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In Memoriam 2015

January 1: Donna Douglas: Played daughter Elly May Clampett in The Beverly Hillbillies. (Age 82). 1: Mario Cuomo: Governor of New York (1983 to 1994) (Age 82). 2: James Cecil Dickens: Known as Little Jimmy Dickens, best known for his song May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up ...

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The disappearance of misc.activism.progressive and the emergence of Thought Crime Radio

Almost four years ago, the articles in the USENET newsgroup misc.activism.progressive ground to a halt, and moderator Rich Winkel has all but disappeared from the USENET, whom I learn resided in Harrisburg (up until 2010, at least), a half hour or so drive from his ...

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Sounding off on the end of CanCon and the CRTC

I guess with the recent decision to axe all cancon requirements for daytime programming in Canada, the CRTC is crawling toward its own irrelevance. Let's not be naive, Canadian culture is that much more weakened without the protection it partially enjoyed from American influence. With ...

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Eldred, Saskatchewan on the map … barely

Eldred, Saskatchewan on the map ... barely

I've written about obscure Saskatchewan communities before. Here is another community far to the north of Unity. My ancestors from France settled here. Many of my ancestors were pioneers that broke new farming ground nearest to a community called Eldred, Saskatchewan. Eldred was about 10 km ...

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Zero

Once upon a time, around the year 525 during the reign of Pope John I, a monk named Dionysius invented the idea of Anno Domini by producing a calendar which marked the time since the birth of Christ. The numbering of the years was adopted ...

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Fortune Cookies for Human Rights

Fortune Cookies for Human Rights

You know, I was minding my own business in this classy Chinese restaurant, engorging myself on their copious buffet, had my fill, and was handed the bill with an accompanying fortune cookie. This fortune cookie (the one to the left) really existed, and I never saw ...

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Getting f(x) notation to work in Maple

Getting f(x) notation to work in Maple

Maple is a robust math environment which can graph, solve equations, and solve for the unknown with the aid of its computer algebra solver (CAS), which is capable of computing exact roots of cubic functions, for example. I wanted to demonstrate for myself that Maple could ...

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Kudos to the 1050 CHUM Memorial Blog

Kudos to the 1050 CHUM Memorial Blog

Recently, I've been hit (my website that is) by someone possibly checking his plethora of links from his/her website, and when I back-traced it, I find this cool blog which acts as a convincing historical shrine to the late great 1050 CHUM Radio in Toronto. ...

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The Obfuscation of Electronics: The Behringer Xenyx 502

The Obfuscation of Electronics: The Behringer Xenyx 502

This is more like a meta-review. I have gone to Canada Computes where nearly the entire Behringer line is sold, and was impressed by the specs. But does it do what I want, the way I want it? I face a number of obstacles, being a ...

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Eldred, Saskatchewan on the map … barely

Tweet I’ve written about obscure Saskatchewan communities before. Here is another community far to the north of Unity. My ancestors from France settled here. Many of my ancestors were pioneers that broke new farming ground nearest to a community called Eldred, Saskatchewan. Eldred was about 10 km northwest of Debden along rural route 55. You need to […] […]

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In Memoriam – Part 2

Tweet Here is a link to the start of this series if you haven’t read it yet. Lauren Bacall (12 Aug). She appeared in several movies alongside Humphrey Bogart. She was 89. Oscar de la Renta (20 Oct). Fashion designer, dead at 82. Dr. Ronald Colapinto (3 Jan). Toronto surgeon best known for developing an intervention which spared many […] […]

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In Memoriam 2014 – Part 1

Tweet Well, this post may well need to be broken up into a few parts due to the number of people I had heard about who had passed away this year. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Phil Everly (Jan 3), one half of the influential vocal duo The […] […]

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The Chances of Winning the Lotto

Tweet Winning the lottery is how many people believe they will become financially secure in their lives. In fact, about one person in 4 believe  this. The chances of winning a lottery like the Massachusetts Megabucks lotto or the Ontario Lotto 6-49 are based in the idea that, out of 49 numbers available, you choose 6 numbers […] […]

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Schooling and Unschooling

Tweet It is not clear as to whether Dayna Leigh Martin has the lock on the market of ideas comprising the “Unschooling” movement, however, her meandering explanations, when put together, make it unclear to an onlooker such as myself as to whether this is viable, and if it is, whether it is something every family can […] […]

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Signs that you have become a fossilized fuddy-duddy

