The Political Road Map: Wriber: Canadian Intellectual Advancement

While Stephen Harper has done his fair share to direct our economy into the ground, he failed in all of his attempts from keeping Canadians from doing what they do best, which is making new things that benefit everyone as a whole!  Introducing Wriber… https://www.wriber.com/ Improve your writing and idea generation all in one place ...

Things Are Good: A Video Designed to Spread

This video has been making the online rounds for the last couple of weeks and I figured I’d post it here. The video looks at why some ideas spread faster and further than others. It’s a neat take on memes (The Richard Dawkins kind).

centre of the universe: Storytelling Month – Grandmothers

To celebrate Storytelling Month, I’m going to tell you at least one story per week in  February. These are all true stories. Every day at noon, the bells in the fire hall in Climax (the town in southeastern Saskatchewan that was home to my mum, and to me every summer, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, and most spring ...

Blevkog: Stretched Thin, Part 1

As some of you may be aware, during my more prolific days on the ‘Kog, I decried the decline in the quality of journalism, a trend which I directly attributed to the establishment of the 24-hour cable news stations. The need to fill airtime has superseded the need to inform, and has led, not to ...

cartoon life: The Swerve

2500 years ago Lucretius gave us the modern world. We ignored him. Listen to The Swerve In 1417, a Renaissance scribe and book hunter discovered an ancient manuscript in a monastery.  That book was the Roman poet Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things.  Renowned scholar Stephen Greenblatt tells us how that discovery changed the world. Read more: ...

PostArctica: Duane Michals

“Who gives a fuck about what he had for breakfast? These are stylistic ticks. The digital has changed the paradigms of photography. I had an opening in Boston and this woman had a little camera with her and kept exclaiming, ‘Everything is a photograph!’ That’s the problem. The bar has been lowered so much in ...

Walking Turcot Yards: Stars

See that picture up top? That’s our waterfront, at least after they mandated the boat clubs to get rid of their shacks and put up those little lockers. It used to be quite the place down there. We’d get totally drunk and stoned just a little ways past the old folks home which would be ...

Walking Turcot Yards: Only art can save us now

The world needs creative interpretations of global issues, not better descriptions of things people are accustomed to. by Santiago Zabala   Perhaps rather than God, as Martin Heidegger once said, it is art that can save us. After all, artistic creations have always had political, religious and social meanings that also aimed in some way ...

264MHz: Religion tells us about the nature of man, not the nature of the universe

Religion claims to tell us about how the universe works, but most religious belief comes from a time of superstition, ignorance and fear we can only catch a glimpse of when we read stories about fundamentalist cults in undeveloped countries like Nigeria. People believe religion because that is what they have been always taught. They ...

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: How to be a Visionary

At least as far as this mash-up world goes, anyway. (In which running someone else’s cartoon counts as content.) Alltop is a vision of humor. How to be a Visonary, a photo by lunchbreath on Flickr.

A Different Point of View....: Unless people take action, Harper’s scheme will mean ‘Goin’ Down the Road’ for Maritimers

By dramatically changing the health care funding formula, is Prime Minister Stephen Harper showing little concern for the future of the Maritime provinces?  The Health Accord “deal” that Harper practically threw in the face of the provinces and territories this week, not only cuts health funding for all the provinces starting in four years, but ...

264MHz: Why Should owners control companies?

It is a question that is never asked in society. In fact it is hard to even ask because the simple answer is that owners have power over the company because that is the definition of “owner”. If we where talking about a chair, it is perfectly reasonable to say the owner should have power ...

264MHz: Socialist Party of Ontario resolution: Internet Democracy

This is a resolution for the proposed Socialist Party of Ontario. It is based on one I submitted to the federal NDP in 2003. Whereas the Internet allows a much greater degree of participatory democracy then was possible before, because everyone can equally and easily contribute to the debate and it makes the logistics of ...

264MHz: Does having two incomes make people worse off?

The economic effect of two income vs. single income households is something I’ve been thinking about and I’ve come to believe that two income households has caused more harm then good and should be discouraged. Some problems caused by having a large majority of household with two incomes include: Lower wages because of higher labour ...

264MHz: The Legitimate Range of Epistemology

This is a reply to a post by kirbycairo which is a reply to my post which explains where all this came from. I agree that there are two justifications for rejecting a prescription. One is based on the science and the other is based on the ethics. Like I said in my first comment ...

Pop The Stack: Google WaveBots – Enough Smiley Bots Already, Can We Have Something Useful?

Join the Conversation about this post on google wave or buzz. I’m a programmer and a certified tech geek, so of course I’m playing with Google Wave. I say playing, because there isn’t much you can do at this point on wave except play. This is partly because there aren’t enough people with access to wave yet that communication ...