

The Kissing Taboo: Cultural Difference Between the West and India

By | Feb 6, 2009

Here’s an interesting one. It seems kissing is a taboo act in India.  Of course, we can’t generalize too much because India is the most populated and diverse democracyin the world.  Regardless, if you kiss your wife in public you can be arrested and fined.  The article I linked explores the issue and history of […]

January 2009 in Review

By | Jan 28, 2009

As February approaches, I thought it’d be worthwhile to look back and consider some of the issues and events that our world has faced this past month. 1- The Inauguration of President Obama – Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States of America On Jan 20, 2009.  He was the first African-American […]

Oscar Nominees

By | Jan 26, 2009

Oscar Awards, movies

The Sad Digitization of the English language

By | Jan 22, 2009

I have commented in the past about the effects of new technologies on our daily lives.  Technological advancement and change have dramatically changed the way we understand the world around us and how we interact with it.  It has also changed how we interact with each other. Consider the the English language.  Terms like ‘google’ and ‘land […]

Facebook Friends are Less Valuable than Whopper Sandwiches

By | Jan 17, 2009

I try to avoid using Facebook for anything more than its originally intended purpose – that is, to connect with friends and colleagues whom I already know in real life. A close friend told me she didn’t want to go too far into the site because of the seemingly egotistical way in which users add […]

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