• Musings

    Giving 110%

    An e-mail forward from a relative: From a strictly mathematical viewpoint: What equals 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%? Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been in situations where someone wants you to give over 100%.…

  • Personal

    Who I’d Like To Be

    From the preamble to an interview at The Register: Most companies have a tame “guru” – someone presented as a world authority on the subject in question and so amazingly intelligent that they are above the tacky world of commercialism. Sadly, many such “gurus” merely debase the term and turn…

  • Religion

    Intriguing perspective on religion

    Interview with Karen Armstrong: http://www.salon.com/books/int/2006/05/30/armstrong/ I’m not quite where she is, but in some ways much closer to that than to fundamentalism of any stripe, and a lot of what she says resonates strongly with me.

  • General - Teaching

    Carnegie Scholarship Final Report

    If you’d like a little more detail on one of the (many) things that have been keeping me busy this year, and that I’ve mentioned here before, this link will take you to a 4 page Word document that is my final report on my Carnegie Scholarship research project on…

  • General

    Blogging – harder than it looks?

    My good buddy Paul Donnett at The Nuggery is hanging up his jock and heading for the showers when it comes to blogging. He hung in there for a good long time, and wrote some great stuff, but ended up just feeling like it was work, and like he had…

  • Personal

    One less thing to worry about

    …because I sold the car last night. Well, took a deposit from a guy, so he can reserve it and get all his registration and insurance ducks in a row. We’ll probably settle up next Sunday, which gives us another week with a car, and leaves us only one weekend…

  • Religion

    The Da Vinci … Thing

    I’m not referring to the book and the movie here. I’m referring to the fact that our pastor is doing a two week series using the Da Vinci Code as an occassion for evangelism and encouraging all of us to do the same, and that virtually every other Christian church…

  • General

    More hockey

    Maybe I’m just a cynical guy… but the Oilers pretty much sucked tonight except for a couple of passages of play, and lost 3-6 to the Ducks. If they’d won it’d have been the end of the series, meaning that three games (with lots of ticket sales and other associated…

  • Politics - Teaching - Technology

    It’s the knowledge, stupid

    From Salon: David Warsh’s terrific history of how economists have come to understand growth, “Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations,” has a very clear thesis. Economic growth is a function of the accumulation of knowledge in society. Access to raw materials is not the critical issue — knowing what to…

  • General

    Go you Oilers!

    I know very little about hockey – I don’t mind it, but I’m not a huge fan. But I’ve been swept up in the fever of the Oilers’ playoff campaign, and now I’m watching every game on the TV tuner on my computer. When they won the series against the…

  • Musings

    Positioning

    There’s been a bit of discussion on the William Gibson Board lately about SUVs (Sport Utility Vehicles, four wheel drives, whatever they’re called where you come from) and their environmental impacts. It’s been a good and interesting discussions, but the biggest pro-SUV voice owns an SUV and believes he needs…

  • Politics

    Some Foundational Beliefs

    I’ve gone about this in the opposite order to the way I often approach (the discussion of) a problem. I usually lay out the assumptions and the theoretical position, then move on to look at the practical implications. In this case, yesterday’s post laid out some very concrete, practical (although…

  • Science Stuff - Technology

    The Terminators

    I spent half an hour or so hanging out at the Alberta Agriculture office yesterday, waiting to get some forms signed to allow us to import our cat to Australia with us. While I was sitting there I was reading the ‘Western Producer’, a newspaper for farmers. Not really my…

  • Musings

    Patience

    “All we need is just a little patience…” (sound of whistling) OK, it’s a quote from a Guns ‘n’ Roses ballad, which might be a bit of a ‘grandpa rock’ way to start. This musing is related to one very simple and minor observation, though: when anyone else in my…

  • General

    Two things… (and another)

    …in the news that I’ll be watching for today. The ‘Plamegate’ grand jury meets today, and there’s lots of speculation about an indictment for Karl Rove, so it’ll be interesting to see what news comes out of that meeting, if any. And the Edmonton Oilers play Game 6 of their…

  • Reviews

    Rats, Roaches and Lemmy

    Watching a documentary about the making of Motorhead’s ‘Ace of Spades’ album tonight, and the best line wasn’t even Lemmy’s (he’s a funny, funny guy…) but someone else’s, talking about Lemmy’s survival through 30 years or so of massive drug and alcohol abuse: “After the apocalypse, it’ll just be rats,…