Tweet This is an updated version of the original post found at this site. Today’s kids who will be old enough to graduate this year (we’ll say 18) will have the following traits: The kids who are now 18 were born in 1992. The Soviet Union collapsed a year before their birth (1991). Apartheid ended before they were born […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #61 — Cool Religion

Tweet Now this is real cool. Wouldn’t you just like to go to church, and instead of those boring sermons and homilies, you instead get a preacher that knows karate, and uses it to show the power of God? Well, Mike Crain the “Karatist Preacher” must have been packing them in, by striking down the devil every […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #59 — Stick Figure Neighbourhood

Tweet Welcome to the world of stick figures. In today’s blog, our crappy album cover collection will focus on the world of stick figures. This blog entry was named after a 1981 album from a band from Burlington, Ontario called The Spoons. I spent a while deciding whether this album cover met my standards of crappiness for […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #58 — Family Bands

Tweet I was going to name this blog entry “family style”, but then I remembered that was the name of a 1990 duet album by brothers Jimmy and Stevie Ray Vaughan. It would have been an insult to SRV’s memory, I thought. So, I changed it to a straight title. Now they say that the way to […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #56 — Self-Help for the Helpless II: A Gallery

Tweet In today’s blog, I am experimenting with another method of presenting these album covers. I am finding that doing it this way prevents me from looking at the covers directly as I am discussing them. But to see an enlarged image, just click on the ones you want to see. But from memory, I recall I […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #55 — I don't need no STIIINKING album cover artist! — I'll just do it myself!

Tweet Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the amateur hour, as our guest Manfred, presumably Manfred Voss sings you the love songs of song meister, Arthur E. Werlang. We have to be fair here. These albums are definitely as low-budget as you can get, and it wouldn’t surprise me if  the photo of “Manfred” was scotch-taped […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #54 — Scary Stuff, Kids!

Tweet Some of my readers, in particluar the members of the LoudFans mailing list listened to WFMU, at least once, since The Loud Family appeared on there in 2000 or so to be interviewed. They had performed there to promote tracks from their album which had just been released, called Attractive Nuisance. WFMU also seems to be […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #53 — With all those Santas, Kids will start asking Questions: A gallery

Tweet I guess I might have figured sooner or later that Santa would get sick of the North Pole and would want to go to Hawaii, get on a surfboard, and take in a few rays. Looks like Santa took a few rays too many. Also, his red suit is now going to be a little too […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #52 — Sorry Individuals

Tweet Talk about Mission Accomplished! Now that a black dick is in the white house, attached as it is to a black body, I think that this album has achieved its object. Most of Obama’s economic advisors who will set the scene are the ones who accelerated the long slope downward under Clinton. It looks as though […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #51 — The International Language of Bad Taste II

Tweet In this virtual tour, we go to what seems to be outer space’s Latin Quarter, then back to China. This album, “en el espacio”, by Los 4 Amigos, is another obvious competitor to the Devo album cover lookalike contest. We can learn a lot from pictures of aliens. As you can see, they are aliens with tiny […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #50 — Christmas Records

Tweet Images for this blog entry came largely from the Amy Oops blog. The song “All I want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” has been around as a recording since at Daryl Gardner penned it in 1946. The one I remember most was one sung by a kid I don’t know the name of, who […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #48 — Couldn't hit the broad side of a barn …

Tweet Not clear on this idea of double-barreled handguns.  Especially guns that use actual wooden barrels to guide the bullet. Some guns are not made for actual shooting, I suppose. Dave and Ansel Collins put this reggae album out in 1971. The title track of this album peaked at #22 on Billboard back then. It was a bigger […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #47 -- I don't get this

Tweet Donnie and Joe Emerson’s 1979 offering, Dreamin’ Wild, is classed in some blogs in the psychedelic rock genre. So, then I if I look at this picture and think that I see two heads growing out of one body, then I suppose that it’s because I am on acid? If this is not the case, then, is […] […]

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The TI-Inspire is not what it is cracked up to be

Tweet This is the TI-Nspire, the calculator that promises to foment lazier minds in students than ever before. I teach math, and I look at all these new calculators with jaundiced eye. Ever see the new caclulators these days (non-graphing) which can come up with exact answers to sum and difference functions of trig angles? This […] […]

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Crappy Album Covers #45 — Teenagers

Tweet Teenagers are a difficult demographic to reach, unless you don’t know anything about them. If you know nothing about the demographic, then it does’t pose a difficulty for you. I know that’s kind of like saying that if you don’t know anything about painting a portrait, then slashing the brush in any direction or color […] […]

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