Innocence of Buddhists

It's not just American based Coptic Christian filmmakers (a generous term for the brains behind the incendiary "Innocence of Muslims") who seem to be doing their best to offend Islam. Now it's the Buddhists. It seems that a Buddhist, acting on behalf of all Buddhists, just as Nakoula Basseley was no doubt acting on behalf of all Americans and anyone who even remotely likes Americans, posted something on his Facebook page that was apparently blasphemous or offensive to Islam. Militant Muslims, offended as they often are, went after Buddhist temples and homes in Bangladesh, burning them to the ground and …

The Past Is Fading Fast

This morning, I was reading a book with my kid. It's one of the Little Critter stories by Mercer Mayer, titled "When I get bigger". I was struck by the sheer number of things that don't actually apply and will likely never apply to my kid. For instance . . . a paper route (can't remember the last time I saw a kid delivering papers on his or her bike) dialing a telephone ordering from a paper catalogue, writing a letter to request your order, and having it come in the mail wearing a watch (increasingly uncommon for kids) roller …

KDE Plasma Does Gestures Globally

This is going to be a surprise to a number of people out there, but not only does the KDE Plasma desktop environment have gestures built in, but it has had them since the 3.2 (roughly) release. Gestures in KDE Plasma aren't just tied to the browser (I covered Firefox mouse gestues here), but pretty much anything in the desktop environment. With a few flicks of the mouse, you can make magic happen across your entire desktop experience. It all sounds new and exciting, but the functionality has been there for years and few people seem to know about this …

Ban All Electronics!

I dropped my 5 year old off at daycare this morning. He brought a toy in with him called a 'Math Slam'. It quizzes you with basic addition and subtraction questions, shows four possible answers in circular display areas which you then 'slam' and answer as quickly as possible. One of the teachers asked me if this was an electronic toy, to which I answered a quizzical 'yes'. "But it's a math game?" she asked. I answered in the affirmative. "Well," she said, "maybe it will be alright." When I asked what could possibly be wrong with the game, she …

My eBook Store Is Now Open

As of today, I am officially opening my eBookstore, right here on the site. Click here to view and, oh please, buy a title. I've had books for sale, short stories, magazines, etc for a long time in bricks and mortar stores, Amazon, Chapters-Indigo, and a bunch of places. I even have eBooks for sale for the Kindle at Amazon and Kobo readers at Kobo.com, but this is the first time I open my own bookstore.         So, true believers, read on!

I Am A Pirate King

In honour of International Talk Like A Pirate Day, I present . . . The Pirate Movie, from way back in 1982, starred Kristy McNichol, Christopher Atkins, and Ted Hamilton as the Pirate King. It's a campy, and yes, bad, homage to Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance", one of my favorite operettas of all time (duking it out for first place with "The Mikado"). Anyhow, this movie, bad as it is, remains one of my guilty pleasures. I don't know how long it will remain there, but if you feel inclined to watch the whole thing, it can also …

Islam’s Anger Is Islam’s Shame

When all Hell broke loose in Benghazi, Libya, last week, the first casulty was U.S. Ambassador, Christopher Stevens, who lost his life when protesters stormed the United States embassy. The violence has spread nearly two dozen countries. At least four people are dead, many more injured, as American embassies in Lybia, Egypt, with protesters chanting "Death to America". The reason for this spate of violence? A movie trailer on YouTube called, "Innocense of Muslims". The first thing you notice about this film is that it's really, really bad, with production values that the average 8th grader could easily match. Anti-islam and anti-Mohammad …

Linux Nonsense

It's rather amazing just how serious nonsense can sound. Take for instance the following corporate mission statement. It's our mission to execute a strategic plan to efficiently syndicate relationships and streamline schemas. Our obligation is to continue to conveniently transform our cyber-portals and generate our e-functionalities to enable us to produce more dividends for our serfs. We have committed to embrace technologies in order that we may produce earnings for our venture capitalists and get out of debt. You have to admit that it does sound an awful lot like the mission statement of many a Fortune 500 company, but …

Autism, Alzheimer’s, and the Trouble with Rationalists

Rationalists live under the impression that facts can sway people. They believe that myths, ignorance, lies, and other falsehoods, can be dispelled once proof of those falsehoods have been presented. This is the rationalist's view; their innate belief that people are somehoe, by and large, reasonable. Belief that reason can dispel myths may well be the rationalist's weakness. I sincerely hope not. Many of you, my regular readers, are probably thinking I'm going off on another of my anti-religious rants. Sorry, that will have to wait for another day. Today, I'm talking about flu shots. It all started when a …