Et in Arcadia Ego

Evening class, anyone?

I conclude that i will forever be flummoxed by the complexity of university admissions.. whenever i decide to look into applying for some evening classes towards a degree, i am put off by the process itself, until the urge returns again a few years later. Since my interests are leaning towards a personal interest field that does not relate to my career, i suspect that tuition assistance won’t be happening either. i miss my highschool guidance counsellor!

in an un-related topic, while re-reading something i’ve not read for a loooong time (“the doors of perception” by aldous huxley) i came upon a most interesting paragraph i never noticed before:

“The suggestion is that the function of the brain and nervous system and sense organs is in the main eliminative and not productive. Each person is at each moment capable of remembering all that has ever happened to him and of perceiving everything that is happening everywhere in the universe. The function of the brain and nervous system is to protect us from being overwhelmed and confused by this mass of largely useless and irrelevant knowledge, by shutting out most of what we should otherwise perceive or remember at any moment, and leaving only that very small and special selection which is likely to be practically useful.”

this statement seems to coincide with the theory of “Holographic Paradigm” which puts forth that the essence of every atom in existence is contained within every other individual atom.

The Holographic Universe

August 20, 2009 Posted by | Book, Cool!, Mysticism, Review | Leave a comment

“G20 to Working People and the Earth: Drop Dead.”

just found an amusing little blurb making its way around some blogrolls (original author unknown) that sums up the frustration felt by many folks, as exemplified by the G20 summit:

“We, the Leaders of the Group of Twenty, will use every cent we don’t possess to rescue corporate capitalism from its contradictions and set the world economy back onto the path of unsustainable growth. We have already spent trillions of dollars of your money on bailing out the banks, so that they can be returned to their proper functions of fleecing the poor and wrecking the Earth’s living systems. Now we’re going to spend another $1.1 trillion.

As an exemplary punishment for their long record of promoting crises, we will give the IMF and the World Bank even more of your money. These actions constitute the greatest mobilisation of resources to support global financial flows in modern times.

Oh – and we nearly forgot. We must do something about the environment. We don’t have any definite plans as yet, but we’ll think of something in due course.”

April 7, 2009 Posted by | Rants | Leave a comment

Building Problem Report, April 1/2009

Mark, i would like to report a building problem i’ve noticed lately. i’m having difficulty with the stairway service, specifically between the 1st and 5th floors.

when ascending, using the service leaves me tired and winded, and i need a few minutes to recover. this has been happening more often, as the weeks (months/years even) pass by. descending, however the problem cannot be duplicated, so it seems it happens only going up.

i suspect this can be alleviated by fixing either problem of:

– too many steps, or

– steps too high.

if you could let me know how this goes, it would be appreciated, thanks. in the meantime, the elevator service is adequate and i can use it without any of the side effects listed above. thanks.

have a great day, derek

April 1, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

I’m Here

its been a long time between posts, but i’m still here, and life is good.  i’ll catch up sometime very soon…

November 26, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Does Obama not want to play nice with Canada?

I understand that campaigning means trying to win elections by saying everything your voters want to hear.  What you shouldn’t be doing is alienating your neighbours at every opportunity.. Obama, we want to like you, we really do…  First it was your rant about free trade, and subsequent discreet reassurances to us, something like “just kidding, Canada

Now, the stand on rejecting Alberta’s “dirty oil” because of CO2 emissions makes me wonder if US energy policy means rules for you don’t necessarily mean the same rules for everyone else.  As one blogger puts it – “I don’t suppose that I could prevail upon the Obama campaign to stop pissing off Canada?

Anyways.  I’m just thinking.  If the US can pass on buying oil from Alberta Tar Sands because of CO2 emissions involved with the extraction procedures, but continue with the failed middle east mission at the cost of thousands of lives, both soldiers and civilians..  which oil is really more dirty?!

further good reading:
“A Pipeline Through A Troubled Land” by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

June 25, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Cogeco ‘Security Services’

I am not impressed!

