Saturday, November 30, 2002
An American’s Guide to Canada
- this website is “by an American who has been living in Canada since 1992.” Quite a few things on this site; this Canadian noticed that it listed the Deputy Prime Minister as Herb Gray (now it is John Manley). Via Linkfilter
Friday, November 29, 2002
Thursday, November 28, 2002
Everything is so 90-10, or 80-20. Today a VP
at school couldn’t meet with some of us because there had been a fight she needed to deal with. This reminded me of two years ago, when the project I was working on meant that I spent a lot of time in the office. I realized that the VPs spend almost all of their time (like 90%) dealing with the small number of problem students (like 10%). So the VP’s perspective is gained from dealing with these problem students always; it is a warped view. So many other things have uneven ratios...
Wednesday, November 27, 2002
Tuesday, November 26, 2002
- enter the serial number of your bills, and see who has had that exact bill before. Once you’ve spent that money you can keep track of where it shows up next. See also Where’s Willy?
, the Canadian version. Via Boing Boing
Monday, November 25, 2002
- chart shows which browsers and OS support which rules. Also Anti-Leech
protects your website from thieves and e-mail harvesters. Via Blogdex
Sunday, November 24, 2002
- you can pay to have a terminally ill volunteer memorize a message which they will deliver to people who have passed away once they do. Via Metafilter
. The fact that I placed this post under the “fun” category gives you my opinion on the matter.
Saturday, November 23, 2002
My dad took me tonight to see a play called “The Death of Socrates.” You can see a description of it on the eye
, and a review on Canoe.ca
. It was essentially a one-man play. At one point, the actor pointed right at me, and said, “You, stand up!” When I finally realized that he actually wanted me to, I did, with some embarrassment. He asked me a question, and fortunately the answer (“yes”) was obvious. I answered it and sat down.
After the play, when we got to our car to leave, we found that someone had been in it. Possibly we had left it unlocked. Anyway, the thief made off with a five-dollar bill and a large bag of charcoal. I’m sure that he will find the charcoal quite useful.
Friday, November 22, 2002
has added a keyword search engine. It has great boolean capabilities
. Update, 11:44 PM:
Waypath has also redesigned the website, and is experimenting with “What Weblogs Say About Issues in the News,” still in the development stage. Currently it uses headlines from the Christian Science Monitor
, and shows related weblog entries for each one.
Thursday, November 21, 2002
- this house in the Netherlands is really wired. Everything is tracked and viewable from the website. If someone opens the fridge door, this website has it recorded. There are also ten webcams. Crazy stuff. Via linkfilter
Wednesday, November 20, 2002
The Democratic Dividend
- (US) it seems that the stock market and GDP do better when the president is a Democrat than when the president is a Republican. Via Metafilter
. In my opinion, the calculations should be redone factoring in “legacy.” That is, the economic indicator for each president should start counting after a year they’ve been in office, and end a year after they leave office. Perhaps the bridge should be extended to two years after a two-term president.
improvements to inktomi. update stuff!
Tuesday, November 19, 2002
The march of phones
- apparently rotary phones, “patented in 1891 by Almon B. Strowger,” were invented because he was losing business to a competitor who’s wife was the telephone switchboard operator. Also other fun facts, from the Globe and Mail
’s Social Studies.
- doesn’t have that many puns, add it to bref anyway
Monday, November 18, 2002
- a collection of quotations about technology, such as “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers,” Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.
...Find a Blog
- good article. may have something missing on my blog page, don’t forget to add blogwise and waypath. maybe even add a link to said article
Sunday, November 17, 2002
Ivory sale angers environmentalists
- the UN
has let South Africa, Namibia and Botswana sell up to 40 tonnes of ivory, but only from existing tusks, not by killing any more elephants. Some fear that this will lead to more elephants being killed anyway. Via Google News
Saturday, November 16, 2002
- they’ve taken famous movies and condensed them into a sentence or two each. Here’s an example, Analyze This
: “Robert De Niro CRIES, and it is FUNNY.” Via Blogdex
White House Wages Stealth War on Condoms
- Bush and his appointees are pushing an abstinence agenda, which includes the removal of information about how condoms protect against HIV. As if telling people not to have sex has or ever will work. Via Blogdex
Friday, November 15, 2002
I’ve just returned from the school, where I submitted my graduation quote:
What high school has taught will always find its way into my daily life. What I now know, I would not know without T.S.S. As I look forward to what will occur, I am thankful for many amazing instructors that I had. My high school companions’ contributions account for this outstanding point in my history. ~~ You won’t find any “e”s!
is a new tool which utilizes the Google API
to answer questions. Ask it “who invented whatever?” or “who is the president of wherever?” and the answers are quite good. It tried asking for the Premier of Québec, and who delivers presents to children on Christmas, both of which were answered correctly. Via Google Weblog
Thursday, November 14, 2002
This war brought to you by Rendon Group
- for six years, an American student has worked with the Rendon Group, broadcasting messages into Iraq impersonating Saddam Hussein’s voice. Rendon Group seems to be a public relations quasi-government organization. Via Blogdex
Wednesday, November 13, 2002
Prepare something for World Aids Day
(Dec. 1), maybe get some resources about Aids in Africa, or maybe southeast asia.
