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Archive for November, 2008
A guy with a great sense of humour

You’ve got to hand it to Rick Astley, the guy has a great sense of humour!

New Gladwell Title

I’ve been reading the reviews of Malcolm Gladwell’s new book Outliers. I’ve read his other books and enjoyed them. They’re light reading and provide some quick and insightful information on a variety of topics I wouldn’t have the time to discover on my own via a literature search. It’s not that I’m not interested in […]

Congrats to NRC!

I’m quite proud of the folks at the NRC here in Canada. They became the first to capture images of three planets circling a star other than our Sun.

Congrats to India

India made it to the moon! Excellent news. Hopefully this will inspire a bit more rivalry in the world. I assume China will be next up to drop something on the moon. I do wonder who’ll be next to actually walk on it?

Our Digital Lives

This story brings back some memories from a few years ago. When we first got a digital camera I wondered about how long these formats would be readable. Today I see so many different card formats for cameras it’s silly. Then I think back to floppy disks and hard disks and all the different formats […]

Sometimes Nature does have a sense of humour
Sometimes Nature does have a sense of humour

For those not aware, that building with the big “S” on it is the Bank of Nova Scotia. And we all know what we find at the rainbow’s end!

Juggler of Worlds

Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner have done it again with Juggler of Worlds. Although the book is more an amalgamation of various pieces from Niven’s repertoire the tapestry within which those stories are superimposed is most excellent and better fill in the Known Space history many of us have come to know and love. […]

The Morris Worm

Recently it was the 20th Anniversary of the Morris Worm. A number of articles have appeared discussing the worm. It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years. But the articles tweaked my memory and I remember quite vividly aspects in and around the release of the worm. And I remember quite well talking to Bob […]

Great quotes

I tend to love reading history and occasionally I come across a great quote. I’ve been reading about the early US off-and-on of late, mostly due to a fantastic biography of Teddy Roosevelt, and came across this quote of John Adams’: In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man […]

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