Category Archives: Rants

Owen Sound Woman fired from Nathaniel’s Restaurant after shaving hair for cancer

Posted on June 6, 2008 by

Unreal how foolish some people can be. Why would it matter what length her hair is? What if she had lost all her hair because of cancer treatment, would he still “lay her off”?

CTV.ca | Woman fired after shaving head for cancer charity

I am not a proponent of American-style lawsuits, but in this case, he needs to be taken to the cleaners.

Hopefully the local clientèle will also judge him by taking their business elsewhere.

I read a comment on CBC.ca that made sense – the restaurant’s name should be changed from “Nathaniels” to “Neanderthals”…

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NDP Introduce Net Neutrality Bill

Posted on June 4, 2008 by

I am torn on this issue.

Having previously owned an ISP, I understand all the costs associated with keeping it running as swiftly and reliably as possible. I also have a problem with a small % of Internet users who are basically stealing material from the web causing most of the problems (yes, I notice my access slow down sometimes, even when I am only checking email and surfing…)

That being said, I think the music and movie industries caused some of their own problems by pillaging their customers (and artists) and reaping huge profits off their backs for too long. Rather than spending billions to protect what is essentially becoming unprotectable. For every copy protection they try to invent, someone smarter will crack it. They should be trying to find ways of building a loyal customer base with more reasonably priced offerings and interactive sites that keep fans returning for more. iTunes, PureTracks, et al, are a good start, but more needs to be done. Some bands are bypassing the recording industry altogether and going direct to customer via the web.

I am also one who believes in Net neutrality… Censorship by any name or in any form is still censorship. I think some form of “User Pay” system for those who want to download a gazillion bytes of data per month to continue their miscreant deeds would be in order, although I suspect there might be legal implications for any ISP that basically condoned online theft by simply charging their clients more for faster access to the materials…

In any case, this entire argument is likely moot, since private member bills rarely get passed. But it is a beginning to the battle. Let’s see what comes of it!

Link to article: Net neutrality bill hits House of Commons

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Big Brother style billboards

Posted on May 31, 2008 by

When you first read this, you think “What a neat idea”, until you start to think about the implications of having a billboard that tracks who looks at it.

Currently, all the information collected is anonymous, but it is not a stretch to consider how easily the governments of security-paranoid countries like our southern neighbours could integrate this into profiling software they use at airports. I am not a “chicken little”, but I see how easily something like this could be abused by those willing to ignore basic human rights and begin to track their own populations. Think about how recently US agencies have been using illegal domestic wiretapping and creating no-fly lists based on speculation and innuendo if you don’t think this could happen in the “free world”. Just something to consider…

Billboards That Look Back – NYTimes.com

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No cell phone talking on flights, but text and email will be OK

Posted on May 23, 2008 by

A recent survey of airline passengers pointed out that while many support the idea of WiFi on airplanes, an overwhelming majority of them do not wish to have people beside them talking on cell phones.

I have to say, I agree with this. I remember having sat through a 5 hour delay at a gate in the San Francisco airport listening to everyone talk away as if we all wanted to hear their life story. The worst was being forced to listen to some obnoxiously loud woman who felt the need to belittle and berate her personal assistant for at least half an hour for very unimportant things while we waited for the plane. I was ready to take her cell phone from her and hide it in a very dark place where she would need surgery to retrieve it…

There are few things as annoying as listening to someone talk on a cell phone in public in a loud voice as if they are the only person around. I have one point to make to these people… They are no longer a status symbol, everyone has them now, so those with low self-esteem who feel the need to impress everyone should lay off the loud chatter and keep their conversations private, where they belong.

Even most teenagers have the decency to use text messages instead these days! 🙂

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Flaherty and Ontario not on the same page…

Posted on May 12, 2008 by

So the federal finance minister, Mr. Flaherty, made a statement today that “Canada is well-placed to withstand economic headwinds“.

Apparently that particular speech wasn’t meant to include people in Ontario, since today, GM announced it was shutting down a transmission plant in Windsor and laying off 1400 people… Ironically, he was in Toronto when he was giving the speech.

Makes me think of something I once heard:

“A recession is when your neighbour is out of work. A depression is when you are out of work”

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How do you make school interesting for the learners?

Posted on May 9, 2008 by

This is an interesting example of what can be done to make education more interesting and relevant.

edublogs: Rebuilding a school without touching a brick

Some educators believe that because they had to learn their lessons in a boring, structured manner, it is a sound and proven strategy for this generation of learners. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Education is a service industry, with the learners as the clients. If the methods we are using are not working, it is our job as educators to change our methods to adapt to them and their learning styles, not their job as clients to adapt to us and our outdated teaching styles.

Learners today are growing up in an unstructured, information-rich society with access to many forms of mental stimulation. Even television is suffering from its lack of interaction as more people flock to the Internet for entertainment. In order to keep their attention, it has to be fun, interesting, and appear relevant.

Yes, this takes energy and resources to accomplish, but it is necessary in the evolution of education for it to happen. McDonalds was forced to adopt healthier food choices because of consumer demand, and educational institutions (particularly post-secondary ones) will be forced along the road to more interesting (sellable) offerings by similar consumer demand. Those who don’t will fade into irrelevance.

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Grenade in luggage prompts Saint John airport evacuation

Posted on May 6, 2008 by

A hunting rifle or shotgun or 10″ filet knife that was in your backpack from your last hunting or fishing trip I could sort of understand. Having 20 mL too much toothpaste in your toiletry kit, I could understand. Forgetting you had a $2.50 bottle of tapwater from a vending machine, I could understand.

But a dummy grenade??? Come on…

Grenade in luggage prompts Saint John airport evacuation

I hate to judge people based on a newspaper article, but how can someone think in this day and age of pervasive, overly-intrusive and overblown, reactionary security at airports that they could ever manage to bring even a dummy grenade on board an airplane???

For those Bill Engvall fans out there, I only have one thing to say to this guy – “Here’s your sign!”

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