Tuesday, November 12, 2002
Well this blog is coming along. I took the Metalinker
code and personalized it for this site, which is why you see [BW
]s all over this page (on most browsers, anyway). If you click on the B
you’ll see a list of other blogs that link to the same link as beside the B
, courtesy of Blogdex
. That way you can see what other bloggers opinions about that link are. If you click on the W
, you’ll see posts from other blogs that Waypath
thinks are related. Very useful for the same reason as the B
. I’ll put up an about
page later to explain this all. Also I created the template for the search results (you’ll see it if you use the search box on the right), but it still needs work. Still left to do: create an advanced search page, a contact page, an about me page, create an RSS feed and a favicon, and then add Puzzlepieces to blog directories.
check out this image search
from corbis. what can you get without paying?
Monday, November 11, 2002
Hunting a Deadly Soviet Legacy
- article about the radioactive cesium that the USSR used in experiments, “U.S. and international nuclear experts have begun quietly searching former Soviet republics to recover the remains of the...[cesium project]...before someone else does.” Via Blogdex
. See also related news (Google)
An Animal’s Place
- a good article about animal rights. The author suggests that this will be the next liberation movement, after women, blacks, and gays. Via Blogdex
Sunday, November 10, 2002
I think sometime this week or next I will go the whole day without using the letter “e.” Any thoughts?
Saturday, November 09, 2002
I was standing beside my dad when he saw the most amazing shooting star. I turned in time to see some light out of the corner of my eye. This seems to happen to me very frequently; the amount of amazing things that I have almost seen would be amazing, if I had only seen them.
We are the living
- a great article about the 13 living Canadians who served in the First
World War. Read the article and the story of each one.
to Page Info bookmarklet and fix blogdex and remove daypop (re-add it later). Also add The Waypath Project
and add that to the blogs page.
Friday, November 08, 2002
Journeys with George
is a “network television producer’s video diary” of Bush’s year and a half election campaign around the US. “This is W. unplugged, the baloney and cheetos-eating matchmaker you didn’t see on tv.” It’ll be on tv in the US, France, and UK, but no word on Canada. The site has a preview, here is another
. Via Blogdex
. See also related news (Google)
Thursday, November 07, 2002
How the world sees Americans
- an interview with journalist Mark Hertsgaard, the author of a new (but long researched) book on the topic. He went around the world (started before 9-11) asking all types of people their opinions on the United States. It’s long but worth it. Via Blogdex
. See also related news (Google)
I’m inclined to believe that this is nothing at all, or something stupid, but 8march2003.com
claims that on that date they will reveal photographs of something that has “global implications.” Via Blogdex
Wednesday, November 06, 2002
’97 Bonnie and Clyde by eminem
U.S. Supreme Court rejects Ottawa’s tobacco lawsuit
- Canada’s attempt to collect the estimated $1 billion that was lost in taxes due to alleged cigarette smuggling in the early 90s has been thrown out of US court. A lower-court ruling was upheld, that said “foreign governments cannot use U.S. courts to collect lost tax revenues.” See also related news (Google)
’s database now includes over 3 billion pages (normal web pages, pdf files, others), a significant increase from Google’s last monthly update. No other search engine includes this many pages, although Openfind (in beta)
China’s Cyberwall Nearly Concrete
- a good article about China’s internet censorship. They point out that most of China’s censorship technology is from American companies, while the US government is now funding efforts to circumvent the censorship. Via Blogdex
Tuesday, November 05, 2002
I need a World Issues ISU topic. I was thinking of maybe something to do with oil and energy. Or maybe about globalization and loss of unique cultures. Any ideas?
The Strange Tale of Unlucky Luciano
- this Italian guy’s birth certificate mislabelled him female, so he was unable to join the army, get a driver’s license, or get married. He’s finally got the courts to fix that. Via Blogdex
Monday, November 04, 2002
Sunday, November 03, 2002
Saturday, November 02, 2002
A very pessimistic view of the Earth’s future, and suggestions that won’t happen
because the “political will, international cooperation and huge resources” needed are not very likely to occur. Via Blogdex
I’ve been going crazy trying to get this blog to work ok in Netscape 4.7. Now it does but the “comments” link doesn’t show how many comments there are. If I enabled that, then it wouldn’t work in Netscape. Stupid browsers...
Friday, November 01, 2002
is a collection of a lot of crazy things made in flash. Via Blogdex
There are a lot of websites which link to mine (Fagan Finder
), however this link was a surprise
. My website is listed under the “personal favourites” of W. Michael Fagan, a finance instructor in New Jersey.
is a new blog direcory, it doesn’t have enough blogs in it to link to it.