For the longest time, i was a happy customer of Cogeco cable internet. i would go as far as recommending it, not for its blazing speeds or low prices (neither of which are true) but for the pretty good dependability and stability it has proven to be capable of in the last year.

until… i tried updating to the latest version of the ‘security services’ package they’ve been pushing. all along i’ve been satisfied with their branded antivirus/firewall product, never having any issues for the entire time (no viruses, easy to configure firewall, etc), so i was hesitant about following through with the upgrade.. it wasn’t broken, didn’t need fixing. those nagging reminders finally got to me and i allowed the upgrade to start.

first, my laptop – somehow the upgrade did not finish completely and i had to uninstall completely. after a re-install it wouldn’t validate my installation – could not find a connection. it said i had 7 days to sort it out. odd, everything else works just fine.. no connection problems whatsoever. it ended up on the back burner for now.

then i decided to update my desktop/gaming machine. earlier that day the utility company had been around installing ‘smart meters’ in our neighbourhood which caused my computer to shut off abruptly, causing all kinds of problems. as i rebooted, i thought i may as well update the Cogeco security suite.. after the install i got that familiar ‘no connection found’ validation message. EXCEPT.. nothing worked, no connection, no network. i couldn’t even troubleshoot my router because i couldn’t connect.

AT LEAST my ubuntu linux partition on the same machine works flawlessly so its not an equipment problem.. which now leads me to believe COGECO SECURITY SERVICES works by effectively borking your (Windows) internet connection totally and completely.


‘netsh winsock reset‘ followed by a reboot was the fix.

April 24, 2008 Posted by | Rants | 3 Comments

Still here.. on wordpress

i haven’t had much to add here recently.. i completely blame it on facebook status updates.  being concise has a certain appeal.

nathalie got to see her birthday announcement (and photo) on the morning news, which was pretty exciting for her.  she definitely had an interesting reaction..  excitement tempered by shyness.   i’m looking forward to her birthday parties.. one is tonight, for family and friends of ours..  and the next one coming up is for her friends, and we’ve got Turkey Rhubarb (children’s musicians) coming to perform.

February 12, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Welcome to the world of blog.. i mean POOPing

at long last, the 8BitLibrarian has succumbed to peer pressure and has joined the ranks of.. well, the rest of society. Bowing to repeated solicitations of “what do you REALLY do?” and “Gaming Librarian? For real? What IS that??” ..our friend 8BitLibrarian is now POOPing his opinions for us to add to our RSS feeds. hm. not sure if i want POOP in my feed!

apparently he defines the acronym on his blog, however i don’t remember exactly.. it might be “pre-owned office products” or “permanently out of print”

just kiddin’. welcome to the world o’ blog, guy

November 19, 2007 Posted by | Learning 2.0, Website | 1 Comment

Google Mail / IMAP fix

in time with a series of recent updates to google mail here’s a quick tip:

If you’re a user of google mail, Canadian, and loyal to our national linguistic heritage (British English) you may be wondering why your mail account has not been updated with the new “Forwarding and POP/IMAP” settings menu item. the trick is to set your language to “English (US)” or the IMAP feature does not appear.

La voilà!  i’m ready to IMAP and learn to speak American at the same time!

October 31, 2007 Posted by | News-Tech, Review, Website | | Leave a comment

Opera Screams

the new ALPHA release of opera 9.5 (kestrel) is insanely fast!!

first i decided to give it a try, though i was wary of an alpha software product running on my main machine at work.  the last thing i wanted was to be forced to rebuild my browsing environment (or worse, my whole system) because of curiosity.  the installation went quite well..  it was quite simple to install a ‘parallel’ profile, so my current, stable version of opera would not be affected in any way.  thats good, because i am still using 9.23 for all email.

right away i noticed the new engine, re-done from the ground up..  it feels different, its hard to describe.  like driving a new car.  it does everything FASTER from start to finish.   pages were being churned out one after another, i was opening a ridiculous number tabs while stress testing..  opera was up to the task and performed admirably.

on the other hand.. i noticed a few page display irregularities, mostly with broken scrollbars.  unfortunately one of my favourite sites, bloglines beta, does not work well with this alpha – but thats ok, because i was running my stable version at the same time (for email & comparing some sites with 9.5 alpha)

so check it out here

September 24, 2007 Posted by | Cool!, Raves, Review, Software | Leave a comment


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