Anonymous Trolls on the Rick Mercer Report

The right to post anonymously is a contentious one, made that much more difficult by the low-life scum whose entire purpose it to sow discord. They are a pox on the Internet and they are, as Rick Mercer rightly points out, ruining it for the rest of us. However, I can understand, and appreciate, that for some people, posting anonymously can be a matter of life and death. That fact makes RIck's rant on the Rick Mercer Report (scroll down for the video) more complicated than it might otherwise be. I do tend to believe that people should be accountable …

Cemeteries and Churches

Today was another day of summer camp for the boys. One was at soccer camp and the other at skateboard camp. That, however, is not really what this post is about.  After picking the boys up, we passed by a cemetery on the way home. My youngest, the 8 year old, looked out the winder and asked, "Dad, why are cemeteries often beside churches?" I told him that was a good question and built my explanation thusly. You see, my boy, churches are often thought of as God's house. What's happening then is that people are being buried next to …

Internet Speeds, Real vs Advertised

This is a story about Internet speed, real vs advertised. After I dropped the kids off at school this morning, I listened to a CBC Spark podcast. On that podcast, Nora (the host) spoke to a gentleman from CIRA, the Canadian domain organization responsible for the .ca domains. He spoke of a new speed test designed to provide _real world_ statistics regarding Internet performance. If you're curious, I'll provide the link shortly. When I returned home, I decided to give it a try. Using the CIRA speed test, I found that I had upload speeds of 20 Mbps from here …

Anthropomorphizing Spirit

This morning,  I  was telling Sally about an xkcd cartoon where the Spirit rover is doing its  work on Mars,  counting down the days until its mission is over. The rover is seen thinking about the day when it can come home, then starts to question what it did wrong as the days and months pass. Eventually, humans return to Mars, long after Spirit had “died”. In the final panel, there’s a domed city on Mars, and Spirit is in the middle of a park dedicated to the little robot. As I told her this, Sally was making fun of …

A Little Jolt of Energy

This morning, I had a dentist appointment. One of my fillings had fallen out and it was being replaced. This involved the ever popular needle which, as you all know, is always fun. The reason for me mentioning this at all is that I was very tired when I went in there this morning. My son had woken me up at 4:50 am and I was groggy to say the least. So I lay back in the chair and waited for the work to begin, taking advantage of the empty room to close my eyes. The dentist arrived with the …

Who’s Your Avatar, Baby?

After I have my lunch, I usually exercise for a few minutes while watching something on Netflix that Sally isn't going to watch with me anyhow; like The Guild which, as it turns out, is completely awesome. Kind of makes me wonder how I've never watched it before. But, as I often do, I digress . . . well, not really since I'm kind of still on the same subject even if it does seem like I wandered off.  Anyhow, I can usually get a couple thousand steps on my Fitbit while I walk and watch, which probably means I'd be awesome …

Flying Zombies!

Want to see a zombie fly? Well now you can! I have a Pocketmine server running on a Linux server where, from time to time, I've seen the "not yet implemented" zombies take to the air. In this video, I try, successfully, to create the conditions that set them moving. You will believe a zombie can fly!

#JeSuisCharlie — #JeSuisAhmed

We need to consider that there were Muslims killed in the Charlie Hebdo attack. One was a police officer and the other a copy editor on the staff of Charlie Hebdo, named Mustapha Ourrad. Along with the trending hashtag of "#JeSuisCharlie", there's a "#JeSuisAhmed" to show that a Muslim died in the attack. There's also a "#JeSuisMustapha" but it's not getting as much love as the "#JeSuisAhmed" hashtag. The point is that Muslims also kill Muslims, although #JeSuisAhmed is delivered with an explanation that a Muslim died trying to protect people who ridiculed his faith. Fair enough. If you want …

#OneWordToOffend

Words have power. Or so we're told. It's an old expression and with the passage of time, the expression must have increased in value so that it is now undeniably true, having, with said passage of time, acquired some amount of wisdom along the way.  In much the same way that dirt builds up on your car as you drive it.   Words have power. One of the reasons we are reminded of this wisdom has to do with a word's power to harm. It's not so much the "I love you's" and "you're the best's" that we're concerned with; it's …

Traditions Worth Keeping

Friday thoughts . . . some traditions are worth keeping, and defending. For instance, Friday night is pizza night, and that is definitely a tradition worth keeping. Oh, and there's no such thing as "extra cheese". Extra cheese isn't an option. It's just the natural order of things when it comes to pizza. Pizza dude : "Would you like extra cheese on your pizza?"  Me : "Is that even an option? That's like asking whether Saturday morning breakfast includes bacon. Well, yes!" Tradition, people! Sometimes we forget how important some traditions can be. Of course, there are a lot of …